• Alexa Dione Francis

Latitude '19

Hello, welcome back, it's already been a month since I uploaded a blog post. How? It really doesn't feel like it's been that long as I've got three currently on the go that are almost ready for your reading pleasure. I know, I'm so nice.


In the meantime, here's a quick post all about Latitude Festival because I had such a good time I want to talk about it and I guess review it a little bit!


Tickets

So, I went with my family which was really nice. Latitude is a family friendly festival and I'm going to talk about why that's one of its appeals (other than the obvious for parents) a bit later, it's in Suffolk near to Southwold and they have a range of different ticket options. We had just a day pass for the Saturday which truly isn't enough, there's too much to do and see and not just in terms of the artists playing! A day ticket is around £80 and truthfully, in my opinion, you could spend the entire day in the Comedy tent and get your moneys worth let alone all the music artists, writers in the Speakeasy tent, the variety of good food available and all the other aspects Latitude has to offer that we didn't get the chance to see. despite not being a lover of camping, I really want to go for the whole weekend next year so if you want to go, let me know and we can get a giant tent to share. Maybe even a tipi tent for some glamour? Who knows? (I know, I like the glamour so a massive tent it is xx)



Loos (yep, we're going there)

I'm not a very outdoorsy girl unless I'm fully prepared for it, wearing the appropriate clothing etc so camping doesn't come under 'fun' to me at all. Having said that, Latitude felt clean? Does that make sense? In 2015, I went to V Festival for the day and we got dropped off in far away field on the site with no tents around at all but there were some toilets there. Brilliant. Surely they were going to be safe because there was no one for miles. GUESS AGAIN. Definitely up there as one of the worst bathroom horrors I've ever seen. I don't expect five star facilities obviously, it's a festival but Jesus Christ. I held it in with all the will in the world; I truly channeled my inner camel with a giant bladder. Not healthy but I couldn't risk it. Yes, it was that bad.


Latitude however, different story. Maybe because it's a family-friendly festival the loos are kept on top of more and even though they weren't great (but I'm not exactly going to lick the walls so I'm not complaining) because festival toilets aren't, they made an anxious girl who is a bit funny about having a wee in new and unfamiliar places (hope I'm not the only one lol) feel a bit more at ease. You can also pay extra to be able to use the luxury toilets and showers which I hear are definitely worth the dollar.


Line Up

This festival doesn't actually reveal their line up usually until the tickets have been released and most of them have been bought so you've got no idea who will be there. Initially, I didn't really like this but I actually think it works quite well because if you don't fancy seeing many of the music artists there are plenty of other things for you to go and get involved in. I was desperate to see Lana Del Rey but unfortunately she was headlining on the Sunday instead. For the Saturday, it was originally Snow Patrol headlining but they pulled out and were replaced with Stereophonics. Neither of those are particularly my cup of tea but it doesn't even matter if you're not a fan of the main act! I got to see Marina who is so incredibly good live, her set was dreamy but also included some of her bigger hits too and she addressed the audience a lot too.


My particular highlight was MØ. Wow. My sister and I left our parents to watch Stereophonics while we peeled away and disappeared off to the BBC Sounds tent. She started her set in the crowd near us and it was absolutely wild, I forgot how many bangers she had. I was also very impressed at how she managed to sing pretty well while crowdsurfing! The energy in the tent was so electric, we were in a really good place within the crowd to really experience a gig like that. It was an ideal first crowd session for my sister to see what its like, I can't wait until she's a bit older so we can go to more shows together.


Food

Oh, the food. The variety *chefs kiss*. I was very overwhelmed and there was a lot I wanted to try. Naturally, festival food is not cheap and it's not like you can nip to McDonald's to grab a 99p cheeseburger. But, the variety on offer was amazing and it was really good quality food. There was so much I wanted to try, if anything the amount of choice there was on offer was overwhelming! I get 'food fear' quite a lot (another joy of my anxiety) and I get apprehensive that there won't be anything I'll like or want to eat; being vegetarian and not having the broadest pallet (another thing I'm working on).


I had some really nice pizza that was surprisingly filling and tasted really fresh, it wasn't greasy at all which I liked. I wanted to get some vegan tacos but the cue was really long and I didn't want to miss MØ's set so I'm praying it's there next year. I also indulged in a brownie sundae before we left too and while it was good, I wish I'd opted for the churos! Another food stall I hope will return for Latitude 2020.


Overall

I loved it. For a girl that doesn't really like dirt or having a wee in a weird plastic cubical i really enjoyed myself. It was a nice day out for us as family too, we all work a lot or in my sisters case, at school. The only thing I will say is that it was disappointing to see that they had dyed a little flock of sheep hot pink. I understand it is part of the branding and marketing of the festival but there are definitely other ways to go about it in my opinion. Pink blow-up sheep, tie a pink bow around them, keep the all pink sheep as just part of the illustrations on the advertising as a few examples. People do not come solely to see the sheep. It will not make or break the festival because it is so great with out that. If it is unnecessary, why have it? I think that is my only criticism really which is quite good going.


Next year, I hope to get a few of my friends together so we can camp there because I think it would be so much fun. I feel like I missed so much. It would be great to have plenty of time to wander and check out all the many different areas the site has. I was desperate to swim in the lake (quite unlike me but it seemed very exciting) however the weather was really touch and go so add that to the list of things I would love to revisit next time.







I hope you liked this post, I've enjoyed writing it and editing the photos I got while I was there. Aaaaand there is a new blog post coming not too long after I post this one, how organised am I? As long as you ignore the fact I've not posted in a month. Anyway, see you soon!


All my love,

Alexa

xxx


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