A Look Back at Latitude’s Secret Sets

This week we announced the final acts for our 500 names strong line up…all the names, except one secret set from an iconic artist. As we try to control our excitement we take a misty-eyed look back at past legendary Latitude secret sets.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran loves the shape of Latitude as he’s played not one, not two, but three secret sets at Latitude. Ed swapped stadiums for the iArena deep in Latitude woods back in 2015 to play a surprise set to over 1,000 lucky fans. On Sunday he came back for more and played on the Other Voices stage; the 80 strong crowd were treated to classic ‘Chasing Cars’, Nina Simone’a ‘Feelin’ Good’ cover and he also invited a couple of Snow Patrol on stage.

In 2016 Ed returned to Henham Park once again to play with his protege, Foy Vance. Taking to the BBC 6 Music Stage, armed with his acoustic guitar, he joined Foy Vance for rendition of Foy’s 2013 single “Guiding Light” giving everyone goosebumps in the packed tent.

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke played a surprise late night set in the iArena on the Saturday back in 2015, alongside Radiohead collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich. Against a technicolour backdrop, Thom pounded out a vibrant set of unreleased tracks and played songs from the ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ album for the very first time.

That wasn’t Thom’s only surprise appearance as before his set he joined headliners Portishead im the Obelisk Arena. He wowed the crowds with an achingly delicate version of the band’s 2013 track, ‘The Rip’’, alongside front woman, Beth Gibbons.


Rudimental laid it on us at Latitude 2014 when they played a special set in the Obelisk Arena. The drum’n’ bass Brit Award winners got the crowds well and truly bouncing in the afternoon sun to tracks from their debut album, ‘Home.


Tom Jones

Tom Jones got Latitude 2010 off to a cracking start when he showed us why he’s the Voice with a secret set In The Woods on the Thursday night. The Welsh legend took to the stage after midnight to belt out blues and gospel influenced tracks from his album, ‘Praise And Blame’.

Leaving us wanting more, Tom kindly took to the stage in Obelisk Arena on the Sunday to give us one final spectacular set. He’s not called a ‘Sir’ for nothing.

Tom Jones

Don’t miss out on this year’s secret set or catching sure to be legendary headliner shows from The KillersSolange and alt-J. Snap up your day and weekend tickets now!