So - a very hotly tipped festival for this year - Latitude the
über cool one - what do the performers have to say? Some were given a set of questions and this is how they responded.
|What aspect of Latitude Festival interests you the
most and why?
|What can people expect you to bring to the festival and do you have anything special planned?||Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival and why?||If you weren't doing this what would you
|What is your
favourite colour Sheep?
|The Hold Steady - Tad (Lead Guitarist)
||It's always fun to meet other bands. And you can drink all day. And then they'll pay us.||We're bringing a mountain lion. If we can get it through customs. Might be weird. Just don't look it straight in the eyes. It will eat you.||Girls. Lots of girls. And drunk people making terrible decisions. Myself included.||Drinking and peeing on cars.||I like them closely shaven...|
|Wild Beasts||Having never been to Latitude Festival before and for that matter having never played any festival before, we don't really know what to expect.I suppose what we're most interested in is how do we lug our amps and drums into the middle of a bloody field? And why? Because we don't want to be stranded with them under the baking sun, surrounded by hippy revellers and having to thumb some dodgy truck driver for a lift .||We'll bring our BBQ and plan to have some speciality meats.||Arcade Fire-their enormity is mind-boggling.||Our weeks come by like pass the parcel, the music stopped on July 15 th so we'll unravel with relish, otherwise we'd be passing that parcel waiting for the music to stop.||Coming from the Lake District we know our sheep. Blue-faced Leicester must boast not only the finest colour of any sheep, but also the most dignified persona of any livestock in the farmyard today.|
|David - Herman Dune||Man, of course, playing my songs to a bunch of festival-freaks.||I'm bringing my songs, I'm planning on playing them, I hope the kids will like them.||Probably, I'd say Regina Spektor, the guitar player from The Strokes, and also Tony Allen, I've never seen Fela play, I'd just like to see his drummer play (he's the drummer for Damon Albarn)||July, I'd probably be playing Basket Ball and be trying to finish up the songs for Herman Dune's next album||I love black Sheep, white sheep, I love sheep|
||The fact I'm staying in a caravan.||I'll be bringing some Thai Basil and we're planning a couple of really nice hot curries.||The Magic Numbers because I favour the bearded singer.||Whittling.||Black|
|Howling Bells - Juanita||The thoughtful line up. Last year I saw Patti Smith and Lavender Diamond, I loved the variety. The totally appreciative audience. It seems everyone is there to consume art in any shape it comes, an open minded festival I think!||Ummmm.... we try create a very intimate and Noir-ish experience. Our audiences are usually very quiet, so that kinda vibe!||The Good,the Bad,the Queen. Andrew Bird, CSS, Arcade Fire, The Rapture I guess they're bands I've been curious about for a while, so it'll be groovy to see them in a festival atmosphere!||I suppose as this is our last show of the tour, we'd probably be off somewhere having a ball.... but we'll probably do that at the festival anyways!||I work for A.P.C.S, an organisation that works against people colouring Sheep. It's all very sensitive!!!|
|Sonic Flyer - Yulia (Singer/lead guitar) and Rob (Bass)||We're naturally most excited about the line-up on the music stages, but it's the variety of stages and activities that's going to make it a great festival. Not forgetting the sheep , of course.||We're apparently playing at a time when no other band is on another stage, so people can expect us to bring noise in place of silence. Don't expect anything visual like fireworks, dancing or anything, we're not about that. But we'll definitely bring some great sounds that'll blow your mind !||We're very excited about seeing The National, and Arcade Fire are bound to put on an amazing show. Also keep an eye out for the brilliant Cherry Ghost in the Uncut arena.||We'd probably be locked away in our sweaty rehearsal room, making sure we were good enough to be invited to play next year.||We have an inclusive approach to sheep and treat all equally, regardless of their colour. That said, a bright green sheep would be quite something or what about painting a big Mod's bullet on a sheep's back?|
|Alabama 3 - Rob||Whether there are communal showers in the VIP area, our pianoplayer has always dreamt of sharing a shower with Paul Simonon.||A sober and focused critique of all things magical||I'm looking forward to seeing Paul Simonon in the mud, because he's the nattiest dresser on the block and a bit of mud wouldn't hurt him||Explaining to my probation officer why I'm not doing it||As an honorary Welshman, I believe the colour of wool is no baaaar to the joy of festival flock hunting.|
|Annuals - Mike Robinson
||The longitude!||We're going to be bringing 6 ridiculous, big, absolutely dumb faces!||Camera Obscura, we're all pretty big fans but none of us have seen them yet. Arcade Fire and Jarvis should be exciting too||Something else involving gravity?!?!||Corduroy!|
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