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The pioneering, award-winning Latitude Festival returns to England’s Sunrise Coast for another spectacular edition. Taking place on 16th – 19th July, near Suffolk’s stunning seaside town of Southwold, organisers Festival Republic are promising Latitude will be the perfect British summer destination.
The impressive structure of the tented Uncut Arena houses a line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique. This year will once again host a myriad of musical musts from the fields of folk, world, experimental, electronica, rock, indie and any other musical style you can think of. It’s all on offer at the Uncut Arena.
Friday evening in the Uncut Arena will be a mass of nostalgic glee as legendary New Wave quintet Squeeze treat Latitude to their wealth of classic tracks. ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’ and ‘Tempted’ are just some of the musical gems that Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford’s prolific writing partnership has produced in a career spanning 30 years. After a decade of only tours and festival slots, the band are currently working on brand new material so expect a mixture of both old and new in a set which is sure to be one of the weekend’s highlights.
Danish alternative progressive indie outfit Mew join the Uncut Arena line-up. Their simply bewildering complex arrangements and time changes lead to powerful, beautiful songs that soar with ethereal melodies and enchanting lyrics. They are currently working on their fifth album which is due out later this year, so their set will be a captivating mix of old and new.
Riding high on breakthrough hits ‘My Delirium’ and ‘Paris Is Burning’ released last year, Ladyhawke has been wowing everyone with her catchy brand of nostalgic 80’s electro-pop. Nominated for an NME Award for Best Solo Artist, her work has even caught the attention of Christina Aguilera who has covered ‘Paris…’ for her upcoming album. Her performance at Latitude will be a feel-good synth-tastic dance-along, don’t miss it!
Scandinavian singer songwriter, Teitur writes poetic music. His direct storytelling, subtle humour, and musical minimalism, found on his recent third album ‘The Singer’ creates quiet, beautiful, harsh and contemplative music – loosely described as “a less depressing Nick Drake”. His arrangements and vocals are unique and incomparable and his live performances, where he’s often joined by a full orchestra, will be magical as he kick starts the Uncut Arena on Friday afternoon.
Los Angeles 3-piece Music Go Music evoke the pop sensibilities of ABBA and Electric Light Orchestra with wistful dreamy vocals, Euro beats and cheesy synths. Their fantasy-filled 80’s pop spirit is currently causing a stir in the British music press, and rightly so. This is dance-floor filling stuff that will set Latitude alight. The perfect way to start your Saturday.
Opening up the Uncut Arena on Sunday morning is the orchestral brilliance of Icelandic band Hjaltalin. Crafting beautifully written songs this band have come out of nowhere and made a huge impression. Endearing pop melodies that are fresh, bright and breezy this collective from Reykjavik are destined for great things.
Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale woods with art exhibited within the trees and dappled sunlight shining through the leaves and you will stumble across the most exquisite space of all; the Sunrise Arena, home to tomorrow’s biggest stars. With a full schedule still to be announced, this cosy and cherished arena is the place to find the most exciting new talent. Discover the next big thing at Latitude’s stunning Sunrise Arena.
Synth-pop queen Little Boots will be headlining the Sunrise Arena on Friday night. Winner of the BBC New Sounds of 2009, Little Boots, a.k.a Victoria Hesketh brings together her love of David Bowie, Kylie and Gary Numan to create space-y disco pop. Her live shows are infectious and she dances about the stage, accompanied only by a Japanese gadget called the Tenori-on, a flashing music box that she plays which has now become her trademark instrument.
London three-piece Band Of Skulls are currently riding high on the digital successes of recent single 'I Know What I Am' - a catchy, pounding bass-driven rock gem. Their bluesy rock 'n' roll, reminiscent of White Stripes set apart with perfectly layered interchanging lead singers makes this outfit an exciting addition to the Uncut Arena.
Boston pop giants Yes, Giantess are the next great hopes for electronic pop. Having won over their home country they are on their way over here to unleash some of the biggest pop jams you'll hear all year. Debut single ‘Tuff 'n Stuff’ is a slice of spiralling synths, infectious hooks and uplifting pop choruses which is destined to set the summer alight.
Glasgow-based electro duo Sugar Crisis join the Sunrise Arena line-up. With catchy, dance-floor fillers their infectious hooks are guaranteed to get the crowd bopping and grooving to their enthusiastic fun-filled synth-pop.
Dear Reader hail from South Africa but their beautiful brand of acoustic folk is making waves worldwide. Signed to famed indie label City Slang, their debut album ‘Replace Why With Funny’ is due out in May and is already generating quite a buzz.
Catherine A.D. is a London multi- instrumentalist, song writer and ‘professional malcontent’. Her inspirational style of music and her particularly dramatic voice make an interesting combination, described by NME as: “If Kate Bush died and went to hell, she might sound like London gothic folk chanteuse Catherine Anne Davies…kooky and spooky and very good."
London born singer-songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah’s music is a warm combination of acoustic guitars and orchestration influenced by the likes of James Taylor and Cat Stevens. After recording his debut album ‘Fool In Love’, Jonathan is gracing the Sunrise Stage on Friday with a wonderful blend of folk, soul and blues.
The beautiful lo-fi vocal stylings of singer songwriter Alan Pownall is coming to Latitude. His original voice and intriguing lyrics have won him support and praise from the likes of Adele who took him on tour with her and will no doubt lead him to mainstream successes when he releases his debut album later this year. Catch him play an intimate set at the Sunrise Arena while you can.
Although only 16 and 19 years-old, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit infuse the riches of Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, Joanna Newsom and Leonard Cohen; pure music that speaks of bygone times and old souls. The emphasis is on narrative lyrics accompanying playful melodies with intense, dense harmonies. With their highly anticipated debut album due out later this year catch this incredible talent on the intimate Sunrise Arena before they hit the mainstream.
Weekend tickets £150 plus booking fees • Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £60 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping • Days include car parking only.
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Last updated: 18/04/2018 20:04:38