Latitude is the festival for people who don’t like festivals. Since its first outing back in 2006, it’s earned a reputation for top notch line-ups that aren’t entirely music-orientated; literature, theatre, film and art play as big a part as music in this creative weekender.
It’s more chilled out than some of its counterparts, thanks in part to its gorgeous setting and well thought out design – but of course, there’s mischief to be found if you look for it, and the late night parties in the woodland will keep your hedonistic side in check.
Norway’s Sundfør isn’t yet 30, but she’s got five albums under her belt. A huge star in her homeland, it’s taken the rest of Europe a little longer to acclimatise to her off-kilter electro-pop. When we awarded her most recent album, Ten Love Songs, five stars, we said: “Sundfør is what Lana Del Rey could be if she stopped moping about bad boys… menacing, eerie and resolutely downbeat, but always accessible and danceable.”
Public Service Broadcasting’s recent album, The Race For Space, saw them once again delve into the archives of the British Film Institute, to lift samples to tell the tale of the American and Soviet space race between 1957-1972. And as if that wasn’t enough, they recorded it at Leicester’s National Space Centre. Their live set is equally as bonkers – expect lots of projectors and old TV sets.
We’ve been fans of Hackman’s haunting, Nico-esque voice, since we first saw her performing in a Dalston basement three years ago. Since then she’s released a handful of EPs and a stunning debut album, We Slept At Last. Drenched in drama and fairytales, her crooked folk will stay with you long after her set’s over.
Manchester’s Julie Ann Campbell – aka LoneLady – released her second album, Hinterland, on Warp earlier this year. Using simple drum machine grooves and choppy guitars, she carves a sort of funky punk sound to paint pictures of the grittier side of her hometown.
5. Sun Kil Moon
Just a year after releasing his sixth album, Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon are set to return with another album, Universal Themes, in June – a collaboraton with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. The former Red House Painters’ frontman is a true muso, a classical guitar devotee, who tells stories through his songs. His live shows are emotional rollercoasters and perfect for festivals.
Latitude 2015 takes place on 16-19 July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.
For tickets and more details see latitudefestival.com