Latitude 2009

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2009
Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8AN, England MAP
weekend ticket £150 - SOLD OUT, day tickets are priced at £60
last updated: Mon 13th Jul 2009

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Latitude isn't just about music, but has a full spectrum of art including film, comedy, theatre, cabaret, dance, poetry, literature and art together for a fun-filled, cultural adventure by the sea.

The dates for the fourth Latitude are confirmed as Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2009, with the festival opening it's gates on Thursday 16th July for some limited non-musical entertainment.

The headliners have been announced as Pet Shop Boys on Friday, Grace Jones on Saturday, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Sunday. Other acts playing over the weekend include White Lies, The Pretenders, Thom Yorke, Squeeze, Mew, Ladyhawke, Teitur, Bat For Lashes, Spiritualized, Magazine, Newton Faulkner, Doves, Editors, Gossip, Turin Brakes (acoustic), Belle & Sebastian (DJ set), Hjaltalin, Little Boots, Golden Silvers, Slow Club, Post War Years, Mika, The XX, Pulled Apart By Horses, Joe Gideon & The Shark, Dag For Dag, 2 Hot 2 Sweat, The Late Greats, and more. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Weekend tickets were on sale priced at £150, these have sold out. Day tickets are priced at £60, and a campervan Pass is priced at £10. Lockers are available for £15 with built in mobile charging facilities using car cigarette lighter fittings. Children aged 12 or under will be eligible for free tickets for Latitude Festival 2009 when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. There are also coach and ticket options available.

To buy tickets, click here For Sunday tickets click here.

Festival Republic produces a guide to Disabled Access and Facilities for all it's festivals, which includes details of the 2-for-1 ticket scheme. Please request a booklet and application form on 020 8961 5490. All Application forms must be received by Friday 19th June 2009.

Now in its fourth year Latitude has four stages dedicated to showcasing an eclectic line-up of established bands and budding new acts, with a stage nestled in a clearing in the woods, and another beside a lake. Returning to the festival this year will be BAFTA, The Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Sadler's Wells to name but a few.

Across seven separate arenas, as well as making use of the woods and lake, the festival will showcase comics, filmmakers, visual artists, poets, authors, actors, directors ond dancers in the Arts Arenas - The Comedy, Poetry, Literacy, Theatre, Music & Film, Dance and Cabaret Arena.

The Theatre Arena with an auditorium that has been designed to present a full schedule of contemporary physical, classical, performance and local productions bespoke to the festival. The theatre is no just contained within the confines of the stage, but throughout the festival. Latitude will play host to Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, The Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Lyric Hammersmith, English Touring Theatre, nabokov, Picks Of The Pleasance, Tristan Bates Theatre, FUEL Theatre, Ben Moor, 1927, Third Eye Theatre, DryWrite, OSIP Theatre, The Rebel Cell, School Of Night, Theatre503, Mercury Theatre, National Student Drama Festival, Look Left Look Right present The Caravan, Oxford's, Chipping Norton Theatre, Leonard, The Grandees, Mouth To Mouth, Tangled Feet, Box Of Tricks, Time Cats and The Dialogue Project

The Waterfront Stage the new name for the stage on the lake will once again showcase contemporary, modern dance from the world's companies and choreographers including Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, Britten Sinfonia, and The Irrepressibles.

House Of BlueEyes Collective will be staging a fashion show exclusively at Latitude Festival this year over the lake, label creator Johnny BlueEyes together with his army of designers and artists will stage a showcase of a ollection of garments and accessories accompanied by fantastic music and live performances. Titled,'Rock 'n' Roll Faerie', this will be a show of high fashion, loud music and art.

Latitude celebrates the art of the written word in the Literary Arena with Jeremy Hardy, Jonathan Coe, Kate Williams, Keith Allen, Rupert Thomson, Brian Chikwava, Emmanuel Jal, Bernie Katz, The School Of Life, Robin Ince's Book Club with friends, Blake Morrison, Geoff Dyer, Tibor Fischer, Afternoon Tea with Stuart Maconie and special guests, Mark Billingham, Richard Milward, Tobias Hill, Laura Dockrill, Luke Haines, Emma Kennedy, Shappi Khorsandi, William Fiennes, Mark Steel, Vivienne Westwood, Sir Peter Blake, Patrick Neate, Hardeep Singh Kohli, David Peace, Clive Stafford-Smith, Danny Wallace, Political Animal: Hosted by Andy Zaltzman & Guests, Russell Kane, Jim Cartwright, Hugh Thomson, Anthropology and Guerilla Science. New to the festival this year is The Literary Salon hosting discussions and workshops. Chris Meade will host a salon discussion on the future of the book in the digital age called if:Book.

Other arena acts also appearing include Britten Sinfonia the first orchestra to appear at the festival. Appearing at the Outdoor Theatre will be Shlomo & The Vocal Orchestra, SharpWire, Faulty Optic, and Cambridge Touring Theatre.

The Poetry Arena by the banks of the lake at the entrance to the main festival arena will have poetry from Andrew Motion (poet to the Queen), Brian Patten, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Luke Wright, Aisle16, Paul Farley, Luke Kennard, Polar Bear, Charlie Dark, Mik Artistik, Joel Stickley, Kathryn Simmonds, Dizraeli, Elvis McGonagall, Ross Sutherland, Tim Clare, Dockers MC, Roger Lloyd Pack, Nathan Filer, Yanny Mac, Kate Fox, Aoife Mannix, Baba Brinkman, Byron Vincent, Caroline Bird, Drew Taylor, Joe Hakim, John Osbourne, Martin Figura, Molly Naylor, Patrick Lappin, Rhian Edwards, Ruby And Her Whorses, Excentral Tempest, MC Angel, Tamsin Kendrick, Tim Turnbull and Josh Idehen.

The Music & Film Arena will play host to screenings of award winning films, documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions plus discussions with directors ond writers. These will be interspersed with musical treats and visuols. The line-up here includes LateNightTales, Mark Lamarr presents God's Jukebox, Jon Ronson, Richard DeDomenici, and Jeffrey Lewis will host a lecture on the Watchmen comic book.

The Comedy Arena's line-up will include Jo Brand, Dave Gorman, Tim Vine, Janeane Garofalo, Stephen K Amos, Phil Nichol, Charlie Baker, Miles Jupp, Matt Kirshen, Seann Walsh, Jack Whitehall hosts: Latitude New Act Of The Year, and Guilty Pleasures. The Cabaret Arena will see a programme of comedy sketch shows, burlesque, freak shows, drag queens, sing-a-longs, illusionists, and more, with Lenny Beige, Kirsten O'Brien, Bourgeois And Maurice, Tommy And The Weeks, Wanderlust, Helix Dance, Zimbani, Deborah Frances-White, I.O.U., Jessica Delfino, Cardinal Burns, and Watson and Oliver.

The woods of Henham Park will hold a small and hidden stage that hosts intimate performances during the day, and music to dance the night away after dark with Feeling Gloomy, Beef Warehouse, Club De Fromage, and Dirt Disco all DJing.

There's a dedicated Children's Arena as diverse as the rest of the festival, where kids can enjoy books, art, music, theatre, heaps of participation and fun, from circus skills to handmade crafts to an appreciation of the woodland setting and the nature within it, plus a Pixie Post Office and a grand children's Parade on Sunday afternoon. There's African drumming with Stomp-ish choreography for energetic teens, who can also expect a full programme of events to keep them stimulated and entertained.

Six different theatre groups will offer themed drama workshops, traditional puppet shows, circus skills, Alice In Wonderland adventures through to making pizza with the Utensils Puppet Show. Young bookworms will find a library tent, books to borrow and take home, plus lots of storytelling sessions.

There will be a Baby and Toddler chill out tent which also includes a soft play area, free sunscreen, baby changing and food warming facilities and more.

There is a dedicated family campsite, for families with children under 13 (who can attend for FREE) within the public camping area and also a family campervan area within family camping.

When buying tickets for you and children under 13 you must select 'PRE-SALE UNRESERVED (FAMILY) TICKETS' then choose the number of adults attending and the number of children under 13 attending. This ensures you will be sent a 'Family Camping Pass' with your tickets when they are sent out.

Latitude happens in the grounds of the historic Henham Park Estate in Suffolk, and positioned near the most easterly English coastline between Southwold and Aldeburgh. Henham has been in the Rous family line since 1544.

The year the Blank Canvas Project arrives at Big Chill bringing together artists for a charitable initiative. The Blank Canvas Project, founded by artist Cedric Christie, consists of a site specific installation, where pup tents will be transformed into artworks by leading names in the art and fashion world, including Peter Blake, Cedric Christie, Sarah Lucas, Keith Coventry, Neville Brody, Lindy Hemming & Bob Starrett, Boo Ritson, Gavin Turk, Rachel Whiteread, Tom Ormond and Vivienne Westwood. Pitched on the north valley of the site, and lit up at night, the tents will form a suggestive camp whilst expressing a strong message of hope for all the marginalised around the world.

More information will be here when available.

Latitude 2007

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2009
Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8AN, England MAP
weekend ticket £150 - SOLD OUT, day tickets are priced at £60
last updated: Mon 13th Jul 2009

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