PRESS RELEASE – Latitude festival post event report
Vanity Van featured backstage at Latitude this weekend in the 6 music dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the artists and performers
Vanity Vans backstage salon featured at Latitude this weekend in the 6 music dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the artists and performers.
The Vanity Van team had a phenomenal time at Latitude festival conducting treatments on the artists and performers before and after their sets. Latitude festival is a unique creative boiling pot of music, poetry, arts, literature and comedy there is something for everyone in the family and never a dull moment on site or in the backstage area, which played host to some crazy characters.
The weather presented some interesting challenges with some insane electrical storms drenching the crowds on Saturday night and gave the team a few palpations that we might return to a destroyed salon but thankfully it survived the deluge.
The fabulous Lily Allen kindly stepped in to save the day on the Friday when Alex from Two Door cinema club was taken ill to headline the main stage tonight. Lily a Vanity Van regular asked to borrow red and pink glitter for her set, before heading off to Spain, France and then Melbourne. Poor Lily apparently received some unnecessary backlash from Two Door fans on twitter about taking their place, however she quickly won them over and ended up with an amazing reaction to her set.
One of our more unusual requests was from Damon Albarn himself who asked the team to pop over to his dressing room before their set so that we could paint up his guitar tech as a clown for his set! Damon Albarn’s singer Teni came in to the salon for a hair styling before she went on stage. Damon was spotted traipsing around backstage looking massively grumpy but was in high spirits before his set, maybe he too had been bitten to death by the swarms of mosquitos on site.
Lewis the bass player for Crystal Fighters came in for the works and had a beard trim, hairstyle and massage and Batiste Conditioning mist spritzed on the ends to smooth the flyaways. We even waxed Ellie, their vocalist.
Rudimental were confirmed in the afternoon as the secret performers on the Obelisk stage in the afternoon, which we were very pleased to hear. Bridget their singer popped in for a massage and said all the boys were sleeping like babies in the tour bus. However a sleepy Piers popped in last minute just before his set for a cheeky trim and a spritz of Batiste the band have been uber busy touring and were going off to Dublin after their set to play Latitudes Irish sister festival Longitude. We also bumped into Kenzie in his car with his baba as they were leaving and we found out singer Tommy has also just had a baby.
We spotted Edith Bowman knocking around the back stage this morning with her hubby Tom from the Editors, who were headlining the Obelisk stage, with their boys in tow.
Andrew the lead singer and song writer of Hozier band of the moment came in for a relaxing massage after his set and we also had keyboardist Mia in for a manicure.
Jack the lead singer of Bombay Bicycle club was spotted by one of our team reading a book and relaxing in the sun whilst waiting to go on stage – so rock and roll!
Grace Chatto the celloist and main producer from Clean Bandit and their singer Florence all came in for hair and make-up before their set. The lovely ladies are all regulars of the salon and they are one of our absolute favs the whole team went to enjoy their set after the salon had closed – they absolutely smashed the 6 music stage. The band were bowled over by the crowds reaction and we loved them dropping a cover of You’ve got the Love.
William the lead singer from Augustines was cracking jokes and making everyone laugh whilst getting a massage. He went on a random journey and talked about Donkeys, Borneo, Weddings, Thai staff, Hair, Donkey pee, London, Berlin, Donner Kebabs and stomach issues. He came in for another massage after he sang and enjoyed it even more due to his exerting set.
Dingus Khan helped Keith Allen fix his Land Rover, on Friday night because their drummer used to work in a car garage. Many people said that Keith Allens’ set was one of the highlights of the festival wonder if Lily stuck around to see it?
Huw Stephens swung by for a massage and treated his other half to luxury manicure. He told us he is a very big fan of First Aid Kit and that we should check them out because they will be a big hit in the future.
We had all the girls from the Vaults in and violin player Jessica from Vaults has been running a lot recently to keep fit. She also revealed that she has always wanted to shave h
er entire head but has never been able to bring herself to do it. The girls all joked that as they all have undercuts now they should form a new band called The Undercuts. Jess also said that she is very body confident and thinks that women should be proud of their figure no matter what – we love her attitude.
Jungle were one of the highlights of the weekend electrifying the audience and lighting up the 6 music tent after they had all been in for massages, make-up and hair styling’s. Jungle singer Rudi enjoyed being beautified because she’s the only female in the band and doesn’t get the
chance to talk about it that much. We had all the boys in for haircuts, styling and massages. Jungle percussionist Dominic enjoyed watching the girls massage and asked for tips from the team to use on his friends.
John the bass player from Kwabs had a Batiste hair styling and a massage and loved his new style. Their singer Neo who had some ringlet curls put in revealed that they were hanging round with singer Moko for the festival.
Vanity Van’s next tour stop is Rewind festival in August and then finishing off the season will be another backstage salon at Leeds. Press invites will be sent out before each event so you can book in to come and see the team in person and work with them on features.
photos all credited to Jack Williams, Vanity Van