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Preview: Latitude Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Shaw   
08 07 2011
ImageNext weekend will see one of the freshest festivals in the UK return for what will be its sixth year. Held in the beautiful British countryside, Latitude is a no holds barred celebration of all that is great in music, comedy, cabaret, dance, theatre, poetry and even literature.

The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede will headline the main stage at this year's bash, while Bright Eyes, The Cribs and They Might Be Giants will also perform during the weekend of 14-17 July. Meanwhile, The Word Arena will house an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music, featuring performances from Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Eels, Adam Ant, British Sea Power and many, many more.

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The festival, which began in 2006, has proved popular with festival-goers every year since its inception. Perhaps that's because its content, and attitude, has more in common with continental European festivals than your typical, bog standard UK festival.  As well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - The Obelisk Arena, The Word Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage, the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature and this year's no different. Image

Throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy readings from leading poets and authors including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Louise Wener, Tim Key, Simon Armitage, Rory McGrath, Dave Gorman and Alexei Sayle; top comics Alan Carr, Omid Djalili, Greg Davies and a festival debut of Never Mind The Buzzcocks; exciting theatre and dance productions presented by The Gate, Bush Theatre, Sadler's Wells and English National Ballet to name but a few, cabaret performances from David Schneider & Friends, Will Adamsdale, Idiots of Ants; and BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with a fantastic programme of Q&As, discussions and workshops including comedy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon discussing their hilarious work on Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip'.

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Latitude aims to provide fun for all the family, and as such, it plays host to the Children's Arena.  Almost a little festival on its own, offering a world of art & crafts, drama workshops, theatre and puppet shows, all of which means even the little ones won't be bored over the weekend,  while the Literary Salon will provide theatrical installations, discussions, new films and interactive classes in the arena with a difference.

So, if you're looking for a festival that's about more than music, Latitude is the one for you. You'll laugh, you'll cry (in a good way), and you'll live and you'll learn, all in one jam packed fun filled weekend. A sophisticated, scintillating, senses tingling bash, where no one is out place.

For more information, and links to buy tickets for the festival, check the rather lovely Latitude website here
. Latitude Photo by Marc Sethi.
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