Ahead of her return to Latitude Festival, Anna Meredith was in typically sky-high spirits, despite a full day of trudging across Henham Park. “I’m pretty knackered! Well, in the very limited number of festivals I’ve been doing, all I seem to do is whinge about how knackered I am… which is a bit boring!. It’s good – the sun is out, everyone seems in a good mood.”
A relatively packed festival season should see her basking in those positive vibes. A few handfuls of UK and European field days is a welcome mix up, “given that I’ve only ever done one or two in my life, ever.”
Past performances on the dearly departed Radio 3 stage set her up for her return to Latitude this year, and with debut album ‘Varmints’ racking up acclaim (and a recent SAY Award win), she’s raring to zoom forward like never before. “It feels like you’re here under your own name, as opposed to a curated, bigger thing,” she says of the change-up that ‘Varmints’ has brought about.
The logistics of Latitude might prove a challenge this time around, though. “We have to get a boat with all our gear from backstage,” she explains, “We’ve got two very expensive cellos that must not go in the water! Or maybe we’ll use them as canoes.”
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