Latitude isn't just about music and colourful sheep, 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.
Latest additions Submotion Orchestra, Andy Stott, Koreless, Femi & Ross Allen, Adam Green, Adam Buxton: Bug: David Bowie, London Contemporary Orchestra, The Festival Choir, Cassetteboy & DJ Rubbish, Lau, Brian Lobel, Grace Petrie, Parker, White Mink, Jenova Collective, Nick Hollywood, Scarecrow, Lee Bruck, DJ Chris Tofu, Temple Funk Collective, Daytoner, Laura Cannell, Sarah Angliss, Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco, Rave Karaoke, Disco Shed, Grow Up, as well as Emily Capell, Kitty Finer, Jack Jones, The Haggis Horns, Cowtown, Big Intent, El Rewind, Brix & The Extricated, Dingus Khan, Purple Lights, and The Woodentops..
The Maccabees, The National (UK festival exclusive), and New Ordeer top the bill that includes Soulwax, Beirut, Chvrches, M83, John Grant, The Lumineers, Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty (only UK festival performance), Daughter, Chet Faker, British Sea Power, Squeeze, Laura Mvula, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Michael Kiwanuka, Sturgill Simpson, Alif, Grimes, Of Monsters and Men, Frightened Rabbit, Slaves, Loyle Carner, Billie Marten, Kiran Leonard, Bear's Den, Miike Snow, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Half Moon Run, MØ, Christine and the Queens, Polica, Lapsley, Roots Manuva, Perfume Genius, Oh Wonder, Jamie Woon, Rat Boy, Aurora, Mura Masa, Lucius, Jungle (DJ set), David Rodigan, Mike Skinner & Murkage presents Tonga, Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad, Black Mountain, Anna Meredith, Blanck Mass, Bob Moses, Cloves, Drones Club, Hayden James, Augustines, Junun ft. Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express, Gold Panda, Steve Mason, Foy Vance, Emmy the Great, Sidestepper, Lonely The Brave, Artful Dodger, The Anchoress, Sophie, Suggs (DJ Set), DMA's, Dungen, Methyl Ethel, The Invisible, Clean Cut Kid, The Very Best, The Menendez Brothers, Shock Machine, Odetta Hartman, Phoria, Ardyn, Barns Courtney, Danny L Harle, Frances, Hana, Joseph, Kagoule, Kero Kero Bonito, The Magic Gang, Otherkin, Palace Winter, Peluche, Petite Noir, Rationale, Rukhsana Merrise, Skinny Girl Diet, Tibet, Tired Lion, Three Trapped Tigers, White, Highasakite, Holly Macve, Kelly Lee Owens, Lambert, Little Green Cars, Marlon Williams, Money, Protomartyr, Suuns, and more.
The Lavish Big Screen will celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the birth of punk with Glen Matlock, Stephen Mallinder, Don Letts, DJ Harry K, and Jet Letts.
Poets include Katie Bonna, Rob Auton, Jemima Foxtrot, Don Paterson, John Hegley, Hollie McNish, Elaine Feinstein, Henry Normal, Michael Pedersen, Buddy Wakefield, Luke Wright, Attila the Stockbroker, Mark Grist, Tim Clare, Tim Wells, Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band, John Osborne, Benin City, Josh Idehen, Helen Mort, Frankie Vah, Talia Randall, Harry Baker, Derek McLuckie, and Rosy Carrick.
For the line-up details as available see the Latitude line-up page.
Early bird tickets are no longer available for a limited time. An adult weekend ticket is priced at £197.50 with a Family Camping option also available, a teen weekend ticket is priced at £132.50, with a weekend ticket for all children aged 5 -12 years priced at £8. Campervan permits are priced at £40, and mobilehome and caravan passes are priced at £60.
Day tickets are not yet on sale.
The instalment plan was available in November and after a first payment of £50 (£8 for child ticket) on purchase the rest is paid in 2016, on 1st February, March and April.
Latitude provide a 2-for-1 scheme, for disabled ticket holders who require a full time assistant with a free ticket for their PA. They give priority to customers in receipt of Higher Rate assistance for Personal Care and Mobility although each application is considered individually. The 2 for 1 scheme will open in April 2013. Applications cannot be submitted before this date. To be eligible for the scheme the booking reference number will be needed in order to apply for a free ticket for a carer or PA.
Theme for 2016
Each year, a theme or group of ideas underscores Latitude's arts programme. This year's theme is 'Love Thy Neighbour'.
Latitude has an exclusive cultural programme housed across ten separate arts 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 Cabaret Arena line-up has also been added to with Duckie bringing their incredible production, including acts from their legendary 21-year weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern including Ursula Martinez, Figs in Wigs and Barbara Brownskirt & The Frank Chickens, and hosted by Myra Dubois with DJ's Readers Wifes.
Soho Theatre's late night Cabaret Arena takeover will feature a line up of some of their most exciting and glamorous acts including Bridget Everett, Christeene, Le Gateaux Chocolat, Peter & Bambi Heaven and Tom Allen.
London’s newest queer 'Superpub', The Glory, will be showcasing the best of its performance programme led by 'Landladies', Jonny Woo and John Sizzle who will host their own variety show featuring stars of both their drag queen and drag king competitions. Featuring The Glory’s in house rock band, queer sketch comedy and other emerging performance stars, this is a party, in a pub, in a field!
Desmond O'Connor will be joining forces with Sarah-Louise Young to present 'Royal Vauxhall' a new musical consisting of an improbable and outlandish night out with Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett. Dusty Limits, will be performing his long awaited debut album 'Grin', comedy drag country and western star Tina C will be performing her biggest hits including No Dick’s As Hard As My Life and Not Tonight Darlin’, I Got A Heartache. Mixing political satire with comedy, songs and truly ridiculous games will be Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Game Shows, and finally, Tim Bell will be performing his poignant, off-kilter show as bearded woman Dame Nature.
Circa, the contemporary circus company from Australia will open the Theatre Arena on Thursday evening with their show 'Il Ritorno' with acrobatic performance set to Monteverdi’s operatic music. Led by Artistic Director Lee Simpson and in collaboration with Blind Summit, Improbable will present an improvised puppetry performance 'Animo' where the characters will literally be constructed before your very eyes. With no script, no set, just a range of everyday materials and five improvisers, Animo will invent itself as it goes along.
The Theatre Arena will host Jane Horrocks (from If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me at London’s Young Vic theatre) and a live band playing their own versions of favourite new wave classics featuring the music of Joy Division, The Smiths, Buzzcocks and more, played live with producer Kipper on guitar and The Damned’s drummer Rat Scabies. Plus Familie Floz perform 'Teatro Delusio', Avant-garde Swede's Svalbard present a performance of 'All Genius, All Idiot', Theatre Ad Infinitum will be bringing its powerful original production of Bucket List.
Berlin-based arts collective Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot, will explore the Latitude theme, in 'Super Night Shot', the public will become co-stars in a movie that celebrates unplanned meetings with strangers and delights in the randomness of urban existence.
The Lyric Hammersmith return to the theatre tent for the first time in five years with a celebration of Oscar Wilde and a performance of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. Director Sean Holmes wrangles The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and Ed Gaughan, to take on the extreme acting challenge of playing every character in Wilde’s masterpiece.
The Graeae Theatre Company perform Paul Sirett’s tale 'Reasons to be Cheerful', featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits. Mark Thomas will be performing 'Red Shed', the final part in a trilogy that began with Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Marking the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death, Fight in the Dog will present comedians putting their own spin on Shakespearean comedy 'Love’s Labour's Lost', with Liam Williams. Action to the Word return to the Theatre Arena with an adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', bringing their dynamic, exciting and shocking theatre style to one of the playwright’s most famous plays.
French company Airnadette - the world's greatest air-band bringing their hit lip synching showcase to Latitude this year. And Sam Halmarack, Dan Canham & Olivia Winteringham will be presenting an early exploration of the devised musical 'Always and Totally Forever' – a lament for what’s gone and a chaotic celebration of what’s to come.
The Film and Music Arena will also host a screening of Adam Green's Aladdin plus a Q&A, Vincent Haycock's The Odyssey a short film featuring Florence And The Machine, Gary Numan : Android In La La Land the documentary directed by Steve Read, and poetry with Maya Angelou's And Still I Rise. Plus Sheffield Doc Fest Present The Meaning Of Live, and there's a Q&A with Holly Gilliam.
The Dance Programme is led by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter’s company, who will be opening the programme on Thursday evening with a performance of 'tHe bAD'. Havana jazz musician Julito Padron soundtracks !VAMOS Cuba! choreographed by Nilda Guerra, the Richard Alston Dance Company present a double bill of 'Nomadic' and 'Stronghold II', Gogo Penguin, and choreographer Lynne Page collaborate on Veils, choreographer Botis Seva will also perform with his company Far From The Norm in 'H.O.H'. The National Youth Dance Company return to perform 'In-Nocentes' a creation by Sadler’s Wells Guest Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan. Plus a series of dance classes hosted by Richard Alston Company, Far From The Norm, Swing Patrol and !VAMOS Cuba!. This year New English Ballet Theatre will present two pieces by Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally on Latitude’s Waterfront Stage - 'Mad Women', and 'Lonesome Gun'. Plus Ivan Blackstock will be performing 'M.E.T.H Traplord of the Flyz' as part of the Nabokov garage takeover on Friday night. A Curious Invitation will be hosting Midnight Tango; a Saturday night party in The Little House where audiences can dance to an orchestra playing tangos, milongas and waltzes drawn from Astor Piazzola's tango Maria de Buenos Aires. Lavish will be presenting their hybrid three-part Sound, Performance and Art-based project devised and created for Latitude which journeys in to what inspires and shapes us. The Museum of Memory is an exploration of memory through Sound, whilst the Art and Performance pieces The Museum of Curiosity and Cornell’s Dream endeavor to walk along the ‘white magic side of Surrealism’ paying homage to the self-taught American artist Joseph Cornell.
The Little House studio space will host Opera North with a real bandstand full of musicians playing the sound of long summer nights with a performance of Parklife. The Young Vic & Royal Court will present 'Cuttin' It' an emotive play from playwright Charlene James, tackling the issue of FGM in Britain and the price some girls pay to become a woman, in collaboration with Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Shon Dale-Jones, best known for his comic creation Hugh Hughes, will be bringing a brand new show, The Duke, to The Little House. Liam Williams will present his debut play, 'Travesty'. Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit of Sh!t Theatre will present another work in progress productions, 'Letters to Windsor House' a look at how the housing crisis. Ursula Martinez will present 'Free Admission', a show that celebrates the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human.
Plus a new drone soundscape piece from Christopher Brett Bailey, Nabokov Theatre Company present an evening of live music, theatre and RAVE with SLUG written by Sabrina Mahfouz, featuring Bellatrix, TeaFilms and RKam Sandhu, and Licensed to Ill will present their outrageously energetic account of the Beastie Boys rise to fame.
There's also Jim Cartwright’s play 'Raz' directed by Anthony Banks and starring James Cartwright; comedy trio Sleeping Trees take on sci-fi movies accompanied by a live score in a brand new show, and icomedian George Egg the Anarchist Cook.
Actress and set designer Stefanie Mueller will present 'Prelude to a Coat'; an investigation into the choices we make and why we make them, and Rachael Clerke will be performing 'Cuncrete'. Site specific, collaborative theatre company Flipping the Bird are set to perform a new feminist piece written by Phoebe Éclair-Powell, 'Fox', and in a performance exploring this year’s theme, ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ Annie Siddons will bring 'How (not) to Live in Suburbia'.
Old Trunk Theatre with Sadie Masler and Sarah Mayhew are back with a new production, 'Fran & Leni'; part of a series of performances celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk. There will be a new show, 'Triple Threat' from the experimental performer Lucy McCormick. And finally for The Little House audience, Pentabus Theatre will present a piece by their 16-25 year old young writers, with 'Last Journey'; a performance comprised of interwoven vignettes, many of which explore this year's theme. Silent Uproar will perform 'A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)' written by Jon Brittain which explores the serious issues of depression and mental health, told with a mixture of storytelling, live music, and sketch comedy.
The Literary Arena line-up is led by The Observer's Will Hutton discussing social change, and author Ben Macintyre, as well as an exhibition by Victoria & Albert Museum called 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70' exploring the impact of the late 1960s, expressed through music and performances alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
In a talk entitled From Prince to Punk, Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, will talk about fashion's tribes. Ewen Macaskill will be talking to the Latitude audience about secrets, lies and Edward Snowden, and Jamie Mckelvie & Kieron Gillen will be being interviewed By Emily Mackay.
Festival regular Robin Ince presents The Magick Of Art – The Wizardry Of Thin White Dukes with Daisy Campbell, Andrew O'neill & John Constable where they discuss David Bowie’s final piece of work looking at it both visually and aurally, and how it was the most potent of his career further highlighted by his death three days after the release of Blackstar - exploring art, the occult and magick asking are the great creators shamanic? and is art a spell?
Comedian Sara Pascoe will be sharing her debut book, Animal: How a Woman is Made, Standard Issue bringing some their writers to Latitude for a special event. With Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction will present a trio of event. Also on the bill will be Helen Pearson: The Life Project, Madeleine Shaw, Mark Watson, David Quantick, Sarfraz Manzoor, Viv Groskop, and in Ruth & Martin's Album Club an invited guest will choose an album they've never listened to, laying out any potential prejudice the guest will listen to the album at least three times, leading to a discussion: was it worth it or not?
There's a discussion spanning devastating brain trauma, psychogenic disease and mental illness, heith Suzanne O’sullivan, Cathy Rentzenbrink and Alex Pheby in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera.
There's also more under this year's theme Love Thy Neighbour. Wellcome Trust With Salon London Present Love Thy Neighbour: Feast Of Strangers With Prof Theodore Zeldin invites the Latitude audience to take part in his Feast of Strangers and have a structured conversation with someone they don’t know; and the Refugee Choir will perform a new piece by vocal coach, Juliet Russell.
Love Thy Neighbour: The Rewards With Dr Molly Crockett, Dr Carsten De Dreu And Prof Tim Lewens talk the paranormal, psychological evaluation, and the psychology of magic.
Other subjects under the umbrella of Love Thy Neighbour are The Dark Side With Prof Christopher French, Psycho Games And Dr Gustav Kuhnk Social Standing And Your Health With Sir Prof Michael Marmot And Prof Danny Dorling.
Plus The Porn Perspective With Dr Jack Lewis, Christopher Green, and Martin Daubney chaired by Dr Suzi Gage. Dr Arthur I Miller is in converstion with Dr Robert E Smith: discussing artificial intelligence – Brave New World. Then there's Ed Halliwell on Mindfullness, the Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, Philippa Kennedy, Dr Ben Fincham & Dr Bree Macdonald On Fun, Dr Dean Burnett joins Robin Ince on the Idiot Brain, Dr James Kilner & Meg Mosley talk Selfies, Dr Valerie Voon discusses Keeping Up With The Joneses, and The Psychologist presents Dr Jon Sutton in coinvestaion with Professor Elizabeth Stokoe Prof Carsten De Dreu, Stuart Evers And Jo Griffin On Loneliness.
Your Food, Your Mood: Real Food & Gut Health will feature professor of Genetic Epidemiology Prof Tim Spector (KCL), who conducted the biggest ever experiment in to gut health and its effect on health and mental health: it turns out your biome (the microbes in your stomach) could hold all the keys. In Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body, science writer Jo Marchant will provide a rigorous, sceptical, deeply reported discussion of the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body.
The Biology of Morality will provide an in depth look at the human's relationship with altruism with psychotherapist Dr Molly Crockett in conversation with Dr Tim Lewens.
Science Gallery London’s No Pain, No Gain? invites scientists to explore pain, what it is and how we perceive it, and also how our relationship with pain shapes our experiences (for better or worse!). In The Science of Snogging, Science Gallery London invite the Latitude audience to open wide, to delve into the orifice and think about what is really involved in a kiss. Rosie Wilby and Amie Taylor take their audiences through a series of short comedic, fun and fast paced performance lectures exploring the science, history and anthropology behind kissing, with help from Dr Rebecca Babb.
Scotland’s new national poet Jackie Kay leads the poetry additions including arts organisation Poet In The City, Dizraeli, Caleb Femi, Andy Bennett, Lisa Luxx, and in celebration of 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth Ripped Off present Revolting Rhymes hosted By Laura Mucha with Jemima Foxtrot, Rosy Carrick And Andy Bennett.
Elsewhere in The Faraway Forest there's the addition of Home Live Art, Twice Shy Theatre, and The Reading Agency.
Pandora's Playground adds Dylan's Mobile Bookstore. Whilst Shed Of Stories returns playing host to Commute Blog, Lisa Blower, John Osborne, Esses & De Mesa, and Young Vic Present Cuttin' It discussion and Workshop with Gbolahan Obisesan
Latitude's Faraway Forest will see the return of Glen Neath & David Rosenberg with a Latitude commission called 'Séance', a piece that takes place in a shipping container, in total darkness. Everything By My Side, by Argentinian artist Fernando Rubio and presented by LIFT, invites members of the audience to climb into bed with a stranger; one of seven actresses in seven beds, who will whisper intimate stories from their childhood in the middle of the Faraway Forest. Forest Fringe are also back, presenting a diverse bill of new and specially commissioned work exploring this year’s theme, along with Dash Arts who will present 'Ukrainian Dacha' – the latest instalment in The Soviet Series.
'Mobile' by The Paper Birds explores themes of home, belonging, social mobility, that also tie into this year's theme. Deanna Rodger & Gemma Rogers will present a new show, 'Earth: Life on Earth'. Poleroid Theatre present three short ballads about being alive and not, 'The Ballad Of The Pirate, The Talking Horse and The Monkey' written by Luke Barnes, Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson. ARWC will treat the audience to 'Hang the Teasmaid, A Penguin Classic' a short comedy play in the style of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads'.
Leeds Beckett will be performing the specially commissioned 'Borrowed Shoes': exploring this year's themeand based upon 'borrowing' and learning from the lived experiences of real people from different generations within our society.
Pandora’s Playground brings the spirit of experiment and carnival with performances from Les Enfants Terribles and their 'The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory' featuring a 'hot air balloon flying machine' alongside new productions exploring this year’s theme, including Latitude, GDIF, Lyric & Imagine Watford presenting 'Home by Hikapee: Home' an outdoor circus piece, and 'The Little Gardener' by How it Ended, a theatrical adaption of Emily Hughes' popular children's book.
The Film & Music Arena will host Adam Buxton in conversation With Louis Theroux.
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.
Latitude has a huge array of family-friendly activities available for children and parents alike that will create happy memories to last all year. Activities include creative crafting, live music, wildlife & adventure, fun with food, theatre & outdoor performance, late night programme, screen printing, comedy4kids, bouncing shoes & baffling bikes, weaving & carving, archaeology, jam hubs, dna & weird science, face painting, and DJing.
Arranged around the banks of the central Latitude lake is the incredible Kids Area, where children are entertained all day and into the night with everything from pond dipping and star gazing, to fire shows, pizza making, traditional woodland crafts and a host of exciting science experiments.
The Inbetweeners' Teen Area is perfect for teenagers to enjoy taking part in music, media, fashion and technology workshops, or tackle wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended from the trees.
Greenpeace return to Latitude for equal doses of high-energy action and hands-on creativity. The range of activities will teach youngsters all about survival skills, crafting in the natural habitat, and a whole new side to cookery.
Created in conjunction with Norwich-based arts charity Cultureworks East there will be a host of digital and creative workshop spaces where young people can use state of the art equipment to produce their own work.
More information will be here when available.
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