Here at Music Angel, we harness the energy of festivals to power brighter futures for communities across the globe. Sometimes we’re asked ‘But why festivals?’… Well, our team have not only have strong event and production experience, but they also have a love for music. It’s in the name. So with that said, here’s 5 bands that our team think you should keep an eye out for at this years Latitude Festival.
Jorja, a 19-year-old from the West Midlands, first made her name last year when she released ‘Blue Lights’ – a soulful and subdued song about police injustice, sampling Dizzee Rascal’s famous ‘Sirens’. Next came ‘A Prince’, a song borrowing its main sample from 17th Century composer Henry Purcell, and featuring Maverick Sabre. Following the recent trend of artists such as Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper and many of the UK grime scene, Jorja is forging forward in her career as an independent artist. This seems to be going well for her as she was recently featured on Drake’s new album ‘More Life’ twice, having her own interlude, alongside Skepta, and a track with Drake.
Check out Jorja’s latest release, inspired by The Great Gatsby, to understand the hype behind the intelligent, sensitive and soulful music she produces:
Jack is a British singer-songwriter, noise-making enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist producer. Only two years ago, he was making his debut Latitude performance on the iArena stage. Following the release of his debut album ‘Phase’ and a year of touring, he’s rocketed right up to headlining BBC Music Stage on Saturday! Jack Garrett brings a new definition and modern twist to the ‘One Man Band’- his shows are nothing short a musical spectacle.
Get a first person look at his tenacious performance with a live rendition of one of his favourite songs off his debut LP, Far Cry:
The Japanese House
Amber Bains is the Buckinghamshire-born solo artist behind indie-pop newcomer, The Japanese House. She was first spotted by Matt Healy (The 1975 frontman) after posting some demos online during her college years. Since then, she’s been picked up by the Dirty Hit label, home to The 1975 and Wolf Alice, and has had members of the 1975 help co-produce her tunes. Since then she’s been on the up-and-up, taking her minimal electronic pop and following in the footsteps of fellow Home County stars – The XX and London Grammar.
She’s also sports a great story behind her stage name: “When I was about six or seven, I went on holiday to Devon with my parents and I pretended to be a boy for a week. I wore dungarees and my hair up under my backwards cap and called myself Danny because I’d been watching Greece a lot. And there was this girl next door and she was a year older than me and she told me that she had a crush on me and at the end of the week she wrote me a love letter and I told her that I was actually a girl called Amber and she didn’t believe me. Anyway, basically I found out recently that we had actually stayed in Kate Winslet’s house and it was called The Japanese House.”
Check out Face Like Thunder:
Making his official debut on the scene supporting MF Doom in 2012, Loyle Carner released his first EP two years later. After a UK tour with Joey Badass and a festival season, Loyle became widely regarded as Britain’s new hope in hip hop. The 20 year old MC from South London has been causing quite a stir ever since. Heralded as ‘confessional hip hop’, Loyle has used his debut album Yesterdays Gone to cover topics like family, friends, love, pain, doubt and loyalty in a fresh way. He raps over soulful and laid-back jazzy beats in a languid and straightforward tone – honesty and integrity oozing from the sound.
Check out the opener to Yesterday’s Gone here:
The Magic Gang
The Magic Gang are a 4-piece, brighton-based outfit who excel in producing charming and well-crafted indie rock. The Magic Gang entered the scene in 2015 with single ‘No Fun’, and went on to release their first EP in 2016. After supporting bands like Wolf Alice, Swim Deep and JAWS, dedicated fans started flocking to their sunny tunes and smiley stage presence. By the end of 2016, it was hard to find a One’s To Watch list that didn’t include their name. Last year, we had the pleasure of catching them at Latitude’s DIY presents The Alcove Stage – a small space meant for bands and artists at the beginning of their journey. This year sees The Magic Gang returning to Henham Park as a top-bill performer of the Lake Stage!
Listen to the single of their new EP ‘EP Three’ to see how they’ve done this:
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