The Quietus' Latitude Festival Spotify Preview
, July 10th, 2009 13:02
The Quietus looks forward to next weekend's Latitude Festival with a Spotify playlist
This time next week, the Quietus will be cavorting with Grace Jones, Patrick Wolf, a painted sheep and a load of poetry stained with the butterdrips from crumpets, somewhere in a field in Suffolk.
Regrettably that's not quite as kinky as it might sound, for we'll be setting up camp at the Latitude Festival, one of the most pleasant of this summer's outdoor shindigs.
The frequent accusation that Latitude is "too middle class" is an infuriating one, for what festival isn't, these days? Reading and Leeds is full of the spawn of the Home Counties commuting classes heading for a weekend of drunkenness, burning plastic glasses and dry humping in Argos tents while listening to the most sterile fodder the world of indie and metal has to serve up. Latitude, on the other hand, offers more cerebral fare... And you get to eat proper scran while you're at it.
This year, the three headliners, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are well chosen. The electronic duo, for their awareness that minimal movement and gigantic pop songs are well accompanied by spectacular stage sets, Grace Jones for her sensual unpredictability and singular presence, and the Bad Seeds who seem to be heading for even filthier garage rock tendencies in the wake of the addition of former Seeds man Ed Kuepper. Interestingly, one could say that these three headliners – along with the likes of the Gossip on the second stage – are likely to inspire a healthy amount of rutting under canvas, which you can hardly say is the case with the Boss, or any of the other headliners at this summer's more predictable festivals.
Plus, the likes of White Editors, Ladyhawke and the Gaslight Anthem – perhaps booked for the amount of undeserved broadsheet attention they've garnered in the past year – are easily ignored in favour of Wild Beasts (whose new album Two Dancers is one of the records of the year), I Like Trains, The XX, Bishi, Fever Ray, Catherine AD (see the Quietus next week for an interview), Of Montreal, Blue Roses and Joe Gideon & The Shark, and so on.
And while the Quietus often likes to sleep off the excesses of Friday night with our ear glued to Radio 4, rising around the time of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Britain's premiere radio station will drop into the site over the weekend as part of the extensive spoken word, art and poetry on the programme. Our sex columnist Aidan Moffat will be doing a turn, along with Luke Haines, Jeremy Deller, Jeremy Hardy. There's also a performance of Swan Lake by the Sadlers Wells theature. Oh, and Keith Allen will be there, should anyone find some of the dumplings left behind by those aforementioned painted sheep, and fancy a fling. For more Latitude information, visit the Latitude Festival website.
Anyway, with no further ado, here's a Spotify playlist of The Quietus' selections from this year's Latitude Festival. (Click here to listen)
The Quietus' Latitude Festival Spotify Tracklist:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – 'Tupelo'
Joe Gideon & The Shark – 'DOL'
1990s – 'Cult Status'
Spiritualized – 'Run'
Magazine – 'Shot By Both Sides'
The Broken Family Band – 'The Booze and the Drugs'
Of Montreal – 'Gallery Piece'
Wild Beasts – 'His Grinning Skull'
Pet Shop Boys – 'Being Boring'
Patrick Wolf – 'The Stars'
Blue Roses – 'Coast'
Bishi – 'Never Seen Your Face'
Grace Jones – 'Williams Blood'
Fever Ray – 'When I Grow Up'
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – 'There Is no Light'
Thom Yorke – 'Harrowdown Hill'
I Like Trains – 'We Go Hunting'
The Pretenders – 'Brass In Pocket'
Tchaikovsky – The Swan Lake
Aidan John Moffat – 'Hilary And Back'