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Latitude festival celebrates its 10th birthday this year! To mark this promising occasion they have gathered yet another hard hitting line-up of music, comedy, film, food and just about every form of performing arts you can think of. For the past decade, the Suffolk festival has built a status as one of the most miscellaneous and ambitious in the UK and this year adds yet more weight to that title. Here is a list of the top 10 acts to see whilst you’re at Latitude! (In no particular order) – If you want to find out more about each act, just click on their name!
The famous indie rock band hailing from Leeds will be topping this year’s Latitude line-up. The British Mercury Prize winners will be headlining the Obelisk Arena on the Friday of the festival. Known for their indie-style flare, they arrive at Latitude after months spent touring the USA, Australia and South America. They are due to have an unforgettable homecoming.
Looking for a laugh? English comedian Jason Manford will be one to see at Latitude this year. Known for his appearances on shows such as QI, 8 out of 10 cats, The One Show and Live at the Apollo, without a doubt he will show Southwold the funnier side of life! You will be able to find him on the Comedy Tent on the Sunday.
Noel Gallagher brings his high flying birds to Southwold for an epic weekend. The band, which was formed two years after the split-up of the phenomenal Oasis, have already put themselves on the map of rock after being nominated for a Brit Award for the Best British Solo artist. Will we hear any big Oasis hits at Latitude like ‘Wonderwall’? You’ll be able to find Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the Obelisk Arena on the Sunday.
4) The Vaccines
What Do You Expect From The Vaccines? NME Award winners are looking to tear up the BBC Radio 6 stage over the weekend. Their previous album Come Of Age reached Number 1 in 2012 and the succeeding year saw the band play their biggest headline show to date to over 14,000 at London’s O2 Arena. Following their touring in America with Mumford & Sons, the group make their way to Henham Park for a set bursting of classics old and new.
Cross your fingers people, Laura Marling is coming back to Henham Park for the THIRD time! After performing at the festival in 2010 and 2012, the British folk singer is looking to make a massive return to Henham Park. In early 2014, Laura Marling came off the road following the touring her of her hugely successful fourth album Once I Was an Eagle, and instantly set about recording its successor. She went on to postpone the album she had started and gave herself six months away from anything related to music and try new ways of thinking. The result is her fifth album Short Movie which came out in March, the product of an extended era of pausing and considering what she really wanted to do next. You’ll be able to find Laura at the Obelisk Arena on the Saturday.
6) Mike Garry
For all of you poetry lovers out there, Mike Garry is one to watch! He was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. His acknowledgeable work with the younger generation in inner-city Manchester won him awards from the National Literacy Trust. He used to read his poems to the hundreds of young people he worked with. They loved the poems and convinced him to perform them at live poetry events and Slams, which he ended up doing, and the result of this was Mike instantly winning prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. You’ll be able to find Mike on the Poetry Tent on the Sunday.
After reaching the #1 with their famous single “King”, Years & Years will be one to see at BBC Radio 6 Stage this year. The band was named this year’s BBC ‘Sound of 2015’ winners and they was shortlisted for the Brits’ ‘Critics Choice Award’, Years & Years are fast becoming 2015’s most important new band. Their February UK tour sold out three months in advance. It seems the perfect time to make their Latitude Festival debut. You’ll be able to find Years & Years at the BBC Radio 6 Stage on the Sunday.
8) La Roux
Let us rewind back to 2009, La Roux’s single “In For The Kill” took the UK by storm around spring time. La Roux will be bringing her refreshed live show to Latitude Festival this year for a festival exclusive, which will also be her debut at Henham Park. Five years after her chart-dominant, Grammy Award winning debut, La Roux’s second album ‘Trouble In Paradise’ was released in 2014 and showed the wait had been well worth it. The record was named one of the Top 50 Albums of the Year by NME, Q and the Guardian amongst others. You’ll be able to find La Roux at the BBC Radio 6 Stage on the Sunday.
9) James Blake
Two years on from James Blake’s Top 10 album Overgrown, he’s just publicised during his BBC Radio 1 Residency that his much awaited third album will be called Radio Silence. Due to be released at some point in 2015, it is rumoured to include collaborations with Bon Iver and Kanye West and James has said he has had more fun recording this album than any other. Fans are already eager to see how James will follow the disparagingly acclaimed Overgrown, which won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in 2013. You’ll be able to find James at the Obelisk Arena on the Saturday.
10) Lianne La Havas
Last but not least, we have Lianne La Havas. After achieving a top five hit with her 2012 debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, Lianne La Havas was nominated for both the Barclarycard Mercury Prize and the Ivor Novello Awards and named iTunes ‘UK Album of the Year’. Her amazing voice and youthful talent found her in request with other artists too and she appeared on Alt-J album’s This Is All Yours last year, as well as featuring throughout Prince’s new album Art Official Age. Inspired by artists such Erykah Badu and India Arie, Lianne is working on her second greatly awaited album, a record that appears certain to make her a gift to soul music. You’ll be able to find Lianne at the Obelisk Arena on the Saturday.
If you’re going to Latitude, remember to also look past the acts and explore! For the first time ever, the famous lake in Henham Park is open to swim in. If you are looking to relax at some point, visit Solas to “Step inside an oasis of imagination”. Just remember to look around, be spontaneous and most importantly, have fun!
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