Latitude: Soak review

Latitude Festival 2014

Latitude Festival 2014 - Credit: Archant

Soak (Bridie Monds-Watson) is an 18-year-old Derry singer and songwriter who is planting roots deep in the Irish music scene.

Whilst watching her up-close, it was clear to see that she had played acoustic guitar from a young age. The finger work was very complex, along with creating a soft drumming rhythm on the guitar to develop a beat.

From combining the words Soul and Folk together to create Soak, her lyrics create a vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking, with song titles such as ‘Explosion’ and ‘Wreckless Behaviour’. She entered the stage with a laid back personality and said: “Alright Latitude? I’m Soak – like the bath thing.” This created a few light hearted chuckles from the crowd.

Her soothing melodies drove the audience to a standstill, and the crowd seemed to relax and take in her strong yet mellow voice. Soak’s lyrics were about her life experiences and observations, and her soft and haunting voice helped the crowd escape and wind down during the excitable surroundings of the festival.

Amy Westall