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1 hour ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

Does anyone know of anyone who got COVID during or after the festival? I've got zero symptoms and taken three LFTs in three days, just to see and absolutely nothing. Which is obviously great. And I made sure that I mixed it up whilst there, just like a normal pre-pandemic event. Hugs with strangers, no social distancing, moshing with the kids in the weird DnB caravan, the lot. With the way transmission was in the UK this time last week, I was prepared for the elevated risk of contracting it but I figured I'd let the double-jab reduce the effects, if so. The only ill-effects that have been felt from the festival are to my bank account! 

I really hope that this is a good sign for festivals and other events going forward.

 

A friend of mine had a (faint line) positive LFT yesterday morning, awaiting PCR results. A few others of our group, myself and partner included, have been pinged but LFTs all negative thus far

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6 hours ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

Does anyone know of anyone who got COVID during or after the festival? I've got zero symptoms and taken three LFTs in three days, just to see and absolutely nothing. Which is obviously great. And I made sure that I mixed it up whilst there, just like a normal pre-pandemic event. Hugs with strangers, no social distancing, moshing with the kids in the weird DnB caravan, the lot. With the way transmission was in the UK this time last week, I was prepared for the elevated risk of contracting it but I figured I'd let the double-jab reduce the effects, if so. The only ill-effects that have been felt from the festival are to my bank account! 

I really hope that this is a good sign for festivals and other events going forward.

 

Positive here, seems i was the one who gave it to my group from the festival as well since my symptons seem to be a bit ahead. I'm 20 and have had one dose so not particularly worried and will be fine but its a bit boring. Glad to get it over with though, I have Boardmasters then Reading just 8 or 9 days after, so if I got it at boardies i'd have had to of sold my reading tickets. Not heard of anyone else.

Definitely is looking good at the moment corona wise, and it was a fantastic weekend - more than worth it!

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Got back about 6.30pm on the Monday evening and have managed to get my thoughts together about the weekend at my first Latitude. This is going to be a very long post, but if you’re on these forums after the event has ended you might be interested in reading it.

Covid replacements were going to be inevitable but frustrating nonetheless, Arlo Parks, Fontaines and my beloved PVA were sorely missed. However, one replacement that did work in my favour was Sports Team over Alfie Templeman. They were great, and I managed to get front of the barrier about 6 people to the left, their crowd was fairly sparse though, but I thought they were great and deserved a bigger one. They’re probably more suited to a set on the Sounds stage though really.

I thought the demographic was a lot different than I expected, maybe because there was people who wouldn’t normally go but just went because it was an actual festival. I expected younger children and families. They were there though, at sets like Rick Astley and Kaiser Chiefs but a lot of the sets I caught there weren’t many family wristbands that I could see in the crowd. This was partly due to Amy Lawn’s comment that goes along the lines of: Middle class, white parents bringing their young children, Maisie and Ollie and going to get pissed in a field while watching socially liberal comedians and complaining they pay far too much tax. I’m sure that was there but it wasn’t in your face really and didn’t seem to make a huge amount of the demographic up.

In a way it does feel like two different festivals. I think dentalplan put it best, “Main stage for the norms, the others for the nerds”. Walking to see Bastille after Shame had finished felt really odd and it’s surprising that a festival of this size books acts this varied in style. It really is an eclectic line-up that you don’t really get at most festivals except Glastonbury.

It felt so surreal to be back at a festival watching live music in a field. The atmosphere was good, and all the acts felt the same way as the punters of being back to live music.

It was never going to be as good as Glastonbury but it was still a fantastic weekend. If there’s a spectrum of site, Glastonbury would be the pinnacle of the site, as in I’d still go without any music whatsoever it’s that good. And Leeds being the other side, site is nothing to write home about, I’d only go if I really liked what was on offer musically. Latitude sits comfortably in the middle. The site is pretty picturesque and it’s laid out nicely and there’s lots of nicely designed areas to have a chill in and explore. A bonus compared to Glastonbury is the distance between stages, a five minute walk from Obelisk to the Sounds test feels a lot nicer than the 15 minute race between the Other and the Pyramid at peak times.

The food offerings were also great as well. There were two stalls, Paellaria and Maes Mac that I enjoyed at Glastonbury and I was glad they were there as their food was still fantastic. Due to a recommendation on here I tried Curry on Naanstop and the Samosa Chaat that they served and it was so good that I came back the next day for another round which they recognized me from. It also didn’t seem to have much of a queue which was great as some food stalls seemed to have 30 minute+ queues at peak times. Also from recommendations on here I tried Happy Maki. I’d compare it to Kendrick Lamar’s music. It is widely liked and has mass of acclaim, heard queues of over 45 minutes at some points, but no matter how much I consume, I’m never going to be a fan of it. It just wasn’t really for me, but I’m happy for those who can get so much joy from it. I also got a free portion of churros from a stall near the Sounds tent as they were closing up and were giving away the last remaining few to people who ventured near their stall.

I watched a couple of hours total of Comedy over the weekend and watched a bit of Katherine Ryan’s set before I headed off to Holly Humberstone who was very enjoyable. However, I did not realise how packed the tent would be. We’d got there early as my mate wanted to get a decent spot inside the tent to watch her. We were about half way into the tent under the canopy and man it was a mission getting out. There was barely any space and people were mostly sat down with crossed legs which made it super hard to navigate a way out. So if a slightly sunburnt 16 year old wearing a white t-shirt pissed you off by trying to get out of the Comedy tent midway through a set, I apologise. I did end up saying sorry about a dozen times leaving the tent but I felt like a bit of an arse for getting in peoples way.

It’s a long drive from Manchester though, over 6 hours without including breaks, however the journey back wasn’t bad at all and hardly experienced any traffic getting back except a little bit in the surrounding village. I’m pretty tall and my legs are fairly long and didn’t enjoy being cooped up in the middle seat in the back of the car. But it was all worth it as the weekend was fantastic.

I couldn’t get a drop of signal for data throughout the entire festival so hadn’t seen the changes to the schedule on my phone. Due to this, I left The Snuts about 20 minutes into their set to get a good spot for PVA, a band that was on my must see list. I arrived to an almost empty Alcove tent and could have gotten the best view in the house if I’d have wanted though. But to the side of the tent I noticed there was a laminated piece of A4 paper that listed the set times for the acts that day. Out of curiosity I went over and had a look. There was every act on there, except PVA who seemed to have been replaced by another act. I got my mate who could get some signal to check their Twitter / Facebook to see what had happened and we found out about 10 minutes before they were supposed to be on, that they’d dropped out and were no longer playing. It was also then that I found out that Arlo Parks and Fontaines were also no longer playing. I then get a text from my dad that he’d seen that PVA were no longer listed on the schedule but he hadn’t found out that others had dropped out. But due to the ropey signal, the message came too late. Snuts had already been left and excitement had already risen. To put it in the words that I used there, I was ‘thoroughly fucked off’.

But Squid and Wolf Alice made up for it later in the day. Squid weren’t the first act that I’d seen post Covid, but in a way it felt like it. It felt like one of the first ‘proper’ gigs back, as I stood pretty distant to people for most of the acts before. I was right in the pit for their whole set and got their about 20 minutes before they were on. Their set was one of the first moments it felt so good to be back to live music. Both them and their fans have so much energy and it felt amazing to be back in a warm and sweaty tent with other people shouting words like ‘Houseplants’ at the top of my lungs. Their record that they released earlier this year is fantastic and will probably be in my top 10 of this year. The song ‘Pamphlets’ was an amazing highlight and is my favourite song of theirs so I’m glad they played it as it was great.

I didn’t manage to get into the tent for Wet Leg, even though I arrived about 10 minutes before they were due on so had to watch it on the hill at the back of the Alcove. There were metal barriers at the back of the hill and it seemed as though possibly seconds before I got to the hill, people had broken them down and ran into the tent. There was a security member watching people with eagle eyes making sure no-one made a run for it though. You could tell a few people on the hill were contemplating breaking the barrier down once more when the security wasn’t looking, but nothing came of it. Shortly after about three more security arrived which ensured no one else was getting in. The atmosphere inside the tent seemed awesome and was still pretty good on the hill and when Chaise Longue came on it definitely became more alive. I’m slightly annoyed that I didn’t make it in the tent but they’re supporting Inhaler on the UK tour so I’ll be able to catch them there.

Wolf Alice and Chemical Brothers were also great, however, I’d like to register a formal complaint with either of the brothers about the removal of No Geography and Go from the set list as they are favourites of mine. Even worse than removing it from the set list, some would argue, is teasing both songs. They played a bit of Go before they cut it short and they played the intro to No Geography, you know, the ‘him, her and them too’, bit. I was mildly frustrated when neither song was fully finished, but other than that, their set was great. I’m also thankful of Wolf Alice for playing Silk which they sometimes leave of their set lists for no apparent reason as it is a fantastic song!

My highlight of the weekend has to be Shame. I managed to get the front of the side barrier on the left side of the tent and they opened on my favourite song of theirs, Born in Luton and it was an amazing moment to watch. They have an amazing amount of energy and their guitarist must have run about a kilometre during their set. I couldn’t see but apparently the tent was only about a third full from what I’ve heard, probably due to being on at the same time as Bombay Bicycle Club. Even though their crowd was small, they played like it was their last gig ever and if I didn’t hate the phrase I’d say that the dial was on 11 for the entirety of the set. I like how they said that they were going to play a new one before breaking into One Rizla, their most played song on Spotify. The lead singer also came down to the front of the crowd and crowd surfed during a song which was great and he was right over my head at one point. Station Wagon was also a perfect last song and was the end to a great set. They were definitely the highlight of my weekend.

My top five sets are:

1. Shame

2. Squid

3. The Chemical Brothers

4. Wolf Alice

5. Sports Team

So, will I return again? Well, if the line-up is half decent and my parents are up for the 6 hour drive from Manchester? Yes. I’ve got Glastonbury next year but if I want to do another festival I don’t think there is another festival that has as good as the combination of things that Latitude has, except Glastonbury of course. It has great food options, much better compared to the depressing vegetarian burrito I had at Leeds in 2019. If this festival can turn people vegan, that burrito can turn people into eating solely meat for the entire weekend. It’s a nice site and isn’t too far to walk between stages which is good if your Benny Hanna-ing it for the weekend. The music and comedy is also diverse enough to satisfy all of our group. Enough alternative stuff to keep some of our group interested for a weekend, and enough mainstream music and comedy to keep the rest of our group interested.

The toilets in general camping were also not the greatest at times, they were long drops, smelt a fair bit and there were a lot of Bart Simpson drawings that could be down to a particular poster on here. The ground also seemed rock hard and it was a struggle to get tent pegs in without a mallet. I think I’ll go for family camping next time as the facilities seemed a lot better there.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend.

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I've seen Shame many times, from when they first started out in tiny venues to seeing them play some large festival slots and they never fail to put on a great show. 

Charlie Steen is an amazing frontman...it would be easy to dismiss him at-a-glance as another shouty angry young man, but he's a great wordsmith and a fantastic artist all round who excels at engaging with the crowd. 

I think his career will be very interesting over the years. 

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1 hour ago, Sean1234321 said:

I've seen Shame many times, from when they first started out in tiny venues to seeing them play some large festival slots and they never fail to put on a great show. 

Charlie Steen is an amazing frontman...it would be easy to dismiss him at-a-glance as another shouty angry young man, but he's a great wordsmith and a fantastic artist all round who excels at engaging with the crowd. 

I think his career will be very interesting over the years. 

I think you only have to hear the stark jump in quality from their first to second record to see they might really be onto something special in the future. Snow day has slowly become one of my favorite songs since release, absolute masterpiece both sonically and lyrically.

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3 hours ago, Sean1234321 said:

I've seen Shame many times, from when they first started out in tiny venues to seeing them play some large festival slots and they never fail to put on a great show. 

Charlie Steen is an amazing frontman...it would be easy to dismiss him at-a-glance as another shouty angry young man, but he's a great wordsmith and a fantastic artist all round who excels at engaging with the crowd. 

I think his career will be very interesting over the years. 

Great as the Shame set was (though I missed the first half where I feel like they played a lot of their more interesting songs), I think the best Charlie Steen moment was his appearance with Lynks on the main stage. Doing the dance moves and everything.

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2 hours ago, big hog said:

Great as the Shame set was (though I missed the first half where I feel like they played a lot of their more interesting songs), I think the best Charlie Steen moment was his appearance with Lynks on the main stage. Doing the dance moves and everything.

I was unaware that he had recently featured on a song with Lynks so this was a brilliantly bizarre moment for me. I only went to see him after he came on to a song with Frank Carter at Download so had no idea what to expect. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing though and the late night set was just a bonus!

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4 hours ago, big hog said:

Great as the Shame set was (though I missed the first half where I feel like they played a lot of their more interesting songs), I think the best Charlie Steen moment was his appearance with Lynks on the main stage. Doing the dance moves and everything.

I think Lynks has a big future. Loads of fun.

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2 minutes ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

I think Lynks has a big future. Loads of fun.

personally haven't been able to stop listening since the main stage and subsequent forest set. loved Charlie's appearance and really made me love how he embraced the queerness of it all! great craic. love love love and cannot wait to see more from lynks.

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3 of our group have tested positive in the past few days and absolutely floored by it. Felt Tuesday evening it was coming not just festival blues, but only got the positive result this morning. All had 1 dose of the vaccine and all feeling utterly horrendous. 
 

Been wanting to add to everyone’s reflections of a magical weekend back to what we love but struggling to see past the brain fog or look at a screen for too long. Echo people’s comment on general camping being shafted but that’s the only downer even with testing positive. Knew what we were signing up for, Don’t regret attending for one second had the time of our lives just hoping this passes sooner rather than later 

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40 minutes ago, efcfanwirral said:

A quick search for "Latitude covid" on twitter doesn't make for good reading. Hope they're anecdotal and rare but it sounds like whole groups are coming down with it

I'm more worried about the optics...

I've seen a lot more hearsay than anything else, along the lines of the individuals friends sisters son catching it there or something similar. The main issue is you'll only really hear from the people who might have caught it as opposed to those who didn't, everyone who I went with has tested since we left and have been negative so far. I suppose if anything major comes out of if they can argue it was a research event and that was its purpose 

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5 minutes ago, curlyjake said:

3 of our group have tested positive in the past few days and absolutely floored by it. Felt Tuesday evening it was coming not just festival blues, but only got the positive result this morning. All had 1 dose of the vaccine and all feeling utterly horrendous. 
 

Been wanting to add to everyone’s reflections of a magical weekend back to what we love but struggling to see past the brain fog or look at a screen for too long. Echo people’s comment on general camping being shafted but that’s the only downer even with testing positive. Knew what we were signing up for, Don’t regret attending for one second had the time of our lives just hoping this passes sooner rather than later 

3/6 of us have it (4th would have but has natural immunity). Been ok so far and feel like I will be alright, also means i am hopefully safe for Reading because im doing Boardmasters the week before. Well worth it, honestly not bothered. Seems most of the people on here didn't get it, I am the only person whos said they have it and then your group. I think it was a bit silly to go in expecting not to get it anyway (although depends how you acted, we treated it as a normal festival with no regard for covid besides personal hygiene)

Heres the twitter search: https://twitter.com/search?q=latitude (covid OR positive) &src=typed_query&f=live

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8 minutes ago, gfa said:

3/6 of us have it (4th would have but has natural immunity). Been ok so far and feel like I will be alright, also means i am hopefully safe for Reading because im doing Boardmasters the week before. Well worth it, honestly not bothered. Seems most of the people on here didn't get it, I am the only person whos said they have it and then your group. I think it was a bit silly to go in expecting not to get it anyway (although depends how you acted, we treated it as a normal festival with no regard for covid besides personal hygiene)

Heres the twitter search: https://twitter.com/search?q=latitude (covid OR positive) &src=typed_query&f=live

Sorry to hear that but glad you’re not feeling too bad, the 3 of us all fit and healthy early thirties surprised just how bad it’s hit us. Completely agree, I think my mindset going in was I WAS going to get it absolutely enjoyed it as I would any other festival. Met so many new people and definitely no caution there. 

interestingly, 3 of us were the last ones standing in the late night areas Sunday night. Group of 20+ came Saturday all fine. Hunch is we caught it late on. With the uncertainty of a lateral flow picking up results in the early stages maybe being on a festival site for 4/5 days is just a day or so too long and a 2/3 day event may result in less transmissions. No real evidence just a thought that popped in my head. Seen lots of Sunday attendees online confirm positive results 

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3 hours ago, curlyjake said:

Sorry to hear that but glad you’re not feeling too bad, the 3 of us all fit and healthy early thirties surprised just how bad it’s hit us. Completely agree, I think my mindset going in was I WAS going to get it absolutely enjoyed it as I would any other festival. Met so many new people and definitely no caution there. 

interestingly, 3 of us were the last ones standing in the late night areas Sunday night. Group of 20+ came Saturday all fine. Hunch is we caught it late on. With the uncertainty of a lateral flow picking up results in the early stages maybe being on a festival site for 4/5 days is just a day or so too long and a 2/3 day event may result in less transmissions. No real evidence just a thought that popped in my head. Seen lots of Sunday attendees online confirm positive results 

About to sleep now mind you, way earlier than usual for me - its definitely the most ill i can remember being by far but it is what it is. Our LFTs only just started showing up positive today (shows how useless they are, i did my pcr tuesday morning!). 2/3 days so people who get it early can't transmit it sounds like a pretty good idea honestly.

3 hours ago, Chapple12345 said:

This is a good thread basically explaining everything but I agree they'll only really pick up on people who report it afterwards, it will only be an issue if there's a major outbreak as a result but hopefully that's unlikely 

The guy says the minority got it at the festival but i honestly doubt this a lot, I know for a fact I got it there and I reckon most people will have. Also his thing about 2019 rollovers is quite funny, a huge amount of people booked onto Latitude because it was a test event - literally everyone i spoke to was a first time attendee.

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18 hours ago, lemons said:

Unless I've misunderstood, in line with prevalence in general population few hundred at latitude were likely to have had covid?

A fair point, but the supposed difference is that in the general population you are mixing with a random selection of people. At Latitude, in theory, we were only mixing with people that had tested negative. I guess it was wishful thinking that everyone would be candid and honest, and that Lateral flow tests would be very reliable, but I suppose that is what was being tested.

I was working at the festival and the conditions of entry were more stringent. Even though I'm double jabbed I had to take a Lateral flow test twice over the weekend, fill in a daily health report and - this is the key point - I had to take a photo of myself holding up the negative lateral flow test that I had used and uploaded the result of. It would have been much harder to fake than merely upload a result.

Conversely, friends I met at the festivals who had come as punters reported that the checks of the gate were cursory for them at best. They all did the right thing, of course, but the paper "proof" held up could have anything written on it, so I was told.

So I guess it comes down the pragmatism. The organisers knew what was needed to be properly sure you were negative and made all their workers go through those hoops. They also knew being that thorough would put off the general public and was perhaps impractical on a large scale.

Not an unreasonable conclusion, but it does show that they therefore knew that the method of "proof" they asked of the public fell short and could, and probably would, be compromised.

 

 

 

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This must only be a small snapshot of those who have actually bothered to report it as well. There has been little to no follow up of the ERP requirements other than if you've got it, please report it.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-58025078

 

Up to 20 people in Suffolk have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Latitude Festival, the county's director of public health said.

 

 

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We've had a confirmed case in our group today. I've been doing daily lateral flows and they're all coming back negative - went for a PCR today to check, just in case.

I had an email from Big Green Coach (whom I travelled with) earlier this week to say someone on my return coach, after presenting a negative lateral flow to get on, went for a PCR to fly out of the UK and was positive.

If I do end up being negative after all this I've either recently had Covid and not known, or my awful immune system has finally got its act together!

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