December 20 2014 Latest news:
Wayne Savage, entertainment writer
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Black Keys will make their first ever UK festival headline performance at this year’s Latitude.
They will play the Obelisk Arena stage, closing the festival. Back by demand, Editors join the main stage bill Friday night. Also returning to the Obelisk Arena will be James, whose new album La Petit Mort is out on June 2.
“We love playing Latitude because it embraces creativity in all its many faces; not just a dole queue of bands. This raises it above the corporate norm into the realm of something more magical. May the sun shine down on us all,” said frontman Tim Booth.
Kelis will debut new songs her upcoming album Food and there will be an exclusive UK festival performance from The Afghan Whigs, who release Do to the Beast on April 14 via Sub Pop - their first album of new material since 1965 was released in 1998.
Also playing the Obelisk Arena are Crystal Fighters and Tinariwen.
Headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage will be Scottish guitar maestros Mogwai and Swedish singer-songwriter and Latitude favourite Lykke Li. Also making his only festival appearance in England and Wales will be Dublin’s James Vincent McMorrow. Another Latitude Festival exclusive will be American singer-songwriter Conor Oberst.
Also playing the stage are Clean Bandit, The War on Drugs, SOHN, Temples, Hozier, Parquet Courts and George Ezra.
One of 2014’s bands to watch, Brooklyn-based alternative rock quartet Teen play the i Arena, home of new, upcoming and niche music.
After losing stock to a fire, Hiss Golden Messenger’s 2009 album Bad Debt has been released and Latitude will be their first band performance in the UK.
The Acid brings together three of the most innovative names in electronic music - California polymath and professor of music technology Steve Nalepa, Grammy nominated producer and DJ Adam Freeland and musician and producer Ry X. Latitude will be one of the trio’s first live shows.
Also playing the i Arena are Tom Vek, John Wizards, Dawes and Mighty Oaks.
“This year sees Latitude return for its ninth edition, with a sensational and diverse bill that once again really offers something for everyone. We’re incredibly pleased to announce The Black Keys as headliners, along with a huge variety of established and emerging artists, representing every genre from blues and rock through to world, indie, psychedelia, electronica and soul,” says festival founder Melvin Benn.
“Of course, it’s the combination of outstanding music and arts that makes Latitude truly unique and we’re delighted to be able to reveal a whole host of high calibre comedians, theatre companies, poets, writers and other performers across the festival. I’m confident this is going to be the best Latitude yet.”
Comedians coming to Latitude include Mock The Week host Dara O’Briain, Milton Jones, Al Murray’s Saloon Show, Josh Widdicombe, Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell, Tim Key, Josie Long, Katherine Ryan, Trevor Noah, Seann Walsh, Tommy Tiernan, Henning Wehn, Jeremy Hardy, Miles Jupp, Doc Brown, Cardinal Burns, The Pajama Men, Sara Pascoe, Nick Helm, Felicity Ward, Arthur Smith, Glenn Wool, Kerry Godliman, James Acaster, Hannah Gadsby, Tiffany Stevenson, Jared Christmas, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Roisin Conaty, Joe Lycett, Mike Wozniak, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Tom Rosenthal, Aisling Bea, John Robins, Nish Kumar, Eric Lampaert, Celia Pacquola, Suzi Ruffell, Jamie Demetriou, Alfie Brown, Bobby Mair, Pat Cahill, Angela Barnes, Phil Wang, Ivo Graham, Tania Edwards, Kwame Asante, Joseph Morpurgo, Harriet Kemsley, David Morgan, Jonny Pelham, Dane Baptiste, Gabby Best, Sarah Callaghan, Chortle Student Comedy Awards, The Sunday Assembly, Wittank, McNeil and Pamphilon, Club Sol, Max and Ivan, The Noise Next Door, The Only Way is Downton, Pappy’s, Cariad Lloyd and Louise Ford and Holly Burn’s Character Comedy Show.
The literary arenas will play host to Salon London presenting Kerry Daynes, Jo Hemmings, Tristan Gooley, Lloyd Bradley, Professor B Sahakian, David Spiegelhalter, David Tong, Art Macabre, Juliet Russell and Jon Ronson plus Lauren Beukes, Patrick Barkham, Alexandra Heminsley, Daniel Davis, Rachel Cooke, Naomi Wood, Viv Groskop, Mark Ellen, JP Bean, Georgian Royal Secrets, Rob Evans, James Bannon, Laura Bates, Zoe Pilger, John Osborne, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, The Reader Organisation, Dylan’s Bookbus and Malcolm Gluck Winetasting.
Performing on the theatre and dance stages will be Forced Entertainment, RSC, Royal Exchange Manchester, Sadler’s Wells presents the National Youth Dance Company, James Cousins Company and English National Ballet plus highlights from Dirty Dancing, Battersea Arts Centre presents John Berkavitch and Will Dickie, Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude present Bucket Club, Light the Fuse, Flipping the Bird and Page One Theatre; Mark Thomas, Luke Jermay, Drywrite and Clean Break. Forest Fringe present Greg Wohead, Louise Orwin, Brian Lobel, Christopher Brett Bailey, Chris Thorpe, Abigail Conway, Sarah Jane Norman, Verity Standen, James Stenhouse and Sam Halmarack and Tales of Whatever; Gagglebabble, The Letter Room, Flanagan Collective, AWRC and Dash Arts.
Artists include Bob and Roberta Smith, Film Preview The Art Party, The Wrong Crowd and David Shillinglaw. Fans of film and music will enjoy Esben and The Witch Score La Antena.
Appearing in the poetry arena are Luke Wright, Lemn Sissay, Dizraeli, Tim Clare, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hannah Jane Walker, Salena Godden, Katie Bonna, Rebecca Goss, Molly Naylor, Rosy Carrick, John Osborne, Helen Mort, Alexis Dubus and The Pram in the Hall.
Cabaret and live art includes Duckie, Miss Behave’s Gameshow, Queens of Pop, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Eastend Cabaret, Ophelia Bitz and The Golden Boys. Late night DJs include Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco, Disco Shed and Jess Indeedy.
Tickets for the festival, taking place at Suffolk’s Henham Park July 18-20 are on sale now.