More Latitude headliners announced

Simon ParkinBat For Lashes, Spiritualized, Gossip and post-punk pioneers Magazine are the latest names to be confirmed for the Uncut Arena stage at this year's Latitude Festival.Click: More details about LatitudeSimon Parkin

Bat For Lashes, Spiritualized, Gossip and post-punk pioneers Magazine are the latest names to be confirmed for the Uncut Arena stage at this year's Latitude Festival.

The Uncut Arena features an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique.

This year's festival, which takes place from July 16-19, will see multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and visual artist Natasha Khan - aka Bat For Lashes - heading up the line-up on Friday night.

Whisking away listeners to faraway lands with her delicate haunting howls, whispers and dreamy vocals her debut album, Fur And Gold, established Khan as a natural successor to fellow experimental leading female artists Bj�rk, Kate Bush and Tori Amos.

Khan's richly orchestrated, intelligent music led to two Brit Award nominations and a Mercury Music Award nomination last year, and with her stunning new album, Two Suns, released this week, she is set to further dominate with her beautiful voice and musical talent.

Spiritualized will headline the Saturday night, 12-years after they released their stunning debut album Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space - a space-rock odyssey of epic soundscapes, Afro-American gospel and blues.

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Since then writer, composer, singer and only constant member of the band, Jason Pierce, has continued to push the boundaries of experimental music, using 120 musicians for follow-up album Let It Come Down and incorporating shoe-gazing styles with blues, soul and gospel.

Sunday night will be topped by Arkansas trio Gossip. Their strident, catchy punk is delivered with conviction and style by the formidable force of frontwoman Beth Ditto, who has emerged as a controversial although celebrated figure, battling prejudices against weight, gender and homosexuality.

Gossip's live shows are incendiary performances set alight by Ditto's unashamed, no-holds barred feminism and megaphonic vocals.

Also on the Uncut bill will be Howard Devoto and his legendary post-punk pioneers Magazine. A hugely influential, experimental five-piece born out of the ashes of Devoto's previous band Buzzcocks, Magazine had an enormous effect on the British music landscape in their short three year existence.

Other bands confirmed include England's dread-locked sensation Newton Faulkner.

Over on the main Obelisk Arena, Mancunian indie-rock band Doves, which just released an excellent new album, have been added to be bill together with Editors.

Sultry Irish singer and cabaret queen Camille O'Sullivan will be performing a special set on the Thursday night in the Music & Film Arena.

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