When WJ hit LATITUDE festival
We've returned from Latitude festival and we're totally blissed out, like, totally. Here are our TOP TEN Latitude loves from 2013, and reasons why you should start a piggy bank to get tickets for next year...
1. i-arena stage in the woods. This was really atmospheric and intimate. RHYE played an incredible set there followed by 'Purity Ring'. We hadn't heard of them; but stayed to watch anyway, and it was amazing.
2. i-arena generally. This was our favourite place throughout the festival. It turned into a dance scene late at night after other stages had closed... meaning there was always fun to be had, and our dancing shoes stayed in constant use, as expected.
3. The Woods. The woods were a regular thoroughfare for us every day, and they were magical! Full of ferns and really tall trees, we had to walk through them each time we went to our tent; it was how to get from guest camping to the main arena. The woods contained a brilliant feature called DENTURE DISCO, a DJ booth-cum-stage which was shaped like a massive mouth and set of gnashers! The woods also contained the i-arena and another little stage or two. They were just utterly stunning, and lit up with light bulbs hanging between the trees at night.
4. We watched an amazingly funny comedy set by TIM KEY in the Cabaret tent. It was so nice waking up hungover and being able to go and lounge and laugh the next day if you don't fancy a dance again straight away!
5. One of the key landmarks as Latitude is the beautiful lake with gondolas riding around in it, which you could rent if you so fancied. A tinsy slice of Venice daydreaming anyone?
6. Latitude is family friendly; it had a nice family feel and we felt safe. I definitely think people could bring their kids here too; the Children's Arena is pretty cute.
7. We weren't too daunted. Glastonbury is one of my favourite places in the world; but Latitude was more manageable in the heat! There weren't too many people, and it was relatively fast to zip around the site..
8. We ate the best pizza i think i may have ever tasted from a stone baked pizza place that we can't remember the name of, as it was 3am and pizza was all we could think about - and that's saying something.
9. DISCLOSURE performed a blinding set at BBC RADIO 6 music tent. An absolute highlight, the boys never fail to disappoint, and my dancing shoes found their calling during that set.
10. CULTURALLY DIVERSE. Latitude has a Comedy Tent, a Literature Tent, A Poetry Tent, and A BAFTA Film & Music Arena. This isn't just a festival for music buffs, there is something for everyone.
Marks out of ten? 10/10
We're definitely going back next year.