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With just over a week to go until the gates open, the excitement is building towards the eighth edition of Latitude.
Soon the festival’s arenas will be built, the campsites all set for 35,000 revellers and the Latitude sheep will be receiving their annual colourful dye-job.
Just before the festivities begin, Latitude has announced the final musicians joining the bill for the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival.
Another fantastic addition to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage comes in the form of Ivor Novello winning writer Richard Ashcroft.
With Ashcroft as their frontman, The Verve were one of the defining bands of the nineties and now a successful artist in his own right, Ashcroft has released three solo albums.
With a wealth of crowd pleasing classic tracks as well as new material, Ashcroft’s performance promises to be the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening at Latitude.
Also added to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage is singer/songwriter and former frontman of festival big-hitters Supergrass, Gaz Coombes, whose experimental yet melodious solo tunes promise to be a highlight of the weekend.
Latitude is delighted to announce that The Leisure Society will open the Obelisk Arena on Friday, with a performance of the band’s delicate, complex and earnestly written folk music from their three albums.
Brand new for 2013 is new music stage The Alcove. Tucked away near the banks of the lake, on the edge of the woods, The Alcove will provide an intimate setting for festival goers to catch some exciting upcoming acts.
Latitude is delighted to announce the latest additions to the stage, joining previously confirmed acts Catfish and the Bottlemen, Dems and Duologue.
Having picked up the Solo Artist Award at the 2013 Rock The House at the House of Commons, singer songwriter Abi Uttley is carving out a name for herself with her engaging style and impressive vocal range.
Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine will follow the release of their anticipated debut EP Aesthetics with an appearance at on The Alcove stage as one of a handful of UK dates.
Also appearing will be British singer and Columbia Records signing Chlöe Howl. Emerging in 2012 with single No Strings, a brilliant ode to one night stands, the vivacious 17-year old has since been garnering praise from Pitchfork and The Guardian for her wicked lyrical bite and youthful exuberance.
The Establishment, a Nottingham-based indie band formed by former Nottingham Forest star John Burns return to Latitude for a second year running; The Family Rain are three brothers who play high-octane, dirty blues-infused rock ‘n ‘roll.
On the brink of big things; audiences would be wise not to miss their appearance at this year’s festival!
Alt-pop singer-songwriter Hero Fisher joins the bill on Saturday, a mesmerising performer with a number of impressive accolades under her belt including a concert at the Sydney Opera House.
Joining her will be Kins, an Australian four-piece now residing in Brighton whose debut album, the playfully titled Dancing Back And Forth, Covered In Whipped Cream, has drawn comparisons to The xx for its spacey, delicate musicality.
East Anglian four-piece Maglia Rose Group, fronted by singer Daisy, will be appearing; officially Adele’s “new favourite artist” Marques Toliver will bring his classical and RnB influenced songs to the stage; on Saturday is one of BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq’s ‘Favourite New Bands’, LA based folk-pop outfit Milo Greene.
A four-man, one-woman configuration, the members are multi-instrumentalists who swap roles on stage to create beautiful sun-kissed harmonies and impressive airbrushed sonics.
The ethereal dream folk of MT. Wolf have wowed critics, including Clash which named the London-based four-piece one of its One’s To Watch 2013, and they will join the bill on Latitude’s newest music stage; meanwhile fans of psychedelia will be delighted to see Syd Arthur, the heirs of the fertile Canterbury music scene of the late 60’s and 70’s, bring the spirit of English progressive rock to Henham Park.
Sivu, the hotly tipped solo artist who broke through into the public consciousness earlier this year when the video for his debut single Better Man Than Me, which filmed the 24 year old sing live from inside an MRI scanner clocked up half a million views on YouTube, will bring his sensitive, soaring song writing to Latitude.
While Birmingham four-piece Superfood, fresh from a tour with Peace, will treat festivalgoers to a set of the rousing indie rock that is fast winning over influential ears such as those of Zane Lowe.
Also appearing elsewhere at the festival will be Luke Sital-Singh who has received huge support across BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music from a never ending list of tastemakers including Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.
His second EP Old Flint showcases a young songwriter coming into his own and is guaranteed to earn him yet more critical acclaim and new fans alike.
Hailing from Norway, rock, pop and folk singer songwriter Thomas Dybdahl makes the journey to Latitude, expect to hear romantic, introspective, out-going, hum-worthy, adventurous tunes and Naomi Keyte will bring her electric folk to the festival playing tracks from her EP Edge of Morning.
For more information on additions to artists, film-makers, cabaret performers, scientists and more, visit latitudefestival.co.uk