Monday, 28 March 2011

Latitude festival - Word Arena Headliners - Bombay Bicycle Club & Eels

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

28th March 2011


- Friday and Sunday’s headliners for the Word Arena revealed -


~ Bombay Bicycle Club ~ Eels ~
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.

With four bespoke arenas dedicated to music, Latitude offers an incredible array of sonic brilliance, bands and artists hand-picked and carefully selected to create the perfect soundtrack to the perfect weekend. Whether it’s the hottest new band or the once in a life-time chance to see a legend perform; if it’s rock or pop, folk or blues, electro or dance, Latitude’s music arenas have it all. With The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede headlining the Obelisk Arena and a wealth of musical talent playing across the three other music arenas, Latitude once again boasts an exciting and unique line-up.

And whilst the best bands play throughout the weekend, Latitude’s unrivalled arts programme featuring the very best from the worlds of theatre, poetry, literary, comedy, cabaret, dance, art, fashion and film all come together to create one spectacular weekend. Visually stunning, sonically inspiring and mind expanding – Latitude Festival just gets better and better.


The Word Arena’s large canopy stands proud at the top of the hill and looks out over the beautiful Latitude site. The arena plays host to a veritable smorgasbord of musical pleasures and once inside, crowds are transfixed by an eclectic line-up that crosses genre boundaries effortlessly. Foals are already confirmed as headliners and with another stellar line-up currently being confirmed - this really is the place to witness something truly special.
Joining Foals as a headliner for the Word Arena on the Friday is Bombay Bicycle Club. Despite just coming out of their teens, Bombay Bicycle Club are a creative force to be reckoned with. Since their early gigging days in 2006 and the growing popularity from debut album 'I had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose' released in 2008, they've been a regular touring spectacle. Since the release of last year's 'Flaws’, a far more understated, folk-inspired and soulful effort, and the relatively instant standing ovation it received from critics and record buyers alike, the band have leapt from strength to strength. Invigorated by recent success, they’re set to release their third album – drifting back to the electric guitars prominent on the first album - in the summer before the second stage headline performance at Latitude 2011.

Sunday’s Word Arena headliner is the incredible Eels. Mark Oliver Everett, often abbreviated to E, is the brainchild, creative energy and emotional core of Eels. Through family tragedy, heartbreak and personal problems, E has carved out a rich, illustrious body of work spanning fifteen years. Commercial hits include 'Novocaine For The Soul' and 'Mr E's Beautiful Blues' but it is the recent glorious, and challenging, trilogy of albums 'Hombre Lobo', 'End Times' and 'Good Morning' that have seen Eels hit their creative peak. Marrying sombre subject matters to pretty and timeless melodies create music that is loaded with pop suss, melancholy hooks and some eclectic experimentation. The live shows are inexhaustibly unexpected, from tropical re-arrangements of old classics to playing with a full orchestra; there's no telling what E will decide to give you. As a most deserving headliner of the second stage, one of the USA's most exceptional talents will give a performance to be remembered at Latitude this year.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy readings from leading poets and authors including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jo Shapcott, Simon Armitage, Sarah Dunant, Dave Gorman and Alexei Sayle; top comics Omid Djalili, Jason Byrne and Phill Jupitus; exciting theatre and dance productions presented by Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet to name but a few, cabaret performances from Will Adamsdale, Bourgeois and Maurice; and BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with a fantastic programme of Q&As, discussions and workshops including comedy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon discussing their hilarious work on Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Trip’.

With DJ’s, a Winter’s Ball and late night parties found throughout the site, it is a unique and special weekend of fun, culture and entertainment. An intimate world away from reality waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


Weekend tickets £170.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £70.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Child ticket (5-12 years) £5.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Campervan Permit £30.00
Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping
Day tickets include car parking only

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The highlights for The Sunday Times at Latitude last year included everything from our exclusive interview with the legend that is Tom Jones, impromptu busking sets with the likes of Midlake, celebrity short story readings and, of course, the image of sun-kissed festival-goers happily immersed in their favourite section of that weekend’s newspaper. We are delighted to be returning in 2011, and look forward to growing our presence at this trailblazing, cross-cultural event, which we feel is perfectly suited to the diverse interests of our readership.

Sky Arts ambition is to reflect the breadth of the Latitude Festival bringing viewers two hours of live coverage daily from around the festival bringing coverage from music headliners, Theatre, Comedy and Spoken Word. A 90 minute highlights show will also be produced to play across Sky Channels. Sky Arts is the only stable of television channels in the UK dedicated entirely to the arts, giving arts lovers the content they are passionate about and making great arts accessible to everyone. Sky Arts screens 24 hours a day, every day on Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Arts 1 HD and Sky Arts 2 HD.

Absolute Radio is the official radio partner for the Latitude Festival. The station will be making line up announcements on air and online with exclusive interviews with announced artists in the run up to the festival, it will also be giving on air and online ticket giveaways in the run up.

Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime show will broadcast live from Latitude Festival on the Friday and Dave Gorman’s Sunday morning show will broadcast live from Latitude Festival on the Sunday.

There will be a special edition of Geoff Lloyd’s Unknown Pleasures on Sunday night featuring artists on the Latitude line up and Geoff Lloyd will be interviewing both music and comedy acts from the line-up throughout the weekend. The interviews will go out on air and online (with full audio and video) and will also be turned into podcasts.

The Word magazine is delighted to be one of Latitude's media partners again. "The festival covers exactly the same beat as we do," editor Mark Ellen says, "forward-looking music, literature, film and comedy. So it's a perfect fit on both sides. We’ll once again be associated with the second music stage, The Word Arena, and putting out podcasts, and we'll have our own tent for the odd low-key daytime event and night-time bash. Latitude is progressive, open-minded, a bit theatrical and - in our experience - magically devoid of rain. We love it."

Official Communications Partner
Vodafone is proud to be the Official Communications Partner of Latitude. 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 at least 48 hours 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.

Official Beer of Latitude
After four successful years, we are very excited to be back as Official Beer of Latitude this July. We are looking forward to working closely with Festival Republic to continue quenching the thirst of festival goers throughout the weekend. To find out more about Tuborg and live music visit

Official Cider of Latitude
Gaymers is the official cider of Latitude and will be pouring over 150,000 pints of refreshing Gaymers cider over the course of this great weekend.
For more information visit

Official Cola of Latitude
Pepsi are proud to be the Official Cola partner of Latitude and look forward to refreshing festival goers and helping them to Max their experience across the festival. To find out more visit

Official Travel Partner of Latitude
Latitude has joined up with National Express to offer customers a variety of convenient and great value transport and admission options direct to the festival from London. National Express is providing a dedicated service to Latitude from London Victoria Coach Station including admission and camping, making it easier to travel to the Suffolk coast.

With nearly 1,000 destinations across the UK linked to London Victoria Coach Station, it simply could not be easier to get to Latitude. They have enough space in the luggage hold for all your supplies plus a tent and of course the added bonus that travelling by coach is better for the environment than travelling alone by car. Visit for timetables and more information.

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