The National and New Order join them for the 2016 event.
The headliners for this year's Latitude Festival have finally been announced and it's definitely looking like the 11th edition is not one to be missed. Returning to Suffolk this summer, Latitude will bring with it a stunning line-up led by The Maccabees, The National and New Order on their main stage.
Latitude 2016 will arrive at Henham Park In Southwold, Suffolk for a fun-packed weekend this July with the Obelisk Arena bringing with it a few welcome familiar faces and a bunch of first-timers too. First we have The Maccabees, who will be returning for their very first major festival headline gig on the Friday having just last year released their first UK number one album 'Marks to Prove It'.
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It's Monday morning and my bones hurt. I'm tired, hung-over, and there's a slight ringing in my ears. It's time for work. The pit-falls of Sunday at Clockenflap are that Monday comes round just as it would any other week and Hong Kong works hard. Luckily for Clockenflap it plays hard too.
In its eighth year Clockenflap continues to get bigger, but still has a small and very relaxed feeling which lulls you into things. As the temperature soars and people begin to regret their choice of 'cold weather' clothing the beer tents swell and the music starts to take hold. On the YourMum stage local noise-rock group Prune Deer begin to draw in a small crowd by the end of their blistering set. The sound quality here is fantastic and between their fierce riffs and spacey breaks they show why they're one of Hong Kong's most promising young bands. The stage line-up is one of the best of the day; with the bunny-mask donning Sleep Party People throwing a crowd-surf friendly set full of lynchian loveliness and Japanese weird-out kings Bo Ningen melting plenty of faces; definitely two bands worth checking out. Bo Ningen need to be seen to be believed, vocalist Taigen Kawabe is mesmerising as a front-man, between his supersonic ramblings and what we can only describe as a death-squeal, you really need to see the quartet for yourself.
After a recommendation we went to checkout Shugo Tokumaru who was a delightful discovery. Another Japanese artist, Tokumaru's delicate indie-pop was perfect under the sun. His charming multi-instrumental compositions were endearingly performed by a full live-band. If you like the sassier side of Belle and Sebastian or the uplifting naivety of The Shins then this one's for you.
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It does sound like something that involves a lot of arm flailing, but in actual fact Clockenflap is Hong Kong's biggest and best music festival.
What is it?
Hong Kong's music scene isn't exactly world famous, but Clockenflap has been doing a solid job of putting it on the map for the past eight years and 2015 is no different. With the biggest artists to date and record breaking sales it's definitely growing on the international calendar as one to watch. It takes place between Friday the 27th and Sunday the 29th of November in the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Why it's great?
Other than the fact that you've got that movie scene skyline as a backdrop you mean? Okay then. Well, first of all shows in Hong Kong are polite, like organised circle pit polite. Second, it's not too big yet. Granted the site of Worthy Farm is as big as all of Hong Kong it was never going to be quite that big, but if Hong Kongers are good at anything then it's utilising space and not an inch is wasted here with art installations, stages and plenty more packed in. Third, there's no camping and as if that wasn't enough there's no mud either! Hell, it's probably at least a balmy 24 degrees outside. Did we mention you couldn't camp even if you really, really were looking forward to spending three days in piss wet through stinky tent with a snorer?
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New Order have returned with their new album 'Music Complete', their first without Peter Hook, but that's not what it is all about. Surely, it can only be a good thing that these guys are back again?
Naturally, bands reinvent themselves and New Order is no different, although you know that these guys are never going to fully escape from the 80s. Fellow pop band Duran Duran may have also made a successful return, but you just sense that New Order can do this on a bigger and better scale.
If the first track and single 'Restless' is anything to go by on what this album is all about then, we are in for a treat. You might think they have wasted the best song by putting on the top of the track list, but then you hear the follow up 'Singularity'; just pure genius of loud, fast, raw and pure all rolled into one. A cracking tune to carry on proceedings.
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The song from ‘Spectre’ is the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart.
Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has become the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart. The theme from the upcoming film Spectre, went straight in at number one in this week’s singles chart, with combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies, knocking Justin Bieber off the top spot.
Sam Smith is on top of the UK chart with ‘Writing’s On The Wall’
Speaking to the Official Charts Company Smith said, "It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy. I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget.”
The Killers frontman will be appearing on the first New Order album in a decade, alongside Iggy Pop and La Roux's Elly Jackson.
As well as announcing a short UK tour this autumn, the returning indie veterans New Order have revealed that their upcoming album will feature a number of guest stars from musical past and present.
Music Complete, their ninth studio album, will be coming out on September 25th, the band confirmed last month. On Tuesday (July 7th), however, they teased some more details about the album’s sound, and that it will contain appearances from Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and La Roux.
Iggy Pop is one of the guest stars who'll appear on the upcoming New Order album 'Music Complete'
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The Mancunian icons' ninth album will be released in September, their first in just over a decade.
Indie legends New Order have confirmed more details of their new album, their first in ten years, including its title and release date. Music Complete will be out on September 25th this year, available on Mute Records.
As well as being their first album of brand new material since 2005’s Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2013’s Lost Sirens was an LP of offcuts from the same sessions), it is their first since the acrimonious departure of Peter Hook in 2007.
A teaser for Music Complete can be seen below, the clip of which contains the album’s artwork which has been supplied by Peter Saville, the original graphic designer for the band and their original record label Factory.
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The new record will be their first since 2005, but will be recorded without founding member Peter Hook who left in 2007.
They’re the band that simply refused to die. Surviving inter-band disputes and departures, the death of singer Ian Curtis and any amount of hiatuses, British post-punk survivors New Order have announced plans for their first album in ten years.
The news follows in the wake of a sold-out tour last summer, and lead singer Bernard Sumner told Rolling Stone: “The shows were being well-received and we were enjoying it. It seemed like the logical thing to do.” Two songs have already been completed, ‘Plastic’ and ‘Restless’, which were debuted during that tour.
New Order's lead singer Bernard Sumner spoke to Rolling Stone magazine
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Peter Hook is not impressed with the new Joy Division Twitter page.
Peter Hook, the original bass player with Joy Division, has blasted New Order for setting up an official Twitter page for the legendary group without his input. Depressingly, the Joy Division page was set up to help flog the newly released Lyrics & Notebooks of late singer Ian Curtis and Hook was understandably incensed.
Peter Hook is not happy
"@neworder Thanks for telling me.. As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed" he said on Twitter.
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Iggy Pop performed with New Order at the Tibet show in New York.
Iggy Pop was backed by New Order for a rendition of classic JOY DIVISION tracks including Love Will Tear Us Apart at the 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night (March 11, 2014).
Iggy Pop Played 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' With New Order
New Order were always slated to appear at the concert, but gig-goers were treated to a surprise appearance from Iggy, who played frontman for the evening. Bernard Sumner and other members of the current New Order guise backed the punk legend through the set, which raised money for a charity that fights to preserve Tibetan culture.
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