M is for Music

Whenever the Altitude team get together, we always end up talking about music, whether it be record collections from the past or discussions around the current local music scene.

We all have different tastes but one thing unites us – a belief that music is important to life and acts as the soundtrack to both good and bad times. Thankfully we know that as a festival-goer you’ll agree with us – great long-lasting memories deserve great music and it’s something we’re passionate to deliver to the Altitude weekend experience.

Who could forget Ez Dickens’ very first festival appearance as a young teenager, the whole crowd willing her on to then be blown away by her energy and her voice. And what about the time when the brilliance of Molotov Jukebox descended on the festival and got the whole festival jumping or so it seemed?

Familiarity and surprise is the power of music. We’ll keep the surprises up our sleeves for June 14/15 but in the meantime, to mark International Women’s Day, here are just some of our fave female artists that you’ll know and hopefully love!

Let us know in the comments which female artist you’d choose – from Aretha to Yazz (couldn’t think of an artist beginning with Z?) there’s plenty to select from!

Phil, Altitude co-organiser goes back to the 80s for his choice:

“I was a 16 years old in 1983, a year in which great pop music seemed to be everywhere, but Annie Lennox stood out from the crowd. She had such a striking image as well as a soaring voice of pure soul, and she was the independent woman of her day. Not only was she an amazing singer in a great band, she was an outspoken political activist and notable for her work raising money and awareness for HIV/Aids. I loved this song back then and I still do today.”

Who’s That Girl by the Eurythmics

Jon, Altitude co-organiser reflects on a truly worldwide supers star:

“Looking back on my early teenage years, one artist immediately springs to mind. For her sassiness and the string of hits that seemed to be constantly in the charts, Madonna was pretty much unrivalled and was such a powerful female force at the time. She wasn’t afraid to embrace her sexuality and at the time she shocked the mainstream with her full-on videos and controversial lyrics – it was like she’d come from another planet. So many of her songs were the soundtrack to my teens and it’s really hard to think of any other artist who was so instrumental in experimenting with different types of music and making them their own.”

Like A Virgin by Madonna

Greg, Altitude co-organiser heads to a 90s indie idol:

“When the hushed tones of Mazzy Starr’s album ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ spilled out of my record player back in 1994, I was instantly hooked. Ethereal and dream-like, the voice of Hope Sandoval, the band’s delicate-sounding lead singer was everything for six months solid. The album’s simple beauty is a great accompaniment to a fire and a glass of wine and you’d be hard pushed to find a singer whose voice is more perfect or haunting.”

Fade Into You by Mazzy Starr

Chris, Altitude resident DJ’s choice comes straight from his passion for dance music:

“In the late 90s, albums like Roni Size’s Reprazent and the EZ Rollers Weekend World brought me into the world of drum and bass. In 2001, when I first heard Midnight by Un-cut, my ears pricked up.

The track featured a memorising new female vocalist called Jenna G and with Un-cut she went on to be a prominent part of an entire album the following year (The Un-calculated Some).

I love her voice – she has an impressive range and her melodic style really suits drum and bass music – it fits like a glove. Jenna is still performing and her most recent venture is the multi-piece band Jenna & the G’s. One day I’d love to see her perform at Altitude!”

Midnight by Un-Cut