Latitude Festival: home of psychedelic sheep and pre-orderable Waitrose picnics, of Pimm’s and poetry, of drink concierges and dad dancers – and, in case you get lost in all of that – a line-up of spectacular musical talent. As Latitude approaches its twelfth edition, we give you our top picks from this year’s ever-enchanting weekender.

HMLTD

As a celebration of not only the finest in new and established music but of first-rate innovations in arts and culture, it comes as no surprise that art-pop collective HMLTD have been asked to join this summer’s bill. The band’s theatrical approach to performing is all part of their eclectic post-punk aesthetic which aspires to evolve the spectacle and multiplicity of major label pop. From outlandish glam rock ensembles to custom-made set designs and even shows with sensory components, we can’t wait to see what the six-piece do with the bewitching surroundings of Latitude’s Lake Stage.

HMLTD play the Lake Stage on Friday 14th July.

Sløtface

The Norwegian punk-pop quartet will grace the Alcove Stage with their fearless, feminist swagger and a punchy brand of punk with equal parts adrenaline to thoughtfulness. Vocalist Haley Shea crushes perceptions of women with a gutsy intensity and a grade of lyricism which essentially tells patriarchy where to go. Catchy riffs galore, it’s time to cause havoc in the mosh pit.

Sløtface play DIY Presents the Alcove Stage on Friday 14th July.

The Magic Gang

Headlining the Lake Stage on the Sunday are Brighton quartet The Magic Gang, who progress their effortlessly cool indie to the venue’s open green from an intimate set in the Alcove tent last year. It’s not surprising, though, having released their 2017 works EP Three and latest Beatles-buzzed track ‘Your Love’ to considerable industry enthusiasm. We look forward to lapping up their jangly guitar anthems and introverted grooves.

The Magic Gang play The Lake Stage on Sunday 16th July.

Childhood

London-based Childhood are back, but this time having abandoned the hazy psychedelia of 2014 debut Lacuna for soul-laced pop, frontman Ben Romans-Hopscraft also breaking loose from the original four-piece line-up in favour of pursuing Childhood, on record, as a one-man project. ‘California Light’ is a triumphant return; a dreamy sunshine cut to feel right at home amongst Latitude’s countryside backdrop. Childhood will play the Alcove Stage a week before dropping sophomore album, Universal High, July 21st.

Childhood play DIY Presents the Alcove Stage on Sunday 16th July.

Tender

Bringing their sultry R&B-glazed electro to Latitude’s charming woodland setting, the North London duo are ready to sex up Sunday. With a trio of erotic EPs under their belts Tender are producing a steady feed of synth-based grooves set to ease you into that impending festival comedown.

Tender play DIY Presents the Alcove Stage on Sunday 16th July.

Latitude takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk 13th-16th July.