When Latitude made their first announcements for the 2017 lineup, with The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining, there was definite cause for elation. But there’s some fantastic artists further down the bill that are exciting us too. We picked a few recommendations for the July festival that should definitely tempt you to buy a ticket.
When ‘Tulip’ and ‘Speakerface’ came out last year, it was evident that these guys were going to be big. But with the recent release of ‘Hung Around’, where Jack White-esque guitars and screaming meets catchy pop choruses, it’s a certainty. If you like bands like FREAK, VANT and other loud, messy guitar bands around at the moment, you’re very lucky to add King Nun to that list now.
After writing songs for a homework task, Maggie Rogers turned up to university with ‘Alaska’ a song which she didn’t expect to present to Pharrell Williams, who of course, was stunned. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength, appearing on Jimmy Fallon and releasing her Now That the Light is Fading EP to massive acclaim. She’s a must see at this year’s festival, playing the BBC Music stage on the Saturday.
If there’s one band worth getting very exciting about this year, it’s Goat Girl. The age old four people guitar/bass/drums set up finds a new lease of life through their skulking riffs, subtly pissed off delivery, blunt social commentary and hilariously disgusting videos. While we all eagerly await their debut album, check them out on Latitude’s Sunrise Arena on the Sunday.
From a small town in Norway, Sigrid is one of the most exciting new acts in the world right now. The Scandinavian singer-songwriter was signed at just 16, leaving her to juggle school and a potentially massive music career as ‘the new Lorde’. You’d think the pressure would be high, but with songs sounding as promising as ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, it’s starting to seem prophetic that her name translates as ‘Victory’.
Named after a homemade concoction of water, honey, food dye and cornflour, Honeyblood are again, must-sees at this year’s festival. With last year’s Babes Never Die continuing their perfect blend of indie rock riffs and poppy urgency, there’s even more reason to see the Scottish duo destroy the Sunrise Arena.