Monday, 28 February 2011

Latitude 2011


14th – 17th July 2011 Henham Park Estate, Southwold, Suffolk


On 14th – 17th July in the sumptuous surrounds of the Suffolk countryside, the welcoming daisy-adorned gates will open for the 6th edition of the magical and fantastical Latitude Festival.

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. Latitude will continue to inspire and innovate, enlighten and engage with another incredible event promised for 2011.

Last year’s event sold out in record time which is not surprising considering the stellar line-up that was on offer. Violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy greeted the arriving crowds with an astonishing set on The Lake Stage and then, at the stroke of midnight, the festival reverberated with the power vocals of legendary lothario Tom Jones who gave an impassioned and intimate performance of his new album ‘Praise & Blame’ In The Woods, ahead of his Sunday afternoon Obelisk Arena set.

This set the standard of what became a truly amazing weekend for music that included Florence + the Machine performing her first festival headline show; Belle and Sebastian ending their hiatus to headline the Obelisk Arena on Saturday night and The xx dazzling The Word Arena ahead of winning the ‘Mercury Music’ Prize later in the year.

The Film & Music Arena – always a hotspot for showcasing visually and sonically cutting edge work – boasted a viewing of Chris Morris’ film ‘Four Lions’ followed by a Q&A from the master of satire himself; a spell-binding live rendition of ‘The Passion of Joan Of Arc’ with score by Adrian Utley from Portishead and Will Gregory from Goldfrapp; and the conceptual music/theatre piece ‘MICroscope’ from the multi-dimensional Riz MC. Latitude’s tranquil Waterfront Stage floating on the lake was the setting for many a stunning spectacle including a beautiful rendition of Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake Act II’ presented by Sadler’s Wells; an excerpt from the hit musical ‘HAIR’; Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn’s ‘Stories For A Starlit Sky’ and a graduate fashion show from Central St. Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design students.

As ever, the Comedy Arena hosted some of the biggest names on the circuit including a rare appearance from falsetto fantasist Emo Philips - a massive coup for the festival, ‘Edinburgh Comedy’ Award winner Russell Kane and multi award-winning Irish Superstar Comic Tommy Tiernan. And all of that is not to mention the army of wordsmiths that filled the Literary and Poetry Arenas all weekend including the likes of Bret Easton Ellis and Sebastian Faulks reading from their hugely popular novels.

Forever evolving, Latitude also unveiled its dark and decadent side with the introduction of The Faraway Forest. Off the beaten path, it was a sinful and salacious den of mischief where people let go of their inhibitions and enjoyed captivating performances from the Royal Opera House, a Bacchanalian Masked Ball hosted by House of blueeyes and the dark and delicious ‘Vaudevillains’ from award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles. On top of these treats were all manner of other intriguing displays, stunning décor, workshops and unique shows.

And for the first time, Latitude brought contemporary art to the centre of the festival championing burgeoning artists with the ‘Latitude Contemporary Art’ Award. Using the beautiful woods as a natural gallery the work by the finalists was showcased all weekend with the winner, Graeme Miller’s visually stunning ‘Moth Theatre’ announced ceremoniously on the Saturday.

Once again, Latitude was rib-tickling, mind-expanding, visually-stunning, musically-inspiring, life-enhancing and ultimately the most fun ever. A place like no other it is a cultural haven for hedonists and families alike and continues to grow in popularity year on year.

So wipe the winter cobwebs away and start dreaming of sunnier climes by booking yourself a place at one of the UK’s top summer destinations.

Tickets to go on sale at the Latitude Festival launch on Monday 14th March 2011 at 7pm

For more information please contact Press Counsel PR
Dani and Charlie – National
Anthea – Regional
Griff (Dan) – Online


“Way more than just a music festival, Latitude is a cultural fantasy world.”

“Loved for its variety of performers and easy atmosphere, Latitude makes the most of its location, with pop and classical acts performing in the forest and on a floating stage in the lake.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“With a line-up that doesn’t just boast some of the best bands around, but also some side- splittingly funny comedians, a cabaret tent and endless theatre productions.” NME
“As festivals go, its wide-ranging arts programme is unrivalled..”

“Standing alone as a truly pioneering festival, Latitude provides something for everybody – no matter what your tastes or desires..”

“We don’t like telling you what to do, BUT, if you want an experience that takes the best of everything – music, theatre, literature and arts – and combines it with the prettiest of surroundings and like-minded festival folk that want to enjoy themselves, you really can’t go wrong with Latitude..”

“Latitude is one of the most popular and varied festivals you could ever hope to find yourself at complete with comedy, theatre, poetry, cabaret, politics, literature and dance areas. Put this alongside a musical line-up that every year delivers some of the most cracking sounds around and it’s easy to see why this really is a multi-dimensional festival for multi-dimensional people.” CLASH

To say thank you, Vodafone is giving all its UK customers unrivalled access to some of Britain’s best summer festivals, along with other great events. Register at for your chance to buy tickets to Latitude from 9am on March 10th, before they go on general sale. You will also get access to other great tickets, unique ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and more. So visit for more information and to join in now.

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