Wednesday 30 June 2010

Latitude festival announce the legendary Tom Jones and more!

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Latitude is absolutely delighted to announce that the legendary Tom Jones is set to appear at this year's Latitude Festival with a special performance on Thursday July 15th. The appearance with his band will see Tom performing songs from his forthcoming album 'Praise & Blame' at midnight In The Woods.

This landmark album comes in the singer’s 70th year, a glowing achievement in what has been a ground-breaking, unpredictable roller-coaster of a 45-year career. The songs from ‘Praise & Blame’ (released 26th July on Island Records), are from a repertoire that includes American traditional, gospel and country, seeing Tom going back to his roots and creating a truly evocative musical work, aided and abetted by producer/musician Ethan Johns.

Tom Jones says of ‘Praise & Blame’: “It’s food for thought, it’s real, it’s natural, and in that sense it’s truly me.”

This performance by Tom Jones will quite possibly be blowing the leaves off the trees when he takes to the secluded and magical stage In The Woods at midnight….

Warming up for Tom Jones are Les Clochards who began in 2005 when accordionist Karen Cleave and singer Ian Nixon decided that the chanson tradition is a deeper, wider seam than many had realised, linking Jacques Brel to Southern Soul via Gene Vincent. Fellow travellers and drinking partners Peter Momtchiloff, Gary Neville and Dean Ryan joined along the route, as French standards gave way to imperfectly beautiful original compositions. Their first LP ‘Sweet Tableaux’ was released on Big Red Sky Records in July 2009, following two well-received singles, and has attracted excellent reviews. That’s because it’s really, really good.


~ David Ford ~


~ The Lost Levels ~ I Blame Coco ~ Gentleman's Dub Club ~


~ Boycott Monday ~ Clare Maguire ~ Spectrals ~
~ The Quails ~ Aaron Wright ~


~ Steve Mason ~


~ Stephen K Amos ~
~ Kevin Eldon ~ Dominic Holland ~


~ Box Of Tricks: True Love Waits ~


~ Dance East ~ Enterplay ~
~ After The Beep ~ Advice Booth ~ School Sports Day ~
~ We are Words and Pictures ~ Famous Last Words ~
~ Mimi Poskitt ~ Scrabble Sunday ~ (ex)sighting ~


~ Write To Play with Sir Peter Hall and Thea Sharrock ~


~ Matt Abbott ~ The Fake Thackrays ~


~ John Rostron ~ DJ Felson ~ Jen Long ~

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.

Unlike any other festival, Latitude has built its sterling reputation as a brave and pioneering event with a line-up like no other. In the beautiful Suffolk countryside, Latitude provides only the very best of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret for an exceptional three days and nights of heady indulgence and scintillating entertainment. Four arenas are dedicated to an exciting selection of musical talent from emerging bands, international stars and homegrown heroes, whilst the arts onsite command no less than thirteen arenas and areas providing something for everybody, no matter what your preferences. Latitude continues to be the complete summer weekend vacation.


Inside the deceptively large canopy that comprises The Word Arena will be an amazing set of alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh and exciting acts from across the spectrum. The Word Arena is bound to satiate both the esoteric music fan and the casual passer-by as they enjoy these introductions to their new favourite sounds.

Eastbourne songwriter David Ford meshes folk compositions with a thoroughly modern touch. Somehow managing to leap from harmonica-fuelled blues to menacing, gravel-voiced mantras, his latest album Let The Hard Times Roll shows a man in complete control of his musical destiny. Having graduated from indie-hopefuls Easyworld mid last decade, The Word Stage welcomes the mature and powerful gravitas of Mr Ford.


A deliciously unexpected treat awaits the audience within the fragrant woods on the other side of the lake. The Sunrise Arena is host to a splendid foray of new acts and is the place to discover tomorrow’s stars today.

Norwich-based indie collective The Lost Levels streamline alternately slinky and chunky riffs with the impeccable sheen of wailing synths. With songs tightly structured with piano interludes and time changes, there's not time or room to lose interest. With huge support from local BBC Radio and their current single 'Training' garnering attention, it won't be long before these songsmiths have snatched achievements and progressed far beyond the early stages.

Being the daughter of a world famous musician, in this case Sting, Coco Sumner – AKA I Blame Coco – only means she has to work that bit harder. The opposite of workshy, this nineteen year old has already been an actress and model and began working on her music at fifteen. The result is ‘The Constant’ an album of unabashed electronic pop. Her voice is incredibly familiar as recent singles ‘Caesar’ and ‘Self Machine’ have proved, but she's a confident and future star in her own right, wielding choruses of impressive magnitude.

Specialising in a blend of dub, ska and roots reggae, The Gentleman's Dub Club have been overwhelming audiences since 2006. Arising from Leeds, this nine piece keep authenticity and refreshing melodies at the forefront of what they do. They've already supported exceptional acts like Roots Manuva and The Streets as well as playing at various UK festivals and a previous slot at Latitude. An excellent addition to the Sunrise Arena.

curated by Huw Stephens

A few metres away from the crystal waters of Latitude’s core landscape feature, The Lake Stage provides tantalisingly early glimpses of Huw Stephens’ freshest tips. Latitude audiences are treated to a full parade of diverse and exhilarating bands about to be splashed across magazines up and down the country.

Boycott Monday are fairly modest though their chiming, percussive indie tunes are anything but. Stripped back to the mere essentials - guitar, bass, drums, vocals - their streamlined, choppy songs are all geared towards pushing the melodic simplicity of their voices and instruments. They succeed at this, bringing to mind immediately the sublime indie-pop of South London's Good Shoes.

Birmingham singer Clare Maguire has had a long journey relative to our 22 years, but this Universal-signed pop singer has been the subject of a huge bidding war as well as being compared to Amy Winehouse and Duffy by The Guardian. Having cited Howlin' Wolf and Rosetta Tharpe as influences, the bluesy tinge to her incredible voice has the edge over hundreds of wannabe divas. She's been developing, away from hype, and Latitude are pleased to have her perform on the eclectic Lake Stage.

Spectrals strip surf twang from its roots and implants it into a shadowy, echoing cavern that warps and distorts the upbeat into the weird and unsettling. With the off-hand drawl that accompanies it, their leering, potent sound urges further investigation, a willingness to indulge with them rather than just sit back. They are set to release a new 7" with on-the-pulse label Moshi Moshi so this may well be your best chance to see them.

Teignmouth quartet The Quails have already made a name for themselves with support slots at Muse's homecoming shows – the arena rock behemoths also come from Teignmouth – and with The Kooks. Their second album ‘Master Of Imperfection’ has just been released and is a great demonstration of their indie rock chops. Come see what those headliners saw in this young ensemble.

Aaron Wright has spent the last couple of years building on a growing reputation as a charismatic singer/songwriter. He is joined by his band The Aprils who have helped give his act a fuller sound which has gone done well in a number of capacity crowds in London lately. In the studio Aaron has recently finished recording his debut album with the help of Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) as producer and some guest appearances from the members of bands such as Latitude headliners Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura so with such illustrious backing, things are looking up for Aaron Wright and the Aprils. With Aaron’s musical influences firmly rooted with the likes of Dylan and Neil Young his lyrical charm sets him apart from his contemporaries.


A heady mix of visual and aural pleasure, the Film & Music Arena is home to some of the festival’s most mesmerising performances. Bringing together the worlds of alternative cinema and music, the arena will showcase a jam-packed programme of award-winning films, documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions and discussions alongside musical treats and thrilling visuals.

Ex-Beta Band songwriter Steve Mason has just released his collaboration with renowned pop producer Richard X, ‘Boys Outside’. Following critical acclaim for the dreamy, shimmering pop that adorns the new record, Steve Mason has already made a significant leap from his King Biscuit Time and Black Affair alter egos. He will be performing a very special set at the Film & Music Arena which promises to be unmissable.


One of the festival’s most enduring and prestigious fixtures, the Comedy Arena, sees a huge and varied bill of comic splendour. Vastly lauded by all who spend time within its bosom, you’re likely to have to hold back some energy in preparation as you’ll be expelling it in laughter and mirth for the duration of your visit.

The wickedly sharp observations of Stephen K. Amos has seen audiences all across the country rolling in the aisles in either hysterics and even, at times, outrage. With each whistle stop tour upon racism, homophobia, pop culture - including documentaries on the two former topics - his bright and charming ripostes to everything around him have garnered him a respectable following. Having performed every year at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2003, and a regular at London's Comedy Store, his reputation is bolstered by his eagerness to perform. He released his long awaited debut live DVD - Find the Funny - late last year. He's made many TV appearances from Live At The Apollo to Children In Need. He returns to the Latitude Comedy Arena as one of the most popular rising performers.

Kevin Eldon is probably the most familiar face in comedy television. He's appeared in shows such as Spaced, Fist of Fun, With Richard Not Judy, Big Train and Black Books in the role of quirky and extremely memorable characters. His most recent role was as a police sniper in Chris Morris' 'Four Lions'. Verging on the dark and disturbing but without veering away from hilarity, Kevin's comic acting roles should give us a good indication of the brilliance in store for those attending and paying attention.

From winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award back in 1993 Dominic Holland has elevated his comic voice onto radio, stages across the country and TV with the likes of Have I Got News For You. Described as "a comedian who makes you feel glad to be alive" by The Guardian, Dominic has gradually become a renowned author on top of his comedy persona. This multi-faceted talent is one of our best kept secrets and the Comedy Arena is proud to reveal him to a new batch of potential fans.


Unique and very special Outdoor Theatre can be found throughout the Latitude site, on the banks of the lake and deep within the forest. Taking inspiration from the beautiful countryside in which it is set, performances vary from beat-boxing to classical orchestra and from musicals to Shakespeare.

Box of Tricks presents the world première of ‘True Love Waits’ by Kenneth Emson, Evan Placey and Marcelo Dos Santos. "I can’t talk about these things with anyone else. You’re my priest." Daniel is a convicted murderer on Death Row. Alice is his neurotic girlfriend. Charlie is a 15-year-old girl from Reading. Judith, a God-fearing mother. They all write to Daniel. They all need Daniel. But will true love wait? An explosive comic drama for three voices, ‘True Love Waits’ fuses monologue and movement to tell the story of three 'pen pals' approaching personal crises. As they write to Daniel, separate lives begin to interweave and collide, and events take a darker turn. A unique commission from three of the hottest talents from the Royal Court's Young Writers' Programme, this is a darkly comic journey through three women's lives and their obsession with a serial killer.


Whilst Latitude’s extensive line-up is an incredible assortment of riches that can keep you entertained all weekend, there is also a treasure trove of unexpected pleasures that lie through the festival’s magical woods and beyond. Pandora’s Playground is where anything and everything can happen. A mini festival of its own, this quirky corner of the Latitude site features side shows, games, interactive art, dance troupes, theatre and an all night disco shed. This is the place for pure, unadulterated playtime in all its childish and fun-filled glory.

Try out a new dance style with DanceEast who will be running dance class taster sessions throughout the weekend, including Tango and Belly Dancing, Hip Hop, Mum’s and Daughter’s workshops, Lah-di-dah (a mass participatory 1920/30s themed exercise class), and much more. On Saturday join in with the Lah-di-dah classes led by three super female instructors, it’s a mass 1920’s workout that will get you in tip top shape for summer! Follow the ladies as their clipped British tones guide you through moves including ‘high tea’, ‘the penguin’ and ‘chased by a bee’. Complete the actions in unison with your chums to create a delightful spectacle of health and vitality. Jolly good show! Based on post-war outdoors keep fit, flappers and Buzby Berkley dance numbers, this is an interactive performance where you create the performance! Lah-di-dah is produced by Jen Walke and Hannah Kerr, producers of participatory arts events with a vintage twist, and performed by The Beaux Belles. DanceEast brings opportunities to dance to everyone across East Anglia, promoting dance as a pastime for fun and fitness for everybody. DanceEast also brings world-class dance to the East of England, presenting an eclectic programme of performances at the Jerwood DanceHouse and Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

EnterPlay will be in The Faraway Forest each day bringing a new story to the Latitude audience. Friday offers Echo, an experiential narrative that leads players on an aural journey through the nighttime Forest. Those who unlock the clues may find a secret midnight speakeasy... Saturday’s Segue pits teams against each other to lead a dancer on a trans-Forest journey, armed only with fragments of a score and a willing musician. Can you get through all the checkpoints and back home first? And Sunday rounds off with Necropolis, transforming the Forest into a cemetery and players into long-lost heirs competing to prove their inheritance rights to the Macabre family fortune. EnterPlay creates bespoke interactive events combining games, music, and dance, for theatres and festivals around the world.

In unexpected places an old red K6 phone box is appearing, lost and no longer sure of its purpose in society it seeks out those still needing to leave a message, who have something left unsaid, who want to get out of the rain or hide inside and shut the door for a little while. After the Beep is made by interactive arts trio Invisible Flock, you are invited to step inside the box, keep him company, leave a message, stay a while and think about what happens after the beep.

A regular stall on the Brick Lane market before being shut down by the council, The Advice Booth has travelled by invitation to Shunt, Forest Fringe, Art Art Art, Amnesty International and others. Providing a typed out receipt/prescription and a lollipop to soothe the pain, any question is on the table and they will do their best to advise. The Advice Booth has attracted the attention of Current TV, the Londonist and the Evening Standard, and has so far consulted with over 400 people and counting. Any problems you have whilst in the middle of the field, this is the place for you to go.

Think back to the halcyon, summer, school days of your youth, when you could still touch your toes, Neighbours welcomed you home on the BBC, Wagon Wheels were your lunch box treat and your days were spent glueing glitter to card, making rose petal perfume and learning your times table. Do you remember the culmination of the year’s hard slog? Yes, that’s right, the Annual School Sports Day….loved by those with a hint of athleticism and a mum who could balance an egg on a spoon whilst navigating an obstacle course in a floaty 1970s maxi number and hated by those with the sporting skills of a slug. And a dad who couldn’t walk in those ridiculous flares he used to wear, let alone win a 3 legged race in them. So, if you were a winner, come along and relive your former glories and if you were, well, a loser, come along, kick some sports day ass and finally stow those childhood memories of defeat away into your He-man packed lunch box for good. Giant egg and spoon races, sack races, 6-legged race, Tommy Toss and more…. AMAZING prizes for the winners…..They’ll be under the tree opposite Pandora’s on Friday 11am – 3pm if you want to sign up to guarantee your spot or turn up on the day and play. Don’t forget…If you don’t bring your PE kit, you’re doing it in your underwear! 16+

Come and join some of the UK's finest small press illustrators and help create a unique comic to celebrate Latitude 2010. Drop in to polish up on your drawing skills, relax and take inspiration from our library of 'zines and comics or help fill pages with colourful characters, tall tales and fantasy lands while we spin a yarn in the Suffolk sun. We Are Words + Pictures are a group of illustrators and writers creating comics throughout the UK. Since 2008 they have worked with the ICA's Comica Festival, Brick Lane Market and comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince.

An automatic gameshow-cum-cult induction ceremony, ingeniously built into an innocuous looking caravan. Famous Last Words explores the desire for success by inviting you to take part in the gameshow that will change your life. Can you make your way from befuddled contestant to confident host in only fifteen minutes? Do you want to succeed? The answer is yes, of course you do. Just look for the caravan in Pandora’s Playground. Famous Last Words takes in one contestant every three minutes, so bring a friend. And £3 cash. Greg McLaren is a theatre artist. He created and performed the hit show How To Build A Time Machine and has collaborated with Rotozaza, Signal to Noise and Mapping 4D.

Mimi Poskitt has been producing documentary-plays with her and Ben Freedman's production company Look Left Look Right since 2005. This has resulted in the pioneering works like the recent 'Counted?', about the nation's voting habits and experiences, and their first critically acclaimed work 'Yesterday Was A Weird Day' about the 7th July London bombings. With a specially created show for Latitude, the result should be entertaining, informative and extremely striking.

Everyone knows the best board game in the world is Scrabble. Not only can you pit your vocabulary and word-making skills against someone else, you can have a pint, a bite to eat and a bit of a lounge about in the sun while you do it. Perfect. That's why in Pandora's Playground, you'll find Scrabble Sunday. They'll provide lovely boards (from 50’s ones to 80’s ones, from swivelly ones to inflatable ones), a referee (with official Scrabble dictionary of course) to rule on any arguments, some comfy blankets and maybe even an opponent. Prizes will be awarded to those who come up with extra special words. All you have to do is bring your brain. Be there and be square. Be there AND be square, get it?

(ex)sighting In 1980 something occurred in Rendlesham forest not far from the Latitude site, still unexplained the UFO sighting has stirred many into telling their story and catapulting the mystery into the annuals of history. A night-time spectacle of sound and AV lighting, (ex)sightings brings together fantastic visuals with stirring movement and a dark soundscape. As dusk turns to evening, unsuspecting festival goers will be treated to an orb lurking in the darker realms of Pandora’s Playground, a glowing, captivating and curious happening that will undoubtedly leave you with a worrying sense of the unknown..


New to last year’s festival, the Literary Salon is the noisy little sister of the Literary Arena that encourages you to get involved. A hub of interactive workshops, open discussions and wideranging debates all ready to get stuck into – it is a place to air your opinions, learn a brand new skill, discover new and exciting things and explore your inner most interests.

Sir Peter Hall joins the Write To Play initiative bringing his skills to an eager learning audience. Hall is the legendary theatre director who established the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, directed the National Theatre from 1973 until 1988 and in 2004 opened The Rose theatre in Kingston-Upon-Thames. He's played a huge part in defending arts subsidies for the UK and his pedigree speaks for itself. He will be interviewed about his incredible life as a pioneering man in theatre by and Thea Sharrock an award-winning theatre director who was once Sir Hall’s protégé. With the invaluable experience, innovation and knowledge between the two esteemed guests, attendees can expect a valuable insight into the art of plays, playwriting and translation from script to stage. Whether it be for your own project or just to enhance your understanding of the theatre you love, this is a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired. Everyone should take full advantage of this experience.


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. The Poetry Arena lures in passers by with comfy bean-bags and cushions which entice you to stay all day transfixed by the magnificence of the raconteurs on stage. Laugh, cry and become enlightened in Latitude’s now famous Poetry Arena.

21 year-old Matt Abbott began performing spoken word at the tender age of 17. Spontaneous occupation of the microphone led to bookings, and before long he had several regular compère slots throughout Yorkshire. Using the stage name of Skint & Demoralised, his peculiar style often made an impression and in May 2008 he began writing songs with Sheffield producer MiNI dOG. Within 6 months, demos of their songs were played by Steve Lamacq and Colin Murray on BBC Radio 1 and within 9 months they'd signed a deal with Mercury Records at Universal. Their debut album 'Love, And Other Catastrophes' was recorded in New York City with soul legends The Dap-Kings (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) and RAK Studios in London over the summer of 2008. Despite travelling to New York, playing Glastonbury and being played on day-time Radio 1, Abbott cites the highlight of his career as supporting John Cooper Clarke in York in main 2009. "JCC was the reason that I started writing performance poetry. The man changed my life, and I genuinely believe that he's the greatest lyricist/poet of all time. I can't wait to see him again at Latitude." Currently riding high and his sharp, witty and lyrical poetry will continue to build a dedicated following.

John Watterson and Paul Thompson are The Fake Thackrays, they have been performing the songs of Jake Thackray for many years in venues across the UK. They are joined by Alex Watterson on bass. Jake was a singer-songwriter from Yorkshire, whose songs are painfully funny, sad, tragic, rude, irreverent, incisive and happy, and often enough all these things at the same time. Like all great poets, Jake Thackray's words are beautifully chosen and assembled with the skill of a real craftsman. Here was a man who knew how to use the English language, whose rhymes defied the rules yet worked perfectly. Come see what you think!

~ DJs ~
~ The Lake Stage ~

Presenting the veritable cream of disc-spinners throughout the day, The Lake Stage will host a variety of DJs across the weekend.

DJ Felson continues to make waves as one of Wales' premier DJs. He can often be seen spinning discs for Huw Stephens' Introducing nights both in and out of Wales.

Jen Long is a prominent writer and DJ on Radio 1 Wales. She wrote extensively for the sadly-departed Kruger Magazine and contributes to the BBC Introducing blog. As a constant fixture on the Welsh music scene, her record skills are second-to-none.

John Rostron is a Cardiff-based promoter who puts on nights around Wales under the Swn banner, which is also the name of the new annual festival he co-programmes with The Lake Stage's own Huw Stephens. He also occasionally puts out records on his very own My Kung Fu label.

Other musical highlights over the weekend include Obelisk Arena headliners Florence + the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend as well as The National, The xx, Empire Of The Sun, Laura Marling, Frank Turner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Crystal Castles and Mumford & Sons amongst so many other.
Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy the comedy stylings of Emo Philips, Phill Jupitus & Friends Improv Show, Richard Herring; literary musings from the ever-popular Robin Ince’s Book Club with Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Robyn Hitchcock, Josie Long & Gavin Osborn; leftfield poetry from Eddie Argos; and dramatic performances courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in association with Paines Plough.

It really is a place like no other; 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.

The full length press release, with details on all acts appearing at Latitude so far, is available to download from:



For further Press info contact: 020 7792 9400

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Tuesday 15 June 2010

Latitude Festival 2010 - The Rime of the Modern Mariner

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Tuesday 15th June


~ The Rime of The Modern Mariner with live score by Anthony Rossamando, Didz Hammond, Rose Elinor Dougall and Special Guests ~

What is the depth of relationship between a nation and a state? Can a way of life, however ancient, survive the force of globalised trade? ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is a journey through lost communities, rediscovered pirates, colonial fortresses and the spindrift of folklore and legend. Following a successful debut at the East End Film Festival in April, Latitude is very excited to announce that ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is to get a special repeat performance at Latitude. Written and directed by Mark Donne and narrated by Carl Barat (The Libertines), the two will introduce this documentary to Latitude’s Film & Music Arena, complete with live score composed and performed by Anthony Rossamando (Dirty Pretty Things/ Klaxons). This showing will have a very special guest sound and orchestral band featuring Didz Hammond of Dirty Pretty Things, Rose Elinor Dougall ex-Pipettes, as well as others to be announced, stay on the lookout for further updates. The adventurous score is completed with a trio of string players to weave the score's melodic tentacles around the rhythm of the film. It utilises the sound of ship engines and a real dynamic aural expression of the nautical themes, threaded with nostalgia, for a truly unique musical experience. With the accompaniment from the assembled indie-rock collective - all performing for one night only - there will never be a more exciting time to see this intriguing and fascinating history of the original shipping heart of London than in the comfort of the Film & Music Arena.

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast. Latitude is dedicated to giving you only the best and most eclectic ensemble of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret for three spectacular days and as ever, this focus has delivered a line-up like no one else.

Spread throughout the site, just waiting to be discovered, expect the highest calibre of art. Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the season, 2010 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating weekend; another spectacular slice of unadulterated cultural fun and adventure.

The full length press release, with details on all acts appearing at Latitude so far, is available to download from:



For further Press info contact: 020 7792 9400

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Latitude Contemporary Art Exhibition & LCA Award

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Tuesday 15th June 2010

£10,000 LCA AWARD

Latitude Festival is extremely proud to announce the launch of the Latitude Contemporary Art Exhibition (LCA) and the LCA Award at this year’s sold out 5th Edition of the festival.

The LCA Exhibition will continue Latitude Festival's enormous devotion to the arts with a myriad of new and existing contemporary art works on display In The Woods, a stunning woodland setting and one of the most intriguing areas of the magnificent Latitude site. For the inaugural LCA Exhibition, six key artists have been specially commissioned by the LCA to craft new works for the 2010 launch: Tim Etchells, Susan Collis, Graham Hudson, Chosil Kil, Graeme Miller and David Blandy.

The LCA comprises the Creator of Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin Benn, Independent arts writer Louise Gray, Tate Modern curator Ben Borthwick, curator/deputy editor of ‘The Wire’ Anne Hilde Neset and Managing Director of Lavish Ami Jade Cadillac.

The LCA Award of £10,000 will be presented to one of the artists providing new work for the exhibition, chosen by the LCA panel of judges. The prize will cover research, development, production costs and artist fees for a new piece to be debuted for the LCA Exhibition at Latitude 2011.

Selecting the 2010 LCA Award winner will be a prestigious panel of LCA judges – Creator of Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin Benn, broadcaster, journalist and presenter on Radio 4's World At One and BBC2’s The Review Show Martha Kearney and Young British Artist Gavin Turk. The panel will select the winner on Saturday 17th July following a tour of the new works, with an official announcement and presentation of the LCA Award in the Lavish Lounge on the Latitude site.

Melvin Benn has always intended contemporary art to be an integral part of Latitude Festival. He says:

“It was always my intention that contemporary art would be a key element of the programme at Latitude. We have always had some spectacular works displayed throughout the site and In The Woods. This year, in Latitude’s fifth edition, I am thrilled to expand this side of the programme by introducing the Latitude Contemporary Art Exhibition and the LCA Award, which will bring some exceptional talent to Latitude this year and help create something very special for next year as well.”

Martha Kearney says:

"I have always enjoyed Latitude for its unique setting and breadth as a festival, encompassing so much more than music. The new arts prize is an exciting development and I am looking forward to seeing the new work in the beautiful woodland setting."

Running in parallel with the LCA selected artists, additional artists that have appeared at Latitude previously are creating new works to be exhibited as part of the LCA; Mode 2, Johnny Cole and James Rueben.

Also exhibiting as part of LCA will be:

A large group of artists showing existing works; David Blandy, Caroline Wright, Jake Clarke, Luke Losey, Tim Simmons, Paul Burgess, Louise Colbourne, Dryden Goodwin, Jenny Baines, Zoë Brown, Jim Hobbs, Matt Hulse, Kate Street, Semiconductor and Vicki Thornton.

A sound gallery playing existing works by artists including Stephen O'Malley, Carsten Nicolai and Pauline Oliveros as well as a film gallery showing films by artists including Johanna Billing, Vlatka Horvat and Superflex.

A film gallery showing the existing works of: Paul Rooney, Graham Dolphin, Jaki Irvine, Lars Laumann, Saskia Homkvist, Calros Casas + Nico Vascellari, Klara Liden, Marthe Torshaug, Superflex, Maja Borg, Luke Fowler, Johanna Billing, Bernard Behr, Tris Vonna Michell, Simon Dybbroe Moller, Cyprien Galliard, Sutapa Biswas, Libia Castro and Olafur Olafursson, Tube Choir, Joachim Koester, Tarantula, Andrea Buettner, David Ray Conroy, Patrick Ward, Ruth Proctor, Martin Soto Climent, Graeme Miller and Vlatka Horvat.

Latitude is dedicated to giving its audience only the best and most eclectic ensemble of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret for three spectacular days and as ever, this focus has delivered a line-up like no other.

Musical highlights over the weekend include Obelisk Arena headliners Florence + the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend as well as The National, The xx, Empire Of The Sun, Laura Marling, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jόnsi, Midlake and Spoon to name just a few.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy the comedy stylings of Emo Philips, Phill Jupitus & Friends Improv Show, Richard Herring; literary musings from the ever-popular Robin Ince’s Book Club with Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Robyn Hitchcock, Josie Long & Gavin Osborn; leftfield poetry from Eddie Argos; and dramatic performances courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in association with Paines Plough.

The full length press release, with details on all acts appearing at Latitude so far, is available to download from:



For further Press info contact: 020 7792 9400

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Thursday 10 June 2010

Latitude arts additions - Passion of Joan of Arc, Swan Lake Act II, RSC, Andrew Lawrence...

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Thursday 10th June


~ The Passion of Joan of Arc with live score from Adrian Utley and Will Gregory ~
~ BAFTA presents: Screening of Four Lions with Chris Morris Q&A ~
~ BAFTA presents: Damon Beesley and cast members from The Inbetweeners Q&A ~
~ Future Cinema presents: The Blues Brothers with Kitty, Daisy and Lewis plus special guests ~
~ Martin Creed ~
~ Screening of Oil City Confidential and Q&A with Julien Temple ~
~ Screening of The Doors: When You're Strange ~


~ Sadler’s Wells presents: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Act II ~
~ Ballet Black ~
~ DryWrite ~


~ RSC ~
~ Birmingham Repertory Theatre ~
~ Perennial Theatre ~ Eyebrow Productions ~
~ Pick of the Pleasance ~


~ Andrew Lawrence ~
~ Miles Jupp ~ Simon Evans ~ Josh Widdicombe ~ Daniel Sloss ~
~ Deadcat Bounce ~ Midnight Beast ~ Fergus Craig ~
~ Elis James ~ Rosie Wilby ~


~ WordTheatre presents Brian Cox, Juliet Stevenson, Chris McDonald, Nicole Ansari, Graham Hamilton, Ian Hart, John Schwab, Sally Hawkins, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, David Soul, David Cross, Ben Miller, Edi Gathegi and Amber Tamblyn ~
~ Jackie Kay ~ David Aaronovitch ~
~ 5x15: Craig Brown, Gavin Pretor Pinney and Michaela Wrong ~
~ Scarlett Thomas ~ China Miéville ~ D. J. Taylor ~ Rachel Trezise ~


~ Martin Newell ~
~ Rhian Edwards ~ NEW VOICES: Sabrina Mahfouz ~ Heather Phillipson ~
~ Alex Gwyther ~ Hollie McNish ~ Michelle Madsen ~ Anna Freeman ~ Will Averill ~
~ Simon Mole ~ Rosy Carrick ~ Sam Riviere ~

~ Les Enfants Terribles - The Masked Ball ~
~ Harp For Hangovers ~

~ Faery Cruise ~ Nathan Evans ~

~ Jamie Lidell ~

~ LoneLady ~ Submotion Orchestra ~ Morning Parade ~ O Children ~

~ Rose Elinor Dougall ~

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.

Latitude is dedicated to giving you only the best and most eclectic ensemble of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret for three spectacular days and as ever, this focus has delivered a line-up like no one else.

Spread throughout the site, just waiting to be discovered, expect the highest calibre of art. Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the season, 2010 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating weekend; another spectacular slice of unadulterated cultural fun and adventure.

The full length press release, with details on all acts appearing at Latitude so far, is available to download from:


A heady mixture of aural and visual pleasure, the Film & Music Arena is home to some of the festival's most mesmerising work. Alternative and mainstream cinema collides and is bolstered by award-winning documentaries, shorts and memorable Q&A sessions with directors and actors. Just confirmed to be shown are:

Providing a beautiful yet chilling score to an all-time classic silent film, Portishead's Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp's Will Gregory have created a cinematic masterpiece with the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc). Essentially a passion play which sees the trial, imprisonment, torture and execution of the martyr and Catholic saint, it's renowned for its lingering camera work on the actors' facial expressions and dramatic close-up. Utley and Gregory’s score – which includes an ensemble of electric guitars, voices, synthesisers, brass, harp and percussion – amplifies the horrific details of the film and enhances the viewer’s experience of the film’s menace and cinematic triumphs. Don’t miss this amazing and dramatic performance in the Film and Music Arena.

Headlining the Film & Music Arena for the fourth year running, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts brings a storming line-up of screen talent to Latitude 2010. Paul Greengrass, Chris Morris and the cast and crew of E4’s The Inbetweeners will join BAFTA for a fantastic series of events at the festival. These events form part of BAFTA’s year-round, UK-wide Learning & Events programme, giving the public access to the cream of creative talent in the film and TV industries.

On Friday, BAFTA is delighted to welcome controversial comedy genius Chris Morris to the festival. Following a screening of his hit film, ‘Four Lions’, the audience will be given a very rare opportunity to pose their questions to the four-time BAFTA-nominated writer/director, as well as seeing clips and hearing him talk about his massive cult hit shows Brass Eye, The Day Today, Nathan Barley and Jam. On Saturday, BAFTA is honoured to welcome multi-award-winning writer/director Paul Greengrass to the Latitude stage. From BAFTA-winning television work with Omagh and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence to major film credits including ‘Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘Bourne Supremacy’, ‘United 93’ and ‘Green Zone’, Greengrass is one of the most dynamic and inspiring filmmakers working in the industry today. On Sunday, BAFTA goes back to school with writer Damon Beesley and selected cast members from E4’s BAFTA-nominated hit series The Inbetweeners. Fresh from filming the third series, Beesley, who has also written Flight of the Conchords, and the boys will reveal some of their favourite moments as well as revealing exactly how autobiographical the show is.

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “It is a joy partnering with Latitude and bringing the best UK film and television talent to such a receptive audience. Our Awards aside, last year approximately 30,000 people took advantage of our year-round, UK-wide events programme, which aims to share the knowledge of Britain’s most talented industry creatives with as wide an audience as possible. We will also be filming the BAFTA events at Latitude for our website, and add them to our growing library of webcasts making industry expertise available to anyone with an internet connection.”

Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema, bring you the most dangerous combination since nitro and glycerin – ‘Blues Brothers’, the live film experience, featuring very special guests Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Come down to the Palais Hotel Ballroom in the Film & Music Arena, where you’ll be welcomed by representatives of Illinois’s Law Enforcement Community, for an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of John Landis’ 80’s classic. With live music from real-life Blues Brothers and Sisters Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, DJs and very special guests, come see the world of the film brought to life. Expect massive singalong performances that will electrify in this one chance to see this classic music movie as a multi-dimensional extravaganza.

Scottish artist Martin Creed is to present us with one of his conceptual pieces of work in concert at Latitude. He won the notorious Turner Prize in 2001 for his minimal, self explanatory work entitled ‘Work No. 227, the lights going on and off’. With such straightforward titling, Creed is likely to continue his hallmark tendency to subvert the ordinary by making it art. As with his Turner Prize winning piece, this will be a talking point for the entire weekend.
Julien Temple’s ‘Oil City Confidential’ is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970’s, a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in ‘The Filth & The Fury’ and Joe Strummer in ‘The Future Is Unwritten’. Using the music as a prism to examine the social and cultural conditions of the times with his characteristic cinematic language – an irreverent and anarchic, archive and fictive montage – Temples focus is on Dr. Feelgood, who played a vital role in creating the conditions for that cultural explosion and is a story as yet untold.
Following successful showings at both the Sundance and the Santa Barbara Film Festivals, the Johnny Depp narrated archival documentary film ‘The Doors - When You're Strange‘ is to be screened at Latitude. The Tom Dicillo directed feature uses previously unseen footage of the band stretching from their 1965 formation to the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971. Depp said: “What an honour to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”

The Film & Music Arena will also play host to Mark Lamarr's God's Jukebox, Adam Buxton: BUG, classical music pianist James Rhodes and the awesome Tacqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.


Latitude’s stunning floating platform will once again stage some staggering dance productions over the weekend. Joining Derevo’s Wolves’ Tango, an excerpt from Hair the Musical, and Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn’s Stories for the Starlit Sky are:

Sadler’s Wells presenting Matthew Bourne’s celebrated production of Swan Lake Act II is a modern-day classic that has delighted audiences worldwide for 15 years. Without a tutu or pointe in sight, this Swan Lake, with its legendary menacing male swans and Lez Brotherston’s iconic costumes is a Swan Lake for the 21st century. The duet between The Swan and The Prince in Act II brilliantly renders the emotional intensity of their relationship and perfectly captures the conflict between the freedom of The Swan and the desperate yearning of The Prince to escape his passionless life. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has amassed more than 30 international theatre awards, including three Tonys. This short extract is just a taste of a production that blends humour, pathos and spectacle.

Ballet Black is a modern ballet company, dedicated to diversifying classical ballet. The company is made up of six international dancers of black and Asian descent and recently won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company. The company’s entirely original repertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporary pieces. Since 2001, it has built a varied repertoire from some of the country’s leading choreographers including Liam Scarlett, Christopher Hampson, Martin Lawrance, Will Tuckett and Richard Alston. Ballet Black are very excited to be appearing at Latitude and will be performing a selection of their favourite repertoire, including the most recent ballet, the critically acclaimed ‘Da Gamba’ by Henri Oguike and ‘Indigo Children’ by rising Royal Ballet star, Liam Scarlett.

The DryWrite theatre company has struck upon a novel idea. In order to prevent sterility in the work of accomplished playwrights, they present their innovative works anonymously; a list of writers will exist, but no names are attributed to a single piece. This way the writers are able to avoid sticking to the same groove to please an audience. Dance:Radio collaborates with internationally-acclaimed choreographer Ann Yee to form radio plays based on her dances. Listen and watch as the inspiration is juxtaposed with the creative results.


The theatre programme at Latitude is renowned for its high volume of quality, a consistent endeavour which has resulted in this year's stellar line-up. Spread across the bill are a huge variety of disciplines from opera to soliloquy. Joining those already announced are:

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) camps out at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park with a darkly comic event performed late into the night on the Thursday and Saturday in the Theatre Arena. Specially commissioned for the festival, ‘The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo’ is written by playwright Carl Grose, well known for his work with internationally acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre and directed by Lu Kemp. Grose will reveal no more information on the new script, other than “it’s got a pig in a dress in it”, the rest you will have to see for yourself. What Grose will say however, is how he is enjoying the challenge of staging a performance at night, in a tent, at a festival, to over 1000 “ quite jolly” revellers to create a theatre event which is as alive as it can be - chaotic, engaging, entertaining, and dangerous. The RSC has developed a reputation for bringing the unexpected to Latitude and this new show follows the success of ‘The Big Lie’ by RSC Literary Associate Anthony Neilson in 2008 and Phil Porter’s chilling ‘Here Lies Mary Spindler’ in 2009. RSC Literary Manager Pippa Hill said: “We put new work on all our stages, but the Latitude Festival is unique – it gives us a great opportunity to commission a new piece of work and pull together a show in a few weeks. This is our chance to create a flashmob ensemble, pack a van and put it on in a field in Suffolk. We can have some mischief, unleash our actors and create a show for two performances only…”

For the first time the RSC will also present a number of workshops at the festival that offer an insight into the core work of the company. These will provide an opportunity for younger festival goers to learn more about theatre craft through creating and writing scenes for the stage. On the Friday and Sunday in the Outdoor Theatre, RSC actors and practitioners will lead practical workshops in how a scene gets put together through learning insults in Shakespeare’s language and creating some basic stage fights (suitable for ages 10+). On Friday there is also the opportunity to join the RSC writing team to explore ghost scenes and create a new piece of work using the language and dramatic techniques of Shakespeare (suitable for ages 8+). These free workshops have a limited capacity, allocated on a first come, first served basis. Further details can be found on the Latitude website.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents The Decypher Collective’s ‘8SIXTEEN32’. Fusing word, comedy and a tailor-made score of beats, rhythms and melodies this is a breath-taking, tongue-twisting tale of life and lyrics where four MC’s clash with their biggest competitor yet. Created by The Decypher Collective (Evoke, LCB, Professor D & RTkal) with the cream of UK spoken word, poetry and music talent, this is pioneering Grime Theatre not to be missed.

Pick of the Pleasance is, as the name suggests, the choice selections of the Edinburgh based Pleasance Theatre Trust. With two theatre locations in their hometown and one in Islington in London, each venue plays host to resident theatre companies as well as bringing comic heroes such as Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Eddie Izzard and Paul Merton to a wider audience. Established in 1985 as a venue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the arts collective and theatres have grown into a highly respected organisation with a glowing programme of events every year. Hence, we are glad to have them bringing their favourite performances to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena in 2010. Amongst the performances are:

The Suitcase Royale, a rag n’ bone band from Melbourne, will be performing their latest “tin pan alley opera”, ‘The Ballad of Backbone Joe’. Utilising lighting, physical theatre, film, their “junkyard aesthetic” and music, this Australian trio tell a story of the murder of a town's abattoir owner and boxing emporium set in pre-war Australia. This musical carnival will be a rickshaw ride through The Suitcase Royale's imagination. Comic duo Mackenzie and McGuire will be bringing their latest show ‘Radio Hoohah’ to the Cabaret Arena courtesy of the Pleasance. With a host of radio personalities and shows – from Leonara Velvety Constable-Wheeler's pugs and Shakespeare spiel to What's New and its coverage of the latest literature, film and political discourse – there is bound to be satirical and silly laughs aplenty.

A hen party spiralling out of control; a funeral riddled with tension and in-fighting. Perennial Theatre Company presents the culmination of its 18-month training and rehearsal period with a show that asks what happens when celebration and grief clash by night. Perennial Theatre Company is a growing ensemble of theatre artists committed to functioning as a permanent theatre company. Premiering at Latitude 2010, ‘The Show of the Night’ brings to the stage life in all its inherent theatricality. Expect a frenzy of costume malfunctions, missed cues, staging disasters and cat fights.

Eyebrow Productions are performing their new piece ‘In An Instant’ for our sunny Outdoor Theatre. He should have walked away. She should have stayed indoors. A chance encounter. A sudden impact. A moment when everything changed. Come and witness these life-changing experiences... Because nothing stays the same forever. Eyebrow Productions brings you an hour of captivating short plays by writers including Jack Thorne, James Graham and Matthew Dunster, brought together for Latitude. Accompanied by live music from Dave Tither specially commissioned for the festival, ‘In An Instant’ captures those sudden, unexpected moments that leave you floored.

The theatre programme already includes The Opera Group, Lyric performing A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Island and the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in association with Paines Plough with plenty more to keep everyone entertained.


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. One of the festival’s most prestigious fixtures, the Comedy Arena, sees a huge and varied bill of comic splendour. Joining previous announcements are:

Acoustic guitar toting Andrew Lawrence has long been at odds with taste. His first hour long comedy show at Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 was entitled ‘How To Butcher Your Loved Ones’. The following year was ‘Social Leprosy For Beginners & Improvers’. Both were nominated for if.comedy awards. Prior to this he won the BBC New Act of the Year competition (2004). Not keen on towing the line, his intensity and divisive subject matter only makes for a brutally memorable performance. Offensive, graphic and unmissable.

Having begun his comedy career with two newcomer awards - Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny and Leicester Festival - and picking up a Perrier award two years later, Miles Jupp has made a name for himself over the past decade. Originally casting himself as an upper-class pastiche, his erudite yet expletive-ridden rants breaks that illusion succinctly. He's recently appeared in political satire comedy The Thick Of It All as well as hosting various BBC radio shows and even starring as a character in children's TV programme Balamory. Nevertheless, his routine is a world away from child's play.

Simon Evans, who is currently the warm upon act for Lee Mack's UK tour, is going to be punishing our ribcages with his attempts to reduce us to convulsive laughter. With his aloof, "educated" delivery and self deprecation he makes mountains out of relative molehills. He has written for TV shows like The Big Breakfast and 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Evans’ radio works include seven series of spoof news programme The Way It Is and performing on The Mighty Boosh. Guffaws are assured.

Kicking off his career a mere two years ago, Josh Widdicombe has already been awarded the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award earlier this year. After just a few gigs he had reached the finals of the 2008 So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has written for 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week and has consistently wowed audiences across the country with his lively, refreshing set lined with charm and personable manner. Undeniably one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit.

Scottish young'un Daniel Sloss began performing on the comedy circuit at 16. Last October he became the youngest comic ever to perform a solo season in the West End. He was once under Frankie Boyle's wing and collaborated on writing for Boyle's Mock the Week appearances. After numerous televised performances as well as a huge gigging calendar, he has recently worked on a BBC 3 show pilot and looks set to capitalise on his continuous hard work, which includes this anticipated set for the Comedy Arena.

Deadcat Bounce, the award-winning (Time Out Jury Prize at Sydney Comedy Festival 2010), exuberant Irish comedy rock supergroup make their first appearance at Latitude. Expect smoke machines, screaming guitar solos and everything from hip-hop slow jams to 80’s stadium anthems. Brace yourself for an unrelenting hour unlike anything else you'll see at the festival.

Midnight Beast is a group of three London boys living and exposing the lifestyle of today’s youth. Writing songs with a slick sense of humour, members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne are making waves with their unique sound and "take the p**s outta pop culture" routine. With their videos notching up millions of views, their recent street gig at Brighton beach caused something of a riot. Expect to see the trio busting their trademark moves whilst reciting the rhymes which have every teen in the country glued to their screen. Look out for the crowds in the Cabaret Arena; the Midnight Beast will have arrived!

Last year's Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Fergus Craig is performing his successful solo stand up after several years in his double act with Colin Hoult. With his theatrical take on accents, delivery and mannerisms as well as a healthy taste for self-deprecation, his set is bound to ensnare and enrapture those lucky enough to be in the vicinity.

Bilingual Welsh comedian Elis James brings his comic personality, honed on Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show, to the Cabaret Arena. Following stints on Radio 1 and hosting 2008's Comedy Zone, Elis came to wider attention with his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show The Most Cautious Boy In Wales, which was also his debut solo stand-up performance. Gathering word-of-mouth plaudits for his modest approach and brilliant observations as a shy boy making his way in the world, no doubt he'll continue to bring even more kudos to the ever-growing and wealthy state of Welsh comedy with his Latitude set.

Funny Women Finalist 2006 Rosie Wilby has presented three solo shows at Edinburgh Fringe and comedy festivals across the UK – including the Fringe Report Award winning ‘The Science Of Sex’. She has worked as an MC on the Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury Festival and in the prestigious Comedy Tent at Edinburgh Fringe Sunday. Rosie regularly performs around the UK and headlined a sold out female comedy night in March 2009 as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. She has appeared on numerous radio shows and also presents on Resonance FM.


The best literary event of the summer, Latitude’s Literary Arena celebrates the written word in all its fabulous glory. For both book worms and casual readers, the best authors and special guests will all congregate under the canopy of the arena and take you on a journey to the far reaches of your imagination. Just added are:

WordTheatre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping the love of language and literature alive through the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Since its inception in 2003, WordTheatre has been creating, producing and recording live events featuring literary works performed by world-class authors and actors at their salons in Los Angeles, New York and London. For Latitude, WordTheatre presents 'Tales of Love, Sex and All the Rest' in the Literary Arena featuring Short Stories from the Sunday Times Magazine, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small presses and More. Performed by a star-studded International cast and directed by Cedering Fox.

Thursday - 'Love' features Chris McDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream) performing Ron Carlson (Pushcart Prize, Ploughshares Cohen Prize), Nicole Ansari (Tom Stoppards Rock n Roll) performing Rachel Seiffert (PEN David T.K. Wong Award), Graham Hamilton (currently Hamlet at Washington DCs Folger Shakespeare Theatre) performing Etgar Keret (Israeli Oscar Award winning screenwriter), Ian Hart (Harry Potter's Professor Quirinus Quirrell)performing Aimee Bender (Pushcart Prize, Los Angeles Times Pick of the Year), John Schwab (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare) performing Dan Chaon (Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Prize), Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity) performing John Edgar Wideman (Macarthur Genius Grant) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife) performing Ali Smith (Whitbread Award).

Friday - 'Sex' features Pushcart Prize winning stories with Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Primeval, Inbetweeners) performing Marilyn Chin, Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity) performing Marvin Cohen, Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) performing Janice Eudis, Ian Hart (Harry Potter's Professor Quirinus Quirrell) performing David St. John and David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) performing Umberto Eco.

Saturday - All the Rest' will be introduced by Cathy Galvin, The Sunday Times Magazine Deputy Editor and founder of the biggest prize for a short story in the world: The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. A star-studded international cast will perform Paul Therouxs 14 part story, "Voices of Love", (a Sunday Times Short Story selection) including Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Joan of Arcadia), Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller), Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Primeval, Inbetweeners) Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity), Chris McDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream), David Cross (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Year One), David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, Jerry Springer the Opera)), the Twilight sagas Edi Gathegi, Ian Hart (Harry Potter's Professor Quirinus Quirrell), John Schwab (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare), Nicole Ansari (Tom Stoppards Rock n Roll). In addition, Amber Tamblyn will also perform a story by Sara Lenzen (Sunday Times Magazine Short Story selection), David Cross will perform a short story by David Galef (Henfield Foundation grant) and the Twilight sagas Edi Gathegi will perform John Edgar Wideman (MacArthur Genius Grant).

In the Poetry Arena, WordTheatre presents, on Saturday afternoon, American actress and poet Amber Tamblyn from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reading from her highly acclaimed book of poetry 'Bang Ditto'. Later on Saturday, David Soul (Starsky and Hutch, Jerry Springer the Opera) will be reading Pablo Neruda accompanied by classical guitarist Hugh Burns. Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox and please note all acts are subject to change.

Jackie Kay is known and loved for her fiction consisting of a novel, and short stories as well as for her poetry and her plays. In this revelatory and redemptive book, ‘Red Dust Road’, with characteristic generosity and humour, she tells the most inspirational of stories: her own. ‘What makes us who we are? My adoption is a story that has happened to me. I couldn’t make it up.’ From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and her Nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in Red Dust Road is full of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book shining with warmth, humour and compassion, she discovers that inheritance is much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that our internal landscapes are as important as those through which we move. Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, ‘Red Dust Road’ is revelatory, redemptive and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach. It is a heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny, and love. Kay is a poet, playwright, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel ‘Trumpet’ won the Guardian Fiction Prize and she has published two collections of stories with Picador, ‘Why Don’t You Stop Talking?’ and ‘Wish I Was Here’.

Regular Times columnist and past winner of the Orwell prize for political journalism, David Aaronovitch will be joining Latitude's Literary Arena. As well as his journalistic and broadcasting background, Aaronovitch has also written two factual books, 'Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country' (2000) and last year's 'Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History'. Strongly opinionated and occasionally controversial, Aaronovitch is an exciting addition to the Literary Arena's already bulging line-up.

5x15 brings together five outstanding individuals to enlighten, entertain and inspire, as they tell the story behind their personal histories, most innovative ideas, grandest achievements and deepest obsessions - all in just 15 minutes. This is non-fiction story telling at its best - completely unscripted and PowerPoint free. 5x15 launched this year in London to packed out audiences and their merry band at Latitude features some of the highlights from the 5x15 programme so far. Joining Zoe Margolis and Tristram Stuart:

The legendary Private Eye satirist Craig Brown, most well known for his mock-celebrity diary entries in the popular satirical magazine, has also written comedy TV shows and radio shows, as well as contributing to publications from The Spectator to the Guardian; Brown will treat us to his Literary Festival in 15 minutes; Gavin Pretor-Pinney famous for wave watching, takes us to seventh heaven for some cloud spotting. We're also thrilled to announce a first timer to 5x15, the foreign correspondent and author Michela Wrong ‘It's Our Turn to Eat’ tells us a story of corruption and a Kenyan whistleblower. Come and join the Literary Arena for some mind-expanding entertainment that gets you thinking about far ranging topics from unusual perspectives.

Named as one of the Top 20 Best Young Writers by The Independent back in 2001, Scarlett Thomas has definitely fulfilled that promise. Having delivered the heady scientific and spiritual rush of ‘The End Of Mr Y’ four years ago, Thomas is due a return with her new novel ‘Our Tragic Universe’. Expect more of the sublime narrative, flawed personalities and head-scratching plots which she excels in.

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is the only person to have been awarded the Arthur C Clarke Award three times, most recently for ‘The City & The City’. It also won this year’s BSFA award for best novel and has been shortlisted for the Nebula and a Hugo. China’s latest novel, ‘Kraken’, begins deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum, with the impossible disappearance of a perfectly preserved, giant squid. It's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic and assassins.

Novelist and biographer D. J. Taylor is probably best known for his impressive biography of George Orwell ‘Orwell: The Life’ which garnered him the Whitbread Biography Award in 2003. Taylor’s works on the histories of individuals are highly respected but not to the detriment of the praise for his traditional Victorian-Edwardian style novels, such as last year's ‘Ask Alice’.

Welsh author Rachel Trezise has in the past been described as 'the new face of literature' by Harpers & Queen magazine only a year after her debut novel 'In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl'. More recently, she also won the Dylan Thomas Prize for a book of short stories entitled 'Fresh Apples' which dealt with life in mining communities in South Wales. She has also compiled a selection of work inspired by the New York noise band Sonic Youth as well as writing about her own experiences in rock band Midasuno. Her next novel, ‘Sixteen Shades of Crazy’, is naturally highly anticipated and we hope to hear snippets of this soon-to-be-published work when she arrives at Henham Park.

Already confirmed for the Literary Arena are the every popular Robin Ince and his Book Club, Bret Easton Ellis, Sebastian Faulks, and New Order's Peter Hook interviewed by Keith Allen.


Pandora’s Playground is where anything and everything can happen. A mini festival of its own, this quirky corner of the Latitude site features side shows, games, interactive art, dance troupes, theatre and an all-night disco shed. This is the place for pure, unadulterated playtime. Included in these revels now are:

Lurking deep within the forest hidden under a canopy of lush green woodland and a canvas of darkness, unsuspecting festival goers will enter an enchanted Faery Cruising area. A world of flattery and fancy, the faeries will be sprinkling their faery dust on un-witting participants who enter the zone. Using owl hoots and bird calls the faeries will communicate and locate the prey who they might ‘fancy’ and then close in, en masse, with licentious surreptitiousness, before engaging in an intimate liaison of shameless empowerment! Twit-ing and twoo-ing, they will smother their prey with compliments about their good looks, how amazing they are, how ‘they hope they’re not lost’, how ‘they hope they’re having a great time’ or ‘are they okay?’ Whispered, flattering, flirtatious comments take place before the group passionately engage in a group hug of encouragement and warm empathy. Showering their prey in golden confetti, lovely sweets and words of affirmation, the deviants will then disappear once again in to the darkness of the woods to find another unsuspecting passer-by, leaving the innocent party, pleasantly panting and beautifully bewildered.

Nathan Evans, writer, director, performer and filmmaker amongst other such talents, will be at Latitude for a blitz on comic and musical art and an undoubtedly colourful performance with his ‘Art Tour’. Having kept himself busy with puppetry (Wow!, Punch and Jude, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide), musicals (Alienathan) and cultural commentary and subversion (Rather Be Dead Than Gay), his enormous work rate-to-hit ratio will ensure another triumph and excellent addition to our amazing line-up.


The Wildman of Wivenhoe AKA Martin Newell is a musician and poet who has packed a lot into his life. From cassette only albums to jazz vocal records, to TV shows and writing, his talents and independent spirit are renowned. He contributes poems to The Sunday Times every week as well as writing a weekly column for the East Anglian Daily Times, has released recordings of his own poetry readings and often guest presents on the BBC. His last novel ‘A Prospect of Wivenhoe: Snapshots of an English Town’ was an inspired anecdotal history of his hometown.

Rhian Edwards returns to Latitude with more of her inspired, passionate poetry. In recent years Edward’s has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 3 and a one-woman poetry show for Battersea Arts Centre. Her first pamphlet of poems from 2008 ‘Parade the Fib’ was made Poetry Society Book of Choice in that year. Having racked up 200 plus performances in her six years of providing poetry for willing audiences, Edward’s experience will make for another memorable performance.

Described as both "energetic and smart" by The Economist, Sabrina Mahfouz is a rising talent in poetry and playwriting. She has debuted work on Radio 1/1 Xtra, has been nominated for Poet of the Year by the Erotic Awards and her latest short play has been shortlisted for Soho Theatre Westminster Prize.

Rising star Heather Phillipson is an acclaimed poet whose poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, across the BBC. She has won several awards, including an Eric Gregory Award in 2008 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. Her pamphlet is published by Faber & Faber. Alongside her poetry, Heather Phillipson is also an internationally exhibiting artist. She has received awards, commissions and residencies for her short films, with recent screenings and shows in London, Paris and New York.

Surrey based wordsmith, Alex Gwyther’s hip-hop influenced poetical prose is “reminiscent of Braintax and The Streets with a wit that recalls that of Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner, which would be more of a compliment to Turner”. Weaving extraordinary tales of modern life in Britain, Gwyther has become a regular on London’s spoken word scene, whose highlights include the only poet to perform in London’s Week of Peace in front of 4,000 people.

Winner of last year's UK Slam Farrago Championships, Hollie McNish's adrenaline-pumped performances have wowed her audiences. Having performed with street/break/traditional dancer Sarah Baker, she's a thoroughly modern poet with themes ranging from love and politics to pure comic asides.

Michelle Madsen is the founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, a key component of the UK's poetry slam circuit. Her own style embraces everything from satire to her hometown landscapes and she continues to play an important part in bringing poetry to life in the capital and now to a field in Suffolk!

Anna Freeman, who refers to herself as the Ginger Poet on her Myspace, is as singular a talent as that nickname suggests. She's consistently wowed audiences, whether at shows or on YouTube judging from new converts and their comments, and her fast-paced, irreverent style will continue to garner her new fans.

American born Will Averill is a multi-talented poet currently calling Norwich home. He has co-founded theatre companies in both the US and the UK, written and performed in his own works as well as conjuring poetry and performing his mix of comedy and wordplay around the country.

Simon Mole is an emcee and spoken word artist whose writing and performance foregrounds the unseen and the unheard, the forgotten and the yet to occur. He makes passionate and honest music exploring concepts and ideas from outside the standard spectrum of hip-hop content, and his poems are shared with listeners in a way that pushes them to make their own meanings and connections. Mole has recently been commissioned by the poetry magazine Apples and Snakes to write a spoken word theatre show, which he performed for the first time at The Albany in March.

Described on her own website as "surreal, sensual and decidedly left-field", Rosy Carrick is also currently the host of Hammer and Tongue Brighton. Quite apart from her own excellent performances and work, she also encourages newcomers as a UK approved youth slam coach as well as talent spotting for the annual UK Schools Slam Poetry Championships.

Sam Riviere began to write poems while at the Norwich School of Art and Design. His work has appeared in various publications and competitions; he co-edits the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives’, and was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award. Faber & Faber published his pamphlet this year as part of their New Poets scheme.


In its 5th Edition, Latitude unveils The Faraway Forest; a sumptuous home for the festival’s rich and decadent side. At sundown this secret place will transform into a den of magical intrigue. Indulge your darkest desires and set free any inhibitions as you lose yourself in the depths of The Faraway Forest.

In conjunction with the premiere of their brand new macabre musical ‘The Vaudevillains’; award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles bring their unique darkness, theatricality and twisted wit to an exclusive masked ball deep within the woods. The doors of the Empire music hall will open as the band play on into the night. Mingle with the acts from the show; from sexy Siamese striplets to nervy knife-throwers to psychotic ventriloquists as well as a few other special guests. Dress to impress and join us deep in the dark forest if you dare for a night you’ll never forget.

For those with a heavy hangover or a heavy heart alike, London-based duo Harp For Hangovers is the answer to your ills, arranging current and classic rock, pop and indie anthems on a 29-string harp with female vocals. Mark and Jenny have chilled out audiences across the UK with their harped-up versions of everything from Michael Jackson to Metallica. So whether you're having a coffee and a bacon sandwich or your ninth beer of the day, treat yourself to the soothing pleasures of Harp For Hangovers in the shade of the atmospheric Faraway Forest .


Inside the deceptively large canopy that comprises The Word Arena will be an amazing set of alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh and exciting acts from across the spectrum.

The one man soul band Jamie Lidell has just delivered a fresh batch of sparse, gospel-influenced and percussive songs, ‘Compass’, with the highly-prized collaborative talents of Beck. Layering vocal lines and beatbox textures with real drums, brass, effects and backing vocals, Jamie has often been praised for his incredible, high-energy live shows. Unafraid to experiment with sound and to break away from tradition, this Warp artist is an exceptional, unique talent which led to his 2008 album ‘JIM’ winning Best Pop/Rock Album at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards. A wonderful addition to The Word Arena.


A deliciously unexpected treat waits within the fragrant woods on the other side of the lake. The Sunrise Arena, situated along the nature trail spattered with flourishes of art and decadent spirit, is host to a splendid foray of new acts. Some of them will have been on the hushed lips of dedicated gem hunters for a while and others will be on the rise already, about to break for all to enjoy.

Warp's latest exploration into the dark pop world away from their roots has led to the discovery of LoneLady. Hailing from Manchester, Julie Campbell represents its early eighties heyday where gloom and insecurity resulted in spacious, resonant and dark sounds. Her debut album ‘Nerve Up’ has been critically lauded for its doom-laden, scratchy pop and is already being talked up as the spearhead for a real Mancurian resurgence.

Leeds 7-piece Submotion Orchestra incorporate dubstep textures into a flowing, brooding vibe. Utilising live percussion and trumpet as well as vocals and electronics, their icy but rippling sound is meshed from each individual's sparse contribution. Perfectly suited to the shady woodland area of the Sunrise Arena, this laid back, machismo-free live experience will be luxurious.

Essex lads Morning Parade, who've just finished supporting the mighty Feeder in venues across the continent, create massive, reverb-ridden tunes that are arena-and festival-ready. A seductive blend of electronics, keys and guitars with anthemic choruses, this band's ambitions are clear. Sliding melody lines, huge rushes of distortion and plenty of room for unforgettable vocal refrains; it won't be long before these lads are headlining stages across the country.

O Children's bold, stark, bone-shaking music is driven with theatrical pomp and Tobi O'Kandi's quaking baritone. Touring relentlessly since their inception a little under two years ago, they're primed to bring their sombre, but inspired goth-rock to a wider audience on Latitude's Sunrise Arena. Not for the faint hearted perhaps, but under the shady canopy their rubble-strewn rumble will entice the dark side of the audience from its hiding place.


A stones throw from the crystal waters of Latitude’s central landscape feature, The Lake Stage provides tantalisingly early glimpses of Huw Stephens’ freshest tips. Latitude audiences are treated to a full parade of diverse and exhilarating bands about to be splashed across magazines up and down the country. Take the opportunity to absorb the sounds of next year in the surrounds of Latitude’s exquisite Lake Stage.

The Pipettes alumnus Rose Elinor Dougall split from the doo-wop girl trio in 2008 and has since been chasing her own path. With her debut solo album ‘Without Why’ due later in the year, her hazier, more exquisite pop arrangements are bound to seduce those looking for more than instant thrills. The ever-influential Pitchfork said recently: "Elegant melodies and shimmering keyboard tones announce Dougall as a talent in her own right." Being enticed with such praise is likely to be the start of something much bigger.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, over Latitude’s four dedicated music arenas festival goers can enjoy Florence + the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend headlining the Obelisk Arena, as well as performances by Empire of the Sun, The National, The xx, Grizzly Bear, The Maccabees, Rodrigo y Gabriela, James, Richard Hawley, The Horrors and Jónsi. The Sunrise Arena will showcase a wealth of musical talent from both emerging and established bands such as Archie Bronson Outfit and Darwin Deez with many more acts still to be announced, Latitude will provide the perfect soundtrack to 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.

The full length press release, with details on all acts appearing at Latitude so far, is available to download from:



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Friday 4 June 2010

The Justice Force 5 release a double A-side vingle ‘Fight The Fight’ and ‘J.U.S.T.I.C.E Force Dance’

With great power chords comes great responsibility…

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On 28th June 2010, the worlds first and indeed finest superhero rock group General Bovine & The Justice Force 5 will release a double A-side vingle featuring the tracks ‘Fight The Fight’ and ‘J.U.S.T.I.C.E Force Dance’, including their videos through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Formed in Brighton 2008 these 6 individuals comprise of a half-man half-cow hybrid, a time travelling scientist, a Lucha Libre vampire, a black man trapped in a white man’s body, a hard-as-nails dark knight vigilante and a gender confused, spandex clad alien, bound together through a shared love of justice, spandex and guitar riffs. Their mission: to save the world by combining elements of hard classic rock and synth-pop, to produce loud, catchy, hook ridden songs that kick ass like Van Dam and rock like Van Halen. Inspired by bands such as KISS and the Flaming Lips, The Justice Force 5 have become known for their over the top live performances which typically feature confetti cannons, costume changes, robots, and live musical battles with the groups arch nemesis, The Organ Grinder.

Since the band came to fruition, they have written and recorded an albums worth of original material, sold out the 600 capacity Brighton Coalition for their self released ‘Save the world’ EP launch, headlined the 2009 Lexapalooza festival (previously headlined by Frank Turner) and appeared in the feature length superhero documentary ‘Superhero Me’.

To support the release of ‘Fight The Fight’ The Justice Force 5 will be touring throughout July for the 2010 “Tour De Force” taking their bombastic live show to various cities throughout the UK.

19th June Dublin Castle
1st July Portsmouth Edge of The Wedge
2nd July Bristol The Lanes
12th July Brighton Jam
20th July London 93 Feet East
23rd July Bath Belushi's

“Astonishing. . . Debauchery, decadence and spandex" – What’s On
“Adored by the people of Brighton. . . .THIS is what rock and roll is all about" - Brighton music scene
“It surely wont be long before this band is national news" – Source Magazine

For more information please contact Griff, Charlie or Anthea at Press Counsel or 020 7792 9400

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Reef - Lately Stomping

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After a glorious and effortless run of shows this Spring and some select festival appearances to come over the summer, including a must see home-coming show on Saturday afternoon at Glastonbury, the West Country's favourite sons will head out again on the road this autumn.

Having enjoyed the best gigs of their lives and really appreciated the fervent support from the fans on their sold out April shows, Gary, Jack, Kenwyn and Dom have decided it was too much fun not to do it all over again. Tickets go on sale on Friday 4th June.
The only summer festivals to see Reef at this year:

13 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Seaclose Park, Newport
26 GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, Worthy Farm, Pilton
04 CORNBURY FESTIVAL, Charlbury, Oxford
04 BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE, Myrtle Park, Bingley, West Yorkshire
18 LEMONFEST, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon

They also play the following headline shows in November and December:

***The tickets will be on sale on June 04***

27 Portsmouth PYRAMID CENTER
03 Wolverhampton WULFREN HALL
04 Nottingham ROCK CITY

REEF formed in 1993, signing to Sony imprint S2 Records the following year. Their debut 1995 album REPLENISH achieved Gold status and saw the band play shows with the Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and Soundgarden.

The follow up to Replenish, 1997’s GLOW stormed the UK Charts at Number 1 and included the single ‘Place Your Hands’. In 1999 the band released RIDES (George Drakoulias) and in the same year the band saw off the likes of Oasis and Pulp to win the Music Industry’s Soccer Six competition. Rides was followed by the poppier sounding GETAWAY produced by Al Clay (Pixies, Stereophonics) in 2000 which was most notable for the single ‘Set The Record Straight’. Always a favourite at shows and Festivals alike, the band made many high profile appearances during this period, including Glastonbury and Reading festivals.

TOGETHER – THE BEST OF REEF was released by S2 in 2003. It was around then that he band decided to take an extended break from Reef. They have been working on several projects in the interim including Dominic playing with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Gen X) in Carbon/Silicon and Gary and Jack forming THEM IS ME and releasing their debut album in 2008 and now the new StringerBessant album Yard which will be released in July 2010 on Xtra Mile Recordings.

For further details contact: Charlie (National), Anthea (Regional) or Griff (Online) 020 7792 9400

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