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Latitude festival!
Location(s) Suffolk, England
Years active 2006 - onwards
Date(s) Mid July

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, England. It was first held in July 2006. 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 BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The i Arena, and the Huw Stephens edited Lake Stage, the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.

The festival is run by Festival Republic (formerly the Mean Fiddler Group), which also run the Reading and Leeds festivals and up until 2013 was contracted to run Glastonbury Festival.

List of major acts 2006[edit]

Snow Patrol Headlining the Latitude festival 2006
Latitude Festival

Friday 14 July

Saturday 15 July

Sunday 16 July

List of major acts 2007[edit]

Day/Arena Obelisk Arena Uncut Arena Sunrise Arena The Lake Stage
Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July
Sunday 15 July

Other acts appearing over the three days included the following[edit]

Security at Latitude 2007[edit]

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.[1] In a statement published on Wikipedia,[unreliable source?] 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[edit]

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

Day/Arena Obelisk Arena Uncut Arena Sunrise Arena The Lake Stage
Friday 18 July
Saturday 19 July
Sunday 20 July

Other music acts due to appear[edit]

  • 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 was scheduled to play on the main stage on Sunday but withdrew due to ill health.

Other artists[edit]

Comedy Arena acts included:-

Friday - Andy Robinson, Robin Ince, Adam Bloom, Simon Day, Ben Norris, Marcus Brigstocke (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...'.

In the Woods appearances:-

Dirty Protest Theatre

Latitude Festival 2009[edit]

The fourth edition took place on 16–19 July 2009. Acts that played include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Thom Yorke, Grace Jones and Pet Shop Boys as the main headliners, alongside Editors, Doves, and Bat for Lashes. The headliners and ticket details were announced on the Latitude Festival official site on 23 March 2009, at 7pm and sold out near to the event. More acts were confirmed at around 12:00 pm on the following day. These acts had already been previously reported on BBC Radio 1, but denied by festival organisers. Also announced in the press were The Gossip. On 3 April 2009 the official Latitude website confirmed Magazine, Spiritualized and Newton Faulkner to be playing. In June, it was announced that Thom Yorke would play an exclusive solo set as the festival's special guest (a role taken by Joanna Newsom in 2008). BBC Radio covered the 4 day event with live music, comedy, sessions and interviews featured in shows across Radio 2, Radio 4, 6 Music and BBC Suffolk. The total attendance for the weekend was 25,000.

Day/Arena Obelisk Arena Uncut Arena Sunrise Arena The Lake Stage
Friday 17 July
Saturday 18 July
Sunday 19 July

The poetry arena included performances from Andrew Motion, Brian Patten, Roger Lloyd-Pack (performing T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land), Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage and Jeffrey Lewis; The Comedy Arena featured Jo Brand, Ed Byrne, Mark Thomas, Sean Lock, Adam Hills, Sean Hughes and Dave Gorman; The Theatre Arena showcased Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Bush Theatre and Paines Plough; The Literary Arena presented Blake Morrison, Jonathan Coe, Mark Steel, Vivienne Westwood, Sir Peter Blake, Frank Skinner and Luke Haines.

Latitude Festival 2010[edit]

Latitude 2010 (the fifth edition) took place on 15, 16, 17 and 18 July 2010. Initial lineup announcements were made at 7pm on Tuesday 9 March 2010.[2] Capacity for the event was increased substantially to 35,000.

Obelisk Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Florence and the Machine
Empire of the Sun
Laura Marling
The Unthanks
Here We Go Magic

Belle & Sebastian
Crystal Castles
The Maccabees
Frank Turner
Corinne Bailey Rae
John Grant
Race Horses

Vampire Weekend
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Temper Trap
Dirty Projectors
Mumford & Sons
Sweet Billy Pilgrim
The Strange Boys
Tom Jones

The Word Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

The National
Richard Hawley
Wild Beasts
The Feeling
Angus & Julia Stone
Black Mountain
The Kissaway Trail
Jonathan Jeremiah

The xx
The Horrors
Noah and the Whale
David Ford
Frightened Rabbit
Paul Heaton
School of Seven Bells
Joshua Radin

Grizzly Bear
The Coral
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Kristin Hersh
The Big Pink
Jamie Lidell
The Antlers

Sunrise Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Tokyo Police Club
Luna Belle
Arno Carstens
I Blame Coco
The Middle East
Holly Miranda
Delta Maid
Kurran and the Wolfnotes
Matthew P

Archie Bronson Outfit
First Aid Kit
The Lost Levels
Lauren Pritchard
O Children
White Belt Yellow Tag
The Hundred in the Hands
Michael Kiwanuka
Lupen Crook
Active Child

Darwin Deez
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
These New Puritans
Morning Parade
Jesca Hoop
Egyptian Hip Hop
Joe Worricker
Nadine Shah
The Liberty Vessels

The Lake Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Everything Everything
Engine Earz Experiment
Esben and the Witch
The Good Natured
Y Niwl
Rose Elinor Dougall
These Ghosts
Aaron Wright

Frankie & the Heartstrings
Zun Zun Egui
Sweet Baboo
Standard Fare
Boycott Monday
The Supernovas
Clare Maguire
The Cads

Beth Jeans Houghton
Tom Williams & The Boat
Mitchell Museum
The Quails
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Security at Latitude 2010[edit]

There was a reported gang rape on the first night of the festival which resulted in a heavy police presence for the remainder of the festival, including posters and flyers being handed out.[3] Crystal Castles criticised the rapists during their performance on the Main Stage calling the perpetrators "disgusting". A second rape was reported to have occurred on the second night though it attracted much less publicity than the first.[4] Women were advised against going anywhere on site unaccompanied.

Latitude Festival 2011[edit]

Latitude 2011 (the sixth edition) took place on 14–17 July 2011. The first line up announcements were revealed on 14 March 2011. The three Obelisk headliners were revealed as well as a number of other artists and acts appearing across all stages.

Obelisk Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

The National
Paloma Faith
Bright Eyes
KT Tunstall
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Wanda Jackson
Edwyn Collins

Paolo Nutini
My Morning Jacket
The Cribs
Seasick Steve
They Might Be Giants
Ed Sheeran

Iron and Wine
The Waterboys
Anna Calvi
Scala & Kolacny Brothers

The Word Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Bombay Bicycle Club
The Vaccines
Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group
Yann Tiersen
Chapel Club
The Duke and The King
Avi Buffalo

Echo and the Bunnymen
I Am Kloot
British Sea Power
The Walkmen
Adam Ant

Lykke Li
Everything Everything
Os Mutantes
The Naked and Famous
Carl Barat
The Leisure Society

Sunrise Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Cat's Eyes
Jenny and Johnny
Cloud Control
Esben and the Witch
Fool's Gold
The Phantom Band
Ben Howard
Our Fold

Steve Mason
Thea Gilmore
C. W. Stoneking
Fight Like Apes
The Head and the Heart
Trophy Wife
Dog Is Dead
Dionne Bromfield
The Raghu Dixit Project
Man Made

Crystal Fighters
Gold Panda
Foster the People
The Bees
Caitlin Rose
Oh Land
The Heartbreaks
Marques Toliver
When Saints Go Machine
Treefight for Sunlight
Aaron Wright and the Aprils

The Lake Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Dutch Uncles
Admiral Fallow
Still Corners
Various Cruelties
The Gentle Good
Brown Brogues
James Spankie
Gary Knock

Y Niwl
Cerebral Ballzy
The B. Goodes
Gabriella Noble

James Blake
Dry the River
Clock Opera
Gwilym Gold
Sea of Bees
These Are End Times
Friends Electric

Latitude Festival 2012[edit]

Latitude 2012 (the seventh edition) took place on 12–15 July 2012. The first line up announcements were revealed on 5 March 2012. The three Obelisk headliners were revealed alongside the three Word Arena headliners, as well as a number of other artists and acts appearing across all stages. What was previously known as the 'Sunrise Arena' has been changed to the 'i Arena'.

Obelisk Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Bon Iver
Janelle Monae
Amadou & Mariam
Glen Hansard
First Aid Kit
Punch Brothers

Laura Marling
Richard Hawley
Michael Kiwanuka
Esperanza Spalding
Baxter Dury
Mick Flannery
Sissy & the Blisters

Paul Weller
Ben Howard
Bat for Lashes
Simple Minds
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Alabama Shakes
Rufus Wainwright

Word Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

White Lies
Lana Del Rey
Dexys Midnight Runners
The Antlers
The War on Drugs
Fatoumata Diawara
Lloyd Cole
The Silver Seas

The Horrors
Daryl Hall
Josh T Pearson
Lianne La Havas
Smoke Fairies
Sharon Van Etten

Wild Beasts
Buena Vista Social Club
St. Vincent
Thomas Dolby
Jonathan Wilson
Gabriel Bruce

The i Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Kurt Vile
Twin Shadow
Foy Vance
Cold Specks
The Field

Zola Jesus
Django Django
I Break Horses
The Staves
Wooden Shjips
Of Monsters and Men
Team Me
Deap Vally
Sunless '97
The Rumour Said Fire
Bwani Junction

Perfume Genius
Slow Club
Other Lives
King Charles
We Are Augustines
Zun Zun Egui
Liz Green
Francois & the Atlas Mountains
Catherine Ad

The Lake Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Clock Opera
Alt-J (∆)
We Have Band
Cate Le Bon
Tim Ten Yen
The Soft

Los Campesinos!
The Crookes
Tall Ships
Theme Park
Paul Thomas Saunders
Sam Airey
Dingus Khan

Herman Düne
Lucy Rose
Weird Dreams
Hooray for Earth
The Cast of Cheers
Gross Magic
Benjamin Bloom

Artists who also performed over the weekend include: George Fitzgerald, Mosca, Shy FX, Skittles, Tuesday Born.

Latitude Festival 2013[edit]

Latitude 2013 (the eighth edition) took place on 18–21 July. The first acts were revealed on 19 March 2013. What was previously known as the Word Arena had its official name changed to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. A brand new music stage has been announced for 2013, The Alcove Stage, which is said to be showcasing upcoming acts with many of the artists coming from the local area.

Obelisk Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Bloc Party
The Maccabees
Cat Power
Yo La Tengo
I Am Kloot
Tim Burgess
The Leisure Society

Hot Chip
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Jessie Ware
Steve Mason
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Steve Mason
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Grizzly Bear
Local Natives
James Blake
The Tallest Man on Earth
Bobby Womack

The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Richard Thompson Electric Trio
Beth Orton
John Grant
Willy Mason
James Skelly & the Intenders
Theme Park

Richard Ashcroft
Mark Lanegan Band
Everything Everything
White Denim
King Charles
Matthew E. White
Gaz Coombes

Beach House
Laura Mvula

The i Arena
Friday Saturday Sunday

Rachel Zeffira
Deptford Goth
Malcolm Middleton
Mikhael Paskalev
Young Wonder
Nick Mulvey
Naomi Keyte

Purity Ring
Dark Dark Dark
Half Moon Run
Matt Corby
King Creosote
Wave Machines
Serafina Steer
The Bots
Thomas Dybdahl

Moon Duo
Stealing Sheep
Fimber Bravo
James Yorkston

The Lake Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Sweet Baboo
Wolf Alice
Joe Banfi
To Be Frank

Veronica Falls
Gabriel Bruce
Jagwar Ma
Retro Stefson
Clean Bandit
Night Engine
Bo Ningen
Joanna Gruesome
Port Isla

Sam Smith
The 1975
Swim Deep
Dan Croll
Amateur Best
Valerie June
Georgia Ruth

Also performing or DJing over the weekend include: Abi Uttley, Anushka, Benin City, Bipolar Sunshine, The Busy Twist, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chloe Howl, Dems, Duologue, The Establishment, The Family Rain, Gamu, Hero Fisher, Kins, Lizzie Bellamy, Lorca, Maglia Rosa Group, Marques Toliver, Milo Greene, MT Wolf, Mungo's Hi Fi, Ossie, Romare, Roy Davis, Jr., Ruen Brothers, Shox, Sivu, Superfood, Syd Arthur, Tuesday Born, Werkha, Zed Bias, Josh Record

Latitude Festival 2014[edit]

Latitude 2014 (the ninth edition) will take place on 17–20 July. The first acts were revealed on 11 December 2013. The first headliner announced for the festival is Two Door Cinema Club. Also announced to be performing include: Röyksopp, Robyn, Haim, Billy Bragg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala, Slowdive, Hall & Oates, First Aid Kit, Booker T. Jones, Anna Calvi, Phosphorescent, Nils Frahm, Goat, Cass McCombs, Willis Earl Beal, Marika Hackman, San Fermin, Son Lux and Josephine Foster. On January 20, Damon Albarn was announced as the festival's second headliner via Twitter.[5]

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