Latitude Festival preview

Latitude marks its tenth birthday this year with a now well established mix of music, comedy, and contributions from the rest of the arts. Nothing is left out: poetry, literature, ballet, plays, movies, and Alan Davies. We though, are all about the music, so here’s our 3x3 for the festival!


Kicking off the festival proper on the Obelisk Arena are the perfectly named, perky indie-poppers Summer Camp. The married duo mix lightly indie guitars with summery synth pop and, weather permitting, will set the tone for the weekend. Later on, over in the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, are 2015’s festival mainstays Public Service Broadcasting. Playing tracks from their dramatic and euphoric Race For Space album they’re the perfect choice to settle into early evening on the opening day. A much better live prospect than you might imagine their show is clever, witty, and full of dazzle. Clashmongously, our other recommendation for Friday is on stage in the iArena at the same time as PSB. Ezra Furman’s Perpetual Motion People is one of the most interesting and memorable albums so far in 2015. As well as great music, Furman is a hugely enigmatic performer and will put on a show that’s part intense, part hilarious - and all rock. If it feels like we’ve cheated with that clash, then take a look at hard rocking soulman Curtis Harding earlier in the day in the iArena - you won’t be disappointed.


It’s a throwback to the year 2000 in the Obelisk Arena on Saturday afternoon as Badly Drawn Boy celebrates fifteen years since the release of The Hour Of Bewilderbeast by playing the whole damn thing. The be-hatted singer songwriter’s brand of wry humour is spot on for a relaxing festival crowd. Stirring things up with tracks from their stunning debut album are Wolf Alice on the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell will lead the crowd in a mosh through the remarkable ‘Your Loves Whore’ and noisefest that is ‘Giant Peach’. The iArena hosts the circumspect Nadine Shah - at the same time as Damon Gough sadly - with atmospheric, hook filled songs from Fast Food. That she’s supported Depeche Mode and Bat For Lashes tells you everything you need to know. If you need a little time to get out of the sun and unwind Shah fits the bill.


The final day opens with the baritone Americana of Duke Garwood in the woods on the iArena stage. Garwood’s gritty Heavy Love was a pleasant surprise earlier this year and his early afternoon set should be a grumbling, bluesy wake up call. A bit later on Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers bring their mix of hip hop and dance to freshen up the crowd, most of whom will be in their third day of bad sleep and dodgy toilets. It’s a good job then that their aforementioned award winning debut, and 2015’s follow-up are message albums with a beat and a playfulness. Finally, and wrapping up The Lake Stage curated by Huw Stephens, is Rae Morris, the latest ingenue singer songwriter. If the 90s inspired rock of Noel Gallagher and the dance heavy SBTRKT don’t float your boat then the lighter stylings of Morris will be a pleasing way to finish off your festival.

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