Here's the stuff you need to see on day one of Latitude 2017
From The 1975 to Forest Swords, The Horrors to The Japanese House, there's loads to see on the first day of this year's festival.
Published: 8:06 am, July 14, 2017
This is the big one. Probably the highlight of Latitude 2017 - quite possibly the whole of this year’s festival season - The 1975 are putting to bed their second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’.
The album that saw an already big band reach a whole new global scale, Matty and co. are set to headline the first day of this year’s Henham Park extravaganza as they close down their era of pink neons and pop genius.
The Japanese House
BBC Music Stage
If there are better places than Latitude to experience the majesty of The Japanese House, we struggle to think of them. Lush, sweeping moments of euphoria belong in nice parks, near forests, next to a big lake, right?
Course, if everything gets a bit too lovely at Latitude, there’s always the raw energy of Sløtface get things buzzing again. Full of social conscience and positive action, they’re a wake up call in waiting.
With a new album due later this year, The Horrors are old hands at this kind of thing by now. Expect lots of smoke, a side order of brooding and a set that could stop time.
The Sunrise Arena is one of the most impressive stages on the circuit. Set in the Latitude treeline, it’s the perfect environment for Forest Swords’ sonic universe to take hold. Turn up, let go and lose yourself inside.
The Lake Stage
If you’re after a bit of buzz, The Lake Stage is probably the best place to find it throughout the weekend. Curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, there’s little buzzier than Shame right now. One not to miss.
Our Marika is in fine form following the release of her second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ earlier this year. Indie pop gems in amongst the trees seems like a winning formula for a Friday tea time treat.
With their #JETROSPECTIVE shows just announced, Mystery Jets are reminding us just what a storming back catalogue of bangers they have in their back pocket. So much so we’ve already picked out the definitive best bunch here. If they decide to run through the hits today, expect it to be one of the sets of the festival.
Last night they played a free show for us in Reading, tonight they’re rolling up to Latitude to prove why they’re one of the most exciting new bands on the planet right now.
The Lake Stage
If you’ve not heard tales of HMLTD’s live shows, then don’t try to catch up now. Just show up at The Lake Stage and take it all in first hand. You won’t forget it in a hurry. Promise.
Sigrid is a pop megastar in waiting. While she’s got bangers coming out of her ears (seriously, see a doctor about that - Ed), it’s not just the ice cool material that marks her out beyond her peers. One of the best live performers of festival season 2017, she needs to be seen to be believed.
Pixx is an artist that feels like she’s got her whole world mapped out around her. That’s the sort of thing Latitude thrives upon. Her textured, weird world of pop is a perfect festival treat.
Opening Latitude’s biggest arena is just another step in the rise of Pumarosa. Following their five star debut ‘The Witch’, they feel every inch a band on the rise. If they can pull this one off, the sky is the limit.
As the clock strikes 1am, Girli will take to The Alcove stage. Because really, what use is sleep when you could watch it all go off on a Friday night? Exactly.
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Rina Sawayama was always going to be a pop mastermind, but with her debut album out and already gaining the kind of critical acclaim that makes a career, she’s quickly becoming something far more than she ever imagined.
A pop star’s job is not to be boring - so in making best mates with his drum machine, and then naming an album - ‘GENE’ - after it, LA Priest is living his best life.
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