Tomorrow, thousands of music lovers (including myself) will head out to Suffolk in their droves for the start of the ever popular Latitude Festival, which this year celebrates its 10th Birthday. Having only ever been to Reading (of which I have attended on three different occasions), I’m eagerly awaiting a new festival experience with a totally different vibe, with Latitude hosting a bill bursting with comedy, theatre performances, art instillations, as well as many various musical acts! Here a re a few of the artists I think are going to be the ones to see over the weekend…
Friday night headliners Alt-J have been promoted to the big time this year, and following the success of last year’s This is All Yours, looks sure to put on an epic set that is not to be missed! Huge hits including the likes of; Left Hand Free, Breezeblocks and Tessellate will almost certainly whip the crowd into fine form and be a landmark moment for a band who’s huge success has been rapidly increasing at a rate of knots since they landed the Mercury Prize back in 2012!
One of the greatest musicians the festival has to offer is New Orleans based Blues guitarists Benjamin Booker, whose raw blues splattered soul sound has seen him gain fans all across the world! Following a hugely successful spot on The Park Stage at Glastonbury last month, his Latitude set is sure to be a hit! Only problem is that he clashes with Drenge…
The Districts are Pennsylvania’s hottest prospects and have earned a legion of fans worldwide with their intense and sweaty live shows. Their ragged style of blues tinged rock is sure to be popular with the Latitude crowd, with all members being prone to showing off their musical ability with exhilarating solos and extended jams. With some members of the band still only in their teens, this is a band that looks set to go on to bigger things in the future!
Drenge are true titans of the live arena, with a live show to put even the most well-seasoned mosh pitters to the test of their physical and mental resolve. Drenge will be sure to tear a hole in the BBC 6 Music Stage as they always do and expect a frenzy of guitars, sweat and tears. You’d be crazy to miss them!
A relative newcomer, North London quartet Genghar are achieving a great level of success in 2015, especially following the acclaim surrounding debut album A Dream Outside. With an original, gentle, yet somewhat off kilter sound, Genghar are one of the best new bands to break onto the music scene this year and well worth catching on such a small stage!
Hampshire born folk songstress Laura Marling is sure to be one of the greatest successes of the festival! Following long periods of writing and recording in the US, Marling returned with the highly successful Short Movie, boasting quality tracks including; False Hope, Short Movie and Gurdjieff’s Daughter. Combined with her earlier folk tunes (think Ghosts and Devil’s Spoke), the Brit award winner’s set will be unmissable!
Texan born Soul Singer Leon Bridges has been one of the surprise success stories of 2015, previously working as a dishwasher before being signed by Columbia Records last year. His velvety voice shines through on songs Coming Home and Better Man. A true talent and definitely worth seeing if you’re interested in something more chilled.
Manic Street Preachers:
Welsh rock trio Manic Street Preachers are true legends and a spectacular live act. Their politically charged alternative rock sound has been pleasing music fans since 1986 and armed with anthems including; Your Love alone is Not Enough, Motorcycle Emptiness and A Design for Life are sure to be hailed as one of the best acts at the festival.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds:
Another legend gracing the Obelisk Arena, is the man behind one of the biggest (if not the biggest??!) British bands in recent music history. Noel Gallagher will be seeing out the festival on the Sunday night and will be sure to play a hit-laden set moving between some of his biggest hits from his current guise and hopefully a few Oasis anthems. Only last weekend at T in the Park, he played The Masterplan, Champagne Supernova and Don’t Look Back in Anger, so we could be in for a treat!
Public Service Broadcasting:
One band I’m certainly looking forward to seeing is experimental duo Public Service Broadcasting, a band that innovatively combines samples of old public information films and archive footage with an eclectic range of alternative and art rock musical accompaniments with great success. Latest album Race for Space explores the the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957-1972 and is one of my personal favourite records of the year so far. By all reports they put on an interesting live show too!
Essex Boy Jordan Cardy, known by the stage name Rat Boy has built up an ever growing fan base with his brand of indie hip hop rock, detailing everyday antics like losing his job at wetherspoons in a style very similar to the likes of Wimbledon born Troubadour Jamie T. Based on hit single Sign On alone, this is a chance to see someone destined for big things on a tiny stage.
Offering modern indie rock alternative to Saturday night headliners Portishead, The Vaccines are sure to be a success. With latest album English Graffiti coming in at Number 2 in the UK albums chart its a wonder Justin Young and Co. couldn’t headline the festival in their own right. From day one, The Vaccines have been writing songs for occasions like this, so be prepared for anthems such as If You Wanna, Teenage Icon and Post-Break Up Sex to get some of the biggest sing-alongs of the weekend.
Completing the list is one of the greatest success stories of 2015, which has seen the band gain fans all over the UK and release one of the most critically and commercially successful debut albums of the year so far. Most importantly though, Wolf Alice are a fearsome live act and sure to get the latitude crowds going, songs including; Giant Peach, Moaning Lisa’s Smile and Bros in particular will be highlights of the set. NOT TO BE MISSED!