With the passing of summer, we look back on the official festival season with heavy hearts. In our digitally divided world, the ages-old festival experience connects us with what makes us human. You need only look to events like Burning Man to see how contemporary audiences have used festivals to reconnect with the seemingly forgotten ideals of face-to-face community, collaboration and expression. And events like Latitude in England have combined the Burning Man model with the scale of more corporate events like Glastonbury and Coachella.
Latitude has been called “the biggest small festival” in the U.K., boasting big names like New Order and The Lumineers while achieving a bohemian yet family-friendly vibe. Might this be the future of festivals as we know them? Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell traveled to the Latitude festival this summer and captured what she saw for On the Beat: