Thursday, 8 April 2010

Latitude - Music and Arts additions - Daniel Kitson & Gavin Osborn, The Unthanks...

Latitude 2010 colour logo
8th April 2010
Latitude Festival proudly presents…

~ Daniel Kitson & Gavin Osborn:
Stories for the Starlit Sky ~

Also just announced across the weekend...

~ The Crack presents: Miss Behave, Phil Kay, Paul Zenon, Kalki Hula Girl, Raymond and Mr. Timpkins, Tom Flanagan and Jon Hicks ~

~ John Stammers ~ THePETEBOX ~

~ The Kominas ~

~ Funny Women Awards Showcase ~
~ Terry Alderton ~

~ The Unthanks ~ Race Horses ~

~ Jonathan Jeremiah ~

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15th-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.
Dedicated to bringing the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret together for one glorious weekend, Latitude has once again, created a line-up like no other.

Spread throughout the site in specially created arenas as well as using the beautiful outdoor spaces, the highest calibre of performers are now being confirmed. Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the season, 2010 is looking likely to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating weekend; another spectacular slice of unadulterated cultural fun and adventure.

~ ARTS ~

Latitude is bursting with excitement to proudly announce that Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn will be performing their trilogy of shows, ‘Stories for the Starlit Sky’, across all three nights of the weekend.

Three separate, but interlinked stories for three separate summer nights, each one starting at midnight and lasting a little over an hour. Voices will soar from between trees to paint tears on the face of the moon, words, like fire in the night, laughter exploding through the dark. The day not done, not yet, the air thick with magic on the cusp of tomorrow. The sky alight with stories of love, stories of hope and stories of the night.
There is just one trifling concern.
Will anybody actually come to The Waterfront Stage, at midnight, for an hour, to listen to a story?

Daniel Kitson (Comedian, Loves Snorkelling) and Gavin Osborn (Musician, Owns Wellies) are powerful agents of art in their own right, but when combined the pair become an unstoppable, mind-blowing juggernaut of whimsical glory. For what will be your only chance to catch the pair this year make sure you head along to The Waterfront Stage at midnight on either, or indeed all of, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for your own bedtime story under the Starlit Sky.
Also just announced across the weekend…


Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live and Miss Behave present: ‘The Crack’ – an explosive combination of stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performance. Celebrating all that is funny, diverse and truly original in live comic entertainment and brought to you by crowd dominatrix and Guinness World Record holder Miss Behave, who is part of the team behind Olivier Award-winning sensation La Clique (Best Entertainment 2009), will be reigning in the chaos with trademark sass and sparkle, and spectacular stunts. This anarchic, chaotic, and fun-filled show will have you amazed and entertained with an absolutely stellar cast of comic geniuses and variety virtuosos.

Multi-award winning, legendary Scotsman, Phil Kay, the original comic brave-heart, will also be onboard. This effervescent comedy troubadour darts around the room powered by far-out philosophic ramblings, delivered as fun-sized brain filth.
Lounge wizard and snake-oil salesman Paul Zenon is the UK's leading comedy magician, with performances in around thirty countries and appearances as presenter and pundit on over three hundred television shows. Whether it’s onstage to a bunch of drunks, as a guest on countdown or hosting one of his own TV specials, this man will have you howling with laughter and wondering how on earth he did that.

Naughty, nice and very highly skilled, hula-hooping sensation Kalki is at turns both comic and absurdly sexy with her hilarious take on rock star attitude. A lesson in entertainment multi-tasking, she does things with hula hoops, and a bottle of vodka that will have you crying with laughter and whooping for more.

If you like music and if you like comedy, then this is the act for you. Music with hilarious visual and verbal gags at rapid fire, Raymond and Mr. Timpkins are the best in musical comedy. You’ll be left trying to catch your breath from laughing too hard.
Star of The Tom Tom Club and Circus Oz, Tom Flanagan is a crazy acrobatic who will dazzle you with breathtaking stunts and have you in stitches with his knockabout slapstick

Variety’s answer to Picasso, Jon Hicks will enthrall with a high-skill repertoire of artistic oddities, including his legendary rapid fire, outsized paintings. Delivered with incredible dexterity, bad-boy attitude and immaculate timing and all to a killer soundtrack. Seeing is believing in this unique ‘Painting Beyond Numbers’ act performed with stylish aplomb by a true variety master.


Over the past four years, the Poetry Arena at Latitude has grown into one of Europe’s leading poetry events in its own right, boasting the hottest slam poets, spoken word, storytelling, comedy sketches, rappers and much, much more. Laugh, cry and become enlightened with the following poets just confirmed for the weekend:

Award winning poet John Stammers joins the Poetry Arena line-up. With his first collection ‘Panoramic Lounge-bar’ winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2001 he has since been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2005 for his second book ‘Stolen Love Behaviour’ and won third place in the 2009 National Poetry Competition. His poetry of love and romance is full of plaintive, self-mocking with a lilt and sheen that has won him many fans including August Kleinzahler declaring that Stammers writes, “some of the most memorable love poetry of his generation”.

Radio 1 Beatbox Champion and Channel 4 Talent Award Winner THePETEBOX is one of the word’s finest human beatboxers, crafting a whole new approach using his skills to make music. Creating each layer of his tracks live using a loop pedal THePETEBOX's shows lead the audience through a journey of real time music production which builds up and delivers a full frequency spectrum of sound, from deep bass, to high pitched trumpets, to multiple vocal harmonies - all made with his mouth. His breathtaking ability to create many styles of music such as hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, jazz, house, garage and rock, have led him to support legends such as Grandmaster Flash, Will Smith, Pendulum, The Automatic, Grooverider and Tim Westwood to name a few.

They join a line up that already boasts performances from: Wendy Cope, John Cooper Clarke, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright, Spoken Word All Stars, WordTheatre, Angry Sam, Brigitte Aphrodite, Byron Vincent, Chris Hicks and Clare Pollard.


Straight from Boston, Massachusetts to Henham Park, Suffolk, The Kominas will be playing live in the Film & Music Arena following the screening of Taqwacore’s: The Birth Of Punk Islam. This desi-punk outfit comprised of four brown sons of South Asian parents released their debut album ‘Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay’ in 2008 causing the mainstream media to sit up and listen with their provocative and suggestive music and lyrics. With songs such as 'Suicide Bomb The Gap' and 'Rumi Was A Homo' they push boundaries and challenge stereotypes making them an important tour de force.

The band take a starring role as the film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits, The Kominas, on their first U.S. tour. Taqwacore observes as they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at the largest Muslim gathering in North America, then travels with them to Pakistan where The Kominas, bring punk to the streets of Lahore. The band will be playing in the Film & Music Arena after the showing of Taqwacore’s film creating a truly spectacular visual delight, submerging the audience in a full surround sound experience. A panel discussion on music in Iran and the film will take place after the performance so be sure to stay around and get fully involved in all of the interactive elements.


Latitude has earned a fierce reputation for presenting the searingly sharp edge of comedy and this year Latitude will not disappoint with an incredible wealth of talent throughout the bill.

Funny Women is at the vanguard of nurturing and promoting female comedy talent, both new and established. Its annual talent competition, the Funny Women Awards, has introduced many new performers on to the comedy scene. Now in its eighth year, the Awards make their debut at Latitude. The show will be hosted by Carrie Quinlan and feature a line up of new acts competing for a place at this year’s prestigious national final in London at the Leicester Square Theatre on Monday 20th September. See the future of female comedy with the Funny Women’s Awards Showcase in Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. (Cabaret Arena) Ex-Southend goalkeeper turned comic, Terry Alderton comes to Latitude this year. Hurtling through an ad-libbed riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, full of extraordinary caricatures and acute impressions; his hi-octane performances have led him to recently work with Joan Rivers and Eddie Izzard who proclaimed him to be a “very funny comic with a fantastic comedy mind, but someone who really ought to seek some sort of professional help”. (Comedy Arena)

These new additions join such comic turns as the fantastic Emo Philips, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall, Tommy Tiernan, The Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Guests, and Arthur Smith as well as many, many more in what is once again a huge and varied bill of comic splendour occurring all across the site.


The Obelisk Arena is the focal point for many of Latitude’s most memorable performances and with a line up that boasts some superb acts including Empire of the Sun, The Maccabees, James, The Temper Trap, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Frank Turner as well as the stunning headliners, Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend. The following acts are a welcome addition to an already exciting line up:

Northumberland folk group The Unthanks are added to the Obelisk Arena. Previously called Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, until last year, their poignant and honest storytelling has set them apart from their peers and pricked the interest of the British consciousness. Their debut album, ‘Cruel Sister’ was awarded Folk Album of the Year by Mojo magazine with the follow-up album, ‘The Bairns’, receiving a nomination for the Best Album Award at the BBC Folk Awards 2008 and the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. Their dark and atmospheric, piano-led third album, ‘Here's The Tender Coming’, released last year, has further cemented their hold on the British folk scene and their performance at Latitude will no doubt win many more hearts.

Pushing the boundaries of popular music, Welsh four-piece and fearless experimentalists, Race Horses join the Obelisk Arena line-up. Playing tracks from their debut album ‘Goodbye Falkenburg’ an album full of quirky, psych-pop reminiscent of fellow countrymen Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, their performance will be a hand-clapping, catchy and entertaining set – a must for Saturday afternoon.


With The National (Friday), The xx (Saturday) and Grizzly Bear (Sunday) announced as headliners for the weekend, and Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Horrors also confirmed, The Word Arena will once again boast an amazing set of alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh and exciting acts from across the spectrum within The Word Arena.

Flying the flag for late 60’s/70’s soul Jonathan Jeremiah’s debut album ‘Fool In Love’ is full of laid-back semi-acoustic soul with orchestral touches and a folk tinge. Gaining influences from touring the highways of America with his guitar, Jeremiah composed, performed and produced the record himself, recruiting the help of Bernard Butler and members of James Brown’s legendary band the The J.B.’s. The result is a record which sounds wiser than his 29 years which will transfix The Word Arena on Friday afternoon.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy exciting theatre and dance productions presented by the Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bush Theatre, and Sadler’s Wells to name but a few, cabaret performances from Rich Fulcher, Idiot Of Ants and Laura Solon; BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with Q&As, discussions and workshops with award-winning director Paul Greengrass already confirmed. Over Latitude’s four dedicated music arenas Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend, Empire Of The Sun, The National, The xx, Grizzly Bear, The Maccabees, Rodrigo y Gabriela, James, Richard Hawley, The Horrors and Jónsi are all confirmed. With many more acts still to be announced, Latitude will provide the perfect setting for the summer.
A place like no other; Latitude Festival is an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all that you’ve ever wanted to be, whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery.


Weekend tickets £155 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £65 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Weekend ticket prices include car parking and camping
Day tickets include car parking only

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