The highlight of my year has to be festival season – in particular Latitude Festival. Held in Henham Park (near Beccles, Suffolk), it usually runs from a Thursday to Monday (entertainment Thursday evening to Sunday) within July for weekend camping, although there is the option to buy day tickets. Despite the main attraction being the music, Latitude is definitely a celebration of all of the arts, featuring everything from theatre, comedy, and dance, to poetry, film, art and photography. This is one of the main reasons why Latitude is so amazing, no matter what your interests are you will definitely find something to enjoy over the weekend (even if there is no music you know, you are bound to discover new artists or even just preoccupy yourself with everything else that goes on).
This year the headline acts were George Ezra, Stereophonics and Lana Del Rey, as well as many other amazing performances from Loyle Carner, Underworld, Freya Ridings, Tom Grennan, Pale Waves and The Japanese House. For me, the highlights were Lana Del Ray, whom I have loved for many years, therefore making it so magical to finally see her live, and Loyle Carner. I was first introduced to his music by going with my cousin to see him at Latitude 2017 and I fell in love with his sound instantly.It was so wonderful to watch him again since her has developed so much as an artist; especially as he has released a second album since then.
The festival itself has such a beautiful vibe. The forests are adorned with lights and detailed decoration with so many different areas and stages to explore. Another thing that I love is the wide selection of food stalls they have – literally anything you could think of, from steak to vegan sushi, the choice is endless. This year I particularly enjoyed the ‘Annie Mac’ mac n cheese from Anna Mae’s Mac N Cheese which was definitely some of the best I’ve ever had!
I’d definitely recommend it to everyone – over the last 3 years of going I have seen so many incredible performances, made some lovely memories and friends, all while relishing in the sense of freedom you get from escaping to the fascinating, but remarkable world of Latitude Festival.