Latitude Festival 2009 – The Ultimate Uncut Review!

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So the fourth edition of Latitude is over and you’ve been home for the hot soapy shower-of-your-life after four nights camping in a field in Suffolk – here, then, is Uncut ‘s Ultimate Latitude Review! We’ve been blogging our way throughout the weekend, so catch up with all the news, gossip and photos here!

Obelisk Arena headliners Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grace Jones and Pet Shop Boys all performed highly-charged volatile sets – with Pet Shop Boys’s disco-inferno-lised cover of Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida” standing out particularly vividly.

Over in Uncut’s Arena, we were privileged to have Gossip, Spiritualized and Bat For Lashes topping the bill across the weekend.


Other music highlights for us were, in no particular order:Thom Yorke’s solo perfomance on the main stage, a rare appearance by The Vaselines, Wild Beasts and Dove’s sunset performance, hugely reminiscent of Elbow‘s similar slot at Latitude last year.

Uncut also caught up with shows by !!! and Editors as well as host of newer artists on the Uncut, Sunrise Arena and Woods’ stages, including;

*Alela Diane, The Rimble Strips and Gurrumul


*The Gaslight Anthem

*Broken Records, DM Stith, Airborne Toxic Event, The XX

*Camera Obscura and Passion Pit

*White Lies

*Wildbirds And Peacedrums, Marnie Stern and St Vincent

*Band of Skulls


*Regina Spektor

*The Pretenders

*Fever Ray

*The Mummers

*Divine Comedy’s Duckworth Lewis Method

*Chairlift, 1990s and Amazing Baby

As well as the music of course, the Literary, Comedy and Poetry tents were packed throughout – particular favourites included Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell‘s moving conversation about recovery from serious illness, Radio 4 regular Jeremy Hardy, Simon Armitage and Vivienne Westwood.

On the blogs, we’ve once again, also compiled our favourite snippets of overheard coversations, click here for part 1, part 2 and part 3. Hope you laugh as hard as we did, can you do better though? Send us your best Latitude eavesdrops!

If you, too, were at this weekend’s Latitude (July 16-19), or even if you weren’t; You can catch up with all of Uncut’s online coverage at the dedicated Latitude blog where you’ll find all sorts of photos, witty observations and reports from the weekend.

There will be a also be a full review following in the September issue of Uncut , out on July 31.


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