Set in the Suffolk countryside, Latitude is a festival for escapists. Hundreds of great bands play under the watch of giant, century-old trees. Comedians, poets and theatre performers share Henham Park with giant stadium-worthy acts. You can wander around for hours and always see something new.
This year’s Latitude takes place July 13-16 2017.
Here’s a guide on who’s playing and who to see at Latitude Festival 2017:
Why they’ll be great: For aspiring headliners, Latitude is often seen as the last hurdle to jump before taking on the big guns. If The 1975 triumph here (which they will, let’s face it), it’s next stop Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds. So unless Matty Healy forgets all the words to ‘Love Me’ and starts doing bad Kate Bush impressions, expect this to be a celebration of their rise to the top.
Mumford and Sons
Why they’ll be great: The sometimes banjo-embracing, sometimes banjo-ditching force making Latitude their only festival appearance in 2017. Not only that – they’re in charge of an entire day’s curation on the Obelisk Arena and the BBC Music Stage, handpicking some of their best mates, like African superstar Baaba Maal and Oxford odd-poppers Glass Animals. It’s a Gentlemen of the Road takeover, to give it the formal term. Waistcoats at the ready!
Why they’ll be great: Another Latitude exclusive, Fleet Foxes are returning from years out the spotlight. Third album ‘Crack Up’ has been six years in the making. In the time since 2011’s ‘Helplessness Blues’, frontman Robin Pecknold’s become a fully-fledged academic, and his bandmates have pursued side projects. Now they’re ready to be massive again, and due to their time away, expectations are even more skybound.
Why they’ll be great: Massive in the States, the UK is just about waking up to this Oxford four-piece’s brilliance. Second album ‘How to Be a Human Being’ is a bright, hooktastic record, and it’s often backed live by giant palm trees and human-sized pineapples. Anything but your average set, then.
Why he’ll be great: Let’s unofficially dub this Latitude’s legend slot: Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim plays a closing set on the BBC Music Stage on Sunday July 16. He’ll be the last thing punters hear before packing up and leaving Henham Park. Nostalgia will be in the air.
The Japanese House
Why she’ll be great: On record, Amber Bain’s layered, introspective pop requires deep exploration. Live, it turns into a brighter force, sugar-coated pop with a deadly core.
Why he’ll be great: Dubbed part of grime’s next generation, Dave’s doesn’t fit so neatly into a scene. He’s a dab hand at piano, old school vocals and pop-straddling hits. And after getting Drake’s approval in 2016, he’s ready for the big time.
Why she’ll be great: A new Scandi star ready to take over the world, Sigrid pens gigantic choruses and seals them with raspy, 40-a-day vocals. She’s going to be huge.
The Magic Gang
Why they’ll be great: The Brighton four-piece are signed to ex-Maccabees member Felix White’s Yala Records. Expect sentiment-tinged indie with a knack for getting hundreds of excitable kids jumping en masse.
Full Latitude line-up
Mumford & Sons (w/ Baaba Maal)
Two Door Cinema Club
Special guests TBA
The Divine Comedy
The Very Best
The Japanese House
The Head and the Heart
A Blaze of Feather
Ibibio Sound Machine
The Lemon Twigs
The Radio Dept.
All We Are
Esben and the Witch
HVOB x Winston Marshall
Joe Goddard (live)
Yorkston Thorne Khan
The Magic Gang
Strong Asian Mothers
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Bruce O Yates