Tuesday 23 January 2018

Black Keys end Latitude festival

The Black Keys ended the Latitude festival in Suffolk
The Black Keys ended the Latitude festival in Suffolk

Latitude festival has come to an end with The Black Keys headlining the final night of the arts and music event.

The American rockers performed to a packed main stage as rain held off at Henham Park, Suffolk.

Despite spectacular storms leaving some of the arena muddy underfoot, the festival was mainly summery with temperatures approaching 28C.

Although the event is thought to have been trouble free, a 17-year-old boy died after being airlifted to hospital.

Festival organisers said he died of an "isolated medical condition", possibly blood poisoning.

A spokesman added: "The police are not treating this as suspicious."

About 35,000 people attended the family-friendly arts and music event headlined by Lily Allen and former Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Lily put on an impromptu performance on the small Waterfront stage alongside her children, husband and father Keith Allen, before her headline set on Friday night.

And she saw off controversy surrounding her late booking to replace Two Door Cinema Club who pulled out due to ill-health by covering one of the Irish indie bands songs.

She told the audience: "I'm sorry I'm not Two Door Cinema Club but I promise to do my best."

Albarn and Graham Coxon staged a mini-Blur revival during the Saturday night encore, as lightning forked across the sky.

In one of the festival's smaller tents, the singer of Bombay Bycle Club attacked the Arctic Monkeys over claims some of the band's members may have been involved in tax avoidance by investing in the Liberty tax strategy alongside the likes of Gary Barlow.

Speaking on Pienaar's Politics programme on BBC Radio 5 live, Jack Steadman said he would not be tempted by such a scheme.

He added: "I think it's quite disgusting. But I'm also aware of how quickly you can change as a person, not that it forgives you.

"But I'd be lying if I said I'm going to be like this my whole life because I'm sure the Arctic Monkeys when they were young boys in Sheffield and you asked them this question would say, 'Absolutely not, this is horrific', but the things that have happened to them and what they've been thrown into has definitely had a huge effect on them.

"Because I live in this country and I use services like the NHS and these services need money from people that use them. So I will always pay my taxes."

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