'Dashing' Ross Noble steals the show at Latitude
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20 July 2008
Ross Noble quite literally stole the show at Latitude festival on Friday by performing an impromptu conga which collected
hundreds of willing fans from other stages.
The comedian played to a packed tent which spilled out on the fringes, before he headed out into the crowd taking most those
watching with him.
Forming a dancing conga line, the column of bodies grew rapidly as it journeyed around the Henham
Park site as festival goers watching bands on other stages ditched their performances to join in.
also took to some traditional festival crowd surfing, his led legions only too happy to carry the comedian around.
The comedy tent was packed throughout the weekend, with other notable highlights including Bill Bailey
and Tim Minchin.
On the music side, Franz Ferdinand headlined the opening night
of Latitude performing four new songs from their forthcoming album. The played 'Kathryn Kiss Me', 'Ulysses',
'Turn It On' and 'What She Came For', as well as the usual hits from their first two albums.
soul singer Natty proved one of the stand out performances on the opening day, while their were also impressive
performances from Death Cab For Cutie and Black Kids.
But perhaps the most talked
about performance of the day happened on the lake, where a man played the flute in a giant bubble illuminated from inside
to a stunning laser show.
Talking of stunning shows, Sigur Ros headlined Saturday night at Latitude
and wowed the audience with songs from their various albums. Giving many fans a first hearing of their new album, the Icelandic
band joked: “Sing along if you know the words.”
Previously, Elbow became the first
band to really converse with the Obelisk Arena crowd. The Manchester band encouraged everyone to sing along to their hits,
including recent single ‘One Day Like This’, in a set very similar to their recent Glastonbury show.
The novelty attraction of the day was the Air Guitar band in the woods “fresh from their sell-out tour of the Silly
Isles!!”. The four-piece dazzled a decent crowd with air versions of hits like The Final Countdown and Darkness classic
‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.
And if that sounds painful it was nothing compared to the late
night show outside the Cabaret tent, where a girl had hooks put through the skin of her back and was suspended from the tree
as part of a swinging burlesque display.
More than 20,000 fans have been enjoying the music, theatre, poetry, comedy
(and even the weather) at Latitude, which continues through Sunday when Interpol headline. Stay posted for