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Latitude Festival 2017 Review


It was yet another successful weekend for Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, which has been the home of the biggest ‘small festival’ in Britain since 2006.

Latitude Festival 2017 Review

With their traditionally bold approach to their booking, including putting up-and-coming artists high up on the bill or in prominent and prestigious slots, Latitude has been something of a proving ground for bands to play headline sets before they get promoted to the really big festivals. The likes of Arcade Fire, Foals, Florence & The Machine and Alt-J have been given the chance to play a full headline set to a sizeable crowd, passed with flying colours and gone on to become huge.

But with its dedication to stand-up comedy, film, literature, cabaret and performing arts other tha music, Latitude really does have something for everyone. New alterations to the site included the Film & Literature Tent, previously separate venues but now rolled into one and open much later into the night. In place of one of those venues is now ‘The Danish Quarter’, a rather grandiose name for a Carlsberg-sponsored bar area decked out in minimalist pine furniture like many a craft beer hall, but the chilled and family-friendly vibe was very much the same as always – and a good thing that is too.

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John Cale performs on the Sunday at Latitude Festival 2017. Held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th July 2017

John Cale and Latitude Festival
John Cale
John Cale
John Cale
John Cale and Latitude Festival

Marcel Lucont performs on the comedy stage at Latitude Festival on the third day. Held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th July 2017

Marcel Lucont
Andy Parsons
Andy Parsons
Andy Parsons
Andy Parsons
Andy Parsons

Mumford & Sons perform at Latitude Festival on the third day. Held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th July 2017

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons

Idles perform at Latitude Festival on the third day. Held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th July 2017

Idles
Idles
Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges

Marcus Mumford and the rest of Mumford & Sons perform at Latitude Festival on the third day - held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th July 2017

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons

Latitude 2017 Preview


Latitude Festival The Jesus And Mary Chain Twin Peaks Declan McKenna Tinariwen The Lemon Twigs

Latitude Festival 2017 is nearly upon us! The line-up promises great sets from some great established names in the music business, with The 1975, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes headlining and the likes of Fatboy Slim, Placebo, Two Door Cinema Club and Goldfrapp also on the bill.

However, Latitude does have an excellent reputation for boldness in selecting names that are a bit off the beaten track, and of promoting new talent to prestigious slots on the line-up.

So, here are ten recommendations of new and critically acclaimed acts off the beaten path to see at Latitude 2017!

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It's Not Just About The Music - Other Things To Do At Latitude Festival 2017


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Latitude has earned its reputation as the best ‘small festival’ in Britain with over 11 years of careful bookings, detailed organisation and bold choices for headliner, but the annual gathering in Southwold, Suffolk isn’t just about the music.

With a number of interesting nooks and crannies scattered around the site, it’s truly a genre-defying experience and there’s plenty to be getting up to if there’s a lull in proceedings. If it’s a ridiculously hot day, the gin bar in the Faraway Forest is a lovely and quiet bolthole for thirsty music lovers – but if that isn’t your bag, there’s loads of stuff to scope out at your leisure.

LatitudeCrowds and atmosphere at Latitude Festival 2016

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Line-Up For Latitude Festival 2017 Is Taking Shape


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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 Curate the Saturday at Latitude 2017Mumford & Sons are curating the Saturday at Latitude 2017

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Final Additions To Latitude Festival 2016 Announced


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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 LoachKen Loach will be discussing his career with film critic Mark Kermode

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Latitude Festival 2016 - Top 6 Alternative Things To Do


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Despite all the truisms about it being an impeccably middle-class experience (I once heard someone strolling around the campsite asking a succession of people if they had a garlic crusher.), anybody who's been even once to Latitude will testify that it really is more than just a music festival. With smaller tents and stages spread out across its spacious arena specifically dedicated to literature, poetry, performing arts, theatre, film and cabaret, its vibe is extremely relaxed, explicitly family-friendly, and very different to almost all of the major festivals.

Latitude Festival 2016 Logo

In the spirit of not tinkering with a winning formula, the organisers have looked to build the 11th edition of Latitude along the same lines as they always have. While they've broken with their tradition of never having the same headliner twice (this year's Saturday night top billing act The National also headlined back in 2011), the list of music acts is as diverse and impressive as ever, with The Maccabees finally getting a crack at a full headlining spot on Friday and the resurgent Mancunian legends New Order closing the festival on Sunday night.

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Latitude Festival 2014 Marred By The Death Of 17-Year-Old Attendee


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Latitude Festival 2014 was marred by tragedy this Sunday, when a teenager died after becoming ill on the festival site. The boy, whose identity remains undisclosed, was airlifted from the festival at around 4.30PM on Saturday, according to The Mirror. He died in the early hours of Sunday morning. His death has been attributed to an “isolated medical condition,” according to organizers.

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Lily Allen To Headline Latitude Festival After Two Door Cinema Club Cancel


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Lily Allen has been drafted in to headline the Friday night at Latitude Festival after indie-rockers Two Door Cinema Club were forced to cancel. The band's lead singer Alex Timble was hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint after collapsing at Chicago airport. 

Lily AllenLily Allen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 [Getty/Ian Gavan]

"It is with deep sadness that our longstanding supporters and Friday night headliner Two Door Cinema Club have had to cancel their performance under advice of doctors. We wish Alex all the best and a speedy recovery," said Melvin Benn of Latitude organisers Festival Republic.

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Tame Impala, Bombay Bicycle Club, Scroobius Pip, Hall & Oates & Many More Added To Latitude 2014 Bill

Posted on 05 February 2014

Tame Impala, Bombay Bicycle Club, Scroobius Pip, Hall & Oates & Many More Added To Latitude 2014 Bill

Latitude Festival Closes It's Gates After Another Successful Year In Southwold [Pictures]


Latitude Festival Bloc Party Foals Kraftwerk Local Natives James Blake

Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk once again held the coming together of music, comedy, arts and more in it's scenic woodland surroundings to a rapturous reception from the many revellers who travelled to see the likes of Foals, Kraftwerk, Texas and Bobby Womack rub shoulders with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Daniel Kitson. And that's just scratching the surface of what was on show.

Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk have been touring their 3-D show across the globe

On the first day (Friday 19 July) Bloc Party lit up the main-stage, having seen the likes of the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society come before them. Elsewhere, on the smaller BBC Radio 6 stage, Texas were the headliners of the night, with Willy Mason, Villagers, Beth Orton and more coming before them, whilst Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages. Meanwhile, bringing the laughs to the comedy stage was Lee Nelson and Sean Lock, to name but two.

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