Latitude Festival 2017 is sort of upon us! The line-up guarantees nice units from some nice established names within the music enterprise, with The 1975, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining and the likes of Fatboy Slim, Placebo, Two Door Cinema Club and Goldfrapp additionally on the invoice.

However, Latitude does have a wonderful fame for boldness in deciding on names which can be a bit off the crushed monitor, and of selling new expertise to prestigious slots on the line-up.

So, listed below are ten suggestions of latest and critically acclaimed acts off the crushed path to see at Latitude 2017!

Idles – Saturday 15th, The Lake Stage

Only simply now starting to make their breakthrough after seven years of toil, Bristol-based punk band Idles are enjoying an early night set on one in every of Latitude’s smaller phases, The Lake Stage. With their debut file Brutalism named Album of the Day by BBC 6 Music upon its launch again in May and the primary urgent on vinyl promoting out virtually immediately, the five-piece want to carry their sound to a wider viewers this competition season.


Tinariwen – Friday 14th, Obelisk Arena

While the skin world didn’t hear of Tuareg insurgent collective Tinariwen till 2001, this group of considerably gifted musicians and vocalists, dealing in a fusion of old school Western blues and the music conventional to their dwelling in northern Mali, have really been going since 1979. If you learn up on their historical past, their activist stance isn’t a metaphor or a matter of aesthetics – for Tinariwen, insurrection is constructed into their DNA. Currently touring the world in help of their latest album Elwan, launched earlier this yr, it isn’t typically you get to see such an intriguing act within the flesh.

Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna – Saturday 15th, BBC Music Stage

Already playlisted by Radio 1 on the tender age of 18, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Declan McKenna goes locations in a short time certainly. He gained the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition again in 2015, since when he’s had six well-received singles beneath his belt and countless publicity on the small competition circuit. His first album What Do You Think About The Car? is out in July, however the ragged early promise McKenna displayed will nonetheless be demonstrated throughout his late afternoon slot on the BBC Music Stage. Another one to get there early for!

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs – Saturday 15th, BBC Music Stage

New York act The Lemon Twigs, fronted by multi-instrumentalist brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario, have been one of the hotly tipped guitar acts of the final couple of years. Releasing an intriguing, pleasingly messy debut album Do Hollywood that got here throughout as a splatter of Big Star melodies, ‘70s AOR textures and Broadway musicals. While satisfying, it didn’t actually do justice to their excellent reside performances, which aren’t to be missed!

The Japanese House

The Japanese House – Friday 14th, BBC Music Stage

Amber Bain has just lately launched her fourth wonderful EP as The Japanese House, having first launched music again in April 2015. Making it onto the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2017’ record off the energy of her earlier work, Bain’s otherworldy vocals, closely vocoderised and combined up with layers of dream-pop, are a deal with to behold. There’s no phrase of an album but, nevertheless it’s price entering into the BBC Music tent early as there’s sure to be a major crowd turning out to see one of the talked-about artists of the yr.


Pixx – Friday 14th, DIY Alcove presents The Stage

Pixx is the recording moniker of 19 yr previous Londoner Hannah Rodgers. Having just lately launched her debut album The Age of Anxiety for famend indie imprint 4AD to crucial acclaim, her software of experimental electronica to folk-song constructions is spellbinding. She’s additionally a graduate of the distinguished BRIT School, which counts Adele, Kate Tempest and Ella Eyre amongst its illustrious merchandise, so it may very well be price catching an artist who may very well be a future big-hitter in an intimate surroundings whilst you nonetheless can!

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks – Saturday 15th, Sunrise Arena

Chicago-based five-piece Twin Peaks aren’t as bizarre because the much-celebrated cult TV present from which they took their identify would possibly counsel, however their skewed model of garage-rock and scruffy indie locations them in a high-quality lineage of resolutely DIY music to hail from the American underground. Promoting their third album Down In Heaven, which was launched final May, these guys are a high advice for anybody with a tender spot for that college-rock, early R.E.M. sound.

Dream Wife

Dream Wife – Sunday 16th, The Lake Stage

With champions within the music trade reminiscent of The Cribs and Manic Street Preachers, Dream Wife have been step by step choosing up momentum in indie circles for over a yr. A one-off musical alliance cast between two British and one Icelandic musician whereas they have been all finding out visible artwork in Brighton simply two years in the past, they really formulated Dream Wife as a “pretend lady band” for the needs of an artwork challenge at an exhibition. It went so effectively it turned everlasting, their sound is someplace between riot-grrl and Grimes. The Lake Stage appears inappropriately small for his or her ambition, however catch them whilst you can.

Girl Ray

Girl Ray – Sunday 16th, Sunrise Arena

Dealing in lo-fi guitar pop and the ups and downs of affection and heartbreak, North London trio Girl Ray (named in opposition to famed artist Man Ray) are an indie band of the adorably shambolic selection. With their current singles playlisted on BBC 6 Music and a extremely anticipated debut album slated for August 4th, they might effectively be showing on many a music critic’s finish of 2017 record. Girl Ray are exactly the form of band that Latitude does so effectively in showcasing yearly up on the Sunrise Arena, so be sure you’re there for this one!

The Jesus & Mary Chain

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Sunday 16th, BBC Music Stage

Unquestionably one of many best and most influential indie-rock acts in British historical past, JAMC have been going since 1984, actually, albeit with a 19-year hole between albums. That hiatus that ended earlier this yr with their seventh file Damage And Joy, which didn’t simply go away their nice legacy intact however, moderately amazingly, really constructed upon it. The risky chemistry between brothers Jim and William Reid is as electrical as ever, and the brand new stuff sits effectively alongside classics from their iconic Psychocandy debut. One phrase of recommendation although – put on earplugs!

Latitude 2017 Preview by: Pamela Hendrix published:


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