Winner of Line-Up of the Year at the UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns for its tenth edition, taking place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2015 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. With no fewer than ten arts arenas, stages and spaces boasting the biggest names in comedy, theatre, dance, film, cabaret, literature and performance.
Following on from recent announcements across the music arenas including headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Portishead and alt J and including Manic Street Preachers, Caribou, James Blake, Laura Marling, Seasick Steve, Lianne La Havas, Jon Hopkins, La Roux, The Boomtown Rats, To Kill a King and Rae Morris to name a few! Latitude is thrilled to announce even more spectacular names to this stellar line up! The festival has always prided itself in launching the most exciting names in new music, establishing a reputation for supporting up-and-coming artists and helping them to progress up the bill.
New music announced includes: Nitin Sawhney, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Summer Camp, Zola Jesus, Grandbrothers, Oscar, Izzy Bizzu, Seafret, Rat Boy, Tuff Love and Cove Hithe.
Also announced for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction Lavish Lounge Stage, are: Eska, Polar Bear, Jesca Hoop, Zun Zun Egui, Noura Mint Seymali, Marcus Hamblett, and Monoswezi.
Latitude will also welcome one of Ireland’s most unusual musical events, Other Voices, where one-off performances from Irish and International artists will include: Banter, The Unthanks, All We Are, Booka Brass Band, Stornoway, Jape, Young Fathers, East India Youth, This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, All Tvvins, Zachary Lucky, Fight Like Apes, Le Galaxie, Eaves, Mahalia, and Nathaniel Rateliff.
Nitin Sawhney will be playing the Obelisk Arena and is arguably the busiest, most versatile and most sought after composer and producer around. He has made 9 studio albums, for which he has been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, won a MOBO, 2 BBC Radio 3 awards and a Southbank show award, amongst 15 others. He has scored over 50 films for cinema and television, with an Ivor Novello nomination for best score leading to his much acclaimed Orchestral music to the BAFTA nominated BBC series “The Human Planet” His career spans production and composition work with Sting, Cirque Du Soleil, Shakira, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Taio Cruz, Imogen Heap, Anoushka Shankar and many others. His performance at Latitude will see Sawhney showcase the highlights of his celebrated career with material from across his distinguished back catalogue.
Headlining the iArena on Friday will be Bill Wells & Aidan Moffatt who have reconvened for the long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Everything's Getting Older’ with ‘The Most Important Place In The World,’ a glorious album that navigates life, love and sex and sees Moffat take in influences as wide-ranging as electro pop, Caledonian gospel and the works of Bacharach and David. They're brilliantly embellished by saxophones, trumpets and strings, and, of course, that winking indicator, whose monotonous rhythm reappears in the album's swansong.
Also playing the Obelisk Arena and returning to Latitude this year is Indie pop duo Summer Camp, hot off the back of their new album release Bad Love. Summer Camp's musical style has been described as "21st-century alt pop” and since releasing 2013’s acclaimed self titled Summer Camp, the dynamic London duo found time to write the soundtrack for Charlie Lynne’s well received documentary Beyond Clueless, a study on the American teenage movie. Their live score of the movie at Latitude 2014 was a festival highlight and we can’t wait to welcome them back to Latitude to perform new material and fan favourites.
American singer-songwriter Zola Jesus has always possessed some of the mightiest lungs in music: her belting, strident voice boomed throughout the moody melodrama of debut 'Stridulum II' and follow-up 'Conatus' and in her newest album 'Taiga', she marries those impressive pipes to provide some of her biggest, most accessible songs yet. She has released three EPs and five full-length albums that combine electronic, industrial, classical, goth, and experimental rock influences. Zola Jesus has one hell of a catalogue for her young age of 25 and her huge live performance at Latitude on the iArena Stage on Sunday is definitely one not to be missed.
Grandbrothers combine excellent musicianship and technical wizardry, drawing some unusual sounds out of a grand piano is what you can expect from the dynamic German duo. Their new album 'Dilation' is a collection of interesting, loop-driven experimental tracks that hint at good things to come. Grandbrothers are an engaging act and look set to record some great music in the future.
You might’ve seen Oscar Scheller (known simply as Oscar) on the internet, sat in the bath in the video for his brilliant song ‘Sometimes’. If so, you’ll know why the exceptionally tall, deep-voiced, 23-year-old bedroom producer of melodic, rough-around-the-edges pop has charmed our socks off and he will be performing on Saturday on the Lake Stage.
Izzy Bizzu is a 20 year-old singer songwriter from South West London. Growing up immersed in the music of Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown, Izzy draws on these influences alongside modern-day icons Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop that manages to create an exclusive quality of sounding classic and brand spanking new all at once. With her remarkably mature yet deeply invigorating debut single 'Adam & Eve' and breakthrough track 'White Tiger' achieving vast viral success – the singer is poised to achieve something special, to take her intimate music public, this year wowing the crowds on the iArena on Saturday.
Headlining the Alcove Stage on Friday will be Acoustic duo, Seafret. Honest and captivating, Seafret’s material has a beautifully contagious feel. Writing about life as it evolves around them, the two have a rare observational eye – though young, the world is not going to pass them by. Honing their craft by playing along to their parents’ John Martyn and Tom Waits records, Seafret’s youth allows them to bring something fresh, something unheard. There are shades of both Daughter and of Bon Iver’s heartbroken strum on upcoming EP ‘Give Me Something,’ with the title track already receiving support from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens at Radio One.
Jordan Cardy is Rat Boy. Taking inspiration from The Streets, The Clash and A Tribe Called Quest, this nineteen year old boy makes music in his bedroom. Building on the underground success he achieved with The Mixtape, Rat Boy has unleashed his debut single online and Glasgow three piece Tuff Love have been making waves and breaking hearts with their grunge influenced pop nuggets. They may play pop music, but there’s nothing twee about them; there’s muscle and grit behind the shiny pop façade. The band’s debut EP is called Junk and has perfectly formed song titles like ‘Sweet Discontent’, ‘Penguin’, and ‘Copper’.
Born and bred in the beautiful Suffolk area and taking inspiration for their name from their surroundings growing up, Cove Hithe will be joining the bill on Saturday performing on the Alcove Stage. This three piece band brings their atmospheric harmonies and tales of the gently wild Suffolk coast through their lyrics. Featuring acoustic guitar, fiddle and drums their stunning and powerful vocals will delight the Latitude audience this year, offering the perfect retreat from a fast-paced world, to the quiet and serene.
BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, the station’s eclectic late-night music show, will once again curate a stage in the Lavish Lounge at Latitude this year, returning for the fifth year. The stage will feature hand-picked performances from some of the world’s most diverse and intriguing artists spanning jazz, folk, contemporary classical music, with performance highlights including the gorgeous voice of folk singer-songwriter Eska, with her fluting upper octaves and gutsy, stuttering rock outs, she sounds like the love child of Joni Mitchell and Prince; experimental jazz band Polar Bear, who have the ability to innovate and transcend genre, connecting with jazz, rock, hip-hop, electronic and mainstream audiences alike; the diverse American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jesca Hoop who writes and performs in diverse musical styles and billed as 'free range rock', and Bristol's Zun Zun Egui, who have been brandishing their uproarious take on West African rhythms and skronking math-metal since 2008.
Also performing this year will be Mauritanian singer, Noura Mint Seymali a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries, Marcus Hamblett, the immensely talented multi-instrumentalist who uses influences from 70s horror films, Monoswezi, a collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe with a common passion for traditional African music, and the Japanese performance artist, instrument builder and musician ICHI who creates sounds from every-day objects including tape loops, ping pong balls and stilts. Highlights from all these sets will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction 21st, 22nd and 23rd July, along with sessions and interviews recorded on site. These will be available to listen to from the BBC Radio 3 website for 30 days after transmission www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
This summer, Latitude will welcome and play proud host to one of Ireland’s most unusual musical events. In keeping with the ethos of Other Voices, festival-goers can expect intimate, one-off performances from Irish and International artists.
Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll will be joining line – up at Latitude, with his well-travelled conversation series Banter. The Banter Salon has become a firm favourite at Other Voices in Dingle over the last few years and this year will host some enthralling conversations and a special musical appearance from Rozi Plain at Latitude.
Performing this year will be The Unthanks who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of the last decade (worldwide, all genres), All We Are, who are inspired by a shared love of hip-hop and soul music, Guro calls their sound “psychedelic boogie”, Booka Brass Band, a group of eight musicians whose unique offering and incredible live energy has brought them an unusual level of success in their first year together, British alternative indie folk band Stornoway, Their sound incorporates an ever-changing selection of stringed instruments and keyboards, supported by a typical pop backline of guitar, drums, and bass guitar. Jape is an Irish electronic rock band led by Richie Egan. Jape has released four albums to date and is the only artist to have won the Choice Music Price twice. Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, frame themselves as a "psychedelic hip hop boy band", a lively trio that have developed a reputation for making a unique blend of music utilising diverse influences.
London-based East India Youth combines strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around. Known for their shapeshifting line-ups – morphing from a duo to a psychdelia-tinged electric five piece - This Is The Kit, London Based singer- songwriter Rozi Plain the serene and soulful singer bringing songs from her new album released this May and in a crowded field of outstanding Irish fiddle players and interpreters of traditional music, Colm Mac Con Iomaire is unique. Colm went on to found and play with The Frames, who celebrate 25 years together in 2015. Colm’s compositions have featured in both film and theatre.
Given their seclusion, it is perhaps unsurprising that Bleeding Heart Pigeons have forged an entirely singular sound. They are quietly operatic, theatrical in the Beckettian sense, making music that warps and dismembers the fundamental tropes of alternative rock. All Tvvins is a new band which is primarily characterised by synthetic or treated vocals, vocoder, talkbox and Autotune-style effects and production that features the energetic pace of ’80s electro pop and the spirit of anthemic rock of that same era. Zachary Lucky truly is the bread and butter of the massive Canadian folk scene. With an emphasis on songwriting and an ear for delicate arrangements - Lucky's songs will haunt you and remind you of what country and western music was originally conceived as.
Irish alternative rock bank Fight Like Apes and electronic 4-piece Le Galaxie also join the Other Voices line up, alongside singer songwriter Mahalia and Nathaniel Rateliff, a 5-piece folk/rock/indie band from Denver, Colorado. Leeds based artist, Eaves, also known as Joseph Lyon, has gone from releasing his own EPs to supporting the likes of Nick Mulvey, and Slow Club in the last year.