Video: 15 bands not to miss at Latitude Festival 2014
PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 July 2014
With Latitude Festival offering a diverse line-up of bands old and new, here are 15 to watch out for this year:
1. Bombay Bicycle Club (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
With nobody in the band over the age of 24, Bombay Bicycle Club have covered a lot of ground over four albums. Named after an Indian takeaway chain, the four-piece began life as an angular pop band and have risen through the ranks. New album So Long, See You Tomorrow is full of hooks - from Bollywood-sampling single Feel to the more aggressive Carry Me. Bound to draw a big crowd on the main stage.
2. Temples (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Friday)
Psychedelic act Temples mix hazy vocal harmonies with a guitar sound harking back to the early 1980s. Debut album Sun Structures reached the top ten in the UK independent music charts. The Kettering four-piece have garnered praise from the likes of Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher. Why not find out why.
3. Royksopp and Robyn (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Saturday)
Swedish synthpop star Robyn and ambient Norwegian duo Royksopp team up to headline the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. The dance-friendly pairing have just released mini-album Do It Again, but have previously collaborated in 2009 with The Girl and The Robot on Royksopp’s third album Junior. Robyn found fame in the UK in 2007 with number one single With Every Heartbeat, and Royksopp also have a huge back catalogue to draw upon. Look no further for a Saturday night party atmosphere.
4. Hall and Oates (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Saturday)
The influence of Daryl Hall and John Oates - or Hall and Oates to their fans - can be seen in many modern pop acts, with stadium-fillers The Killers among their fans. And as the number-one selling duo in music history it is easy to see why. Best known for US number ones including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List and Maneater, younger fans may recognise single Out of Touch - which featured in video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Good sing-along fun.
5. Damon Albarn (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
As frontman of Brit pop legends Blur, he is one of the best known figures in modern music. Re-inventing himself with reggae-tinged virtual band Gorillaz, he has since embarked on a solo career. His most recent offering Everyday Robots, released at the end of April, is another eclectic journey, rich with strings and flickering piano. Has the potential to be a memorable headline set.
6. Slowdive (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Friday)
Shogaze legends Slowdive reformed this year, more than two decades after their last concert. Allow the fuzzy guitar to wash over you and enjoy the spacey, dream pop sound of an English five-piece that has influenced entire genres. Latitude organisers say they are thrilled to be the only festival in England to see the band play live this summer - and rightly so.
7. Haim (Obelisk Arena, Sunday)
Love them or loathe them, Haim (pronounced to rhyme with time) have generated a lot of noise. The sassy Californian sisters topped the UK album chart with their debut Days Are Gone last year, and radio-friendly singles The Wire and If I Could Change Your Mind have won them legions of fans. Their brand of catchy tween-pop - teamed with a razor-sharp live performance - will showcase why their ascent has been so rapid.
8. The War On Drugs (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Sunday)
Philadelphia band War on Drugs released third album Lost In The Dream this year. Their woozy country rock has been well tested through lengthy tours. The former band of prodigious singer songwriter Kurt Vile, their psychedelic music is ever evolving. Music to lose yourself in.
9. Daisy Victoria (The Lake Stage, Sunday)
Solo artist Daisy Victoria is a breath of fresh air. Last appearing at Latitude with her band The Maglia Rosa Group, she released her first EP Heart Full of Beef this year. With a punk feel and echoes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O, Daisy, from Eye in Suffolk, is one to watch.
10. Billy Bragg (Obelisk Arena, Friday)
Renowned for his protest songs and left-wing activism, Billy Bragg has been a familiar face since the 1970s. The folk figure has released more than a dozen albums, including the latest, internationally acclaimed Tooth & Nail. His honours include the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Roots Award - and the Beard Liberation Front named him as a contender for their Hirsute Personality of 2013. A chance to see one of music’s elder statesmen.
11. Tinariwen (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
Grammy Award winners from the Sahara Desert, plying their trade for more than three decades and now darlings of alternative festivals such as All Tomorrow’s Parties. Tinariwen’s sixth album, Emmar, was recorded in The National Park of Joshua Tree - homeland of stoner rock bands Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. It has been hailed as a “new electric breath” and features the likes of Josh Klinghoffer (guitarist with Red Hot Chili Peppers), Fats Kaplin (Jack White) and Matt Sweeney (guitarist and producer - Johnny Cash, Cat Power). Something off the beaten track.
12. Ghostpoet (i Arena, Saturday)
Mercury Music Prize nominee Obaro Ejimiwe, better known as Ghostpoet is all jazz, synths and electronic clicks. Previously featured in the Guardian’s New Band of the Day, festival organisers are touting him as the sound of the summer.
13. Tame Impala (Obelisk Arena, Sunday)
Australian psychedelic rock giants Tame Impala reached huge audience’s on the back of 2012 album Lonerism. An accomplished live act, if you have not heard of them yet it is likely you have heard that song from the Blackberry adverts - Elephant. Both simple and creative, they promise an anthemic set.
14. Parquet Courts (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Sunday)
Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts write raw songs about snapshots of life rather than grand themes. Case in point: the self-explanatory Stoned and Starving, from album Light Up Gold. High in energy and rough around the edges, their sets are characterised by improvisation. Don’t expect the album versions...
15. Eagulls (i Arena, Sunday)
Hype band Eagulls released their self-titled debut album this year. The Leeds four-piece, with a grunge and hardcore vibe, have already appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman show playing their song Possessed. Catch a young band that are going places.