Latitude may be winning plaudits aplenty for its high-calibre of established acts on the bill this year (hi Damon Albarn, The Black Keys and, as of yesterday, Lily Allen), but the new bands playing the bash are every bit as impressive too. The festival has always been known for shining a light on upcoming talent, and this year there’s a wealth of up’n’comers who are worth your time. We’ve written about a few of our favourites below.
Friday, 6 Music Stage
Led by the Brooklyn-based composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin are more of an event than a band. True, they still have a set of amazing songs at their heart, but it’s their setup that makes them so unique: everything on their records is written by Ellis, who has a history in scores and operas. It totally comes through in their music, with the eight-piece live band veering from atmospheric rock band to horn-laden brilliance.
Saturday, 6 Music Stage
Festival band of the summer? Going by their Glastonbury slot on the John Peel Stage recently, Jungle may well be in with a shot. Their debut album is easily one of the biggest crossovers by a new band in 2014, and it’ll be interesting to see how far they can take things this year.
Saturday, The Lake Stage
We first set eyes on Slaves about 18 months ago. They were playing a dingy basement in east London, and were easily one of the loudest, most confrontational punk acts we’d seen all year. Thankfully, they’ve lost none of the abrasiveness since going overground, and they’re taking to festival stages with ease. You can bet they’re be totally thrilling at Latitude.
Saturday, The Lake Stage
Jamie T might be back but Niall Galvin is likely to give him a run for his money in the swagger states. The Londoner’s early material saw him joined by members of Childhood helping him out in his backing band, but since then he’s struck out, forming his own gang and releasing the likes of ‘Get It On’ and a re-push of early favourite ‘Cadillac Girl’
The Leeds newcomers are one of Britain’s finest punk acts in recent years, coming from the same family as Iceage, Parquet Courts and Fat White Family. But as their recent cover of The Stone Roses ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ attests, they’re just as into melody as they are breaking stuff…
Sunday, The Lake Stage
The Aussie one-man band knits together layers of sound until creating something that NME recently described as “mystic afro blues”. Real name Oliver Perry, DD Dumbo comes from Castlemaine in Victoria (the same place the XXXX beer brand originated, incidentally) and has recently done time supporting fellow country-mates Tame Impala.