Latitude veterans Wild Beasts are heading back to the Suffolk site this weekend to help celebrate the festival’s tenth birthday. “When we were first starting out [Latitude] showed great faith in us,” frontman Hayden Thorpe explains. “They’ve done that throughout our career. We always want to repay that faith. They’ve always been very daring in supporting innovative music, and sticking their neck out a little. We’ve always felt this is the place for us, it’s a happy marriage.”
“Our first Latitude we hired a man with a van, and the man with a van turned out to be a man with an ambulance,” he recalls. “We loaded our gear in there and set off… half way down the ambulance broke down. The engine had overheated, and I fancied myself as a bit of a mechanic. It was the first time I’d ever seen an engine, to be honest, and I burned my hands on the radiator. So yeah, I played our first Latitude with skin falling off my hands. It’s not a bad memory, just an intense one.”
This year the band will be playing 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. It’s label mate Jon Hopkins and Caribou that Hayden’s most excited to see. “They’re on the same day as us, so we’ll get to see those guys. It’ll be phenomenal no doubt. Also, the last time I saw Alt-J they were supporting us at a little show in Falmouth, so I’m expecting a different atmosphere this time around.”
Wild Beasts 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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