The critically-acclaimed Latitude Festival offers a truly pan-cultural experience to festival goers, spanning every art form across all genres of music to every aspect of the arts, including literature, theatre, opera, comedy, poetry, cabaret, dance, fashion and much more.
Latitude is excited to reveal the first of the extraordinary array of acts performing across all the stages at this year’s seventh edition onMonday 5th March, with tickets going on sale at 7.15pm shortly after the exclusive line-up announcement.
And if that wasn’t enough, when you are longing for Latitude, Longitude will make those daydreams a reality, with the festivities on 5th March continuing into the evening as selected acts perform at the very first of Latitude’s new monthly Longitude events. Further details will be revealed nearer the time.
Melvin Benn, Founder and Creator of Latitude Festival and Director of Festival Republic: “What makes Latitude unique among festivals is not only its adventurous spirit, but more importantly its ability to give people the most diverse and exciting line up of arts and music performers appearing anywhere in the UK.
“In 2012 we’ll continue to do what we’ve always done best, which is to bring the Latitude audience the highest calibre of acts from every platform that the arts can offer. We can promise more than a few surprises and bright young things among the Latitude favourites.”
Ticket holders for this year’s Latitude can look forward to seeing world famous music artists on a variety of stages this year. The headline acts will perform at the Obelisk Arena which was graced by The National, Paolo Nutini and the return of the legendarySuede at last year’s festival. The Word Arena will host an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music with acts following in the footsteps of bands like Foals and Eels, while the Sunrise Arena is set to showcase the best of tomorrow’s biggest artists on a stunning secluded woodland stage where Annie Nightingale and Crystal Fighters got the crowds dancing hard last year. The Lake Stage is an open air hub for rising stars handpicked by new music aficionado and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and, for those who like it loud, Latitude’s hand-picked DJ’s will once again be spinning tunes In The Woods and around the site late into the night.
Latitude is the first and only festival to stage both international headline acts and the elite of the arts world with a cultural programme to rival those of the Hay Literary Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2012 artists from across the cultural spectrum will be showcased across 10 dedicated arts arenas at the festival. These include the Theatre Arena which, with support from the country’s leading theatre companies, has established Latitude as one of the best theatre festivals in Europe, with 2011 showcasing work from national treasures such as Paines Plough, the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. The Literary Arena will transport festival goers to the far reaches of the imagination with a star studded bill of authors, philosophers, historians, thinkers and famous faces to rival any literary-only festival, Alan Hollinghurst and Louis De Bernières being amongst the favourites last year. In thePoetry Arena, the hottest hip hop artists, slam poets, raconteurs, lyricists, and rappers will join leading poets.
The Cabaret Arena hosts sketch shows, Edinburgh previews and comedic genius such as last year’s hits Late Night Gimp Fight andDuckie, while the Comedy Arena will host the cream of the big name comedy circuit, plus all the hotly tipped upcoming talent and other big surprises (2011 featured the first live debut of Never Mind The Buzzcocks).
The Film & Music Arena screens a daily mix of award-winning shorts, silent films, and documentaries, stylishly accompanied by live scores, artist collaborations and DJs. Last year, audiences enjoyed productions from Tate Britain and BAFTA presenting The Trip Q&A with Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon, amongst countless other treats. Alongside each of these stages the stunning floating Waterfront Stage will host open-air dance productions and extraordinary events from across the worlds of dance and fashion. Pandora’s Playground offers a cultural chocolate box of artists ranging from the strange to the sublime and The Faraway Forest transports people to another world; last year it was snowing at The Winter’s Ball, so look out for the surprise this summer.
Latitude Contemporary Art
The Latitude Contemporary Art Award (LCA), now in its third year continues to offer an amazing platform to five of the contemporary art world’s most exciting artists with a chance to create a piece for an exhibition in the Iris Gallery, set in the woodland area of Henham Park. Last year’s winner Andy Harper will return with a new installation and alongside the LCA exhibition, exceptional pieces of art, sculpture and illuminations will transform the In The Woods area into a den of magical intrigue.
Latitude is a family friendly festival which will appeal to all ages. Alongside the main performance stages, Latitude has several areas dedicated to entertaining children and teenagers alike. Surrounded by woodland and colourful sheep, the Children’s Arena is its own little festival, offering a buzzing world of wildlife hunts & daring stunts, art & crafts, dance & drama workshops, theatre & puppet shows, woodland adventures and lots more, while The Inbetweeners Area is a space for teens who want their own space at Latitude featuring music, media & technology workshops, bushcraft skills and wild play. There are even activities for babies, plus fun in the family campsite for early risers who can’t wait to play.
Tour de Latitude
This year Latitude is launching the inaugural Tour de Latitude. Travel first class by bicycle to Latitude and raise much needed funds for two great British charities and friends of Festival Republic: Kenyan Orphan Project and Julie’s Bicycle. Participants will have three options of distance to cycle, which means that people of all cycling levels will be able to join in the challenge. From (1) Hackney – 113 miles, (2) Sudbury (north of Colchester) – 55 miles and (3) Ipswich – 35 miles. More details to follow and online registration will open 1st March!