March 31 2015 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Friday, March 7, 2014
US Blues rockers The Black Keys have been revealed as the final headliners to be announced for this year’s Latitude Festival.
They were one of 26 new acts to be announced today which also included Editors, James, Kelis, Mogwai and Tinariwen.
The top name in the comedy tent has been announced as Dara O’Briain, with able support from the likes of Milton Jones, Al Murray, Marcus Brigstocke and Tim Key.
Melvin Benn, the festival’s founder, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to announce The Black Keys as headliners, along with a huge variety of established and emerging artists, representing every genre from blues and rock through to world, indie, psychedelia, electronica and soul.
“Of course, it’s the combination of outstanding music and arts that makes Latitude truly unique, and we’re delighted to be able to reveal a whole host of high calibre comedians, theatre companies, poets, writers and other performers across the festival. I’m confident this is going to be the best Latitude yet.”
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