Latitude Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Comedy, Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Southwold, Suffolk, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Festival Republic
35 Bow Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7AU
England UK

Festival Description

Latitude Festival is bursting with weird and wonderful sights and experiences, it embraces and showcases an eclectic array of art, entertainment and attractions for all generations—music, poetry, literature, comedy, film, drama, children’s area, cabaret and much more. The concept of Latitude is for visitors to sample all the varied aspects of the arts world in one place—to be able to wonder from books, to music, to film and theatre—to be able to discover new and exciting things whilst surrounded by beautiful countryside. It’s unrivalled in this country.
Note: The Latitude festival is an open-air event with no seating.

Festival Dates July 18 - 21, 2013
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Festival Story:

Since its inception in 2006, Latitude has changed the face of festivals forever, with a passion only matched by its ambition. Encompassing all aspects of the art and music worlds Latitude is the only place that brings together the best in music, literature, comedy, poetry, film, theatre, cabaret, art, dance, opera and fashion for one spectacular weekend.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Kraftwerk 3-D concert
  • Foals
  • Bloc Party
  • Dylan Moran
  • Daniel Kitson
  • National Theatre Wales
  • MacCabees
  • Cat Power
  • Yo La Tengo
  • I Am Kloot
  • Hot Chip
  • Bobby Womack
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Jessie Ware
  • Steve Mason
  • Efterklang
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
  • Local Natiaves
  • James Balck
  • The Tallest Man On Earth
  • Modest Mouse
  • Calexico
  • Villages
  • Beth Orton
  • Beach House
  • Villagers
  • Adron/Family
  • Willy Mason
  • Alt-J
  • Mark Langan Band
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Richard Thompson
  • Rudimental
  • Sean Lock
  • Russell Kane
  • Andrew Maxwell
  • and many more…
Artist feature 2013:
  • Bobby Womack
    Performance — Sunday, July 21st
    • Bobby Womack and Damon Albarn to headline Glastonbury’s West Holts stage. The singer will be joined by The Bravest Band, which features Damon Albarn and XL Recordings boss Richard Russell. Other artists due to perform on the same stage across the weekend of June 28-30 include Chic, Public Enemy, The Weekend and Major Lazer. Soul singer will be joined by The Bravest Band on Sunday night of festival. The Bravest Man In The Universe is Bobby Womack’s first album of original material in eighteen years. It was co-produced by Damon Albarn and XL Recordings’ Richard Russell and recorded in three main sessions between October and December 2011; two were in Damon’s Studio 13 in West London, and the other was in New York’s Manhattan Center, which is situated above the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom, with a few extra sessions in London at the XL Studio and Richard’s own home studio. All ten tracks are co-written by the three plus Bobby’s longtime songwriting partner Harold Payne, except for radically rearranged spirituals “Deep River” and “Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around)”. There are striking vocal guest spots from Lana Del Rey on “Dayglo Reflection” and Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara on “Nothin’ Can Save You”.
      A man whose talent as a singer, guitarist and composer is matched only by his self-lacerating honesty, Womack dismisses three albums he made at the turn of the millennium (a live album, a gospel album and a Christmas album) and sees his first album for XL Recordings as the first, real Bobby Womack album since 1994’s Resurrection. You see, for those three lost albums and his few live performances around that time, Bobby Womack wasn’t really there at all. “There was a Christmas album in 2000,” he recalls, dismissively, in a voice so dirty and cracked that it’s almost as musical as his singing voice. “But to be honest, I haven’t released an album in 18 years. I had given up on music. I didn’t have the desire that you have to have. I assumed that I’d stayed in the business too long… like an old fighter.”
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Comedy 2013:
  • Latitude’s star-studded Comedy line-up for 2013 is fit to burst with Eddie Izzard, Daniel Kitson and Sean Lock amongst some of those already confirmed, with the addition of several more talented stand-ups. Joining us is the incredibly sharp-witted and feisty Shappi Khorsandi, Trevor Noah for his festival debut, plus Carl Donnelly, Andrew O’Neill, Eric Lampaert, Shaun Keaveny and Thom Tuck!
Literary and Spoken Word 2013:
  • We welcome food critic Jay Rayner who will present his BBC Radio 4 food panel show The Kitchen Cabinet live from the festival, author A C Grayling and Amanda Feilding , director of health-oriented drug policies think tank the Beckley Foundation. Keith Allen has added a whole host of names to Peter Cook’s Establishment Club including Scott Capurro, John Cooper Clarke, Mark Steel and many more!
Film & Music 2013:
  • BAFTA will present a Q&A; with Academy and BAFTA award-winning British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, OBE. BAFTA, London Short Film Festival, London Film Festival, London International Animation Festival and Collabor8te present a programme of inspiring short films from a huge range of creative talents including Chris Shepherd, Samantha Moore and Romola Garai. Several more great screenings will be taking place, including A Field in England, presented by Total Film - for more information on all acts click here.
Dance 2013:
  • Exciting new dance acts include fantastical dance act balletLORENT, award-winning hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, plus six piece multi-national dance collective Hiru.
Fashion 2013:
  • Storm modelling agency will once again bring the eagerly anticipated Graduate Fashion Show to Latitude, presented by fashion blogging sensation Bip Ling and original “party boi” Jamie Laing, star of E4’s hit reality TV show Made in Chelsea.


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Practical Info:

  • Henham Park Estate
    Southwold, Suffolk England UK
  • Open air event—no seating
  • Online
  • Friday, Arena opens 10:00am
  • Saturday, Arena opens 10:00am
  • Sunday, Arena opens 10:00am
  • Share the journey, share the cost and start the festival fun from the minute you get in the car. If you’re planning to drive to the festival and have a spare seat in your car register for Liftshare and you offer up your empty spots. If you’re looking for a seat in someone else’s car register for Liftshare and see if you can make a match. Not only will you help reduce congestion on the roads to the festival, you’ll save money, make friends and if you’re driving an average sized petrol car, having four people in it will bring your CO2 emissions per person to less than travelling by train! So it really does make a difference if you fill up all the seats. Remember to read our tips on safe Liftshare etiquette. For more information visit
  • Bars, Cash Points, First Aid and Paramedics, Food and Non Food stalls, Information Tent, Left Luggage, Market Stalls, Merchandise, Showers, Welfare Tent.
  • There will be 6 cashpoints onsite at Latitude Festival
    • Four will be situated in the arena near the Children’s Area and two will be situated in the Village. There is likely to be a surcharge of around £2 per transaction. The Arena cashpoints are open when the arena is open. The Village cashpoints are open 24 hours.


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