Latitude Loves…January

Latitude Loves…January may be an oxymoron, but there’s nothing contradictory about this month’s playlist.

As Latitude Festival Bookers Ed Lilo and Lucy Wood have curated tracks with one common goal: to get you through the final days of January. So, hit play and bask in those positive vibes.

Inhaler – ‘We Have To Move On’

Ed: Inhaler are one of the few BBC Sound Of 2020 artists who didn’t play at last year’s festival. ‘We Have To Move On’ sees Ireland’s latest anthemic rock export blending high-end production with deft songwriting in what is sure to be a classic–in-the-making.

Here at Latitude towers, we’re incredibly excited to see what happens next with this vital new act.

Joy Crookes – ‘Early’

Lucy: This wry lyricist and gifted musician has made both the BBC Sound of 2020 and the Brit Rising Star shortlists. If that isn’t enough reason for optimism, then her voice will take the edge off any remaining the winter blues.

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Walking On A String’

Ed: Look, every song Bridgers has released is a dead cert, no brainer, best song of all time contender. But, out of her more recent releases this collaboration with Latitude alumni Matt Berninger of The National gives me the most legit feels. I can’t wait to see her on the BBC Sounds Stage come July’s festival.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘You Ain’t The Problem’

Lucy: This joyful track has congos, fuzzed out guitars, and spirit of overriding exuberance. It’s a song of self-acceptance and shaking off hate, all things we should have has our new years resolutions.

Girl Ray – ‘Show Me More’

Ed: This is the first single to drop from the ‘Ray’s recently released second album, ‘Show Me More’. It sees Muswell Hill’s finest channel Haim in a distinctly British way – though, there’s no Brexit nonsense here. Catch Girl Ray when they open the iconic Obelisk Arena at Latitude 2020.

Local Natives – ‘When Am I Gonna Lose You?’

Lucy: This is strangely buoyant for a future-breakup song. It’s brightly energetic with a catchy chorus and, of course, Local Natives’ trademark close harmonies. Expect a touch of golden West Coast sunshine radiating over glorious East Anglia, if the band perform this at Latitude 2020.


Haim – ‘Now I’m In It’

Ed: Speaking of Haim, here are Haim. We’re beyond excited to see everything that comes from Haim this year. Their drip of singles over the last few months certainly hints at a well overdue third album from our Saturday headliners.

‘Now I’m In It’ is a Haim banger that perfectly straddles the all-out pop of their first record ‘Days Are Gone’ with the more experimental moments of the follow up album ‘Something To Tell You’. And, it’s not about relationships- it’s about TOUR LIFE xo.

Why not check out our article The Rise Of Haim to deep dive into the band’s history.

Pat Thomas – ‘Yamona’

Lucy: What’s better than highlife to combat grey skies? ‘Golden Voice of Africa’ Pat Thomas will be gracing our stages this year and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him. Yamona is the Afro-disco classic guaranteed to have us all up and dancing.

Charli XCX – ‘Gone’

Ed: I saw Charli play this absolute heater with Christine & The Queens at Electric Picnic last year  – it was A Moment with a capital ‘a’ and a capital ‘m’. Such a banger, but also damn hip too – two alternative icons at their respective peaks. Christine was so iconic at Latitude a few years back, really hope she returns too.

Ibibio Sound Machine – ‘Just Go Forward (Kai I So)’

Lucy: This song is a call to action. It’s the equivalent of the United Nations of music, combatting the negativity of the world with the combined sound of funk, highlife, disco and outer space. Taken from Ibibio Sound Machine’s last album ‘Doko Mien’, it takes a positive stance against the problems of the world.  So, don’t get stuck in a rut – move on!

Forget January and countdown the days until Latitude 2020! Don’t miss headliners Haim, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers plus Bill Bailey on 16th-19th July in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.