The chances are, the lack of female acts at festivals is something you’ve heard about at least once over the past few years. It’s been a pretty hot topic, and (rightfully) one that has been hard to ignore. That is, it seemed, unless you were a festival booker.
That’s why, when the Latitude line-up for 2019 finally dropped, it was like the diversity equivalent of a breath of fresh air. Not only do we have women artists, but we have a lot of them, from all different genres.
So, in order to spread our excitement before the big weekend rolls around, here are some of the female acts we think you need to keep an eye out for.
With an EP that proved quiet songs can be some of the most powerful, featuring dark lyrics and the sweet, seductive sounds of an acoustic guitar, this set is bound to be one that sticks in your memory for years to come.
Tracks like Dance with Me and Everest offer a laidback festival feel which’ll let you rest your aching limbs, sit back and take in the talent.
RAY BLK is no stranger to a festival stage, smashing out sets at Bestival and Secret Garden Party in 2017, she has more than earned her place as a headliner at Latitude’s Sunset Arena.
With a mix of sounds, such as Hunny which almost has a throwback early 2000’s feel, and high energy hits like Run Run that’ll get a crowd super hyped in no time, missing her set would be depriving yourself of some of the best tracks of the weekend. In other words, make sure you’re there, and thank us later.
MØ first grabbed our attention around four years ago with the chart-topping hit Lean On, and we’ve been hooked ever since. With a futuristic sound that oozes fun and festival feels, expect more than just music when she takes the stage, as this is bound to be a set that is a whole experience.
Tracks like Way Down will make you forget you’re in a field in the U.K. and take you to alien lands with haunting vocals and melodic pipes, while Beautiful Wreck and Red Wine will have you dancing – whether you’re a dancer or not.
Another Dirty Hit act, their very own dreamy Manchester indie pop bad, fronted by the alternative queen that is Heather Baron-Gracie are set for a main-stage set that will be anything but mainstream at Latitude this year.
Tracks like Eighteen play like an 80s movie dream sequence and are sure to have you feeling like a living montage when you’re partying with your friends to it. Regardless of your music taste, Heather’s charisma is sure to win you over, armed with just a rhythm guitar and defining vocals, these are some Noises you need to hear.
Lana Del Rey
It would be almost criminal to leave Latitude headliner and curator of a new wave of sad-pop music Lana Del Rey off of this list.
With an ever-changing but ever-awe-inspiring sound that has spanned multiple albums, from sugar-daddy-glitz-and-glamour debut Born To Die, right up to Hollyweird soundtrack Lust For Life, Lana has earned her place as top performer at the festival this year.
Her phantom-like vocals are sure to fill the whole of Henham Park, meaning it will be hard to miss her, but with tracks as strong as Off To The Races and White Mustang, why would you want to?
These are just some of the highlights of the incredible girl-power shining through on this year’s line-up, but there are so many more that you need to see, your best bet would be to cop a ticket now so you don’t miss out.
Latitude takes place on Thursday 18th July and ends on Sunday 21st July at Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk. Get your tickets at https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets
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