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.
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Yet another beautiful year for Latitude Festival. Revelers were seen basking in the sun and enjoying the good vibes 2016 at the event held at Henham Park, Southwold, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th July 2016
About to enter its second decade of its existence, the rise and rise of Latitude Festival in Suffolk has epitomised the explosion in small festivals in Britain over the last ten years.
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.
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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The day ended on a somber note, after a 17-year-old fell victim to an undisclosed medical condition.
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 has replaced Two Door Cinema Club as Friday night headliner at Latitude 2014.
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 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.
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.
The three day spectacular mixed music, arts, comedy and more in what continues to be one of the UK's premiere festivals - and we've got plenty of pictures from all three days
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 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.
Since its birth in 2006 Latitude has felt like a bubble continuing to expand. Each year it has grown in size and stature, with stronger line-ups and more and more treats crammed into every nook and cranny of the site's beautiful and intimate location of Henham Park in Suffolk. Each year it feels like it must be close to reaching bursting point; to losing the identity and atmosphere that made it so enticing. Fortunately, 2012 saw another year pass without such incident.
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17th, 18th and 19th July 2009
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