The full line-up for Latitude 2017 is forming, with The 1975, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining.
Excelling in the role it has carved out for itself as Britain’s ‘biggest small festival’ for over a decade now, the line-up for the 2017 edition of Latitude Festival is shaping up nicely.
Following a meteoric rise that saw them top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in 2016, slick indie-pop-sters The 1975 headline the main Obelisk Arena on Friday night, topping a bill consisting mainly of guitar-orientated acts. The reformed shoegaze act Ride, promising newcomer The Japanese House and the glittery pop of Goldfrapp look to be the early standouts.
Mumford & Sons are curating the Saturday at Latitude 2017
Continue reading: Line-Up For Latitude Festival 2017 Is Taking Shape
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and now embarking on its second decade of existence, Latitude Festival continues to go from strength to strength, reinforcing its status as the ‘biggest small festival’ in Britain. Unlike all of the country’s major festivals (Glasto, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park) the vibe at Suffolk’s Henham Park is very much more chilled, family-friendly… middle class, in short. Wine-tasting, poetry and experimental theatre comfortably exists alongside bands, stage-diving and the more traditional festival pursuits. Facilities are cleaner, queues for everything are shorter and more organised, stewards actually know the answers to questions you ask, and there’s even a “charity concierge” system in place, where you can pay £5 to somebody in a purple uniform to queue for drinks on your behalf.
Then again, with 25,000 people in attendance max, Latitude is a small enough scale on which such organisation can actually work effectively. The pleasures of which were underscored by some glorious weather and a total absence of mud (yay!). The merest hint of rain on Friday evening soon gave way to the breaking heat wave that Britain had basked in and sweated through this last week. Granted, this transformed our tent into a blast furnace by 8am and made sleeping off hangovers all but impossible, but the energy saved by not having to trudge through glue-like mud for hours off-set that.
In terms of the bands it attracts, Latitude has long been able to punch well above its weight, memorably landing the iconic German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk three years ago. But it’s really on the smaller stages that Latitude succeeds, targeting the kinds of bands from North America and Europe that don’t often play in the UK and who normally get column inches in the likes of Pitchfork and other left-field publications.
Continue reading: Latitude Festival 2016 - Live Review
Legendary director Ken Loach and award-winning comedian Phil Ellis are among the names added to this weekend's Latitude Festival (July 14th-17th).
With the 2016 edition of Latitude Festival just two short sleeps away, a final batch of performers has been added to the various performing arts stages over the three-day event.
The Film and Music Arena will see the legendary director Ken Loach, one of the most respected and admired film-makers operating in Britain today, in conversation with BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Kermode.
Ken Loach will be discussing his career with film critic Mark Kermode
Continue reading: Final Additions To Latitude Festival 2016 Announced
The National and New Order join them for the 2016 event.
The headliners for this year's Latitude Festival have finally been announced and it's definitely looking like the 11th edition is not one to be missed. Returning to Suffolk this summer, Latitude will bring with it a stunning line-up led by The Maccabees, The National and New Order on their main stage.
Latitude 2016 will arrive at Henham Park In Southwold, Suffolk for a fun-packed weekend this July with the Obelisk Arena bringing with it a few welcome familiar faces and a bunch of first-timers too. First we have The Maccabees, who will be returning for their very first major festival headline gig on the Friday having just last year released their first UK number one album 'Marks to Prove It'.
Continue reading: The Maccabees Return To Latitude For Their First Major Headline Slot
Blur alumni Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reunited on Saturday night at Latitude Festival.
The weather over the weekend may have been unpredictable, but there was one nice surprise in store for revellers at Latitude Festival when Damon Albarn was joined onstage by Blur bandmate Graham Coxon.
With a storm raging overheard, Damon Albarn began his encore with a solo rendition of Blur track 'End of a Century', before introducing his former bandmate and writing partner to the stage. Crowds stayed to watch the reunion despite heavy rainfall and the pair then sang classic Blur song 'Tender' to raptuous applause.
Fans were in for a treat when Albarn (Second from Right) and Coxon (Far Right) Reunited this weekend
Continue reading: Blur Stage Mini Reunion At Latitude, Delight Audiences
A week in music videos... We finally get the first glimpse of what's in store for Kings Of Leon's sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' with their new single 'Supersoaker'. It's probably one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year following their 2010 offering 'Come Around Sundown' which reached the top spot on the UK album charts and number 2 in the US. If you're a fan of awesome, driving rock anthems, then after listening to 'Supersoaker' you'll be the first to grab a copy of the new album in September. Listen to Supersoaker here.
Just as fresh and anthemic is London band Bastille, who stole the hearts of the nation with their debut album 'Bad Blood' earlier this year - an easy chart topper responsible for such tracks as 'Pompeii' and 'Laura Palmer'. They have now released a moving video for their emotional track 'Things We Lose In The Fire' which also managed to chart despite not being released as a single. Bastille are currently on a major world tour and will appear at the likes of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and Berlin Festival this summer. Watch the video for Things We Lost In The Fire here.
'It's more than just a music festival' claims the blurb on the cover of Latitude's 335-page programme, and in terms of location, alternative entertainment and the diversity of performers and artists they're right. After all, where else in the UK's saturated festival market would you find a boating lake in the middle of the site? Or breakdance and yoga classes? Not to mention exclusive restaurants or the aptly named Toss Activity Centre. Often lambasted as the middle class festival of Great Britain when in actual fact what that really means is that gangs of boozed up lads pissing in cups and throwing them at the nearest stage are gladly excluded in favour of a mainly family orientated audience.
Continue reading: Latitude Festival, 2011 Live Review
Now that 2011's festival season is in full swing, the time to take a trip up the A12 in towards rural Suffolk is almost upon us. Having first opened its doors in the summer of 2006, next weekend (Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th July) will see Latitude Festival open its doors for a sixth year, having firmly established itself as a highlight on the annual festival calendar. Situated in the picturesque confines of Henham Park, its woodland and lakeside settings combined with pristinely irrigated flatlands make this a world away from the hustle and bustle of Leeds & Reading, or the tortuous mudfest that often overshadows Glastonbury's otherwise flawless demeanour.
Continue reading: Latitude Festival, 2011 Preview
Having a built a reputation over the past four years as the UK's most family friendly music festival, it was something of a shock to be greeted on arrival by the news that a teenage girl had been raped the previous evening. Surely not? After all, this is Latitude, home of purple sheep, surprisingly edible cuisine, crèches and generally the most polite live audience you could ever wish to be among, no matter who's onstage.
Continue reading: Latitude Festival, 2010 Live Review
17th, 18th and 19th July 2009
Continue reading: Latitude Festival, 17th, 18th and 19th July 2009 Live Review