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It seems more than ever that escapism is something that people need in 2017 - time to switch off, recharge and let loose. If you happen to be a music, theatre or comedy fan then Latitude festival is one of the best weekends of the year to do so. It’s hard to turn down the chance to get lost in the beautiful woodland, immerse yourself in endless new talent and take a selfie with bright pink sheep.


A personal highlight just so happened to be the first performance of the weekend. Playing in the idyllic Sunrise Arena, rising pop princess Sigrid took to the stage on Friday afternoon. With the name floating around the music industry for the past few months, it was no surprise that hundreds spilt out of the tent into the scenic surroundings, desperate to catch the energetic Norwegian singer. This unrivalled energy seemed to be infectious – it became apparent to many that Sigrid was born to perform as she faultlessly transitions from song to song. Ending her set on 'Don't Kill My Vibe', the reaction it brings is no surprise. It's the biggest song of the set, leaving people feeling they had witnessed something truly special.


Alison Goldfrapp got the Friday crowd moving with a breathily intense slice of electro pop. Her bold performance brought disco fever to the Suffolk fields, as the lively audience came adorned in glitter, sequins and lace. Sharing tracks from new album “Silver Eye” they alternated to Goldfrapp classics 'Number 1' and 'Ride a White Horse' which encouraged the whole energetic crowd to bounce, hands clapping in the air. 2005's 'Ooh La La' and 2003's 'Strict Machine' provided the perfect finale to an upbeat set on the main stage. Goldfrapp will be bringing their “Silver Eye World Tour” across the UK at the end of October.



Singer-songwriter Lucy Rose brought her folk-tinged tunes to the Obelisk Arena, pulling a huge afternoon crowd to the main stage and warming them up for Mumford and Sons later in the evening. Lucy’s music relies on vulnerability and sincerity, something that can get lost on festival stages but she shows she has mastered her craft with confidence as she plays tracks from new album “Something’s Changing”. Lucy will be bringing her live show to the RNCM Theatre in Manchester this November to support the recent release.



Ward Thomas set the scene perfectly for a relaxed, upbeat and sunny Sunday afternoon. The sisters were all smiles as the arena filled with people of all different ages, children ran around as parents sprawled across the grass with a pint in hand. The country duo told personal tales of Nashville and their teenage years in Hampshire. Their second album of sailed to Number 1 on the UK Album Chart on release last year, making them the first ever UK country act to do so. A personal highlight was their take on Years & Years’ ‘Shine’, which instantly lifted the easy-going Sunday mood.


South London rapper, Loyle Carner released his debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' earlier this year which spent a total of 3 weeks in the charts. The hip-hop artist is one of the most exciting around and it certainly showed when he took to the BBC music tent. Joined on stage by his collaborator Rebel Kleff, the entire performance seemed mature and crafted. The Croydon rapper confidently translates his sensitive and warm-hearted record into his live shows. With a headline tour to look forward to later this year, judging off Sunday’s standout performance, he shows that he is more than ready. He will be taking to the road for seven headline shows at the end of September. 


The Seattle band closed the Suffolk festival with their first UK show in six years. Their music does most the talking, and it’s exactly what the audience needs to reflect on such a spectacular weekend. Much to the audience’s joy, Sunday night’s show also saw a young couple get engaged on stage during the performance – which can’t be expected on every date of their upcoming tour, unfortunately. The most recent material from, 'Crack Up', got a surprising reception with the crowd as the new offering made waves through a crowd of old fans and new. Highlights include 2012 release, ‘Mykonos’ which gave the elated crowd to bellow along to frontman Robin Pecknold's talented falsetto vocals. Don’t miss your chance to see the band in Southampton and Manchester this November!