Our home-grown talent shines
15:52 22 July 2013
In Latitude’s rich line-up, there was a strong showing from Norfolk and Suffolk artists. Reporter SAM RUSSELL met some of them at Henham Park.
She busked with her older brother at the first ever Latitude Festival in 2006.
But after years of hard work, 23-year-old Daisy Lawrence has risen from campsite performer to joining a line-up that included Kraftwerk.
She and her band The Maglia Rosa Group were among the Norfolk and Suffolk artists performing at Henham Park.
They ranged from teens getting their first taste of a festival on the Inbetweener’s stage to a North Walsham beat-boxer who headlined the poetry stage.
The Maglia Rosa Group were a hit with people at The Alcove stage on Saturday.
The four-piece pop band was formed when 23-year-old Daisy Lawrence and her brother Sam, 25, decided to develop their sound.
The Eye siblings enlisted the help of friends Matt Gadd, 25 of Norwich, and Owen Cox, 29 of Diss.
And vocalist Daisy said she was over the moon with their Latitude reception.
“It’s amazing, it really is,” she smiled. “We’re so grateful we were given the opportunity to play here as you can reach a much bigger audience in one go.”
She had busked at the first ever Latitude with her brother, but had not returned until they were in the line-up.
Their sound featured clean 1980s guitar melodies in minor keys, synths and powerful vocals.
“We had a ball,” said Daisy. “I was really nervous but the crowd made me feel at home.
“They were really friendly and warm.”
She explained that the group takes its name from Giro d’Italia - with Maglia Rosa translating as pink jersey.
Her father used to cycle for the UK and Daisy said her family has a strong interest in cycling.
Their Latitude performance came about after a BBC Introducing gig earlier in the year.
The group is just about to record their new EP.
Beat-boxer Tom Povey, 21, of North Walsham, performs as Intensi-T.
Since discovering his talent for beat-boxing during a workshop at Sheringham Little Theatre run by Norwich-based The Garage, he has carved out his own style.
He has performed with Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Girls Aloud as he raised his game.
And this year he headlined Latitude’s Poetry stage – his third year at the festival.
Speaking before his set, he said: “I know the stage really well and I’ve been practising a lot.
“Last year I freestyled it but this time I know what I’m doing.”
Tom uses a loop pedal to rap over his own beat-boxing, and describes his music as “happy hip-hop”.
The former North Walsham High School pupil previously played guitar and drums and said this helped him pick up beat-boxing quickly.
He has more than a million views across his Youtube channels - including youtube.com/intensityofficial - and released his first single Little Friends this year.
His hour-long set was split into two – with the first half him solo and the second collaborating with special guests.
Natalie Lake, 17, of Wickhampton, near Acle, played an acoustic set at the Inbetweener’s stage.
She said: “It was quite a small crowd for the first couple of songs, but then more people came.
“I did forget one song so I had to do a different one then go back to it later. It’s my first festival and it’s been nice.
“It’s sad that I had to go as I could only stay for the day.”
The folk artist is performing at Cambridge Folk Festival next weekend. Scores of other local bands took to the stage over the weekend, including Belton and Gorleston-based Banjax.
The trio is made up of friends Connor Mullally, Tom Sherman and Aaron Allcock, all aged 17.
They opened the Inbetweener’s stage yesterday with a set of covers and mash-ups of well known tracks – taking in Franz Ferdinand, Iggy Pop and Katy Perry.
Speaking after their performance, lead singer Connor said: “It was awesome – such a fun gig.
“When we arrived there was no-one there, but it ended up ideal.
“We just went out there and had a jam and it was nice.”
The group formed in September 2012, and their original material was well received – with Connor’s smoky vocals reminiscent of Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones. They have gigs lined up throughout the summer, including White Noise Festival on Saturday.
And with its track-record for encouraging emerging talent, many of the local acts playing Latitude may well be higher on the bill next year.