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Suffolk trio named for Latitude Festival 2010
By Richard Haugh
BBC Suffolk

The three Suffolk acts met at Southwold to speak to BBC Look East

Cevanne, The Cads and These Ghosts have been named as BBC Suffolk Introducing's selections for the Latitude Festival.

The trio of Suffolk acts will open the Lake Stage on the three days of the festival on 16-18 July 2010.

BBC Radio One DJ Huw Stephens curates the stage which has previously played host to local acts The Cheek, The Kabeedies and James Severy.

"I'm going to have to be cheesy and say it's an absolute dream come true," said Harry Hall from These Ghosts.

The Lake Stage takes pride of place in the centre of Henham Park and each act will have a potential audience of thousands of festival goers.

Notable acts on the Lake Stage in previous years include Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Marina and the Diamonds and The XX, who will be headlining the Word Arena in 2010.

This year's Lake Stage headliners are Everything Everything, Gaggle and Beth Jeans Houghton.

"Oh my God! I feel sick, I can't believe it," was drummer Harry Hall's reaction when myself and Graeme Mac called to invite These Ghosts to join the bill.

These Ghosts by Steven Hall
These Ghosts' debut album is out the same week as Latitude Festival

As presenters of the weekly BBC Suffolk Introducing show on BBC Radio Suffolk we'd been given the responsibility of choosing the three acts.

"Each of us has been to Latitude since it begun - this is absolutely insane," said Harry.

"It's an incredible opportunity. It's huge for us with the album coming out in the summer."

These Ghosts' album You Are Not Lost, You Are Here will be released the same week as Latitude.

Their performance at our first Introducing gig in Ipswich in 2008 (when they were known as Vanilla Kick) and a recent session on our Thursday evening radio show made choosing them a unanimous decision.

Big opportunity for 'Big Ears'

As for Cevanne, Graeme cites her material as being the most exciting he's heard in 2010.

The half Armenian, half Celtic singer from Thorpeness draws on a wide range of influences to produce a fusion of music ranging from classical to Bhangra, via hip hop.

Cevanne's eclectic output blends classical with a mix of beats

"Bloody hell! That would be brilliant. That's a big yes," was Cevanne's reaction when asked if she wanted to play at Henham Park.

"I've been eying up Latitude for a while now - I'll probably be absolutely terrified.

"It will mean a lot to me because it's local, but BBC Suffolk Introducing has done so much for me in recent months. No one has got my music so well."

Cevanne is also hoping that the opportunity at Henham Park will be an attractive one for the rest of her band.

"I keep having to convince my cellist not to go back to Iran, but I think she'll definitely stay to do something like this."

The Cads, meanwhile, are the newest band on our line up - and it's hard to imagine there will be many more fresher bands on the entire festival bill.

Formed not long before BBC Suffolk Introducing started on the airwaves in October 2009, The Cads have enjoyed an unprecedented rise to the top of the Ipswich music scene.

Huw Stephens on a deckchair
BBC Radio One DJ Huw Stephens curates the Lake Stage

The four piece's two track demo made such a strong impression on us that we'd played it on air before The Cads had even played a live show.

Not long after this, Huw Stephens selected it as his Introducing tip of the week.

It took a while for drummer James Brown to believe that our invitation was a genuine one.

"Seriously? Are you kidding?" he said.

"It will mean a hell of a lot. I'm pretty bewildered but am going to be pretty excited.

"Stef [The Cads' singer] has been to Latitude most years, but isn't going this year - he is now!"

Keep an eye on this page to find out more about BBC Suffolk Introducing's involvement with the 2010 Latitude Festival.

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