Since it’s infancy in 2006, Latitude Festival has established itself as being at the forefront of multi-arts festivals; you need look no further than its line ‘It’s more than just a music festival’. Alongside it’s staging of just about every perceivable art form, the festival has long been praised for being a proponent of up and coming music. Set across a variety of stages, including its very own Introducing Stage, Latitude features a near-impenetrable host of great new bands. In an attempt to swamp of new bands here is the 405 Picks of the 5 Best New Bands to see at Latitude.

5 - Marques Toliver

Marques Toliver - chad pittman

His name may sound like a 19th Century Romantic novelist, but Marques Toliver wields a bow instead of a pen. In fact, Brooklyn based Marques’ music is as unusual as his name; his unique fusion of soul and classical music may have been born during his time as a street performer but is perfected suited to his recordings. Hopefully his time on the streets will translate into an electrifying live performance.

For fans of John Legend

4 - Dry The River


With a back-story of homelessness, DIY punkbands and Norwegian heritage, London-based Dry The River certainly have the credentials to be a great band. Luckily their brand of delicate indie-folk more than justifies their history.

For fans of Fleet Foxes

Dry the River - "Family Tree"

3 - James Blake


James Blake is the shining light of intelligent urban music. Having appeared in many 'Big in 2011' lists (including our own) James Blake is destined for great things. Having been highly praised for his unique soundscapes, fuzzed vocal loops and dreamy dubstep seen in his recent two 12" EPs, his spellbinding performance at Latitude should be the perfect end to a great festival.

For fans of Beaty Heart

2 - The Head and the Heart

the head and the heart

The Head and the Heart have a lot going for them; they’re signed to Sub Pop, have a timeless folk-pop sound and have a great name. Hailing from Seattle, Washington or thereabouts, The Head and the Heart should provide the perfect accompaniment to a summer afternoon.

For fans of The Low Anthem

1 - Grouplove


If LA-based Grouplove aren’t massive by the end of the year then I will not only eat my hat, but my whole hat collection (of which admittedly there are few.) If there performance at SXSW is anything to go by then their Latitude appearance should be nothing short of fantastic.. As if that wasn’t good enough they also spell their song ‘Colours’ in the English way.

For fans of The Pixies

Latitude festival is at Henham Park, Suffolk during 14th – 17th July. Tickets for the festival can be found here here.