Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Teenagers Make Latitude Very Vocal' VIEW FROM THE STAGE: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Teenagers Make Latitude Very Vocal' VIEW FROM THE STAGE: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

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Byline: BW

"Festivals that are far away, like Latitude, are all about escapism and forgetting your troubles," maintains Jack Steadman, frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club. "I like both sides of the spectrum," he adds, "I like going to Reading where there's no extra activity apart from getting messed up. But on the other side of the coin it's nice to go to a festival, like Latitude, where you discover a lot."

Steadman's London indie quartet are about to embark on a six-week US tour. Their fourth album, the pulsating So Long, See You Tomorrow, topped the UK charts and they're slated to play Latitude, Leeds and Reading festivals. Bombay Bicycle Club are in the ascendance, and band members Steadman and guitarist Jamie MacColl are excited, in their understated way, about playing their third Latitude (latitudefestival.com; 17-20 July). "It's very family orientated, which I like, and even my mum was saying she'd like to come to Latitude," admits MacColl. "I don't think she'd say that about anywhere else. Also because there are a lot of teenagers that go, the gigs can be very vocal, probably more so than somewhere like Glastonbury."

Steadman and MacColl, who are both quietly outspoken, confess that they feel there are too many new festivals springing up that don't take enough care about the "aesthetics" of their event. The twentysomethings have more appreciation for the edginess of Reading where, as 16-year-olds, they witnessed "naked cage fighting on a Sunday night".

It's a far cry from the serenity of Suffolk's lush Latitude, which boasts a typically robust line-up that includes The Black Keys, Damon Albarn, Haim, Editors, Mogwai and the excellent Phosphorescent.

"I'm interested to see what Damon does, and to see if he mainly plays his new solo album," says MacColl. "But the chaotic methodology that he applied with his Gorillaz concerts really didn't work for me. …

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