As always, Latitude boasts an eclectic mix, but much of the gold is hidden away from the achingly middle-of-the-road main stage. Here are my picks if you want a slightly more interesting experience.
Let’s Eat Grandma. I first heard them on Mark Riley’s 6Music show. They sound about twelve, both when speaking/giggling and when singing in their strange Pinky-&-Perky voices. But they’ve got some pretty interesting sounds going on. Definitely worth watching where these two go next.
Bob Moses is great, but it looks like he’ll be on at the same time as: Courtney Barnett. She’s pretty big news now, and well-known, but I absolutely cannot imagine missing this. One of the most brilliant lyricists working today, and a true heir to Cobain’s elusive blend of pop catchiness blended with punk sensibility. Wonderful!
Later on, the big crowds will be either at current indie-squeeze Grimes or long-forgotten indie-ex The Maccabees, but I’ll be watching Loyle Carner at the unglamorous Lake Stage. Interesting, introspective, soulful take on UK hip-hop.
Pumarosa. Unfairly hidden away at the Sunrise Arena early in the day, but what a way to celebrate breakfast! I had the enormous pleasure of seeing these guys at The Great Escape, and they were amazing. Singer Isabel Munoz-Newsome has impressive stage presence. Energetic, upbeat, noisy, full of attitude, swagger and hands-in-the-air positivity. In my mind at least, destined for greatness!
I’ll then be going over to watch former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason’s melodic, jangly pop.
I was really sad that I missed Daughter when they played Brighton, so am looking forward to catching their thoughtful, dramatic, atmospheric offerings live.
I’d like to see Kurt Vile & The Violators at the 6Music stage, but for the headliners I’m not really interested in the main offerings, I fancy something a bit more energetic, so I think I might go to Tired Lion (like if Hole relaxed a bit), tucked away at the Alcove Stage
Oktoba was another surprise during The Great Escape, and will be a wonderfully chilled way to start the day. Will be even better if the sun shines!
Going a bit more mainstream, Michael Kiwanuka and Roots Manuva are both interesting, and Chet Faker is pretty big right now. Despite his mass appeal, I think he’s one of the more interesting acts on the main stage.
Again, I’ll be avoiding the crowds at New Order, and will be enjoying the gothic, bluesy delights of Black Mountain at the Sunrise Arena.
Well, that’s the plan anyway. I think. Unless the weather changes or I do something mental like change my mind!
Hope to see you there! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for sunshine!
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