Latitude, the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival, and winner of the 2012 Best Family Festival Award returns for an eighth time on Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July 2013 in the idyllic surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk.
Last night I had the honour of visiting the legendary Maida Vale Studios for the grand unveil of Latitude Festival's 2013 bill. Our evening festivites were live with Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6, who rightfully have their own stage at the festival, a pairing which could be described as having some great 'synergy'.
Before the announcements, Steve Mason, who I personally know more for his Beta Band work, performed for the crowd of journalists, which Mr Lamacq pointed out may have not been the most relaxing of prospects. During the Steve on Steve interview we were also given an insight into his critically acclaimed latest release, which has been praised for its depth with its commentary on the 'current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general.'
Next up it was Latitude Festivals founder and creator, Festival Republics's Melvin Benn joined the DJ for the big reveal. After a short chat bout the festival in terms of its evolution and its many unique qualities, suspense had filled the room, and it wasn't long before the hardened journos were cooing and wooping as the line up unfolded.
So without going into essay territory, I will share some of the stellar line - up....
Headlining the majestic Obelisk stage will be Bloc Party, who we have recently welcomed back to the scene, the history making one offs Kraftwerk, who will put on a 3D spectacular taking the best bits from the recent Tate production, with the impressively tight Foals closing to the stage. Melvin admitted he can't get enough of their latest album and I have to agree wholeheartedly with his gushings.
Yannis from Foals comments on their headline appearance: “Latitude is always exciting, because they offer a very tasteful selection of acts. For our band, it’s an honour to headline alongside someone of the calibre of Kraftwerk – they can do whatever they like, they’re unique and you know they’re going to put on an incredible show. Bloc Party will be fantastic headliners too.”
Other personal recommendations would be that you head to the beautiful setting of the i Arena for some of Huw Stephen's handpicked gems, in particular manic rock and rollers Japandroids and the much buzzed about The 1975.
Predictably the BBC Radio 6 Music stage also boasts some cracking headline acts in the shape of Modest Mouse, Mercury Prize winning ALT J, and Beach House. I will also ensure to take in the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip, Daughter, Local Natives, Everything Everything and Jessie Ware over the weekend.
Many events will hark on about their eclectic line up with its ability to please everyone, but it is rare that you can wholeheartedly agree, and it was obvious that this year the Festival Republic Team have really pulled out all the stops. Now I am not particularly well versed on things literary ( I know, as a journalist I should not admit this) and poetic, but I know that time spent with Germaine Greer, Robin Ince and Dawn Porter will be time well spent on many different levels. I am also looking forward to the work of Sadlers Wells who have been loyal participants in the festival and Bowiefest of course... do I need to give reasons, really? Last but not least - well I say last I am editing myself before I think of more and more recommendations - the artist David Shrigley, whose drawings and animations have made me giggle for years now.
At the end of the night the Festival Republic boss took to the mic to say some well earned thank you's and inform us of a few more important aspects to Latitude 2013. Fully endorsed by himself, Melvin, whose bike was parked up in the corner of the studio, spoke proudly of Latitude and Marks & Spencers second Tour de Latitude! This initiative will help participants reduce their carbon footprint by cycling their way to the festival in Suffolk, whilst raising vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping them in their life-saving work supporting seriously ill children and their families from across the UK. Everyone taking part will also have their ticket upgraded at the finish point with access to the Guest campsite and facilities throughout the festival, and Tour de Latitude will transfer bikes back to the start points and provide participants with coach travel back to where their adventure started.
I know I'm going to find all this hard to resist...
Tickets are now on sale, subject to booking fees. An installment plan is available for fans who want to spread the cost of their Latitude weekend ticket between now and July, for full details head to www.latitudefestival.co.uk
Weekend adult tickets £182.50
Weekend accompanied teen ticket (13-15 years) £132.50
Weekend child (5-12 years) tickets £5.00
Adult day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £77.50
Child (5-12 years) day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £5.00
Campervan Permit £40-80 (dependent on size)
Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only.
For weekend accompanied teen tickets, all teenagers must be accompanied by an over 18. Teen tickets can only be purchased at the same time as an adult ticket.