Festivals: TFFT’s Latitude Recommendations

Latitude Festival is coming up thick and fast, and to be honested,
we don’t think it can come quick enough!

Famous for its diversity and talent-bursting programme, this year’s Latitude seems to have hit its ultimate lineup so far in its 7-year history, and with Glastonbury out of the way, its also heading towards being this Summer’s finest festival. Aside from what is easily our favourite music lineup of the season, Latitude also prides itself on its stellar range of poetry, film, literature, comedy and of course, coloured sheep! There isn’t a festival all calendar year that can offer such a wondrous range of entertainment, activities and shows

However, we are a music-site and, as much as we’d like to discuss our excitement of seeing David O’Doherty do his funnies with a keyboard, or John Cooper Clarke bang out Evidently Chickentown once again, we must restrain ourselves!

And so, here is our (unapologetically lengthy) list of TFFT Latitude Recommendations…

Bon Iver – Friday (The Obelisk Arena, 21.30)

This probably comes as no surprise coming from us, but any opportunity to see genius Justin and his band of beautiful music-makers has to be taken. Playing the hits from For Emma, Blood Bank and Bon Iver, expect to be blown away on the opening night

Daughter – Sunday (The I Arena, 16.00)

Playing the I Arena on Sunday afternoon, this will be a gorgeous way to wind-down for a moment before the last push on the final evening. The Wild Youth EP is one of the finest records this year and has set Elena Tonra on her way to great things

Michael Kiwanuka – Saturday (The Obelisk Arena, 17.15)

Home Again is up there as one if the best debut albums on this short decade. Though probably better seen on a more intimate stage, he’s still certain to deliver a stunning Saturday set at the Obelisk Arena

First Aid Kit – Friday (The Obelisk Arena, 14.40)

The Soderberg sisters are going from strength to strength, with their recently-released The Lion’s Roar record taking European charts by storm…expect flowing hippie dresses and beautiful harmonies galore

 Sharon Van Etten – Saturday (The Word Arena, 12.40)

Sharon opens up what is an incredible day of music this Saturday…performing tracks from her wonderful new album Tramp

St. Vincent – Sunday (The Word Arena, 16.35)

It comes as a bit of a surprise that St. Vincent aren’t playing later or higher up at The Word Arena, so expect a huge crowd for Annie Clark and co’s ever-amazing and electric set

Sam Airey – Saturday (The Lake Stage, 14.20)

A firm TFFT favourite, Sam Airey plays the Lake Stage on the Saturday afternoon, delivering tracks from his 5* EP A Marker And A Map, and proving that he is certainly one too watch over the next half of the year

Laura Marling – Saturday (The Obelisk Arena, 20.00)

We couldn’t complete this list without mentioning the princess of folk, Miss Laura Marling…having recently confirmed that she is recording a new album, this will be a very exciting set, with hopefully a couple of brand new tracks for us to fall instantly in love with

Alabama Shakes – Sunday (The Obelisk Arena, 14.30)

Having already provided one of favourite ever albums and gigs in the same month back in April, we cannot wait to see this band again…we’re already doing a little dance around the room in anticipation!

Richard Hawley – Saturday (The Obelisk Arena, 18.30)

This will be epic….that is all.

Francois And The Atlas Mountains – Sunday (The I Arena, 11.30)

French fun for all on Sunday morning…have a dance and an early-afternoon drink to the sound of Francois and his musically-majestic mountains

Ben Howard – Sunday (The Obelisk Arena, 20.00)

This man has had one hell of a year and thoroughly deserves his place right near the top of the bill on the main stage. Before the Modfather brings things to a close, have a dance and a shout to tracks from Howard’s sensational debut album, Every Kingdom

Lianne La Havas – Saturday (The Word Arena, 14.25)

She’s just released her incredible debut album today and will be in one the greatest moods of her life!…share the excitement if you can find time on this talent-brimming Saturday

Wild Beasts – Sunday (The Word Arena, 22.00)

Not a fan of Weller? Then head straight to The Word Arena to bring the weekend to an almighty close with Wild Beasts…you will not be disappointed!

And The Rest….

Elbow – Saturday (The Obelisk Arena, 21.30)
Lucy Rose – Sunday (The Lake Stage, 20.00)
Paul Thomas Saunders – Saturday (The Lake Stage, 15.10)
Jonathan Wilson – Sunday (The Word Arena, 14.45)
The Antlers – Friday (The Word Arena, 16.55)
Glen Hansard – Friday (The Obelisk Arena, 15.50)
Of Monsters And Men – Saturday (The I Arena. 15.20)
Josh T Pearson – Saturday The Word Arena
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Sunday (The Obelisk Arena, 15.40)
Perfume Genius – Sunday (The I Arena, 20.35)
Slow Club – Sunday (The I Arena, 19.25)
Dawes – Friday (The I Arena, 17.30)
Cold Specks – Friday (The I Arena, 13.15)
SoKo – Saturday (The I Arena, 18.40)
The Staves – Saturday (The I Arena, 16.55)
Other Lives – Sunday (The I Arena, 18.40)
Smoke Fairies – Saturday (The Word Arena, 13.30)
Bat For Lashes – Sunday (The Obelisk Arena, 18.30)
Herman Dune – Sunday (The Lake Stage, 21.00)
Cate Le Bon – Friday (The Lake Stage, 14.25)
The Levellers – Sunday (The Outdoor Arena, 20.30)

So as you can see…this is going to be a knock-out weekend! Above is who we’re really excited to see, but to be honest, the lineup is so incredible that whoever you catch is bound to give an amazing performance…if you’re going, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do and let us know you’re thoughts one you’re back and recovered!

Finally, here is our Latitude Playlist, which featured on the festival website a couple of weeks ago…