Pretenders, Squeeze, Bat For Lashes For Latitude First Day!

Pet Shop Boys set to headline award-winning Suffolk festival

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Pet Shop Boys are set to headline Latitude 2009’s first night (July 17), bringing their acclaimed pop and disco barrage of hits (with added light show) to Henham Park’s outdoor Obelisk Arena tonight.

Just across the field, Natasha Kahn, better known as Bat For Lashes will be headlining the Uncut Arena Khan returns to Latitude after a storming late afternoon gig, complete with medieval dancers on the Obelisk Arena’s stage. Bat For Lashes will bring to a close, a day, which is likely to see strong performances from the likes of New York darlings Chairlift,The Temper Trap who are an Australian four-piece who throw programmed synths at their guitars, Divine Comedy‘s Neil Hannon’s ‘observations’ on cricket with The Duckworth Lewis Method and New Wave veterans Squeeze.

The Obelisk Arena has The Broken Family Band, Ladyhawke, The Pretenders and Regina Spektor all lined up today. Scroll down for a full line up below.

Of course, Latitude is not just about music and Friday will see an array of wonderful things happening. Solo artist Jeremy Warmsley will be interpreting Tom Waits songs into French in the Film & Music Arena. Robin Ince will be hosting the first two of his regular ‘Book Clubs with Friends’. Those froends including Josie Long, Ben Goldacre, Helen Zaltzman and Robyn Hitchcock. Sadler’s Wells also take over down by the lake today, with excerpts from Swan Lake and they also present a brand new piece ‘The Art of Not Looking Back’ too.

Uncut will be bringing you news, reviews, blogs and pics from Latitude 2009 for the next three days : Stay in the loop with festival news at our dedicated blog here.

On site all weekend, we will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage from the music, theatre, comedy and other arenas.

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The Latitude 2009 music line-up for Friday July 17 is:

Obelisk Arena

Pet Shop Boys
Regina Spektor
of Montreal
The Broken Family Band
Amazing Baby

Uncut Arena

Bat For Lashes
Lykke Li
Fever Ray
The Duckworth Lewis Method
The Temper Trap
Miike Snow
The Mummers

Sunrise Arena

Little Boots
Kap Bambino
Local Natives
My Toys Like Me
Blue Roses
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Charlotte Hatherley
Goldheart Assembly
Black Joe Lewis
Kurran and the Wolfnotes
Juliette Commagere
Jonathan Jeremiah

The Lake Stage

Golden Silvers
We Have Band
Post War Years
Speech Debelle
Chew Lips
The Brownies
The Agitator
The Late Greats

Pic credit: Andy Willsher



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