After a super fun weekend, I’ve returned home, scraped off the mud and slept in an actual bed.
This morning I had a meal that was served on a plate. It was a strange experience after having consumed all recent meals wedged between two halves of a floury bap. It seems any cuisine can be ‘bapped’. Even whole meals like roast dinners and full English breakfasts.
Culinary delights aside, including one particular sausage that had the texture of a chubby human finger, Latitude was excellent this year. I spent most of my time bopping around in an official RNLI bright yellow lifeboat jacket which had the desired effect of making me look heroic and painfully cool at the same time. Thank god no one asked where I got it. (Thanks Granny Patricia).
So my festival highlights were many, but among them, stand out performances from The Vaccines and Bombay Bicycle Club in the word arena, sing along fun with Paolo Nutini on the main stage (Including a fantastic cover of Hot Chip’s Over and Over), hilarious diatribes from shambolic poet Tim Key and pitch perfect observations from Dylan Moran were my favourites.
Well, they were my favourites apart from Suede closing the festival on Sunday night in an absolutely ferocious display of their back catalogue. Anderson looked and sounded every bit as good as he did fifteen years ago; whatever that man is drinking I want some. He strutted around the stage totally at ease with headlining his first UK festival in over ten years. Trash, Animal Nitrate and the penultimate track, Disco’s Beautiful Ones were my picks of the set, the crowd filling in the soaring chorus’ under the command of the thrusting Anderson.
Some two hours before this, Disco had played to a packed tent over at the Bafta Film and Music Arena. I introduced the film and was super nervous about both speaking in front of a sizable crowd and how the film would play. My nerves settled after I’d finished a brief intro including speaking about what it means to me to screen the film at Latitude, in the UK for the first time, in front of Suede and alongside my friend Martin’s film Automate.
I ran from the backstage area around to the front to catch the film. It looked great. Being projected onto three screens across the tent, including a large central screen and two side screens, people laughed in the right places and got the music and the references and the overall reception was brilliant. It was also great for me to watch it with Bill and Charlie who were at the festival as well as several crew members including Ollie and Gaffers Dave and Mike. We even managed to share a page in the programme with Spike Jonze’s excellent Arcade Fire short Scenes From The Suburbs.
Automate continued the good vibes and it was great to see Martin’s film projected in front of an audience. It is a wonderfully funny and interesting film and everybody got it which was great. Sam Pamphilon’s performance, including some expert gurning, is excellent too.
All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everyone involved with the film and a special thank you to everyone that came and supported the film and of course Tania Harrison and Latitude for booking us.
Onto the next one!