Now in its third year, Latitude Festival returns to its picturesque and historic home of Henham Park Estate, on the Suffolk coast. Famed for being one of the quirkiest and most inventive events on the British festival calendar, it truly is one humungous celebration of artistic diversity.
Whether you’re after a mind-blowing band or a mind-altering cabaret show, the thrill of the theatre or rib-splitting laughter, it’s all there for you at Latitude, with the Music, Comedy, Literary, Poetry, Cabaret, Music & Film and Theatre Arenas, as well as the Lake Stage, which will be the platform for new and untapped musical talent.
Here’s a brief run down of the action…
Headline slots come from Glasgow’s finest art-rockers Franz Ferdinand, New York City’s finest doom-mongers Interpol, and the melancholic beauty of Iceland’s seminal Sigur Ros. Further down the bill you have the likes of Grinderman, Joanna Newsom, The Breeders and Foals.
A chance to see some huge live bands in the intimacy of a tented stage. Amongst the acts rocking the casbah are Tindersticks, Blondie, Howling Bells and perhaps the best band in the world, The Mars Volta. Not ‘alf bad.
This is for those cool cats in the know (like us, fnar) – Crystal Castles, Slow Club, Metronomy and ‘flower punk’ misfits Black Lips are amongst the highlights.
The Lake Stage
This is for the new and yet-to-be-uncovered acts. Check out some of the following and you won’t go far wrong: Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds, Bearsuit, Lovvers and Johnny Foreigner. And Tim & Sam’s Tim & Sam Band.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry! No, you’ll just laugh. A lineup of comedy heavyweights including Bill Bailey, the Geordie Energiser Bunny Ross Noble, Omid Djalli and Ricky Gervais-cohort Robin Ince will be in charge of side-splitting duties.
Perhaps what makes Latitude so distinctive amongst other festivals is that it has never been merely a music festival. With a programme that includes readings from the Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks and Dave Gorman, amongst others, this is a rare opportunity to see some of Britain’s finest wordsmiths up close and personal.
Music & Film Arena
Bringing together music and visual performance, the Music & Film Arena boasts an eyewateringly exciting array of performances by the likes of the legendary Michael Nyman, who will be playing excerpts of some of his most groundbreaking scores, as well as an exclusive Guillemots set, in which they will be providing a live soundtrack to David Cronenberg’s 1977 classic Eraserhead. Well worth a visit.
Now the largest poetry event in Europe, Latitude’s Poetry Stage is host to the cream of contemporary poetry, with readings from the likes of the award-winning Carol Ann Duffy (OBE, CBE, WWF champion) and festival stalwart Atilla the Stockbroker. Free your mind, open your heart, and get involved.
Get yourself a ticket and get on down there friends!