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Spektor for Latitude

Regina Spektor @ Latitude

The pioneering, award-winning Latitude Festival returns to England’s Sunrise Coast for another spectacular year. 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 open-air Obelisk Arena has been the stage of some epic performances over the past three years and Latitude 2009 will be no different. Lay out your picnic blanket, bask in the sunshine and get down to some of the best music around.

A veteran figure in the burgeoning New York anti-folk scene, Regina Spektor will be bringing her quirky, highly eclectic yet beautifully personal music to Latitude’s Obelisk Arena on the Friday. Born and raised in Moscow she moved to the Bronx in New York as a child and set about developing her classical piano training whilst fusing it with the blues and jazz she was influenced by. Cutting her teeth in New York’s underground clubs it was fourth album ‘Begin To Hope’ in 2006 that brought her worldwide successes. Experimental, multi-instrumental, blues, punk, jazz are all drawn in to compliment her lyrical vignettes and produce music that’s original and compelling. This performance will be unmissable.

She joins Obelisk Arena headliners Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds plus the incredible Doves and Editors – with many more acts to be announced for the rest of the weekend.

If big name bands are getting you down then 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 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.

First to be announced on the Sunrise Arena is Massachusetts outfit Passion Pit. Making colourful and cerebral electronica, combining layers of sunny vocals, warped samples, glitchy beats and euphoric effects this infectious music is the work of lead vocalist and lynchpin Michael Angelakos. Together with his enlisted band members they create a party atmosphere fusing the indie experimentalism of MGMT, Empire Of The Sun and the hooks of Hot Chip to create instant-hit pop classics. See them on Saturday at this intimate stage before they launch off into the mainstream stratosphere.

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