More music, plusa food, arts and family entertainments have been announced for the multi-arts Latitude Festival, which takes place for the 13th time over the weekend of Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th July 2018 at Henham Park Estate, Suffolk.
Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic said:“I am absolutely delighted to announce further names for Latitude Festival including more music, food, and new additions to our award-winning family programming. Joining our fantastic music headliners are a long list of unparalleled talent from the latest and best upcoming artists, and after the success of Theatre Of Food at Electric Picnic, it only made sense to bring the amazing demonstrations that come with it to Henham Park, plus with even more Street Feast vendors, and unbeatable family offerings, this will be the best year yet.”
Newly announced music comes from legendary reggae producer Lee Scratch Perry with Mad Professor, more reggae from Hollie Cook, beatboxer Reeps One: We Speak Music (live show) using the latest technology along with visuals and vocals, modern jazz from Oscar Jerome, contemporary composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, political folk from Grace Petrie, Tim Arnold, and electro-swing with White Mink.
Marking the centenary of the suffragettes with a mobile performance is Stealing Sheep's Suffragette Tribute, Guitar wizard ensemble Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife, London beatmaker Kiran Kai, the melodic mash-up that is The Go! Team, member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines Charles Watson, other-worldly pop duo Palace Winter, sonic architect K A R Y Y N, kraut-rockers My Sad Captains, Suffolk band Pianofield, New York art-punks Bodega, punk-pop starlet Suzi Wu, rapper and multi-Instrumentalist Dylan Cartlidge, soul sensation Joseph J Jones, folkers Wildwood Kin, Jack Vallier, songstress Rothwell, Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award winners The Wandering Hearts, Highest House, electro-punkster Lucia, a debut at Latitude from A K Patterson, alt-rockers Projector, local Suffolk choir Pop Chorus, frenetic drummer Yussef Dayes, Scottish producer Makeness, and the brand-new project from Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor Self Esteem.
With immersive music and art installations along with rejuvenating treatments, yoga workshops, and more, SOLAS has folk-tinged acoustic troubadours, ambient electro, and dark pop, right to the spacier end of electronic music, from electronica producer Bearcubs, Lilla Vargen, electro-psyche-disco duo Ruby Empress, The Modern Strangers, Joseph J Jones, shoegaze trio Honey Lung, Honey Harper, Dave Seaman, Darren Emerson and Danny Howells, Ark, Pillow Queens, Riley Pearce, Nathan Ball, David Keenan, The Ninth Wave, W.h. Lung, Catnapp, folkster Holiday Oscar, Amaroun, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Delilah Montagu, Sing Along Social, and 3D (Late Night DJ).
New to Latitude is Theatre of Food, with recipe demonstrations, mixology master classes, and food tastings. Culinary talents on the bill include forager, author and hawk flier, Gill Meller who is head chef at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage dominion, Sally Butcher of Peckham’s much-loved Persepolis, author of five books, and chef of the “veggiestan” corner-shop cafe, and award-winning author and Guardian food columnist, Felicity Cloake, whose A-Z of Eating was shortlisted for a James Beard award. Also on stage will be Jordan Bourke, the UK’s leading authority on Korean cuisine and author of a number of books, and contributor and panellist to many good food shows on the BBC and Channel 4. Theatre of Food also welcomes the world’s leading investigative food journalist, Joanna Blythman; healthy food mogul and founder of The Pure Package, Jennifer Irvine; plus Charlotte Pike, author of Fermented and Smoked, who will demonstrate their skills on the Anglia Factor designed kitchen stage, as well as demonstrations from Street Feast vendors Club Mexicana, Up In My Grill, and Yum Bun’s Lisa Meyer. Meanwhile outside the Theatre, Latitude will be showcasing Europe’s biggest Grill Festival in the Grill Pit area, with The Big Grill’s Andy Noonan and charcoal, fire-fiend friends. Local Suffolk food heroes will join the Theatre of Food cast, including chocolate guru Lynn Lockwood. Street Feast at Latitude has 'culinary delights from all corners of the globe'.
With activities and entertainment for Kids, Teens and Families now spread across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and Best Family Day Out, and there are dozens of new activities this year joining original favourites. Sharon Reuben, Kids & Family Programmer has said: “With three separate areas for kids, teens and families having fun together, Latitude aims to be the best and never disappoints! In the spirit of everything that Latitude is famous for, we’ve created a mini-festival of our own with everything from science to literature, drama and music to visual art and we’re ready to keep you entertained all day.”
The Kids Area is a hive of activity all day and into the night with everything from pizza making to exciting science experiments! New for 2018, there will be interactive sessions and workshops with renowned children author Emma Shevah (Dream On, Amber, Dara Palmer’s Major Drama and What Lexie Did), plus Wild Science Tent has activities for curious minds. Inquisitive kids can join scientists from the University of York to find out ‘What’s Going On In That Brain Of Yours?’ or journey down a microscope with Dr. Jenni Rant and Life Without Oxygen using VR headsets to discover the inner workings of brilliant bacteria, or with DNA Explorers kids can examine, microscope, then photograph and even extract their own DNA to take home! And for those wanting to get even closer to nature, delve into the myths, superstition and age-old practices of herbology, witchcraft and wizardry with Chelsea Physic Garden and uncover how plants have been used as medicines for centuries, or join.
The kid’s theatre programme brings live performance for all ages and imaginations. Be enraptured by puppetry, comedy4kids, live music and piles of outrageous silliness. Highlights include The Origin of the Species, the first part of Tangram Theatre Company's award-winning hit musical comedy Scientrilogy and AnimAlphabet The Musical, a joyful family musical adventure with fun songs by Al and Sam of pop band The Hoosiers. The MakeShift Ensemble will present ‘The Children in the Moon’ a wonderfully visual and original take on centuries old children’s verse and the famous West End Kids make their Latitude debut as they perform high-energy song & dance from The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect and more! Kids stand-up pioneer James Campbell presents a live interactive panel show 'That Was The Week For Kids', a hilarious look at the week's news from the perspective of children while Lee Gibling's How To Beatbox will leave kids and parents alike stunned by what he - and you - can do using only the human voice!
In The Enchanted Garden there is a diverse programme of activities including circus skills & performance, screen printing, wildlife crafts, award winning authors, family yoga and a full line-up of family friendly live music & shows. Joy in Dance will bring their awesome festival dance workshops alongside Ktroo and their bouncing shoes, and also new for this year, Archery lessons for all ages. After debuting last year, Circomedia are back and bigger than ever with their trapeze rig, ready to celebrate Circus250 with family workshops and performances.
The Inbetweeners' Teen Area is a hidden wonderland offering music, media, fashion and technology workshops for the over 12s, alongside a live performance stage and a chill-out area, all hidden in the woods next to Greenpeace's tree top zip wires, tree climbing and scrambling nets. Teens can try out VR, gaming or animation, there’s a Cinema Tent, Fashion Wonderland for customizing clothes & screen-printing original tshirts, The News Room with digital photography, journalism and the Weather Watchers, plus a Music & Performance Tent featuring Making a Podcast, DJing and Hip Hop Shakespeare who will be performing and running lively interactive workshops for young performers.
The musical line-up includes headliners The Killers, Solange, and Alt-J, plus James, Mogwai, Rag N Bone Man, Belle & Sebastian, Wolf Alice, The Vaccines, Jon Hopkins, Jacob Banks, Ibeyi, Hinds, Jessie Ware, Black Honey, The Breeders, Alvvays, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, IDLES, Japandroids, Pip Blom, Nadine Shah, Fazerdaze, Pangaea, Superorganism, The Vaccines, Sleeper, & more. For a complete list of acts please see the line-up page.
An adult weekend ticket is priced at £197.50 with a Family Camping option also available, a teen weekend ticket were priced at £140.50. Campervan permits are priced at £40, and mobile home and caravan passes are priced at £60.
Saturday day tickets have been announced as now being sold out.
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