Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club and 80s pop stars Hall and Oates are among the latest string of acts to be announced for Latitude Festival.
More than two dozen music and spoken word artists were revealed on the line-up today, including rapper Scroobius Pip, dream pop band Slowdive and former British Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
They will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn at Henham Park, near Southwold, in July.
The run-down of music acts announced today includes: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Slow dive, Scroobius Pip, Tame Impala, Kate Tempest and Band, Shlomo and Friends, Reeps One, PolarBear, George The Poet, Jungle, Julia Holter, Koreless, Eagulls and Fat White Family.
Returning to Latitude are Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, composed of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg whose close vocal harmonies and woodsy, folk-influenced songwriting take influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom.
The duo triumphed at the Swedish Grammis Music Awards where they took home four awards for Artist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, Best Pop, and Album Of The Year for their last album The Lion’s Roar.
Scandinavian singer-songwriter Agnes Obel has drawn critical acclaim for two piano-led albums that refract the emotional honesty of PJ Harvey or Tori Amos through music reminiscent of composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie.
After sweeping the board at the Danish Music Awards in 2011, Obel is now taking her work to the international stage, with her appearance at Latitude one of a select handful of opportunities to hear her in the UK this summer.
Joining the bill is prolific singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, whose 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son has just been released in the UK to critical acclaim and described by NME as the “road movie without an end”.
Often referred to as the ‘Godfather of the Seattle folk boom’ and with a celebrity fan base that includes Moby, this could be the year the bruised grace of Jurado’s voice and songwriting reaches the audience it deserves.
Catch him for an exclusive UK festival appearance at Latitude.
Also confirmed is multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, whose self-proclaimed “organic moonshine roots music”, is a boundary-breaking synthesis of Appalachian, blues, gospel, bluegrass and soul. She broke through into the public consciousness in 2013 with the release of her fourth album Pushin Against A Stone and after a storming set on the iArena in 2013, Latitude is excited to welcome her back.
Wales-based DJ and producer Koreless, another recent XL Recordings / Young Turks co-signing, is confirmed to appear at the festival, where his glitchy, ghostly music, influenced by the darker reaches of sci-fi will resonate through the festival.
We are excited to announce East India Youth performing at Latitude. Songsmith East India Youth’s musical talents complete a marriage of emotion, electronica and a unique sound. Described by Clash magazine as “neo-classical, with a really heavy digital sound to it” and with a new album out now, this is a must see.
The depth and feeling behind Kwabs’ rich baritone belies the youth of this 23 year-old Londoner. His dignified yet heartfelt brand electro-synthesised soul has already won him a spot on Radio 1Xtra’s Hot for 2014 list, as well as the admiration of artists including Jessie Ware, Emili Sande and Plan B. Fresh from a high profile collaboration with SOHN, released on Atlantic this week, Latitude will offer fans an opportunity to see one of UK music’s rising stars in action.
Spoken word acts joining the bill are: Roger McGough, Ben Okri, Gillian Clarke, Hollie McNish, Michael Rosen, Mark Grist, Page Match, Atila The Stockbroker, Luke Kennard and Elvis McGonagall, The Miners Strike - 30 Years On: hosted by Dr Katy Shaw.
Artists already confirmed to play the festival include Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp and Swedish indie-pop pioneer Robyn, in a special joint-appearance as part of their Do It Again 2014 tour.
Festival favourite Billy Bragg will be stopping off at Latitude with his band for a UK festival exclusive performance.
And the colourful and psychedelic experimental Swedish band Goat can only be seen at Latitude this summer.
Other artists on the bill include Brit award nominated Californian sister trio Haim, one of the all-time legends of Memphis Soul Booker T. Jones, Best Breakthrough Act Brit Award 2012 nominee Anna Calvi, Alabama native Phosphorescent and contemporary classical pianist Nils Frahm with his intensely delicate pieces.
Latitude will also welcome American folk-pop nomad Cass McCombs, gospel and soul inspired Chicago singer songwriter Willis Earl Beal, American baroque pop band San Fermin and British singer songwriter Marika Hackman.
After adding extra dates to his London tour due to demand, post-rock and alternative hip-hop musician Son Lux will wow festival goers with his ethereal and nocturnal experimental rock, while modern folk singer-songwriter Josephine Foster will bring her folk and melancholy balladry to Latitude this year.
The 2014 Latitude Festival is being held from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20, 2014.
For full details see www.latitudefestival.co.uk