3 Mar 2016

Latitude 2016, This Really IS The Best Year Yet

“I’m thrilled to announce the first acts for Latitude 2016. The Maccabees, The National, and New Order headlining the music, coupled with the theatre and poetry bill looking stronger than ever, ensures Latitude 2016 is already simply unmissable.  Following the incredible success of our tenth edition last year, we had set the bar high for this year’s festival; we have a debut headline performance from The Maccabees to look forward to, which I’m really excited about and as always, the arts offering is set to be incomparable.” - Melvin Benn, Founder of Latitude Fest

They've done it again. In it's 11th year, Latitude has delivered a phenomenal line-up, and there's only been one announcement. Every year, Latitude covers the spectrum some of the most exciting up-and-coming bands, all the way up to the headliners, many of who have cemented themselves in musical history. This year is no different.

The Maccabees are this years Friday night headliners. Having worked their way up and up the line-up, they've proved that nobody is more deserving of headliner status than they are. One can only imagine how "Marks to Prove It" will sound as it echoes through the Suffolk countryside, but career-defining would be a good place to start. Taking control of the coveted Saturday night headline slot, is Latitude veterans, The National. Speaking about the festival, they said "Latitude has been one of our favorite festivals ever since we barely made it to play in 2006 (Cold War Kids lent us their instruments as we arrived mid set having been stuck at the border). We love the genuine multi-disciplinary format of the festival and the grounds are enchanting to wander through. We feel incredibly honored to be the first previous headliner to be asked back a second time."  Closing this years festival, is British all-time greats, New Order; who took the world by surprise with the release of ‘Music Complete’ last year, 10 years on from their previous studio offering. With 35 years of genre and era-defining classics to draw upon, New Order are set to provide a spectacular closing performance for Latitude 2016.

Elsewhere in the Obelisk Arena, the likes of Courtney Barnett, M83, Father John Misty, Daughter and CHVRCHES are all gearing up to take the stage. 

Perhaps the biggest shock on this usually-quite-traditionally-indie line-up is Friday night headliner, Grimes. Grimes. In Suffolk. The Canadian renaissance pixie princess, whose ‘Art Angels’ was NME’s album of the year. Elsewhere on the BBC 6 Music Stage will see shows from Philadelphia fuzz-rockers Kurt Vile and the Violators, France’s breakout star Christine and the Queens, critically acclaimed synth pop talent Perfume Genius, British soul from Jamie Woon and minimal electronic pop songstress Låpsley. Joining them will be Frightened Rabbit, BBC sound poll 2016 finalist Mura Masa and the voice of the most streamed track of all time – Denmark’s MØ. 

We could go on for hours about the countless amazing acts just announced for Latitude, but I'll leave it for now with a summary of the two main stages. However, other honourable mentions include Blanck Mass, MONEY, Suuns and Little Green Cars. As a first announcement, Latitude is just about as good as it gets, and it can only get better (if that's possible!) See the full line-up and get your tickets here.

Words: Poppy Marriott