Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance

Damon Albarn

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Henham Park, Suffolk
The first full-capacity pageant because the pandemic began hosted a collection of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Standing in a subject, sporting glitter, watching bands, with a warm pint in blazing scorching sun: these human behaviours had to be relearned for the first full-capacity UK music pageant because the pandemic began. Some 40,000 unmasked individuals are participating in Latitude’s trial as a part of the federal government’s occasions research programme – results are as yet unclear but its success or failure might inform the staging of different festivals this summer time.

A lateral stream check before entry and a day by day health screening are the one obstacles to normality. It’s overwhelming – dangerous, even. However it all shortly comes dashing again: the giddy thrill of dancing subsequent to strangers in a tent, queues for halloumi, the stamina it takes to tempo across the location to see as many acts as potential. The only real distinction is that males are washing their palms after a trip to the bogs.

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