This July (13th-15th) sees the return of Latitude Festival which is now in it’s sixth year. If you’ve ever wanted to catch your favourite bands and discover a few great upcoming bands at a festival that also boasts a lake, fairy-light adorned trees, and pink, blue and yellow sheep then Latitude is for you.
Here’s who we recommend going to see if you’re going to Latitude this year:
Everyone’s favourite man of folk, Bon Iver is headlining the festival on Friday night which we’re sure will be an amazing show. Just imagine listening to Iver’s gorgeous lyrics under a starry sky; festival perfection!
Currently signed to Rough Trade Records, Baxter is the son of none other than Ian Dury. Comparisons between the two are already being made, but don’t let this put you off! Baxter may have the same husky but gruff East-London accent, but his music couldn’t be any further apart from his Dad’s.
I couldn’t write this preview without mentioning everyone’s current folk-crush that is the talented Ben Howard. I think the above video below says more than I could even put down into words. Just go and see him!
I was lucky enough to catch White Lies at last year’s Latitude festival and it’s not surprising to see that they’re back on the line up this year! They were one of the highlights of the festival last year for me so make sure that you catch them; they’re guaranteed to get the crowd going.
Lianne La Havas
Having released a few singles late last year and early this year, Lianne La Havas, has caused quite a stir. She was nominated for Sound of 2012 and her live performances have received stunning reviews. Her incredible voice is what she’s renowned for and there’s no doubt that she’s going to go on to become even bigger.
I caught Lucy’s set at Camden Crawl earlier this week and was totally blown away by her. If I were to compare her to anyone it would a slightly more mainstream Laura Marling (who you can also coincidentally catch at Latitude). Her warm folk ditties are the perfect soundtrack to the summer.
Fresh from supporting Florence & the Machine on her recent tour are London boys Theme Park. If you love uplifting electronic indie pop with an eighties twist not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Summer Camp, then Theme Park will be your cup of tea! They’re kind of impossible not to like.
Frisky & Mannish
Here’s something a bit different, but a must-see! Everyone’s favourite pop-based comedy act; Frisky & Mannish. Catch them in the Comedy tent, and see which popster they’re choosing to imitate/mock this time!
Check out www.latitudefestival.co.uk for full line-up & ticket information.
Words: Louise Thomas