Latitude Review: Beth Orton

Saturday, July 20, 2013 EDP24

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One of the best-known local acts to play at Latitude was Norfolk’s own Beth Orton, who is originally from Dereham.

The singer-songwriter was brought up on a Norfolk pig farm but has gone on to enjoy a steady career as a solo artist.

Now aged 42, it seems a long time ago since Orton won the Best British Female award at the Brit Awards in 2000.

But Orton proved she can still  cut it with the best of her trade at Latitude, playing the huge BBC Radio Six Music Arena tent yesterday afternoon.

Her distinctive brand of folk and electronica, known as folktronica, was fifth from top of the bill at 4.55pm, between John Grant and Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

Her chilled-out sounds proved a perfect way to spend 45 minutes on a scorching hot Friday afternoon.

Orton is an artist who is never really going to set the pulses racing of hardened rock fans at a festival.

However the warm round of applause the Dereham native received for her soulful and sometimes haunting vocals, proved that Latitude was the perfect stage for Orton to prove she is still at the top of her game.

David Freezer

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