The line-up for Latitude’s 10th anniversary has now been announced and as expected, it holds some extraordinary talent.
Henham Park in Suffolk will once again play host to the unique Latitude festival from the 16th-19th July. Fast becoming one of the giants of the festival game, Latitude has made another substantial step towards the top draw by confirming Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as the events headliners.
Alt-J have risen through the ranks of Latitude, having appeared on the smaller stages several times to finally clinching the well-deserved top spot. Portishead will close the Saturday on the Obelisk arena, followed by Noel Gallagher who makes his Latitude debut both as a guest and as a performer.
“I’ve been to Latitude before as a festival goer and really enjoyed it I think the effort they put into their whole programming – music, comedy and film – is what makes it a great festival to be part of. And I’m really looking forward to it.” – Geoff Barrow from Portishead
What stands Latitude out from the plethora of other UK festivals is its importance on including other areas of culture to create a fuller experience.
This year they have booked equally big names of stand-up comedy in the form of Jason Manford, John Richardson and Jack Dee and even all three members of The Last Leg. This part of the festival is a fantastic warm up for top comedians who will be going on to perform later in the Summer and an excellent opportunity to witness some fresh material before it’s taken on the road.
This combination of cultures doesn’t just stop with comedy; film, poetry and dance also each hold their own stage. Outlandish performance poet John Cooper Clarke is one of many stand up poets, beat poets and literary legends to grace the stage over the weekend.
Yet creator Melvin Benn has challenged himself to shake things up even more for this special birthday. For the first time in the festivals history the lake will be open for swimming, plus a new spa area and an extra focus on late night DJ’s who will perform in the woodland setting of the iArena.
“Every year I challenge myself to build on previous summers and make each festival even better than the one before. With the start of a new decade for Latitude, I wanted to bring something really fresh and new to Henham and I think we’ve done just that.” – Melvin Benn, Founder and Creator of Latitude
These extra elements to the festival add atmosphere unlike any other, and with an air of freedom and innocence about it, Latitude is turning the festival game on its head.
One things for sure, this is going to be one hell of a weekend!
Tickets available from www.seetickets.com