Monday 28 February 2011

Latitude 2011


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


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

Since its inception in 2006, Latitude has changed the face of festivals forever, with a passion only matched by its ambition. Encompassing all aspects of the art and music worlds Latitude is the only place that brings together the best in music, literature, comedy, poetry, film, theatre, cabaret, art, dance, opera and fashion for one spectacular weekend. Latitude will continue to inspire and innovate, enlighten and engage with another incredible event promised for 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frank Turner: New Album – New Tour – Festival Appearances

Frank credit Erik Weiss 2011
After a busy few months of writing and recording tracks in a studio in North London, Frank Turner emerges with details of his forthcoming album, dates for an intimate UK solo tour and news of some very exciting summer festival appearances.
It’s going to be another exceptional year…

Folk/punk hero (and NME Award nominee for Best Solo Artist) Frank will release his highly anticipated fourth album ‘England Keep My Bones’ on 6th June 2011 through Xtra Mile Recordings for UK and Ireland and on 7th June 2011 through Epitaph Records for the rest of the world.
Recorded in Crouch End’s stunning Church Studios, Frank, together with his band and producer Tristan Ivemy has, as the name of the album suggests, created a record with the quintessential English sound Frank has been searching for.

Unsurprisingly, for an artist who spends the majority of his time travelling around the world, ‘England Keep My Bones’ has a nostalgic feel to it – an homage to his homeland, friends and family he so often has to leave behind. With the acoustic guitar very much at its core, the album is more folky than predecessor ‘Poetry Of The Deed’ and even includes an a cappella song done in a traditional English style. Featuring contributions from ex-Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay, folk singers Emily Barker and Chris T-T, and Unbelievable Truth’s Andy Yorke, he covers themes of mortality, relationships and religion in what is a bold, ballsy yet beautiful album.
Frank says:
"I can't wait to get this record out there. The new songs have been going down really well live, but I think that when people hear the studio versions they're going to go nuts. I think it's the strongest set of material I've had on one record."

He will be showcasing some of these tracks when he takes to the road for a special solo tour in May. Playing small and intimate venues up and down the country, this will be a fantastic chance to see Frank up close and personal before he spends the summer playing to vast crowds of festival go-ers all over the world.
The dates are as follows:


9 Stockton ARC
10 Dundee Doghouse
11 Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
12 Brighton Coalition
13 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14 Lancaster Library
15 Chester Telfords Warehouse
16 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
18 Manchester Night & Day
19 Liverpool Cathedral Crypt
20 Stoke Sugarmill
22 Wolverhampton Slade Room
23 Gloucester Guidhall
24 Bristol St Georges Church
25 Bath Komedia
26 Kingston Hippodrome (New Slang)
27 Cambridge St Pauls Church
28 Norwich Play Festival
29 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
30 Winchester Railway

This summer will see Frank play a staggering array of festivals over the summer months including headlining the third stage at Download Festival on 12th June and headlining Blissfields Festival on 1st July. Further festival news to come very soon.

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Tuesday 1 February 2011

Sucioperro - New EP, Album ‘The Heart String and How To Pull It’ and tour

Release new EP 'The Reflexes of the Dead', Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Therapy?...) mixed album ‘The Heart String and How To Pull It’ and announce forthcoming tour dates


- JP Reid (Vocals/Guitar) - Fergus Munro (Vocals/Drums) - Stewart Chown (Vocals/Bass) -

Scottish rock outfit SUCIOPERRO will be joining the Xtra Mile Recordings family (Far, Reuben, Frank Turner...) for the release of their forthcoming album ‘The Heart String & How To Pull It’. The album will be the trio’s third full-length record and it is to be released on the 7th March on CD and download. Not being a band who seem to suffer from writers block, ‘The Heart String & How To Pull It’ will be preceded by the release of a 6 track EP titled ‘Reflexes of the Dead’ a week earlier (28th February) with the title track from the EP also appearing on the full-length album.

As well as being highly prolific song writers Sucioperro are very familiar with the live circuit having toured with Hell Is for Heroes, Oceansize, Reuben, Brigade, Fightstar and Biffy Clyro in the past. The latter, are in fact good friends with the band with Biffy frontman Simon Neil and Sucioperro front man JP Reid coming together to form their alter-ego Marmaduke Duke.

Sucioperro - The Heart Strings and How To Pull It art Sucioperro - Reflexes Of The Dead

‘The Heart String & How To Pull It’ was mixed by super-producer Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Reuben, Therapy?...) and recorded at The Lair in Scotland. Speaking of the recording process frontman JP Reid says "It was the most relaxed and fun sessions I've ever been involved in. In fact everything went so smoothly it felt a bit strange because we're not used to it. Sheldon as ever was an absolute star at bringing out the best in the tracks and making it powerful. Credit also to Chris Gordon who also done an amazing job on the mastering. We really wanted to make a joyous and euphoric album, the opposite of (the band’s second record) ‘Pain Agency’. I guess for anyone into our darker side, some of it may be surprising but we weren't interested in treading ground we had already walked on. It's super important for us to keep taking risks and progressing."

The tracklisting for ‘The Heart String & How To Pull It’ is:

1. Running From All That Doesn't Tempt You
2. Threads
3. Reflexes Of The Dead
4. Out & Over
5. I Jumped Into The Heart Of A Black Situation
6. Ideals Have Value
7. Invisible Monsters
8. Is That Why You Pull Me In?
9. Delicious
10. Landslide
11. Hands

In support of the release of ‘The Heart String & How To Pull It’ the band will be playing the following shows and in-store tour dates:

19th King Tuts with Grinspoon
20th Academy 2 Newcastle with Grinspoon
25th Relentless Garage London with Grinspoon
7 Love Music Glasgow (In-store)
8 One Up Aberdeen (In-store)
9 Grouchos Dundee (In-store)
21 Barfly London
22 Joiners Southampton
23 Brighton The Hydrant
24 Soundhouse Northampton
25 The Maze Nottingham
26 Roadhouse Manchester
28 Liverpool Shipping Forecast
29 The Lamp Hull
31 Stereo York
1 Live Lounge Durham
5 Drummonds Aberdeen
6 Dundee Beat Generator
7 Arches Glasgow
8 Sneaky Petes Edinburgh

For more information please contact Dan Griffiths (National & Online) Anthea (Regional) – 020 7792 9400

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