Tame Impala take to the main Obelisk Stage to soundtrack a humid and stormy Sunday evening, and with a trove of psychedelia in tow, Kevin Parker and his band hypnotise the crowds into a complete trance from the very beginning. Although the band have visited almost every festival imaginable touring ‘Lonerism’, Latitude seems like a special show.
“You’ve got your own little utopia going on here,” says Kevin.”I love how muggy it is. It’s like being in Singapore or something. No other festival in the world has multicoloured sheep!”
Tame Impala launch into stomping ‘Elephant’ and the lighters-in-the-air atmosphere of ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, which seems to enclose the entire festival in a smokey orb of infectious arm-swaying smoke. From here on in they’re unstoppable. One band from Australia have seemingly flipped the whole world upside down, and on the evidence of tonight’s Latitude set alone, their trajectory doesn’t look like it’s in any danger of slowing down.
Photo: Phil Smithies.