Latitude 2024 Announces First Wave Of Acts

Duran Duran joined by Kasabian, Keane, London Grammar, Rag N Bone Man and many more

By Michael Ruyter | Published: Mon 11th Dec 2023

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Latitude Festival today announced the first acts for its 2024 edition, with much more to come.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 12 Decemebr at 11AM

In a UK festival exclusive, the iconic British band Duran Duran was the first to be announced last month. Latitude provides the perfect stage for Duran Duran to showcase their groundbreaking sound and style. Duran Duran has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, in addition to scoring 21 Top 20 UK hits. Their numerous awards and accolades include eight Lifetime Achievement Awards, two GRAMMY® Awards, two Ivor Novellos, two BRIT Awards (including "Outstanding Contribution to Music" in 2004), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Duran Duran

Hot on the heels of their huge Summer Solstice II show announcement, Leicester's iconic rock superstars Kasabian will also headline Latitude with an exclusive festival performance.  The band have achieved 6 UK number one albums to their name and have sold over 5.5 million albums worldwide. They have won a BRIT Award, seven NME Awards and have headlined Glastonbury Festival, Reading & Leeds Festival.  Last summer  saw the release of The Alchemist's Euphoria, their seventh studio Album and 6th No 1, to great acclaim. Fans can expect a career-spanning set and possibly even material from their much anticipated forthcoming album, Happenings, which is expected to be released just in time for Latitude in Summer 2024. Known for their infectious energy, chart-topping hits and explosive live performances, this will be a must see performance.

In a triumphant return to the stage, London Grammar also top the bill, showcasing the ethereal pop prowess that has garnered over a billion streams.  This is the only show the band has announced for 2024.  London Grammar burst onto the UK music scene in 2013. They went on to sell over two million copies of their debut album, If You Wait, and, in the process, collected an Ivor Novello, two AIM Awards, Brit Award nominations, and the iTunes Album Of The Year honour. Their sophomore album, The Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, was released in June 2017 and didn't disappoint; it went straight into the UK charts at number 1. The group was once again nominated for a prestigious Brit Award. In August 2020, during a global shutdown, they returned with the euphoric single "Baby It's You," paving the way for their transformative 2021 BRIT-nominated number 1 album Californian Soil. The Balearic, trance-driven energy of the album is made for a festival stage.. The trio's intoxicating mix of beat-driven, soulful, and Reid's stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals are bewitching on record and stunning on stage.

London Grammar (credit Alex Waespi)

British megastars Keane make their Latitude return as headliners as they celebrate 20 Years of their landmark debut album - Hopes and Fears. The record is one of the best-selling albums in U.K. chart history, having sold over 2.5 million copies in its first year. Today, Hopes and Fears has sold over 10 million records worldwide. The album's reach was propelled by the success of the single "Somewhere Only We Know," which is still finding a new generation of listeners today and has been streamed over a billion times. Although 2024 celebrates Hopes and Fears, Keane will be playing songs from all of their acclaimed albums, including tracks from their imperious debut through to their 2019 studio album Cause and Effect.

Globe-trotting, genre-bending Houston, Texas trio Khruangbin bring their global sound fusion—blending R&B, reggae, surf rock, and more—to the Latitude stage. Khruangbin has been on countless global tours and graced nearly every major festival stage in the world, including Glastonbury, Primavera, Coachella, & more. A tried and true touring band, Khruangbin embarked on their most monumental tour to date in 2022, which included multiple sold-out nights at LA's Greek Theatre, NYC's Radio City Music Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and a legendary performance at London's iconic Alexandra Palace.

The legendary Nile Rodgers & CHIC will also play the festival. Nile Rodgers is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner, Apple Music Producer-in-Residence, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman, and Hipgnosis Songs Co-founder. With CHIC, Nile pioneered a musical language with hits like "Le Freak" and sparked hip-hop with "Good Times" and "Rapper's Delight". His work in The CHIC Organization, including Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") Diana Ross ("I'm Coming Out"), David Bowie ("Let's Dance"), and Madonna ("Like A Virgin"), have sold 500+ million albums, while his Grammy Award-winning collaborations with Daft Punk ("Random Access Memories") and Beyoncé ("Renaissance") reflect the vanguard of contemporary hits.

Influential dance duo Orbital, aka brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, also join the bill. Emerging from the acid house and rave scenes, their influence on electronic music spans three decades, inspiring a generation of DJs and producers with seminal tracks like "Halcyon On and On" and "Belfast." The band's tenth studio album – Optical Delusion was released in 2022 and included a collaboration with Sleaford Mods. The acclaimed album gave the band their first UK Album Chart Top 10 album since 1999's Middle Of Nowhere. Their electrifying and transcendental live show is not to be missed.

Rag'n'Bone Man, the acclaimed singer behind the smash hit "Human," is also set to grace Latitude Festival 202. Since winning the BRITs "British Breakthrough Act" and "Critics' Choice Award" in 2017 and achieving a platinum-selling number one debut album, Rory Graham has continued to impress. His 2021 chart-topping album,Life by Misadventure, featuring a collaboration with P!nk, further demonstrates his evolving artistry. Expect an electrifying performance from this masterful vocalist.

Rag 'N' Bone Man

It's been 36 years since he first shot to fame, yet Rick Astley is now arguably a more prominent force in popular culture than he ever was. He returns to Latitude after a standout performance in 2021. The endearingly boyish 57-year-old is still winning over new fans, whether he's performing with Foo Fighters, Take That, or Blossoms; becoming an unlikely social media sensation; or simply embracing the unending love that greets his era-defining smash 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' which was boosted by its use in an intensely affecting scene in 'Ted Lasso'.

An eclectic host of acts across the music stages awaits revellers, something for everyone would be an understatement. The first few acts announced today are a taste of what is to come. Following a standout session on Glastonbury's Acoustic Stage this summer, Irish folk rabble-rousers The Mary Wallopers join the bill alongside indie-legends Reverend and the Makers, who will perform anthem after anthems plus new material from the recent album Heatwave in the Cold North.

Throughout the weekend, three acclaimed new bands have been added to the lineup: 2023's breakout band Picture Parlour, the electrifying rockers who have captured Courtney Love's endorsement, the London trio Mary In The Junkyard, known for their exhilarating performances and acclaimed first single "Tuesday," and University, punk's most promising up-and-comers join the bill.

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