As Latitude Festival announces new acts for 2014 Alex Flood give his verdict on the line-up so far
14:23 05 February 2014
Latitude, East Anglia’s biggest alternative music festival, released its latest line-up announcement today, and it was no disappointment. Indie stalwarts Bombay Bicycle Club and Two Door Cinema Club play the main stage for the first time, and hot new band Haim are on the bill; but what about the other acts heading down to Southwold this summer?
Known instantly as the incendiary frontman of Blur, this is the first time Damon Albarn will headline a major festival as a solo performer. With new album Everyday Robots set to be released on April 28 and the positive reception to the eponymous single, Albarn is set to draw on a wealth of new material for his upcoming live shows. Fans of the almighty Blur and Gorillaz should not feel downhearted however as Albarn has also stated that he will be performing tracks from all of his bands as well. A barn-storming set of old classics and new songs will be in store for all Latituders attending this summer.
Following Tame Impala’s heavy touring schedule last year, the band have been quiet for some months now. But with a follow-up to 2012’s Grammy winning effort Lonerism well under way, Kevin Parker and his band of Aussie hippies look set to dominate this Summer’s festival season. Some might remember the band’s scintillating performance at Coachella in California last year, widely regarded as one of the best rock sets in recent times, ensuring fans of a great performance in Suffolk this year. Whatever happens, expect high-octane rock ‘n’ roll, flamboyant guitar solos and colourful, psychedelic visuals.
German musician and composer from Berlin, aka Nils Frahm, makes music combining nu-folk and ambient to make impassioned, instrumental works that cross-over perfectly to stage performances. Known for his transcendental live act, often leaving fans in tears of musically induced hysteria, Frahm will make for a relaxing beak from the loud, raucous bands of the main stage.
This Swedish group combine elements of afro-beat and experimental rock to produce one of the most exciting sounds on the alternative music scene at the moment. Debut record World Music was critically lauded as one of the best efforts of 2012, and catapulted the band into the limelight, 2014 is shaping up to be another big year for the Swedish rockers; known for simply playing World Music from start to finish on stage, Goat make for an immersive record based listening experience, and combined with the African tribal dress they sport on stage, are an unmissable prospect.
No festival is complete without a good, old-fashioned, balls-to-the-wall punk rockout, and that’s where Leeds five-piece Eagulls come in. Their brand of post-punk, garage rock has been making waves on the indie circuit, and recently earned them a deal with American label Partisan records. First single ‘Nerve Endings’ has attracted over twenty thousand views on YouTube, and is one of the rock tunes of the year so far. Known for their chaotic live shows and rock-star antics offstage, Eagulls will fill the void of rebellious new boys similar to what Palma Violets did for festivals in 2013. Do not be absent.
Wilis Earl Beal
Former homeless, Chicago-born blues man Willis Earl Beal is known for intensely emotional and spiritually uplifting live performances, once actually shedding tears during a rendition of ‘Swing Low’ live on the ‘Later with Jools Holland’ show on BBC2. His lo-fi, experimental R&B is a joy to behold, and a captivating stage presence never fails to impress.