Latitude Festival 2017: 10 acts to brush up on ahead of the music extravaganza

Acts you need to brush up on before Latitude 2017 (L-R): Fatboy Slim (Photo: PA/Yui Mok), Goldfrapp

Acts you need to brush up on before Latitude 2017 (L-R): Fatboy Slim (Photo: PA/Yui Mok), Goldfrapp (Photo: andisapey2010) and Ward Thomas (photo: Courtney Pochin) - Credit: Archant

Latitude is taking place from July 13-16 and boasts a huge line-up with headliners including Mumford and Sons and The 1975. However there are a wide range of other acts performing you might want to brush up on...

• Sigrid

The Norwegian pop sensation with an ethereal voice has had a flying start with her hit single Don't Kill My Vibe, which landed her a slot at Glastonbury Festival this year as well as an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden. Last month she was Apple Music's #UpNext artist and the Guardian has named her as one to watch. You won't want to miss out on watching the 20-year-old wow the crowd in the Sunrise Arena on Friday, July 14.

• Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Quentin Cook is an English DJ and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s as part of indie rock band, The Housemartins, but went on to forge a solo career from 1996 onwards, releasing an album Better Living Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. His most memorable singles include Right Here, Right Now, Praise You and Eat Sleep Rave Repeat - catch him performing some of them on the BBC music stage on Sunday, July 16.

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• Baaba Maal

Baaba Maal's performance in the Obelisk Arena at Latitude is something you simply can't miss on Saturday, July 15. The singer and guitarist belongs to the semi-nomadic Fulani people and has travelled the world, working with big names such as Mumford and Sons and composer Hans Zimmer. His new album The Traveller celebrates his life's work.

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• Ward Thomas

Sisters Lizzy and Catherine Ward Thomas are a British modern country music duo from Hampshire. The pair have released two albums, From Where We Stand and Cartwheels, the latter of which has gone silver in the UK and reached number 1 in the UK album chart, making them the first UK country act to top the charts. Songs to listen to before their performance in the Obelisk arena on the 16th include Guilty Flowers, Push For The Stride, Carry You Home, Cartwheels and Boomerang.

• Jack Garratt

2016 was a great year for singer/songwriter Jack Garratt, who released his debut album Phase in February 2016 and was later given the Critics' Choice Award at the Brits and named Sound of 2016 by the BBC. Top tracks include Breathe Life, Worry and Surprise Yourself and the talented 25-year-old will be headlining the BBC music stage on Saturday, July 15.

• Placebo

Formed in London in 1994, Placebo are an alternative rock back comprised of Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal. To date they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the UK charts. Their music was initially considered glam rock but the style has developed throughout their career, incorporating electronic and post-punk influences. Give their cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill a listen if you've never heard it before and catch them on the BBC music stage on Friday, July 14.


Another talent from Norway, this four-piece band provide a fusion of pop and punk with a feminist edge and are bound to grab attention during their performance on the DIY presents The Alcove Stage on the Friday (where you can also catch Norfolk's very own Mullally on Sunday). To date they have released four EPs with popular singles including Kill Em With Kindness, Take Me Dancing and Shave My Head.

• Declan McKenna

At only 18, Declan McKenna is definitely one to watch. The young singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire won the Glastonbury Festival's emerging talent competition in 2015 and his first single, Brazil, reached number one on Sirius XM Radio's Alt Nation Alt 18 countdown and stayed there for three weeks.

• Loyle Carner

Benamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, also known as Loyle Carner, is a hip hop musician from south Croydon, whose debut album was released in January 2017. To date he has supported Joey Badass on tour, played Glastonbury Festival and collaborated with spoken-word artist Kate Tempest. You can watch his performance on the BBC music stage on Sunday, July 16.

• Goldfrapp

In March, Goldfrapp released their first album in over four years, and oh how they had been missed. The electronic duo consisting of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are well known for songs such as Ooh La La and Strict Machine and are bound to put on an exciting show when they take to the stage in the Obelisk arena on Friday night before the 1975.

• Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Latitude? Let us know in the comments below.

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