Oh, lovely, lovely Latitude. Set in the picturesque grounds of Henham Park, Southwold, it offers stages aside lakes, pastel-painted sheep, plus a huge variety of cultural treats, ranging from ballet and theatre to literature and stand-up comedy. As ever, we’re in it for the music, and 2015’s 10th anniversary bill is another cracker, boasting Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Delve deeper into the line-up below.
Badly Drawn Boy
In news that’s made us all feel extremely old, Damon Gough’s Mercury Prize-winning debut celebrates its 15th birthday this year. To celebrate, he’ll be performing The Hour Of Bewilderbeast in full at Latitude. Head to the Obelisk Arena on Saturday afternoon and get set to come over all misty-eyed at big singles like ‘Once Around The Block’, ‘Disillusion’ and ‘Pissing In The Wind’, not to mention underrated classics like ‘Camping Next To Water’ and ‘The Shining’.
Lianne La Havas
Ivor Novello, Mercury Prize and Prince-approved singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas is set to follow-up her 2012 debut on 31st July. As lead single ‘Unstoppable’ implies, Blood’s a far glossier affair than Is Your Love Big Enough?, finding La Havas upgrading her acoustic, jazz-inflected arrangements for sensuous, widescreen soul. Get an early taster during her set at the Obelisk Arena on Saturday, and prepare to swoon hard at her supple, caramel-smooth tones.
Described by The Guardian as “the most compelling live act you can see right now”, Chicagoan singer-songwriter Ezra Furman and his backing band, The Boyfriends, are currently touring their excellent third album Perpetual Motion People. Expect a deliciously off-kilter mixture of skiffle, doo-wop, glam and garage-rock, topped with part-cawed part-howled vocals, and delivered with bags of irrepressible charm and energy. They’re playing the iArena on Thursday, FYI.
- The record sounds quite traumatised, and I think that reflects our situations at the time.
- I dislike whenever anyone tries to talk about ethics and morals from the perspective of a divine creator.
- To be an artist is to declare yourself free; to insist on your freedom and to insist that those pre-existing clichés don’t apply.