‘Next big things’ announced for Latitude’s Lake Stage

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold - Credit: Ashley Pickering

This year’s line-up of up-and-coming acts has been announced for Latitude’s Lake Stage – famous for hosting stars of the future on their rise to prominence.

Handpicked by DJ and broadcaster Huw Stephens, the list of ‘next big things’ set to appear at Henham Park this summer include singer-songwriter Clare Maguire, Scottish newcomers Neon Waltz, fellow countrymen Prides and electronic duo Aquilo.

Lake Stage alumni include Brit award winner Sam Smith, Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J, The 1975, Clean Bandits, Bombay Bicycle Club and Metronomy.

Also hoping to emulate their success following Lake Stage performances, will be Charlie Cunningham, Clarence Clarity, Denai Moore, Formation, Gulf, Honne, Man Made, Petite Meller, Eaves, Boxed In, Pretty Vicious, Sundara Karma and To Kill A King.

Meanwhile, organisers have put the finishing touches to the poetry line-up for the tenth edition of the festival, taking place from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 19.

Stage host and Suffolk poet Luke Wright will be returning alongside headliners Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke, Michael Rosen, Blake Morrison, reading from Shingle Street – his first full-length collection for almost 30 years, inspired by the Suffolk coastline.

Luke Wright will also preview his new Edinburgh show, What I Learned From Johnny Bevan – his first full-length theatre piece.

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Other poets and authors due to appear this year include Tim Key, Nick Helm, and pioneering spoken word collective The Last Poets – cited among the founding fathers of rap, hip-hop and slam poetry.

Meanwhile, the National Youth Theatre will be bringing a new production of Carol Ann Duffy’s famous poetry collection The World’s Wife.

Tania Harrison, Curator of the Arts Arenas and co-programmer of the Poetry Arena, said: “As a festival, Latitude has always prided itself on the breadth of our line ups and this year is no different.

“From The Last Poets, who are as relevant and important today as they were when they first influenced the emergence of hip hop, to young up and coming poets such as Jemima Foxtrot under who’s influence all audiences fall, with her semi- autobiographical tales of young life in the UK.”

For full details and ticket information, visit latitudefestival.co.uk.