Latitude, the UK’s favourite music-arts festival, and winner of the 2012 Best Family Festival Award, revealed the first wave of its confirmed acts to play the eighth edition. To celebrate the newly-named BBC Radio 6 Music stage at this year’s event, festival founder Melvin Benn joined legendary radio DJ (and our afternoon fave) Steve Lamacq to disclose the news of those acts that would be joining him this summer in the idyllic surroundings of Henham Park.
Heading up the BBC Radio 6 Music stage, Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House will make an exclusive UK festival appearance, and will be joined by Brit-nominated (and TGA applauded) Laura Mvula, plus the visual Euro theatrics of Swedish synth popper IAMAMIWHOAMI.
Other exciting appearances across the music stages include another exclusive UK festival performance from US freak folk sisters CocoRosie, Mercury-nominated South London gal Jessie Ware and, be-still-our-beating-Brooklyn-hearts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while heading up the picturesque Lake Stage, curated by Huw Stephens, will be the reverb-soaked sounds of London quartet Veronica Falls.
But it’s not just musicians that will be lording it over the Suffolk stages this summer, as the festival will once again play host to all manner of big-name comics and literary figures. Critically acclaimed comedienne and TV star Sara Pascoe – who also popped along to the 6 Music studios this afternoon – will be joining the proceedings, and, firing the feminist debate, Germaine Greer will be presenting a discussion on The Disappearing Woman.
You can check out the full listings now over on the Latitude website, but as Melvin himself said this evening, this is the best festival for families. The best festival for non families. Ultimately, the best festival.
We’ll see you down the front then!