Latitude Festival 2016 which will take place over the weekend of Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th July 2016 at Henham Park Estate, Suffolk has announced the headliners and first acts for this summer.
The Maccabees make their first ever major festival headline show on Friday night in the Obelisk Arena, fellow headliners The National return to the Obelisk stage as a UK festival exclusive this year, and completing the top of the bill New Order will be bringing Sunday to a close.
Felix White, of The Maccabees said, "Latitude is the first major headline slot in our fourteen year existence and the culmination of the year spent touring ‘Marks To Prove It’. We're intending on it being a celebration of it all. See you there."
They top a line-up in the Obelisk Arena that includes Beirut, Chvrches, M83, John Grant, The Lumineers, Courtney Barnett b2b with Father John Misty making his only UK festival performance this year, Daughter, Chet Faker, British Sea Power, Squeeze, Laura Mvula, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Michael Kiwanuka, Sturgill Simpson, and Alif.
Topping the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage line-up are Grimes with her first major headline performance, and Of Monsters and Men will be Sunday’s headline act, also confirmed are Frightened Rabbit, 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, and Lucius.
Bringing the evenings to a close on the Sunrise Arena, and rounding off the day’s proceedings are Jungle (DJ set) with a one off DJ show built especially for the Latitude stage; a journey through reggae with David Rodigan, and big Tonga vibes from The Street's Mike Skinner & Murkage presents Tonga. They head up a line-up featuring Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad, Black Mountain, Anna Meredith, Blanck Mass, Bob Moses, Cloves, Drones Club, Hayden James, Highasakite, Holly Macve, Kelly Lee Owens, Lambert, Little Green Cars, Marlon Williams, Money, Protomartyr, Suuns, and Weaves.
Theatre and poetry will collide in an eclectic programme of events in the Poetry Arena, including Katie Bonna and her first full-length show 'All The Things I Lied About', Rob Auton with brand new work 'The Sleep Show', and Jemima Foxtrot performance poet and singer with 'Memory'. The Poetry Arena will also host 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.
The Lavish Big Screen will celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the birth of punk with evenings curated by legends of the punk era, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder and the ‘Rebel Dread’ himself, Don Letts. Each day will feature film, video and music programmes handpicked by the three, followed by live DJ sets by themselves and others including DJ Harry K, and Jet Letts.
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. Each year, a theme or group of ideas underscores Latitude's arts programme. This year's theme is 'Love Thy Neighbour'.
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.
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 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.
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.
An adult weekend ticket is priced at £192.50 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.
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