Keane's Tom Chaplin says it's 'a great honour' to headline Latitude Festival 2024

Virgin Radio

14 Dec 2023, 08:23

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With Keane having been announced as one of the headliners of Latitude Festival 2024, frontman Tom Chaplin has spoken to Virgin Radio’s own Eddy Temple-Morris about it.

Keane will join Duran Duran, Kasabian and Wolf Alice at the top of the bill for next year’s highly-anticipated event, while the likes of Rick Astley, Rag N Bone Man and Nile Rodgers & CHIC are also amongst the big names that have been revealed thus far.

Speaking to Eddy about the event, which takes place in July, Tom said: “We were actually meant to be playing back in 2020 but, as with most things that year, Covid got in the way and the whole festival was cancelled. So it's lovely to be able to come back and actually give it a proper shot now. 

“It’s a festival I’ve been to myself, and it’s lovely. I took my daughter there a few years back and it's just a gorgeous festival. It's just a lovely atmosphere. So to be part of that, musically, feels like a great honour.”

Keane will make their Latitude return as they celebrate 20 years of their debut album, Hopes and Fears. “It's interesting with Keane, it feels like the music has a kind of timeless, classic quality, I suppose,” the vocalist said. “And we seem to still be drawing in younger fans as the years go on. So we’ve now built up this really great fan base of all the kids who got into us back in 2004 when that first record came out, but then also, dare I say it, their kids 20 years later.

Speaking about Somewhere Only We Know, Tom told Eddy: “That song keeps getting picked up, keeps reintroducing people to who we are, and then they seem to go on and discover the catalogue and they’re now fully with us. So I guess that's how we're managing to still sneak these headline slots, all these all these years later!”

Talking more about Hopes and Fears, Tom said: “It clearly struck a chord in people's hearts when it came out, and obviously, I guess the opportunity for us to revisit that experience, and for the fans to do the same, is something that seems to have garnered a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. So we're really looking forward to celebrating that next year.” 

News of Keane’s involvement at next year’s Latitude was exclusively announced on The Graham Norton Radio Show with Waitrose on Sunday (10th December). Watch Graham reveal the headliners here:

Keane recently shared a previously unreleased song, which was originally written for Love Actually.

Latitude Festival will take place at Henham Park, Suffolk, from 25th to 28th July 2024. Tickets for the weekend and day passes are currently available to buy here and more names are set to be announced later this year.