Latitude Festival 2009: Patrick Wolf

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Latitude Festival 2009: Patrick Wolf

Afternoon slots on a festival’s main stage can be a cruel and intimidating testing ground for up-and-coming performers.  What may sound great within the gloomy confines of a medium-sized urban venue can lose its impact when performed on a big field in broad daylight before a transient crowd of musical moochers.  It takes a certain calibre of artist to fill that space, make an impact and grab that crowd’s attention.

It takes someone like Patrick Wolf.

On Saturday afternoon, the 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist didn’t just fill Latitude’s Obelisk Arena; at times it felt as though the festival’s largest stage would struggle to contain his incandescent energy.  Wearing a monotone Union Jack-themed unitard which made him look like a demented splicing of Ziggy-era Bowie and Marvel Comics’ Captain Britain, he tore through a set of old and new tracks including  Accident & Emergency, Hard Times and The Libertine.  With just the right balance of camp flamboyance, charismatic cockiness and  I-belong-here swagger, Wolf delivered a compelling performance that had the audience eating out of his presumably finely-manicured hand.  If that wasn’t enough, he even managed to tease some sunlight out of an overcast sky.

A headline act in the making, then.


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  1. Gill Edwards July 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I’m writing on behalf of MySpace – if you were at Latitude you should check out the Festival Annual profile on MySpace –
    You can win festival tickets for next year, and if you upload your own photos there’s a chance they could appear in the Annual, due to be published this autumn. The Festival Annual team was also there taking photos, so you might already be up there – check out the galleries and tag yourself if you were

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