With an "iconic secret act" still to be announced, 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, has announced the final additions to complete its line-up of over 500 acts on 15 stages.
Each evening at the Alcove Stage it's the return of Keith Allen Presents, with special guests into the early hours alongside The Alcove House Band, 'The Musiquarians' ft. Rev Chunky, and DJ Will Cookson. There's DJs at the Woods Stage including Ollie Twists, and Mr Ben & Rama, and elsewhere the chance to sing and dance with Rave Karaoke, Massaoke, Buttoned Down Disco, The She Street Band, and The Disco Shed, plus all-girl Bruce Springsteen tribute The She Street Band.
The Music and Film Arena is a haven for culture vultures, with a bill offering insightful documentaries, stimulating discussions, first-see film screenings, and music performances. Announced today, multi-award-winning actor, director, and current Crystal Maze Master Richard Ayoade joins the bill in conversation with the UK's leading film critic Mark Kermode. In the evening, rising rap star MC Flohio, and viral sensation Jimothy Lacoste, join Sound System legends Trojan Sound System. There will also be a screening of documentary Boom for Real, exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Catch the only comedian co-signed by Drake and Stormzy, Mo Gilligan, Tim Key's new blend of poeticals, and old school wistfulness, Megadate, viral star and news satirist Jonathan Pie, brand new BBC Radio 4 panel show Where’s the F in News, Mock The Week regular James Acaster,comedian and presenter Joel Dommett, and Black Books star Dylan Moran.
The SpeakEasy has lively debate and discussion, with new additions champion beatboxer Grace Savage, and the Wellcome Book Prize who present Where’s Your Head At?, featuring current bestseller Christie Watson and ‘the female Brian Cox’, Hannah Crichtlow. Latitude favourite Robin Ince will preview his new Edinburgh show Chaos of Delight - a frenetic hour of art, science and stupid voices, and host The Magick of Future with Dr Suzi Gage and Dr Lucy Rogers. There's also former Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Geoff Lloyd for their award-winning hit podcast Reasons to be Cheerful, as well as Jessie Ware’s chart-topping podcast Table Manners, and documentary maker Reggie Yates.
London’s Street Feast, renowned for transforming disused spaces into unique eating and drinking environments, is coming to Latitude with over 80 vendors, making it the first major festival to do away with ‘fast food’ and become completely catered by the capital’s street food pioneers, with food for a health kick, and to suit everyone from vegans to the meat-obsessed.
The Theatre of Food sees chefs, food authors and culinary gurus explore and explain the forgotten skills of the culinary world. Latitude food lovers can explore the forgotten skill of cooking with fire with Gill Meller, inhale the aroma of homemade bread with Food Writer of the Year Felicity Cloake, plus there will be an unmissable spice-filled session with recent Guild of Food Writers award winner Meera Sodha who will delve deep into the majesty of India’s magnificently diverse cuisines. The world’s leading investigative food writer and recent Guild of Food Writers award winner Joanna Blythman will be in-conversation with Irish food writer John McKenna about the myriad machinations of the food industry, and Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co will be interviewed about their lives in food and their new book Middle Eastern Recipes.
Chris Young of the Real Bread Campaign will MC talks from leading Real Bread Campaign bakeries, and will host a panel on the forgotten skill of real bread making, whilst cutting-edge chefs, including Richard Bainbridge, Jordan Bourke, Sally Butcher, and Pure Package founder Jennifer Irvine, will showcase thrilling forgotten cooking techniques. Chocolatiers Lynn Lockwood and David Greenwood will also make us realise how we’ve forgotten how chocolate really should taste, and should be tasted. Street Feast will also be present at Latitude's Theatre of Food, featuring demos from Yum Bun, Club Mexicana, and Up In My Grill. All these amazing performances will take place on the stage of the elegant and wonderfully designed Anglia Factors kitchen.
Carlsberg’s Danish Quarter will bring the taste of Copenhagen to Suffolk on Friday and Saturday, where 30 lucky festivalgoers each day will learn the history and methods of Danish baking and the details of different grains before baking their own piece of bread each, led by head baker Christoffer Hruskova of The Bread Station, and to be collected the following morning after 24 hours prove time. Book a place here.
BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet will be recording a special episode on the Thursday night from 6pm in a secret location, presented by the restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner. The culinary panel show is packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way you think about food, cooking, and eating, and will give Latitude visitors the chance to ask the expert panel their culinary questions. There will be complimentary drinks for the audience and the chance to taste the team’s dishes! The panel will feature Kitchen Cabinet regulars Dr. Zoe Laughlin, Tim Hayward, Andi Oliver, and Jordan Bourke. To become an audience member for this special recording of The Kitchen Cabinet, please register here. Successful applicants will be chosen at random, and applications close at midnight on Sunday 1st July with successful applicants being contacted on Monday 2nd July with all the details they’ll need.
The BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Camper Van will be open from 2pm until 4pm on Friday 13th July at the festival as a drop-in clinic for visitors to put their gardening questions to the experts one-on-one, and have a chance of appearing on BBC Radio 4! Appearing in the van will be regular BBC GQT panellists James Wong, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Biggs... so come armed with your questions, whether you’ve a few window boxes or a few acres - no plot’s too big or too small!
And that "iconic secret act"? There's rumours and guesses floating around of Robert Smith/The Cure, the ginger one, Florence + the Machine, Liam Gallagher, The National, Snow Patrol, and more. Take your pick.
Latitude's 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, Lee Scratch Perry with Mad Professor, Hollie Cook, Reeps One, & 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 are now sold out.
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