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GEMMA CAIRNEY GOES TO LATITUDE

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Television and radio presenter Gemma Cairney spent last weekend at Latitude festival and takes us through her gallery of images.


I have to say the last few weeks have been pretty hectic, my eyelids keep wobbling begging me let them sleep. But as they say, the show must go on and last weekend I found myself bang in the middle of Latitude, with my eyes wide open. I’d describe it as the more whimsical, well-read & clever sister in the festival family tree. I walked the tightrope of artsy bliss and delirium (plus some coherent presentation for Sky Arts and hosting a Q&A with cast of “Misfits” in the Bafta tent). The lake, the woods, the poetry, the theatre. Do you surrender? Course I do..

Afternoon tea was served with some woodland nymph’s!

Loved The Cribs set on the Saturday afternoon. Both anarchic & tongue in cheek. Was good to see a set that packed a punch of pink punk.

I’m good friends with Ryan & his girlfriend. They have a pet rabbit called Fluffy. We joke that Fluffy has the most extreme of altar egos. Fluffy is wild & probably picked the wig. Was also glad to see that my pink hues complimented Ryan’s new tresses.

This is the Sky Arts studio where they were filiming the bulk of the coverage presented by Zoe Ball and Shaun Keaveney. It perfectly captured the festival, often studios and sets make me cringe but not this one..

I gave Kate Tempest the brief of ‘pensive’ for this snap. She was just about to wax lyrical live on telly. So ‘pensive’ seemed apropiate.

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In the eve, I filmed a tour of a ‘Winter’s ball’ & this was the setting, right in the forest. Latitude is unique in how much attention to visual detail goes into the secret and theatrical performance areas. That, you don’t get anywhere else.

Some astonishing contemporary dance in the middle of the night. Another example of what makes Latitude so spontaneous.

Brigitte Aprodite practicing before her poetry tent extravaganza in that dressing room, I mean camper, of hers.

And an insight into my friend Bri’s (granny rather than trendy) camper squished with a weekend’s worth of treasure.

This tee made me smile.

On the Sunday I was honoured to be asked by BAFTA to interview the cast of E4’s “Misfits” – they are an almighty cracking bunch of individuals – who created a lot of excitement with people responding to them like they were a band! Here we are sipping emergency berrocca in wine glasses before the Q&A.

In truth, I was bricking it to interview them live onstage in front of a jammed tent full of over six hundred people, but it was fun! Oh and check this lovely one – Joey [Joseph Gilgun] or Woody (as most know him) from ‘This is England’ who is new to the group & will be in series 3 of Misfits and plays the part of Rudy.

Until next time!

Words and photography: Gemma Cairney

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GEMMA CAIRNEY GOES TO LATITUDE

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