The multi-award-winning Latitude Festival returns to the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 18th-21st July 2019 with an eclectic bill of music, comedy and arts, plus foodie feasts and family fun – it’s the definitive destination for discovery. In addition to the incredible comedy line-up, this year features an exceptional array of musical talent across multiple stages.
Famed for cultivating artists, Latitude is thrilled to welcome back George Ezra as the Friday night headliner. Discovered in Bristol, Ezra was supported by the likes of BBC Introducing back in 2013, and this year is up for his second lot of BRIT Awards including best British Male Solo Artist, and British Album. He packed out the BBC Music Stage in 2014, and being the UK’s biggest artist of 2018, Ezra’s sure to give a performance that’ll leave you wanting more. His baritone balladry has captured the hearts of the nation and his double platinum-selling second album Staying at Tamara’s has propelled him to superstar status. George said: “It’s no secret that I’m a big Latitude fan. I’ve been to the festival numerous times as a performer and punter, so to be coming back in 2019 as a headliner – five years after my last performance – is a real treat. The reception to my second album Staying At Tamara’s has been beyond my wildest dreams and I can’t wait to rock up in Suffolk to play the songs for everyone. See you there!”
Originally headlining the inaugural Latitude in 2006, Snow Patrol make a momentous return to the Obelisk Arena. The multi-platinum selling five-piece come backed with seven successful albums including latest release Wildness which reached No.2 in the charts last year. Expect festival-sized anthems with hits such as ‘Don’t Give In’, ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘Run’, and the ever popular ‘Chasing Cars’. Snow Patrol said: “We headlined the very first Latitude in 2006 and we are absolutely delighted to headline this year again. It’s a great festival and has a special place in our hearts. We can’t wait.”
The ultimate Californian dream-pop sad girl Lana Del Rey will perform her first headline show since the release of her No.1 album Lust For Life in a UK Festival Exclusive. Ahead of her hotly anticipated sixth album which will be released this year, Lana revealed three ‘fan tracks’ to widespread critical acclaim. Latitude’s idyllic setting combined with Lana’s atmospheric and ethereal magic, will result in one of the many unforgettable experiences of the weekend.
One of the most influential British electronic acts of all time, Underworld close the Saturday night of Latitude Festival with a very special performance. With their timeless anthems including ‘Born Slippy’, the Grammy nominated Rick Smith and Karl Hyde have spent the last two and half decades headlining festivals the world over, directing the music for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, and most recently collaborating with Iggy Pop. The perfect band to bring the late-night party to Latitude.
Marina joins The Obelisk Arena bringing her piano and keyboard driven songs that vary from melancholic ballads to out-and-out glam pop. Also added to The Obelisk Arena are atmospheric alt-Rockers Palace, the hyped-up London three-piece whose second album Life After will be released just in time for a huge Latitude performance.
Also performing on The Obelisk Arena will be Glasgow’s electro-pop superstars Chvrches who are on the brink of the big time; the emotionally drenched vocals of Lauren Mayberry mixed with big synths make the trio a must-see. Joining them are fellow Scottish indie legends The Futureheads who have returned after seven years away with a new record incoming and backed with such anthems as ‘Hounds Of Love’, ‘Decent Days And Nights’, and more. Honeyblood, the Scottish indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Stina Tweeddale, will also perform in The Obelisk Arena, as will The Kingdom Choir, the famed gospel choir who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
BBC SOUNDS STAGE
BBC Sounds Stage is also bursting with some of the best in music. Nominated for two Mercury Prize Awards, Everything Everything will headline the stage on the Saturday night. Giants of adrenalin synthpop and every genre in between, their idiosyncratic trademark will make for a welcome addition to the line up. Other additions include Norwegian luminary Aurora described as the ‘Mythical Lovechild of Björk and Grimes’, plus folk-pop Jenny Lewis and Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad fresh off the release of their fifth album. Feel-good guitar stars The Magic Gang who have worked their way up the bill since performing on The Lake Stage in 2017 will also perform on the BBC Sounds Stage, as will nostalgic indie quartet The Big Moon, and electric multi-genred Kero Kero Bonito. Singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi – also known as LP – whose break-out global hit ‘Lost On You’ topped the charts and catapulted her to stardom in 13 countries, plus Suffolk based community choir Pop Chorus, will also play the BBC Sounds Stage, as will the self-taught pianist Grace Carter, a 21-year old Londoner who is already armed with emotionally exposing ballads and came third in the 2019 BBC’s Sound Of poll. Other additions are Jonathan Wilson, and experimental sludge pop from Norwich-based locals Let’s Eat Grandma.
Set to headline the Sunrise Arena are psych-pop four-piece Teleman, rising R&B singer songwriter Ray BLK who won BBC’s Sound of 2017 and was the first unsigned artist to do so, and Dirty Hit Records artist The Japanese House whose ethereal debut album is already receiving wide-spread applause. Adding to The Sunrise Arena, and Latitude’s worldwide talent offerings, is the Nigerian born Adekunle Gold whose debut album Gold debuted at No.7 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs who will be bringing their acid rock, psych metal, and stoner influences, and trailblazing traditional music The Local Honeys who bring a fresh take to the realm of old-time, Appalachian music, fusing the best of the past with new age sass.
THE LAKE STAGE
Handpicked by BBC Radio 1’s ultimate taste maker Huw Stephens, The Lake Stage showcases the very best in new talent. Huw Stephens commented: “I am thrilled with the line up for this year’s Lake stage at Latitude. It’s been such a joy to see artists including Idles, The 1975, Cate Le Bon, The xx, Slaves and Sam Smith play the stage, among so many other incredible music makers. Programming the Lake Stage is an absolute joy, as those at Latitude always are keen to hear something new and special.”
This year’s superbly curated bill includes headliners Scandi-duo Anna of The North and Liverpool four-piece She Drew The Gun whose debut album Revolution Of The Mind was one of BBC6 Music’s Albums of 2018, and County Durham indie-punks Martha whose much anticipated album Love Keeps Kicking is out this week. Across the weekend they are joined by a plethora of cutting edge acts including Another Sky, Art School Girlfriend, Black Country, New Road, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Celeste, Chappaqua Wrestling, Childcare, Easy Life, Fling, Indoor Pets, Queen Zee, Self Esteem, Squid, Working Men’s Club, and Zuzu.
BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING STAGE
Latitude is also famed for breaking new talent and nurturing artists. BBC Music Introducing makes a welcome return to Latitude, showcasing the biggest unsigned, discovered, and under the radar music across the UK. The BBC Music Introducing Stage gets even bigger as BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary will be broadcasting LIVE on the Saturday morning with live music, and special guests, and to be part of the audience. Dermot O’Leary says: “I’ve been DJing in the woods at Latitude, as well as broadcasting from the festival, for many years and it’s always been a favourite of mine. I love the fact that there’s something for everyone – from literature to comedy to sheep – and of course some fantastic live music. I can’t wait to bring my Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show to the BBC Music Introducing stage this year.”
THE ALCOVE STAGE
The Alcove Stage, nestled within the Latitude woods, is the place for the freshest new artists and this year’s line up is a scorcher! Headlining the stage are Stockholm’s unruly post-punks Viagra Boys and Tennessee-based folk-rockers Judah & The Lion who are gearing up to release their third studio album Pep Talks in May, and BBC6 Music backed colourful, jazz four-piece Low Island. They are joined by a host of magnificent misfits including Los Bitchos, Tamzene, Arlo Day, Dry Cleaning, Gently Tender, Ebi Soda, JC Stewart, Joy Crookes, Monty Taft, and Project Karnak.
There’ll also be an eclectic range of fresh acts awaiting revelers in the Sunrise Arena including A Place To Bury Strangers, Beadadoobee, Billy Lockett, Cavetown, Crows, Elder Islands, Foxing, Georgia, Girlpool, IDER,Lazy Day, Lucia, Nilüfer Yanya, No Vacation, Steam Down, The Murder Capital, and The Teskey Brothers.
This year’s line up is erupting with a diverse range of huge names, and trailblazers. The seven music stages will be also be buzzing to the eclectic sounds of Loyle Carner, Neneh Cherry, Sigrid, Tom Grennan, Cat Power, Khruangbin, Anna Calvi, Pale Waves, Baxter Dury, Walking On Cars, Primal Scream, Slaves, MØ, Gomez, Freya Ridings, Parcels, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Nadine Shah, Sons Of Kemet, and Julia Jacklin.
Elsewhere Ben Folds & A Piano will play a unique Waterfront Stage performance, pulling at the heartstrings of festival-goers with tracks such as ‘The Luckiest’, ‘Landed’, and ‘Still Fighting It’. And in the Music & Film Arena there’ll be a rare live appearance from psychedelic pop group Whyte Horses with special guests, a moving performance from Penguin Cafe in aide of Greenpeace’s Support The Arctic Campaign, Rising R&B star Joel Culpepper (think Leon Bridges meets Childish Gambino), and many more. The fun doesn’t stop there: Late Night at The Comedy Arena will see the return of Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco, The Massaoke Band, and Rave Karaoke.
Weekend and day tickets for Latitude Festival 2019 will be on sale Saturday 26th January at 9.30am.