Latitude: Bombay Bicycle Club and Damon Albarn among the acts that are not to be missed at Latitude Festival 2014


Later this week the eighth Latitude Festival will be underway at Henham Park, with thousands enjoying the eclectic entertainment on offer across more than 10 stages. Here our Latitude reporters give their tips of who you really should be seeing.

Five bands not to miss at Latitude Festival 2014

1. Bombay Bicycle Club

(Obelisk Arena, Saturday)

With nobody in the band over the age of 24, Bombay Bicycle Club have covered a lot of ground over four albums.

Named after an Indian takeaway chain, the four-piece began life as an angular pop band and have risen through the ranks. New album So Long, See You Tomorrow is full of hooks – from Bollywood-sampling single Feel to the more aggressive Carry Me. Bound to draw a big crowd on the main stage.

2. Temples (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Friday)

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Psychedelic act Temples mix hazy vocal harmonies with a guitar sound harking back to the early 1980s. Debut album Sun Structures reached the top 10 in the UK independent music charts. The Kettering four-piece have garnered praise from the likes of Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher. Why not find out why.

3. Royksopp and Robyn (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Saturday)

Swedish synthpop star Robyn and ambient Norwegian duo Royksopp team up to headline the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. The dance-friendly pairing have just released mini-album Do It Again, but have previously collaborated in 2009 with The Girl and The Robot on Royksopp’s third album Junior. Robyn found fame in the UK in 2007 with number one single With Every Heartbeat, and Royksopp also have a huge back catalogue to draw upon. Look no further for a Saturday night party atmosphere.

4. Hall and Oates (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Saturday)

The influence of Daryl Hall and John Oates can be seen in many modern pop acts, with stadium-fillers The Killers among their fans. And as the number-one selling duo in music history it is easy to see why. Best known for US number ones including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List and Maneater, younger fans may recognise single Out of Touch – which featured in computer game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Good sing-along fun.

5. Damon Albarn (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)

As frontman of Brit Pop legends Blur, he is one of the best known figures in modern music. Re-inventing himself with reggae-tinged virtual band Gorillaz, he has since embarked on a solo career. His most recent offering Everyday Robots, released at the end of April, is another eclectic journey, rich with strings and flickering piano. Has the potential to be a memorable headline set.

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