Latitude 2016 Preview

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.

Friday:

lets eat grandma

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ3tmmkr3sg

courtney barnett

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lAp3N_kBjQ

loyle carner

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ba3H_Sv6o

Saturday:

pumarosa

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLwJbfT05KM

steve mason

I’ll then be going over to watch former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason’s melodic, jangly pop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH_gFdQhWMY

daughter

I was really sad that I missed Daughter when they played Brighton, so am looking forward to catching their thoughtful, dramatic, atmospheric offerings live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaHOkY_BoiM

tired lion

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu-NTKl4b7c

 Sunday:

oktoba

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jCOQXd-QcA

chet faker

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPy5igZJnVw

black mountain

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW3uFsyVTYA

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!

 

A version of this preview first appeared on http://www.fringereview.co.uk

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