Well, I’m back.
Over the last week and a half I’ve driven from Birmingham to Kent, from Kent to Sussex and then back to Kent again. I’ve taken the Eurostar to and from Paris and, today, have driven from Kent back to Birmingham.
At the Latitude Festival I’ve seen performances by (amongst others) Grinderman, Breeders, Bearsuit, Death Cab For Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Noah and the Whale, Sigur Ros and Micah P. Hinson, I’ve partially caught performances by The Mars Volta, Blondie and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves and have seen stand-up acts by (amongst others) Rich Hall (and Otis Lee Crenshaw), Bill Bailey, Jeremy Hardy and Stewart Lee.
I’ve moshed to the Buzzcocks at 2am, saw the first ten minutes of Guillemots doing a live soundtrack to David Lynch’s Eraserhead, listened to David Soul reading some blackly humorous crime noir and saw a fight break out halfway up the Eiffel Tower.
Oh, and I saw Tom Waits in Paris.
I’ll be writing reviews and suchlike over the coming days. In the meantime, will you please just give me some time to process it all…