Latitude Festival – Epic Studios Picks
Festival season is well and truly upon us, and of course the word on everyone’s lips in our little neck of the woods is Latitude. Latitude Festival is a firm favourite of not only local folk but with those across the nation; the brightly coloured sheep, the beautiful setting in Henham Park, the all-inclusive line up that doesn’t just host a diverse range of music but also comedy, theatre, crafts, film – it really is a creative hub. In a field. 2015 sees the festival celebrating it’s 10th year, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s been exciting to see the festival grow in popularly (if only ticket prices didn’t also take such a dramatic hike, but hey!)
We do love a good festival and thought we’d share some of our tips for the weekend. Of course, there is so much going on that we’ll be hard-pressed to even mention a third of it, but we’ll do our best!
Caribou get a lot of love here at Epic Studios HQ and if you’re heading to Henham Park for the weekend’s festivities, we implore you to check them out at the Obelisk Arena on Friday. Dan Snaith, the man behind the music, has been making his own brand of dreamy electronica since the turn of the millennium under various monikers; Manitoba, Caribou and more recently, Daphni. If you’re into laid-back yet intricate electronica a la Four Tet, you should definitely make an effort.
Pre-festival listening: Can’t Do Without You, Odessa, Our Love
It’s been a staggering 21 years since Portishead released their infamous and critically acclaimed album Dummy, and it’d be frankly quite daft not to go watch the trip-hop champions work their magic on stage. Surely listening to the band’s cinematic soundscapes with Beth Gibbons’ dramatic, angelic vocals is surely the perfect way to round up your Saturday evening?
Pre-festival listening: Glory Box, Wandering Star, The Rip
New Orleans export Benjamin Booker is all over the festival scene this year throughout the UK, Europe and the US – busy boy! The bluesy/garage rock new-kid-on-the-block is really earning his stripes, and it’s great to see him doing so well. If you like your blues spiked with a strong dose of trashy garage punk-rock, then make sure you check him out!
Pre-festival listening: Violent Shiver, Wicked Waters, Have You Seen My Son?
Super-chilled and ridiculously cool, Warpaint mix up indie, pop and art rock in just the perfect measures. Their debut full-length album The Fool was met by rave reviews and the acclaim hasn’t let up since then. Expect intricate guitar lines, luscious harmonies and a delicate mix of psychedelic rock and soft grunge.
Pre-festival listening: Love Is To Die, Billie Holiday, Undertow
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Public Service Broadcasting
We loved having PSB here at Epic Studios last year as headliners for Norwich Sound + Vision Festival and we definitely recommend checking out their live show (view their performance of ‘Spitfire’ below). The London based duo seamlessly mix up indie rock and electronica with samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, and when playing live they add in some pretty interesting visuals to create a full and dynamic experience. Go watch them!
Pre-festival listening: Spitfire, Go!, Everest
Django Django have recently released their sophomore album Born Under Saturn, which sees the band going in a slightly dancier direction, but still holding on to their crisp harmonies and lo-fi ethics. Their debut epynomous album – released in 2012 – was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012, and was popular enough to delay the release of the follow up record. Plus the drummer/producer’s brother is in the Beta Band, which only gives them extra cool-points.
Pre-festival listening: Default, First Light, Shake and Tremble
The Thurston Moore Band
We’re pretty sure Thurston Moore needs no introduction and if he does, you’re doing music wrong. Since founding alt-rock greats Sonic Youth in 1980, he has been at the forefront of experimental rock and is somewhat of an icon for a do-what-you-want, punk-rock ethic. Sonic Youth’s performance – and songs – can lie anywhere between slick and polished, to… well, just noise and that can be either very exciting or very annoying. Safe to say, his most recent offerings a great and worth investing some time in.
Pre-festival listening: Benediction, Circulation, The Best Day
Wolf Alice released their much-awaited debut album My Love Is Cool literally weeks ago and it is glorious. Unabashedly combining grunge, folk and a little bit of brit-pop, which comfortably sits underneath Ellie Rowsell’s luscious yet gritty vocals we can’t get enough of it. The buzz around Wolf Alice is really building; you should definitely catch them while you can!
Pre-festival listening: Moaning Lisa Smile, Bros, Blush
Young Fathers are another favourite here on the Epic Studios office speakers; their innovative blend of hip hop, r&b, indie and electronica truly is something else. The trio (rightfully) won last year’s Mercury Prize, and are getting more and more attention by the day. One of the most exciting bands to play Latitude Festival this weekend by far.
Pre-festival listening: Shame, Nest, Soon Come Soon
Part II will be coming soon!