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Latitude Festival Preview

From humble beginnings back in 2006, Latitude has gone on to become a staple of the festival season, covering everything that’s great and good from the worlds of music, comedy, arts, theatre, dance, poetry, literary, cabaret and beyond. Basically, these guys have crammed in all of the stuff you could ever want into one weekend, purely for your enjoyment. If you’re already hooked in, you can grab tickets here. If you want to know a little more, you’ve come to the right place…

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Set up in the sticks of Suffolk, Latitude has a heady yet ethereal, boutique vibe to it that manages to make it an accessible, family and party-goer friendly festival. Over the last eight years, Latitude has had the biggest and best household names, as well as the who’s who in emerging talent, grace its grounds from a whole host of different artistic playing fields.

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Unlike a lot of your run-of-the-mill kind of festivals, Latitude provides fabulous non-musical entertainment in the form of comedy, cabaret, spoken word poetry, literary, dance, theatre and more. There’s ‘The Lavish Big Screen’ which is exactly what it says on the tin, as well as heaps of family-friendly activities for those of you who want to bring your little’uns along for the fun.

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Got kids who are too old for proper kiddie activities but too young to go off by themselves into the festival? Latitude have also got that covered with their Inbetweeners’ Teen Area, which features media, music and technology workshops, wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended in the trees. Basically, these guys are going to kit your kids up with all their life essential skills in one weekend – this is the full family package.

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On top of all of that, there’s musical bingo, science stuff, foot massages – you name it, Latitude probably has it. Probably*

Latitude, in previous years, has always nodded slightly towards the indie side of the musical spectrum, breaking in amazing new talents as well as showcasing some of the hugest names around. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s a little look at some of the artists Latitude has welcomed through its doors since its inception eight years ago…

Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, New Young Pony Club, Metronomy, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Arcade Fire, Jarvis Cocker, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power, Crystal Castles, Beth Orton, Sigur Ros, Elbow, The Mars Volta, Foals, Blondie, Noah and the Whale, Glasvegas, Black Lips, Lykke Li, Pet Shop Boys, Regina Spektor, Little Boots, Post War Years, Grace Jones, White Lies, Passion Pit, Bombay Bicycle Club, The xx, Django Django, Pulled Apart By Horses, Editors, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Gaslight Anthem, The Gossip, !!!, 65 Days of Static, Marina & The Diamonds, Thom Yorke, Paloma Faith, St Vincent, Saint Etienne, Tricky, Florence and the Machine, Empire of the Sun, Laura Marling, Belle & Sebastian, The Maccabees, James, Frank Turner, Vampire Weekends, The Temper Trap, Mumford & Sons, Tom Jones, The National, The Feeling, Richard Hawley, The Horrors, Frightened Rabbit, Grizzly Bear, The Coral, Yeasayer, Girls, Tokyo Police Club, I Blame Coco, Lissie, First Aid Kit, Darwin Deez, These New Puritans, Egyptian Hip Hop, Nadine Shah, Everything Everything, Esben and the Witch, Yuck, Sweet Baboo, Claire Maguire, Bright Eyes, Edwyn Collins, Paolo Nutini, The Cribs, Seasick Steve, Ed Sheeran, Suede, Hurts, Kele, Anna Calvi, The Vaccines, Caribou, Echo & The Bunnymen, Eels, Grouplove, Ben Howard, Steve Mason, British Sea Power, Carl Barat, Adam Ant, The Walkmen, OMD, Crystal Fighters, Caitlin Rose, James Blake, Dry The River, Bon Iver, Janelle Monae, Michael Kiwanuka, Paul Weller, Simple Minds, Lana Del Rey, Dexys Midnight Runners, SBTRKT, Lianne La Havas, Sharon Van Etten, Tune-Yards, Chairlift, Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, Deap Vally, Sunless ’97, Daughter, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, Alt-J, Cate Le Bon, Los Campesinos!, The Crookes, Dingus Khan, Lucy Rose, Peace, Block Party, Cat Power, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jessie Ware, Texas, Calexico, King Charles, Disclosure, Rudimental, DIIV, Purity Ring, Moon Duo, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Mo, Sam Smith, The 1975, Swim Deep, Dan Croll, Amatuer Best & loads, loads more…

Over the last few years, Latitude has started to incorporate more dance music into their programme which has resulted in their ‘Late Night’ line-up, a party for those who like to stay up late and dance the night away. This year, curated by Tuesday Born alongside Audio Doughnuts, sees the likes of Lone, Leon Vynehall, Wookie & MJ Cole take to the stage for the after dark party, amongst others. In the gorgeous festival setting, this is set to be the kind of party you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

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It wouldn’t be right to give you the low down on Latitude without a nod to their infamous comedy programming. Priding themselves on providing some of the best comedic names in the game, famous faces and newcomers alike, each year has seen the funniest of funny men and women take to the stage for a little brain-break from the music. For 2014’s line-up, Dara O Briain, Simon Amstell, Kevin Bridges, Al Murray, Milton Jones and Jack Dee all take the top positions on the line-up, and are supported by an array of hilariously funny comedic acts from the UK and beyond. Our top tips to check out over the weekend are Katherine Ryan, Henning Wehn and Bobby Mair (to name but a few).

So there you have it – we’ve covered the basics of the festival, but there’s a whole world of stuff for you to explore when you get there. If you’re still thirsty for info, there’s loads of it over on their website, but if we’ve tempted you into Latitude’s lush garden of music and magical moments, follow us over here.