Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

infobox music festival
music_festival_name = Latitude festival

location = Suffolk, England
years_active= 2006 - onwards
dates = 16-19 July 2009
genre = Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
website = []
The Latitude Festival is a recently created annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, England. The first Latitude Festival took place on the 14-16 July 2006. The 2007 festival was held on 12-15 July, and Latitude 2008 was on 17-20 July.

The 2009 Festival will be on 16-19 July, and tickets went on sale in July 2008, despite there being no confirmed acts.

Latitude is said to be more similar to continental European festivals; as well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - The Obelisk Arena, The Uncut Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage - the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics and literature.

The festival is run by Festival Republic (formerly the Mean Fiddler Group), which also run Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals.

List of major acts 2006

Friday 14 July"'
*Snow Patrol
*The Zutons
*The Lemonheads

Saturday 15 July"'
*Antony and the Johnsons
*Patti Smith
*Larrikin Love
*Soft Hearted Scientists
*Field Music

Sunday 16 July"'
*Paolo Nutini
*Archie Bronson Outfit

List of major acts 2007

Other acts appearing over the three days included the following

*Au Revoir Simone
*Bill Bailey
*Bat for Lashes
*Lenny Beige
*Camera Obscura
*Alan Carr
*Cold War Kids
*Fancy Spaniels
*Halloween Film Society
*Russell Howard
*Phill Jupitus
*The Light Surgeons
*Lee Mack
*Scott Matthews
*Dylan Moran
*Carol Morley
*Kate Nash
*Seasick Steve
*Chris Shepherd
*Two Gallants
*The Book Club (with Robin Ince)

Security at Latitude 2007

Latitude 2007 was marred by a spate of thefts, in particular on the night of 12 July. Burglaries from more than 40 tents were subsequently reported to Suffolk Police. Inadequate security, including a decision by festival organisers, Mean Fiddler Music Group, not to engage a police presence on site for the duration of the festival has attracted a degree of criticism. [ [ Thieves in the night] ] In a published on Wikipedia, a Mean Fiddler spokesperson said that the incidence of crime at Latitude 2007 represented a reduction pro rata from the previous year's festival. They also stated that the number of security personnel in the campsites would be increased in 2008, and that they will "look further at expanding the CCTV operation". They also intend to "work with Suffolk Constabulary on a more wide reaching crime prevention campaign and to use decoy tents more widely". On the Friday night, security personnel visited campers to ensure they had no valuable property in their tents after 86 thefts on the night before - 21 of these were violent.

List of major music acts 2008

the 2008 line up was announced on 19 March 2008 with Franz Ferdinand headlining on the Friday, Sigur Ros on the Saturday, and Interpol on the Sunday.

Other music acts due to appear

*The Exploits of Elaine (soundtracking Sarah Wood's film 'Book of Love')

*M.I.A. was scheduled to headline the Sunrise Arena on the Sunday but pulled out due to ill health.

*Ida Maria (artist) was scheduled to play on the main stage on Sunday but withdrew due to ill health.

Other Artists

Comedy Arena acts included:-

Friday - Andy Robinson, Robin Ince, Adam Bloom, Simon Day, Ben Norris,Marcus Brigstock (standing in for Dave Fulton), Russell Howard, Daniel Rigby, Arnab Chanda, Ross Noble, Simon Evans, Lucy Porter, Phil Kay & Guilty Pleasures

Saturday - Stephen Grant, Dan Atkinson, Carey Marx, Tim Minchin, Scott Capurro, Jon Richardson, Bill Bailey, Jason Wood, Michael Fabbri, Jeremy Hardy, Miles Jupp, Rich Hall & Guilty Pleasures

Sunday - Rufus Hound, Russell Kane, Phill Jupitus, Steve Weiner, Andrew Lawrence, Frankie Boyle, Milton Jones, Lee Mack, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Stewart Lee, Hans Teeuwen, Omid Djalili & Swap-a-Rama

Film Arena appearances included:-

Barry Adamson, George Pringle, Halloween Film Festival Chris Shepherd Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring and 'Grind A Go-Go from 'Oh My God! I Miss You...'.

See also

*List of music festivals in the United Kingdom


External links

* [ Interviews with stars at Latitude Festival 2008 including Bill Bailey and Franz Ferdinand on ITV Local Anglia]
* [ Latitude festival official site]
* [ Henham Park official site]
* [ Mean Fiddler official site]
* [ eFestivals festival coverage]
* [ Warnfestival Latitude site]
* [ Review and video collection of the 2007 festival]
* [ Niges Personal Review and Photos of Latitude 2007]
* [ Review and photographs of Latitude 2007 by Rob Townsend]
* [,297,BA.html Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert at Latitude 2007] , BAFTA Webcast
* [,177,BA.html Richard Curtis at Latitude 2007] , BAFTA Webcast

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