Thursday 25 March 2010

Latitude festival music additions - Temper Trap, James, Spoon, Frank Turner...

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26th March 2010




Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.

Dedicated to bringing the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret together for one glorious weekend, Latitude stands alone as a truly inspiring and pioneering festival with a line-up like no other. With four differing arenas devoted to showcasing a diverse selection of music, Latitude provides something for everybody – no matter what your tastes or desires. Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend are all headlining the Obelisk Arena and with a wealth of musical talent from both emerging and established bands and acts still to be announced, Latitude is once again the place to be this summer.


The Obelisk Arena is the focal point for many of Latitude’s most memorable performances and with a line up that boasts some superb acts including Empire of the Sun, The Maccabees and Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as the stunning headliners, the following acts are a welcome addition to an already exciting line-up:

If you were to run off a list of the musical success stories of last year then The Temper Trap would certainly be one of them. Their song ‘Sweet Disposition’ has been used on many commercials and hit TV series Skins seeing them turn into household names with many sold out shows under their belt. The band’s summery sounds will be the perfect companion for a sunny afternoon in front of the Obelisk Arena.

Indie forefathers and Manchester legends James are coming to Latitude this year. With a career spanning three decades, they have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity recently with sold out worldwide tours and frontman Tim Booth back in the line-up. With a back catalogue that includes such classic anthems as ‘Laid’, ‘Sit Down’, Born Of Frustration’, ‘Come Home’, She’s A Star’ plus many more, their set will be a veritable sing-a-long.

Texan indie rock outfit Spoon will make their first Latitude appearance this year on the Obelisk Arena. Their continuous musical output dating back to 1996 coupled with their ability to stay true to what they believe in has earned them a cult following. Both 2005's 'Gimme Fiction' and 2007's 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' earned them the No. 1 spot in the US Independent Album Chart.

Comprised of four former jazz students, Midlake’s early material, ‘Milkmaid Grand Army’ EP and debut album ‘Bamnan and Slivercork’, relied on warped analogue synths. Their excellent follow-up ‘The Trials Of Van Occupanther’ saw a greater sweep of classic rock textures and moods which leads us to this year’s ‘The Courage of Others’. This Top 20 album is downtempo, grizzled and rustic. Their outlook has been entrenched in maudlin beauty; perfect aural accompaniment for lounging around at Latitude.

Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors will make their Latitude debut on the Obelisk Arena in July. The experimental rock band led by Dave Longstreth began in 2002 with the release of Longstreth's first album, ‘The Graceful Fallen Mango’ before later creating the moniker Dirty Projectors.

Frank Turner’s meteoric rise in success shows no signs of waning. Last year he played a host of festivals, embarked on a sold out tour of the UK and saw single ‘The Road’ playlisted on Radio 1 and XFM. Currently touring new album ‘Poetry of the Deed’ at further sold out shows all over the UK, his appearance at Latitude festival’s Obelisk Arena will prove the perfect opportunity to catch him before he goes on to headline London’s Brixton Academy later in the year.


Under the large canopy that comprises The Word Arena will be an amazing set of alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. With The National ,The xx and Grizzly Bear all headlining as well as performances from Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Horrors also confirmed, you’ll discover a host of fresh and exciting acts from across the spectrum at The Word Arena.

This year Latitude is excited to welcome back Wild Beasts to Suffolk's Sunrise Coast. Thoroughly unique and addictively off-kilter, they have somehow turned theatrical falsettos and baritones into engaging musical devices in themselves. The quartet have released two critically acclaimed albums (‘Limbo, Panto’ and ‘Two Dancers’) to their name and have been "tipped for the top” by the NME. Make sure you catch Kendal's finest export since the town’s Mint Cake as they are bound to deliver a pretty sweet performance. Expect an incredible performance from one of the UK’s best and most innovative young guitar bands.

As main players in the current folk revolution, Noah And The Whale have been wowing audiences up and down the country with their catchy melodic indie/folk. Since their debut album ‘Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down’ stormed the Top Ten Album Chart in 2008 the band have enjoyed huge successes both on UK soil and around the world. Having further cemented their hold on the mainstream with follow-up album ‘The First Days of Spring’ last year, Noah And The Whale will be delighting audiences with their odes of perfectly crafted lovelorn songs in The Word Arena this summer.

Brooklyn based afro-pop sensation Yeasayer come to Latitude this year. Having successfully rippled the waters with their 2007 debut ‘All Hour Cymbals’ - especially storming psychedelic-laced track ‘2080’ - their warped and celebratory follow up ‘Odd Blood’ has led to strong critical reception and sell out shows. The likes of ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Ambling Alp’ are already consistent floor-fillers at indie clubs throughout the country, and it won't be long before the infection reaches Henham Park's audience.

Chief are set to bring their shimmery indie anthems to The Word Arena at Latitude this summer. Although from Santa Monica the band’s sound has an air of British-ness about it harking back to the classic pop sensibilities of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Make sure you catch this quartet’s early appearance before they rise to the top.


The Sunrise Arena, situated along the nature trail is host to a splendid foray of new acts. Some of them will have been on the hushed lips of dedicated gem hunters for a while and others will be on the rise already, about to break for all to enjoy, it is the place to discover tomorrow’s stars today. This year will see plenty of tasty morsels for those who like to be at the start of something very special.

Having just been added to the NME Radar tour in April and with new single ‘Radar Detector’ currently all over the radio, Darwin Deez are a band everyone is talking about. Darwin will be bringing his infectious radio-friendly indie band/impromptu dance to Latitude’s Sunrise Arena. With this arena firmly established as a launch pad for new talent playing host to The Joy Formidable, Passion Pit and Little Boots in previous years it looks like Darwin Deez could also be heading skyward!

Archie Bronson Outfit’s story is somewhat magical with the band being discovered by the boss of Domino Records playing in his local pub. Fast-forward seven years and the band have released three albums through the label with second album 'Derdang Derdang' being voted fifth best album of 2006 by Mojo magazine. Make sure you catch Archie Bronson Outfit at Latitude where they will be offering the fruits from their latest album ‘Coconut’.

Singer/song writer Lupen Crook already has three critically acclaimed albums to his name in four short years. His latest, ‘The Pros and Cons of Eating Out’ shows a willingness to explore both himself and his relationship with the world around him coupled with an ability to communicate those experiences in a direct and lyrical way. Catch Crook and his band of long-term collaborators in Latitude's stunning Sunrise Arena.

Up and coming act Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) will be bringing his atmospheric and haunting melodies to the Sunrise Arena this summer. Active Child recently released his debut single 'She Was A Vision' through Filter Recordings in the US and we are sure it won't be long before he is making strides this side of the pond.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy readings from leading poets and authors including Wendy Cope, John Cooper Clarke, Bret Easton Ellis and Arthur Smith; top comics Emo Philips, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall and Tommy Tiernan; exciting theatre and dance productions presented by Royal Shakespeare Company, Bush Theatre and Royal Opera House to name but a few, plus a wealth of cabaret, film, DJ’s, workshops and late night parties found throughout the site. It really is a place like no other; an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all that you’ve ever wanted to be whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery.


Weekend tickets £155 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £65 including VAT, subject to booking fee
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Day tickets include car parking only

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