On Saturday I returned to Latitude Festival, originally to see Snow Patrol, who we missed seeing when they played at the first ever Latitude Festival back in 2006. Sadly they weren’t able to attend this time (I’m destined never to see them there I’m thinking), but we did see a lot of other acts which I thought I’d share with you.

One of the thing I love about Latitude is that it is family friendly, with children carried around in cute little decorated trucks which you can hire. I understand that this year 50% of the sales were for families alone and by families I mean the whole family with several generations enjoying the creative atmosphere and wide range of acts and activities on offer. It definitely has a safe feel to it.

Latitude isn’t just a music festival, more of a celebration of the arts, with comedy, theatre, poetry, dance and film all featured. I had hoped to see a few comedy acts in the morning with names like Kathryn Ryan and London Hughes, but sadly I was stuck in a queue of traffic waiting to get in. I understand there is a shuttle bus which I will use next time.

But I was lucky enough to see a Dance Umbrella piece, choreographed by Ceyda Tanc which drew on Turkish folk dance and contemporary dance. Previously I had seen Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company perform who were also amazing and both pieces were performed on the enchanting Waterfront Stage (see above).

But for me the highlight of the festival was watching the recently released Film ‘ Yesterday’ which is set in Suffolk and begins and ends at Latitude. I had intended to see the film beforehand but was so pleased I hadn’t. For me seeing it there with both Latitude and Suffolk featured so prominently, was such a treat. Even if it did involve queuing, then sitting on the floor in true festival style for two hours. If you haven’t seen it, love The Beatles (as I do), enjoy a good laugh and appreciate all that Suffolk has to offer (including Ed Sheeran who has a major part in the film ) then I recommend you go and see it.

As if seeing the film wasn’t enough fun, it was then followed by a question and answer session with Richard Curtis the famous and hugely successful author (who wrote or co-wrote films like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and of course the Christmas favourite Love Actually). He now lives in Suffolk and felt he could set the film more effectively in a county he knows and loves. He explained how Danny Boyle directed the film, using a technique used by Jurgen Klopp the Liverpool FC manager, applying maximum pressure at key moments, for example during the accident scene in the film. The lead character Himesh Patel who played Tamwar in Eastenders, also answered questions about his interview and how he was chosen to be the struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik above other more accomplished singers to become an international star.

The next day we were so enthralled by both the film and the talk we visited the Pier Hotel at Gorleston-on-Sea which it features. It is here that Jack performs in front of a locally sourced crowd of extras ( I remember being invited to be part of this). We had a pleasant cup of coffee in the recently refurbished hotel with its enchanting Art Deco interior, and took a picture ‘for the gram’ as I understand it’s becoming Insta Famous.

On leaving the film tent we swiftly made our way to see Stereophonics on the main Obelisk Stage, together with thousands of other people. Last time we were able to go early enough to get a place on the tiered seating at the back which gives a good view of the stage, but this time we stood and watched. Opening with ‘Cest La Vie’ the group took us through an impressive catalogue of hits from their twenty year career, including my favourite ‘Have a Nice Day’ and my husband’s favourite ‘Dakota’ in the encore.

After visiting other acts like Martha – an Irish Punk Group and Underworld back on the Obelisk Stage, we made our way back to our car. Latitude is impressive at night, with the trees lit up and a spectacular light display on the lake. We went home vowing to return, maybe for longer next time, to take in even more of the acts on offer.

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Until next time,

Jill Gregory- My Timeless Style