Southwold: BBC Introducing’s pick of Suffolk bands to play Latitude Lake Stage


Plaitum - Credit: Archant

BBC Introducing in Suffolk has chosen Plaitum, To Be Frank and Port Isla as its local acts to play the Lake Stage at Latitude this week.

Port Isla

Port Isla - Credit: Archant

Plaitum are childhood friends Matt and Abi. They wrote their first song Geisha aged 13. Since then they have supported Bloc Party and collaborated with master-producers Mark Ralph (Hot Chip) and Nick Hook (Azealia Banks) on their new EP.

To Be Frank

To Be Frank - Credit: Archant

“We’re a dreary, irritating 18-year-old boy/girl duo from the Essex/Suffolk border. We met at auditions for an Abba tribute band in Ipswich - we didn’t get picked for the final line up so decided to do our own thing and haven’t looked back since. We make vaguely dark electro-pop tracks that are often compared to a more electronic Portishead.

“We’ve a warm-up gig on Friday, at Tin Pan Alley, in Colchester, then Latitude on Sunday - then that’s it for a bit as we record our debut EP. We were pretty elated (to be chosen) - we’re used to playing sweaty London clubs so playing outside will be fun, let alone at one of the best festivals in the UK. BBC Suffolk Introducing are amazing.”

Plaitum play the Lake Stage from 2.10pm-2.40pm on Sunday. Find out more about them at, and

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On a good day Port Isla are a four-piece folk-rock band from Suffolk and London. Formed in 2011, they have recorded and released their first two singles themselves. On a bad day, they cover 1980s power ballads, complain about beard growth and argue about the correct usage of knots.

“We met through university. We were based in Norwich while studying music there together but now we’ve all emigrated back to our respective homes in London and Oxfordshire and I (Will) am the local Suffolk representative. We’ve been playing for a couple of years now.

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“We like big songs, lots of vocal harmony and we especially enjoy stamping our feet. Hopefully, that should give people some clues (about their sound).

“We’re playing Folkeast in August, Ringmaster festival in September and Gathering festival on October 4. The word ‘amazing was used a lot (when they heard they’d been chosen). We feel completely taken aback and honoured that Graham and Richard (of BBC Introducing in Suffolk) asked us and we can’t wait to play it. It’s going to be pretty surreal playing on a stage where I’ve seen so many acts play in the past.”

Port Isla play the Lake Stage from 12.45pm-1.15pm on Saturday. Find out more about them at

To Be Frank is Frank Pescod, a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Suffolk.

The varied style of music he produces is inspired by a family of artists and reflects his passion for music, both in writing and performing.

Frank has had the seal of approval from Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe and others.

He plays the Lake Stage from 12.45pm-1.15pm on Friday.

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