Artist(s): Elle And The Pocket Belles
Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
Latitude has never shyed away from musical variety. Alongside the expected festival music line up, Festival Republic’s programmers have always thrown in more unexpected, but equally welcome, musical acts.
With the sound of Garage Pop in the background, a Vintage Swing quintet may seem an unlikely crowd draw, but on the banks of the iconic lake crowds flock to hear a musical set that crosses the decades.
As the sun shines down on Henham Park, it’s an appropriate start with the refrain of Summertime wafting over the water. It’s not just the classics though that these harmonic songstresses spin, Jesse J’s Price Tag just one of the modern hits given the vintage swing treatment.
Complex harmonies are woven with pitch perfect accuracy, no note out-of-place, perfect synchronisation in song and movement.
For the majority of the audience, vintage swing may have peaked way before they were born, but in the capable hands of Elle and her Pocket Belles, it’s a genre that sounds fresh and new. One suspects that the set has delivered more than a few new fans to the genre.