Latitude Review - Django Django and La Roux

Indie | Thursday 27th August 2015 | Alice

When I arrived at Latitude I was surrounded by fresh faced excitement for the weekend ahead. This year Latitude celebrated its 10th anniversary, a wonderful milestone after its previous years of success. 

Compared to other festivals, Latitude seemed relatively spacious with limited shoving and inappropriate moshpits. Not only that but it was impressively family friendly, with plenty of places where parents could unwind whilst children made adventures surrounded by music, food and entertainment.

Two of the most riveting performances of the weekend were Django Django and La Roux. Django Django controlled the Radio 6 tent at 6pm on the Friday. They opened with two songs from their 2012 debut before following onto their last LP Born Under Saturn released three months ago. Myself and the rest of the tent were stirred for their set especially after I had heard nothing but praise about their live performances. The boys most certainly did not disappoint. Bringing electric pop they caused the over flowing tent to become an unplugged dancefloor.

As well as performing songs from their latest LP, which fans have had time to familiarise themselves with, the majority were previous songs such as the warmly welcomed ‘Default’. If we excuse the slight hiccup when they address the crowd as “people of Glastonbury”, Django Django not only impressed with the diversity of styles incorporated in their songs but with their immense stage presence.

The second performance that shone at Lattitude was La Roux. Placed on the Sunday evening, once again on the Radio 6 stage, the crowd waited with immense anticipation. Elly Jackson arrived promptly on time in an incredibly stylish pant suit alongside her iconic hair style. Following Elly onto the stage was her band who also matched the quality of musical talent that Elly harbours.

The whole tent welcomed La Roux’s latest album Trouble in Paradise, which showcased their famous synth pop style. La Roux performed songs such as ‘Sexotheque’ and ‘Cruel Sexuality’, which oozed maturity. Trouble in Paradise aside, it was clear the crowd were pining for some of the band's older songs. We had already heard ‘In For The Kill’, which left one inevitable song choice. La Roux finished on an epic high with ‘Bulletproof’ with the crowd reacting in the only way possible - madness.

Latitude included a true element of surprise for its 10th anniversary with performances from iconic artists. In the early hours of Sunday morning Thom Yorke made a surprise appearance following Ed Sheeran’s performance the previous night. Overall Latitude concluded its 10th year leaving thousands with the intention to return in 2016.