Laura Marling on the Obelisk Arena, Latitude Festival

Posted on July 27, 2012

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written for Festival Republic

With three albums of superb quality already in the bag, Laura Marling’s career has been as smooth as Pierce Brosnan singing Frank Sinatra on a P&O cruise ship. Her song-smithery leaves her contemporaries trailing in her wake; like the Sally Gunnell of the modern music world, she sprints comfortably out in front of the field and looks completely at ease doing so.

Lying equidistant between Neil Young’s backyard and Joni Mitchell’s coffee table, Laura now carries the torch of real folk in her young hands and her grip is vice like. Reared on a diet of nutritional folk from a very young age, she is imbued with musical knowledge beyond her years. Her performance on the main Latitude stage will be her last for a while as she rests from the rigours of touring, but it was a fitting farewell to what has been a great year for Britain’s finest song-writer.

Many would argue that Laura’s brand of music is not the best fit for a huge outdoor venue but they’d be wrong. Her brilliantly crafted tracks were the perfect fit for the Latitude crowd who stared on in awe as a true modern-day genius played for just under an hour. Her fans’ thirst for new material is unquenchable and many now hope her rest from gigging results in the creation of new songs.

With such a stellar Latitude line-up it’s difficult to pick a stand-out artist but Laura certainly topped the bill in my eyes this year. We should be proud to have such a fantastic artist in our midst; one that will surely be remembered long after her career is over.

written by Robert Pollard

photograph Sam Ellis

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