It’s that time of year again where 25,000 lucky campers set off down to Southwold in Suffolk and experience the wonderful cultural festival experience of Latitude. The sheep will be getting ready to be painted in a variety of colours, the stages will be being erected, and the site will be preparing itself to play witness to musical sets from Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas, Jose Gonzales, Leon Bridges and Manic Street Preachers, to name but a few.
From the Obelisk Stage to the new Other Voices Tent, with Comedy, Theatre and Literary stages to tickle your fancy, there are plenty of welcome distractions to be found at Latitude, and part of the fun is to wander across the site and experience all the nooks and crannies crammed into the festival area. For those wanting a ‘pure’ musical experience, here are some choice acts that Thank Folk For That recommend for those visiting Henham Park this weekend.
Obelisk Stage- Friday 17th July
Ed Harcourt- Fresh from releasing his mini LP, Time Of Dust last year, Ed Harcourt graces the Obelisk Stage for what should be a delectable set. Expect hearts to break and the crowd to be in raptures.
6 Music Stage – Friday 17th July
SOAK/Public Service Broadcasting
Expect a delicate acoustic set from SOAK; a relaxing way to begin the weekend. Later on in the day, Public Service Broadcasting will be bringing their incredible Race For Space set to Latitude – this might be the only place a crowd will be chanting the name Gagarin over the weekend!
The Alcove – Friday 17th July
Emerging from Iowa, Max Jury has been playlisted by BBC 6 Music and has appeared as a guest on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 evening show. His delicate crooning on the Alcove Stage will go down a treat on Friday afternoon.
Obelisk Stage – Saturday 18th July
Badly Drawn Boy/Jose Gonzales/Lianne La Havas/Laura Marling
For those who want to spend the day lazing by the main stage in the (hopefully) warm Suffolk sunshine, the day has been curated to perfection. Badly Drawn Boy is performing the whole of his seminal album The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, followed by a returning Jose Gonzales, who will be bringing tracks from his latest album, Vestiges And Claws to Latitude.
In a cracking double-header, Lianne La Havas returns to Henham Park after three years, this time graduating to the Obelisk Stage, and will bring a Jamaican party atmosphere, previewing her new record Blood, released at the end of July. To round off the afternoon, Laura Marling will surely wow the Latitude festivalgoers with a set based around new record Short Movie, whilst including some older material which, with a full band, is sure to sound amazing. This could well be the set of the weekend.
Other Voices Stage – Saturday 18th July
The Other Voices stage is a new addition to the Latitude Festival, and over the course of the weekend is playing host to a variety of acts old and new. The Saturday night headline slot is filled by The Unthanks, in what should be a stunning and intimate setting. Expect clog-dancing, beautiful harmonies and folk tales sung from the heart.
Obelisk Stage- Sunday 19th July
Gareth Malone’s Latitude Choir/Warpaint/Manic Street Preachers
After what might be a late one on the Saturday, taking in some of the late-night entertainment on offer, or perhaps having an evening walk through the woods, the Sunday opens with a special appearance by TV opera-man Gareth Malone, who over the weekend is assembling a choir to sing as part of his Latitude Choir. There is simply no telling what this will be like – although Malone’s sheer enthusiasm will certainly provide entertainment.
Later on in the afternoon, Warpaint take to the same stage, as they bring to a close their touring cycle for their self-titled record. Their low-fi psychedelic sound will be a perfect fitting to the festival, and should result in some stand out festival moments.
Finally, the festival begins to wrap up with a special performance by Wales’ favourite rock band, the Manic Street Preachers – fresh off their Holy Bible 20th Anniversary tour. If James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore stick to the greatest hits, and if the weather conditions are favourable, they should play host to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. After more than twenty years together, the Manics are still as relevant today as ever, and will show why tracks from their most recent LP, Futurology, are as good as anything written on The Holy Bible.
Here’s to a very special weekend – see you in the field!