Last Night: Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Southwold

view gallery VIEW GALLERY
3.00

Weller gives it some welly as boutique festival leaps into big time

A newly sober Paul Weller closed the Latitude festival last night, with music on the cusp between British pop's Mod sharpness and psychedelic exploration. The former strand is considerably more successful, as one of his solo single rebirths, "From the Floorboards Up", and new album Sonik Kicks' Kinks-style suburban vignette "That Dangerous Age", both shine. But The Jam's "Eton Rifles", a newly pertinent rebel cry at our current ruling class, is the perfect finish.

Launched seven years ago as an upmarket alternative to its promoter Festival Republic's Reading and Leeds festivals, Latitude has quietly leapt into the big league. 35,000 are here, instead of the first festival's 5,000, for a line-up that, away from headliners Bon Iver, Elbow and Weller, bursts with astutely programmed intrigue.

Rufus Wainwright is Sunday's early highlight. Mostly sitting at the piano in a red smoking jacket, he stands and squeezes his eyes shut for torch song "The Man That Got Away", a gay-inflected cousin to "One for My Baby" .

Click here or on "View Gallery" for pictures of Latitude from the air

Saturday's headliner Elbow sometimes seem to have been blunted by their late, massive popular acceptance. But tonight, as Guy Garvey constantly strides down the stage's gangway, among and just above the crowd, Elbow find renewed force. The inevitable finale, "One Day Like This", is the key that put Garvey's battered, benign emotion into a huge number of hearts. Earlier, he wheels broken-legged Richard Hawley on-stage, for a set of similar decent sentiments.

Nothing beats Josh T. Pearson, a straight-backed, prophet-bearded Texan. He has a pained smile, perhaps mortified by the intensely personal lyrics on his album Last of the Country Gentlemen. "Woman When I've Raised Hell" details the threats of a pathetic and inconsolably guilty husband.

Only Pearson's fingers move over acoustic guitar flurries, releasing little of the quivering, violent tension, which makes a friend of mine run from the tent.

Daryl Hall offers glossier heartbreak and regret. Rumer duets with him on "Sara Smile", but expensively-tooled 1980s hits such as "Man Eater" are the main attraction, sung in a white soul voice which, unlike Hall's black heroes, never breaks with emotion.

Elsewhere, at the i Arena, Liverpudlian Liz Green's songs of sex and drunkenness sit happily between the Weimar Republic and a bohemian, after-hours Wirral boozer. New York rockers We Are Augustines' Billy McCarthy's veins pump with pleasure at the audience's love, and Perfume Genius's Mike Hadreas, a fragilely boyish 30-year-old gay man, tests out his bruised identity with songs.

Latitude's multi-arts usp means the National Theatre and Royal Ballet can also be stumbled across in the Suffolk woods, but with this music, it's hardly needed.

Arts and Entertainment
Loading individual letters on to an original Heidelberg printing press
books
Arts and Entertainment
Shades of glory: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act

Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

    'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

    In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
    VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

    How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

    Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
    They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

    Typefaces still matter in the digital age

    A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
    Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

    'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

    New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
    The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

    Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

    Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

    Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
    Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

    Crisp sales are in decline

    As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
    Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

    Ronald McDonald the muse

    A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
    13 best picnic blankets

    13 best picnic blankets

    Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
    Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

    Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

    Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
    Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'