Thom Yorke crowned a wonderful Latitude Festival with a magnificent solo set.
The Radiohead singer’s rare midday appearance drew a crowd larger than any of the headliners as he mixed material from his solo album ‘The Eraser’ with tracks from his main band.
Kicking off with ‘The Eraser’ on a grand piano, the audience fell silent and remained that way for the entire set, while he performed.
In between tracks however, fans near the front were fairly vocal, with one member throwing a banana onstage and calling for the song ‘Banana Co’. "Do you treat all your friends like that? No, because I expect you haven't got any," was Yorke’s retort.
The Radiohead man was in a playful mood though, telling the sound engineer during ‘Harrowdown Hill’ to, "turn up the bass," before poking his tongue out at him and laughing.
Playing a new track, known between fans as ‘The Present Tense’, Yorke said, “It’s another new song, so, you know, go for a piss,” but nobody seemed to listen.
During the intro for ‘Atoms For Peace’ the star said, “there’s no point clapping along, I don’t know what I’m doing.” But it was clear he did as the Radiohead numbers got the biggest cheers with ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’ and ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ favourites among the crowd.
The encore was the singer’s crowning moment however, with ‘There There’ getting a huge cheer before a very rare acoustic version of ‘True Love Waits’ brought the set to a close.
Thom Yorke played:
Atoms For Peace
Follow Me Around
Everything In Its Right Place
The Present Tense
True Love Waits
Elsewhere on the Uncut Stage, The Gossip were booed by the crowd as they turned up 25 minutes late for the start of their set. “Oh, the attitude at Latitude,” bemoaned Beth Ditto before playing a hit happy set with ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ the big crowd-pleaser.
A day earlier, Grace Jones proved that she has as many songs as she does performance costumes, changing clothes during her headline set. Lowered from the ceiling for opener ‘Nightclubbing’, the singer posed and strutted around the stage playing numbers like ‘My Jamaican Boy’ and fan-favourites ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ before finishing with a great rendition of ‘Hurricane’.
On the Friday Pet Shop Boys marked a flamboyant start to the festival with confetti and silver heart balloons signalling the end of the set. Neil Tennant was static through much of the set as an ever changing background of white blocks and ballet dancers provided the visual entertainment.
‘Go West’, ‘West End Girls’ and newer number ‘Love Etc’ were the numbers that really got fans dancing as Bat For Lashes packed out the Uncut Tent for a glorious set that included ‘Daniel’ and set highlight ‘Prescilla’.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Squeeze, Editors, Passion Pit, Camera Obscura and more completed the musical side of Latitude with Simon Armitage, Keith Allen and Vivienne Westwood all proving wildly popular as well.
The comedy tent was by the far the busiest of the weekend though, with fans having to watch many of the comedians from outside the tent on large screens.
Check back for our review of Latitude 2009.