Latitude Festival 2017 tunes up with packed bill of diverse music talents

Mumford and Sons will headline the Saturday night with a handpicked line-up of bands. Picture: Submi

Mumford and Sons will headline the Saturday night with a handpicked line-up of bands. Picture: Submitted - Credit: PA

The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes headline one of the region's biggest music festivals this summer, but there are many diverse musical treasures and more to be found down the bill.

Crowds enjoy 2016 headliners The National at Latitude. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

Crowds enjoy 2016 headliners The National at Latitude. Picture: Paul John Bayfield - Credit: Archant

The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes will headline this summer's Latitude, but the 12th edition of the festival boasts a huge diverse line-up of musical talents.

And with the festival famed for its board arts programme music fans will again be able to take in performances of theatre, dance, opera, comedy and more.

More than 30,000 people are expected to descend on Henham Park, near Southwold, for the 12th edition of the festival which will take place between Thursday, July 13 and Sunday, July 16.

Fresh from their Best British Group win at the BRIT Awards and two sold-out nights at the O2 Arena, The 1975 will headline Friday night. Following last year's chart-topping album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, the Manchester outfit have gone from strength to strength over the last four years, going on to sell out arenas across the world since first performing on The Lake Stage back in 2013.


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Mumford & Sons will take to the Obelisk Arena as Saturday night headliners in their only UK festival appearance this year. The Grammy Award winners will be bringing their 'Gentlemen of the Road' to Henham Park, presenting their personally curated Saturday line-up, including an appearance from Senegalese superstar singer with whom they worked on their Johannesburg EP and recent concert film, documentary and album, Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder.

Fleet Foxes will be making their Latitude debut as they headline The Obelisk Arena on the Sunday. Returning from a hiatus and armed with a platinum debut album, their first British performance in five years will no doubt make for a memorable end to the weekend.

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The American band, known for their folk-rock pastoral sound and vocal harmonies, which would seem a perfect fit for Latitude, said: 'After being holed up in the studio for a year, there's nothing we're more excited about than performing new songs and revisiting our catalogue at Latitude.'

1975 return to headline the Friday night after first performing at Latitude on The Lake Stage back i

1975 return to headline the Friday night after first performing at Latitude on The Lake Stage back in 2013. Picture: Chuff Media - Credit: Chuff Media

Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude Festival said: 'The 1975 have more than proven themselves over the past year and I'm thrilled to give them a well-deserved headline slot. Mumford & Sons have chosen Latitude as the only stop in the UK for their Gentlemen of the Road Takeover, and Fleet Foxes' will headline their only UK appearance at a festival this year.'

Also taking to the main stage will be Goldfrapp, making their Latitude debut after almost 20 years together, plus returning festival favourites The Horrors, and captivating singer-songwriter Lucy Rose.

Fresh after a huge 2016 and the release of their second album How To Be A Human Being, Glass Animals will also bring their energetic live show, alongside returning indie rockers Grandaddy off the back of their first album in 10 years, and Tinariwen and The Very Best.

Velvet Underground founder John Cale will perform from over five decade's worth of solo material, along with orchestral pop band The Divine Comedy and gospel legend Mavis Staples. The Japanese House will brings her atmospheric synth-pop, along with country singing duo Ward Thomas and enigmatic Belgian rapper Baloji.

Lucy Woods, music talent booker for the Latitude said: 'We have phenomenal headliners, but in addition to this there are hundreds of acts to stumble upon at Latitude, with the Lake Stage and much more still to be announced. The festival's legacy of championing undiscovered music is stronger than ever, and in what's been my first year, I couldn't be more excited about what's to come.'

The BBC Music Stage will feature alt-rock pioneers Placebo. Iconic 1990s band Ride will deliver their seminal shoegaze, while the legendary Fatboy Slim will bring his barrage of hits.

Also joining the line-up is innovative rising rapper Loyle Carner, backed with the recent release of his touching debut album, Yesterday's Gone, alongside the incomparable SOHN, Irish national treasure Lisa Hannigan in support of her recent At Swim album, and BBC Sound Of 2016 winner Jack Garratt.

Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold,has become a popular fixture on the local cultural c

Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold,has become a popular fixture on the local cultural calendar. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

There will also be performances from London electronic duo Mount Kimbie, hotly-tipped pop powerhouse Maggie Rogers, prodigious multi-instrumental duo The Lemon Twigs, and the return of young indie rebel Declan McKenna. The Radio Dept. make their Latitude debut alongside indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso, and Antipodean songwriter Julia Jacklin.

Festival favourites Ibibio Sound Machine, model turned folk singer Karen Elson, dance pop prospects Formation, BBC Sound Of 2017 nominee Tom Grennan, and Icelandic garage-rockers Kaleo also make appearances, as will ascendant French duo HER, the first signing on Ben Howard's label A Blaze of Feather, and US folk favourites The Head and the Heart.

The Sunrise Arena returns with an eclectic line up that boasts some of the most exciting, genre-defying musicians of the moment. Atmospheric krautrock trio Beak> will give a headline performance, as will one of the hottest names in UK hip-hop right now, Dave.

American troubadour Kevin Morby, psych revivalists Temples, the highly-praised power trio Sunflower Bean, hyped London quartet Palace and the exuberant duo Honeyblood will all take to the Sunrise Arena.

Joining them are Chicago slacker sweethearts Twin Peaks, Scandinavian starlet Sigrid, the much-loved Liverpudlian trio All We Are, the ever-evolving might of Esben and the Witch, genre-straddling experimental trio Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, and classical pianist Lubomyr Melnyk.

Latitude Festival's intimate Alcove Stage will also return with performances from hugely hyped 4AD sensation Pixx, the much-loved hushed and hymnal Benjamin Francis Leftwich, fellow Dirty Hit signees King Nun, rising pop sensation Youngr, German electronic duo Lea Porcelain, British singer-songwriter Joe Fox and driving four piece Mosa Wild.

Sounds of different sorts will be found in the Music & Film Arena with Will Young bringing his band for a rare performance of Summer Jazz Sessions. Irish musician Imelda May will also headline the stage, performing songs from her forthcoming album Life Love Flesh Blood.

Latitude 2017 was the biggest yet with 40,000 coming to Henham Park. Picture: Mike Page

Latitude 2017 was the biggest yet with 40,000 coming to Henham Park. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

Performances will also come from iconic dub poet, writer, social commentator and musician Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds, a re-imagination of Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas by Festival Voices and a Swing Jazz Takeover by White Mink will transport the audience back to the early 20th century through a collection of DJs and burlesque performers.

As ever there is more to Latitude than just the music stages.

BalletBoyz will be bringing their new work Life featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, while Sadler's Wells returns for the tenth year to present a diverse programme including Matthew Bourne's New Adventures performing an extract from the choreographer's Town and Country.

Following the Grammy Award nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sadler's Wells will also be performing Sisters Grimm's Voices of the Amazon, a tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River told through contemporary ballet and capoeira, accompanied by live music by Brazilian percussionists, Olodum.

Opera North will transform Latitude's woodlands into a magical immersive soundscapes for a Greek mythology experience with words, music and light.

Tania Harrison, Latitude's arts curator said: 'We're incredibly proud to offer audiences not only the chance to see the very best ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance from around the globe, but also the opportunity to learn from these companies through practice, with BalletBoyz, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, and Far From The Norm each offering the Latitude audience the chance to take part in a workshop or class on our iconic Waterfront Stage.'

• Latitude takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk, July 14-16. Adult weekend tickets £197.50 face value, teen weekend tickets £132.50, child weekend tickets £8. Day tickets £77.50, children £10.

• More ticket information/tickets at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/latitude

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