Bloc Party to headline as Latitude festival 2013 begins

Macabees, Cat Power and Tim Burgess will also appear

This year’s Latitude Festival begins at Henham Park, Suffolk today (July 18), with a headline performance from Bloc Party.

Speculation is mounting that this may be the last Bloc Party performance for some time, with members of the band having spoken of a planned hiatus after their appearance.

Guitarist Russell Lissack told Postmedia News: “Definitely after we finish the festivals in the summer we’ll be taking some time off. At least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years, it’s hard to say.” However, frontman Kele Okereke more recently played down the story, telling DIY: “I haven’t said anything of the sort… We’ve been on tour for a year and a half, so when we stop touring, we’re going to decompress for a while and do other things. I think that’s the story. It’s not that exciting.”

Other acts appearing on the festival’s main stage, Obelisk Arena, today include The Leisure Society, Tim Burgess, Stornoway, I Am Kloot, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power and Maccabees. The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage sees performances from Theme Park, James Skelly & The Intenders, Willy Mason, Akron/Family, John Grant, Beth Orton, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Villagers, Calexico and headliners Texas.

Saturday at the festival is headlined by Kraftwerk, while Foals bring it to a close on Sunday. The band told NME they want people to “lose their minds” during their set – click the video below to watch.

According to a spokeswoman at the Met Office yesterday (July 18), festival goers are in for good weather – the forecast promises warm weather from the outset with dry, bright sunny spells and temperatures reaching 23 degrees today.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for daily reports from Latitude.