SOAK’s set at Latitude this weekend follows a string of other festivals. “At this stage I’ve done South By South West, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Great Escape, Primavera, some German festivals… a lot!” Bridie Monds-Watson laughs, recounting her hectic schedule. “Brussels was class, I played right in front of this huge organ covered in pneumatic pumps, but run by a laptop. The crowd was crazy at Radio 1 Big Weekend, and Primavera was lethal: I didn’t realise I had that many Spanish fans.”
She’s definitely looking forward to this year’s Suffolk weekender though, despite experiencing a few hiccups during a previous visit. “Last year I played Latitude and went for the whole weekend with a group of friends: it was the warmest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. We all got so sun-burnt, I thought I was going to suffocate. Then there was a thunderstorm and our tent got flooded. The festival was really good though, the crowd were surprisingly quiet and you could sit and watch bands from the hill - I’m really looking forward to coming back.”
This year, Bridie will play on a line up that also includes headliners Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, as well as James Blake, Warpaint, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Laura Marling and loads, loads more. “I really want to see Warpaint,” she says. “I’ve never seen them live before and I think this is their only festival. Also, Laura Marling, La Roux, Alt-J, Savages and Sun Kil Moon.”
“I’m going to be playing with a band this summer,” she says of her set, “which will be my first time doing something like that - hearing it in rehearsals, it sounds really big and I’m excited for people to hopefully sing back at me. I dance a bit more, now I’m not doing everything by myself: having a band kind of removes the pressure a bit. In terms of surprises, well Shura told DIY that I was going to jump into the lake at Latitude, so I’ll have to make up a rumour about her as well!”
SOAK will play Latitude (16th - 19th July), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.
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