Latitude Festival 2017: Access to Music to bring undiscovered local talent centre stage

Access to Music has a selection of students performing on the Inbetweeners Stage at Latitude 2017. F

Access to Music has a selection of students performing on the Inbetweeners Stage at Latitude 2017. From (L-R) Maya Law (Photo supplied by Access To Music Norwich), Finn Doherty (Photo supplied by Finn Doherty) and Lucy Grubb (Photo supplied by Access To Music Norwich). - Credit: Archant

Access to Music Norwich are working with Latitude to showcase the region's hottest up and coming music stars. Here's a look at some of the acts set to perform on the Inbetweeners Stage this year...

Friday, July 14

• Finn Doherty

Finn is a 17-year-old alternative singer, songwriter and instrumentalist developing a dynamic and ambitious sound. He moved to Norwich from London in the summer of 2014 and since then has played numerous gigs around East Anglia. Finn's debut EP Heritage & Parenting was launched in March and you can hear it on Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music and more.

• Maya Law

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Having been featured by BBC Introducing this year and asked to play the Jo Whiley show at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Maya is certainly one to watch. The talented singer has been courted by various labels and publishers and has just joined the Access To Music Artist Development Scheme. Her huge voice, strong songs and autobiographical lyrics are bound to catch your attention.

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13-year-old Harley Riecansky is no stranger to the Inbetweeners stage having played there last year aged just 12. His music is a mix of high octane EDM and he has had tuition and guidance from Maxim of The Prodigy among others. Recently he has been working on a new set of tunes for this performance and we are sure he will get people dancing.

• Rosie Hiskey

Rosie won Access to Music's recent public auditions for a chance to play a slot at the festival. She wowed the panel with her own song and an amazing cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit on a Ukelele. Rosie is 15 and attends Claydon High School.

Saturday, July 15

• Peach Club

Norwich all-girl four-piece Peach Club are fierce and full of spirit. They are playing the Inbetweeners Stage via Sonic Youths, the Norwich Art Centre initiative to encourage and support young local musicians.

• Ginny Dix

Ginny has voice that leaves a big impression, she has slowly gigged, recorded and released her songs and gently been adding fervent fans from the industry. Ginny is a former Access To Music Artist Development student who has been playing bigger shows in London supporting Alabama 3 and Frankmusik.

• Hydra Lerner

Another previous Access To Music Artist Development student, she has slowly evolved her sound incorporating voice/harp/keys and electronics to great effect.

• Maya Blu

Maya is studying at Colchester Institute and was another 'find' from the public auditions, Maya plays a ukelele and writes her own songs that are both fragile and bold.

Sunday, July 16

• Becca Rose

From busking on the streets of Bury St Edmunds to playing Latitude Festival, singer songwriter, Becca Rose takes influence from the likes of Valerie June, Laura Marling and Florence & The Machine. She has developed her sound by channelling the emotions that 'post-18-life' has thrown at her, including love, loss and everything in between. She is now on a journey to explore other styles, including soul, blues and electronic music. Becca is currently working on some tracks with legends of the Drum and Bass scene as well as working on her own EP

• Lucy Grubb

Lucy is one of a group of increasingly talented artists that are emerging from the Access to Music college that has seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lets Eat Grandma and Mullally go on to enjoy critical acclaim. She has her sights on playing Country2Country in 2018 and heading to Nashville in the near distant future . This year she has played at Glastonbury, Red Rooster and is looking forward to playing Latitude and Mekonville later in the month.

• Toby Thompson

Toby has been commissioned to write and perform for the Royal Shakespeare Company a number of times, showing his work at the Swan in Stratford, the House Of Lords and Camden Roundhouse. Festival appearances include Camp Bestival, Boom Town, Camden Crawl, Edinburgh Fringe, Cheltenham Literary Festival and Shambala. In 2011 Toby was crowned the Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champ. Toby is performing as part of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company who have a featured artist each day on the Inbetweeners Stage.

• Millie Manders

'High-octane, fierce, bursting with attitude and almost obnoxiously addictive' – Fortitude Magazine

'If Kate Nash was actually any good, she'd probably sound like this' – Rock Sound

'The world needs more ballsy female vocalists like this.' – MOSH/Hit The Floor

• Latitude Festival takes place from July 13-16 at Henahm Park near Southwold. Headline acts include Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and The 1975.

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