The Great Escape, the UK’s festival for new music, has just ended – and there was an extraordinary amount of talent on display. Here are our top picks from the weekend, and the best part is you can catch all of them at Latitude this summer!
Singer-songwriter Anna Calvi has been making waves in the music industry since 2011, with her soulful, art-rock sound. She’s collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, Marianne Faithfull, and David Byrne of Talking Heads, and has received two Mercury Prize nominations. Expect haunting vocals, atmospheric guitars, and unapologetically feminist rock‘n’roll when she plays the Obelisk Arena at Latitude 2019.
The murder capital
If you’re after something a bit grittier, Irish quintet The Murder Capital could be your cup of tea. Their latest single is ‘Green & Blue’ is a brash, bolshy and passionate slice of post-punk. They’ll be definitely raising the roof of the Sunrise Arena.
Formerly known as Get Inuit, Kent four piece Indoor Pets have supported the likes of Slaves, The Big Moon and The Magic Gang. Huw Stephens has handpicked the band to play The Lake Stage at Latitude. Their self-described “dirty pop” is is made to move your feet – listen to their debut album ‘Be Content’, released earlier this year, for proof.
Born and raised in Elephant & Castle, 20 year old Joy Crookes could be one of the strongest talents to emerge from London in a long time. Sounding like the lovechild of Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, her soulful crooning will whisk you away in the calming confines of The Alcove.
Supported by Festival Republic’s ReBalance programme, Lazy Day’s dreamy grunge pop seems made for the seaside. It’s just as well then that the quartet played Brighton’s beachfront Queens Hotel at the Great Escape. Fronted by the enigmatic Tilly Scantlebury, expect soaring melodies drenched in summery vibes when the band play the Sunrise Arena.
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A band with an unforgettable name and an even more mesmerising sound. With their blend of acid rock and psycho metal, Pigs x7 are the next big thing in rock’n’roll, citing Black Sabbath as influences. If you’re looking to bang your head, don’t miss out on these in the Sunrise Arena.
Formerly one half of indie duo Slow Club, Rebecca Taylor is back with her solo project Self Esteem. Her debut album ‘Compliments, Please’ was released earlier this year, packed with huge pop choruses and toe-tapping rhythms. ‘Monster’, an R&B-influenced track, is guaranteed to get you in the mood to groove when you watch Self Esteem play The Lake Stage.
If Latitude 2016 headliners Mumford & Sons were a solo act, it would sound like Monty Taft. The 19-year old Jersey born singer songwriter’s brand of folk pop has already received airplay on Radio 1. His heartfelt lyrics about love and friendships have won over fans young and old alike. Catch Monty before he gets big when he plays The Alcove at Latitude 2019.
working men’s club
With an average age of just 19, Polish/Mancunian trio Working Men’s Club are bringing some youthful post-punk to the The Lake Stage. Sounding like The Smiths meets The Human League, bouncy double A-side ‘Suburban Heights/Bad Blood’ has been lauded by BBC 6 Music – and with good reason.
In the mood for some hazy, psychedelic, instrumental Latin pop-rock in The Alcove? Look no further than London trio Los Bitchos, who formed after listening to a lot of Peruvian Cumbia bands. Check out their cover of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Trapdoor’ for ultimate feel-good vibes.
Watch all these artists alongside our fantastic headliners George Ezra, Stereophonics and Lana Del Rey plus many more at Latitude 2019 in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk on 18th-21st July. Weekend and day tickets on sale now!