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 amongst them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene nonetheless is

Standing in a area, sporting glitter, watching bands, with a warm pint in blazing scorching solar: these human behaviours needed 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 part of the government’s events research programme – outcomes are as yet unclear however its success or failure might inform the staging of other festivals this summer time.

A lateral stream check earlier than entry and a day by day well being screening are the only obstacles to normality. It’s overwhelming – risky, 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 throughout the location to see as many acts as potential. The one real distinction is that men are washing their arms after a visit to the bogs.

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