BBC 6 Music announced as official broadcast partner of Latitude Festival
The second stage at the annual music event will be named the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage as the station ups its coverage of the festival
A partnership between the BBC's alternative music station 6 Music and the Latitude Festival – which many see as an alternative to mega-events such as Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds – means sofabound festival-goers will be able to enjoy more of the music from the Suffolk festival than ever before.
Across the weekend of Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July, 6 Music will broadcast live performances and highlights from the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, the Obelisk Arena (the main stage) and the comedy, poetry and literary stages.
Headliners on the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage are Modest Mouse on Friday, Alt-J on Saturday and Beach House on Sunday. Also performing are Beth Orton, Villagers, Everything Everything, Laura Mvula, Daughter, White Denim, IAMAMIWHOAMI and Calexico.
Artists on the Obelisk Arena include headliners Bloc Party on Friday, Kraftwerk 3-D on Saturday and Foals on Sunday, with Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Maccabees, I Am Kloot, Steve Mason, Cat Power, and James Blake also appearing.
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Current Mercury Prize winners, Alt-J, said: “We are really excited to be headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage at Latitude this year. It’s a festival that we have enjoyed playing before and of course 6 Music have been great supporters of our music from the very start.”
As well as the dedicated live coverage and highlights, some of the 6 Music presenters will be taking their shows to the festival, where they will be interviewing many of the performers and bringing much of the music from the stages live to the listeners.
Steve Lamacq said: “I love the surroundings and the setting for Latitude because it reminds me a little of the countryside where I grew up, not far away in Essex. It’s really quite magical when you wander round some parts of the site. So it’s great to be going back.
"We last broadcast there in 2009 and it’s an incredibly popular festival with 6 Music listeners, so it’s nice to be part of it again, especially with this year’s line-up, which includes innovators like Kraftwerk and bands I’ve championed down the years like Bloc Party, and more recently, Alt-J.”