The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland. Inspired by artists such as Feist, Warren Zevon, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Villagers and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful.

Stunning audiences in support of Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Daughter and Jake Bugg, Martin has also played sold-out shows at prestigious venues such as Union Chapel, Roundhouse and The Sage Gateshead, as well as major festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park. Recent single ‘April’ was added to Radio 1’s daytime playlist and Martin’s music has been championed by BBC Introducing leading to rotation on XFM and BBC 6 Music.

The Lake Poets’ début EP ‘Honest Hearts’ is released on 16th June via Generator. Martin describes the more mature and assured sound of the ‘Honest Hearts’ EP as a cathartic and tentatively hopeful piece of work documenting a dark period of time in which it looked like all hope was lost.