Taking place in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017, the 12th edition of LATITUDE FESTIVAL once again sets the bar high for summer festivals, with a host of names announced across the stages including the BBC Music Introducing Stage, The SpeakEasy, Music and Film, Solas and many more.
Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude Festival commented: “Following the incredible success of our eleventh edition last year, we had set the bar high for this year’s festival. Latitude 2017 is already simply unmissable.”
Lucy Woods, music talent booker for the Latitude Festival music stages said: “We have phenomenal headliners, but in addition to this there are hundreds of acts to stumble upon at Latitude Festival. The festival’s legacy of championing undiscovered music is stronger than ever, and in what’s been my first year, I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come.”
There’s loads going on – don’t forget to check out the events on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Fresh from their Best British Group win at the BRIT Awards and two sold-out nights at the O2 Arena, THE 1975 will headline Friday night at Latitude, bringing with them a remarkable stage set up and a fiercely dedicated fan base. Following last year’s critically acclaimed No.1 album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, the Manchester outfit have gone from strength to strength over the last four years, going on to sell out arenas across the world since first performing on The Lake Stage back in 2013.
Also joining the stellar OBELISK ARENA bill are Scouse indie hit makers THE CORAL who’ll be bringing their psychedelic sounds to Henham Park for another trailblazing set, and Festival favourites MYSTERY JETS will take to the stage for an effortlessly energetic performance full of old hits and songs from Ivor Novello-nominated album Curve of the Earth.
Hot off the back of their acclaimed debut album The Witch, London’s own PUMAROSA will be bringing their captivating live show straight from our nation’s capital to the Obelisk Arena. The Obelisk Arena will also see performances by some of today’s most exciting and respected artists. Making their Latitude debut after almost 20 years together, GOLDFRAPP will set the arena ablaze in a long awaited performance, with the addition of returning festival favourites THE HORRORS in a UK Festival Exclusive, and the critically adored TINARIWEN.
BBC MUSIC STAGE
THE BBC MUSIC STAGE will once again play host to some huge acts this summer, including pioneering folk artist BETH ORTON on Friday, who’ll be bringing an acoustic performance built especially for the Latitude stage that can’t be seen anywhere else. Also performing are fellow label mates of The 1975, THE JAPANESE HOUSE, WHO brings her atmospheric synth-pop to Latitude.
The BBC Music Stage will welcome alt-rock pioneers PLACEBO for their Latitude debut and UK Festival Exclusive performance, bringing with them an extensive back catalogue including favourites ‘Infra-Red’, ‘Every You Every Me’ and ‘Pure Morning’. The iconic RIDE will also be delivering their seminal shoegaze.
THE RADIO DEPT. make their Latitude debut alongside Antipodean songwriter JULIA JACKLIN, US folk favourites THE HEAD AND THE HEART, and dance pop prospects FORMATION.
Hidden away in the woods, the Sunrise Arena returns with an eclectic line up that boasts some of the most exciting, genre-defying musicians of the moment. On Friday, Atmospheric krautrock trio BEAK> will give a headline performance, alongside and hyped London quartet PALACE.
Also appearing are Scandinavian starlet SIGRID, electronic producer MAX COOPER, the ever-evolving might of ESBEN AND THE WITCH, contemporary soul singer KADHJA BONET, and SAINT MOTEL, WHO will bring a dreamy-pop performance to the Sunrise Arena. Ascendant Irish singer ÁINE CAHILL will also take to the stage.
Bringing the evenings to a close on the SUNRISE ARENA, and rounding off the day’s proceedings will be a storming DJ set delivered by electronic icons SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO.
On Friday, profoundly arresting Swedish singer-songwriter ALBIN LEE MELDAU will take to the Lake Stage. sJoining the bill is raucous live act DEAD PRETTIES, who have been wowing crowds across our nation’s capital over the last year, while Suffolk’s own BESSIE TURNER join the Lake Stage line up as part of BBC Introducing.
DIY PRESENTS THE ALCOVE STAGE
On Friday, Latitude Festival’s most intimate and adored arena, DIY presents the Alcove Stage will have performances from hugely hyped 4AD sensation PIXX, the much-loved hushed and hymnal BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH, fellow Dirty Hit signees KING NUN, rising pop sensation YOUNGR, and country pop rising star CATHERINE MCGRATH.
As anticipation builds for their forthcoming debut album, Norway’s SLØTFACE, who have proved themselves as one of the most exciting new acts of the year will be joining the stellar music line up.
THE MUSIC AND FILM ARENA
The Music and Film Arena will be compered across the weekend by MARIA RUBAN.
Friday will see Latitude Festival welcome WILL YOUNG to headline the Music & Film Arena. The critically acclaimed singer will join Latitude with his band for a rare performance of Summer Jazz Sessions. Irish musician IMELDA MAYwill also headline the stage, performing songs from her forthcoming album ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’.
Latitude is also delighted to welcome MOBO founder and music industry pioneer, KANYA KING to the stage for a very special interview exploring her extraordinary work to bring black music to heart of international music culture.
Leading variety performer LA VOIX will dazzle the Latitude audience with a one of a kind performance with actress HARRIET THORPE, and there’ll be a Swing Jazz Takeover by WHITE MINK where they will transport the audience back to the early twentieth century through a collection of DJs and burlesque performers.
The solo project of Hot Chip’s Rob Smoughton, BLACK PEACHES will fill the MUSIC & FILM ARENA with psychotropic country, spiritual jazz and funk sounds.
ALT.RUSSIA takes you on Placebo’s tour from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St Petersburg in the Baltic Sea, investigating the alternative culture in Russia from artists, architects, animators and musicians whilst taking in the raw emotions of Latitude’s Friday BBC Music Stage headliners, PLACEBO who will introduce the film to the Latitude crowd in person.
Artist, musician and Turner-Prize winner MARTIN CREED will present an iconoclastic discussion of art, humour and subversion through his stage show Words and Music, whilst BRUCE PARRY teams up with JON SAUVEN of GREENPEACE to discuss his latest film TAWAI; a voice from the forest where Bruce lives with indigenous people of the world on a quest into the heart of the human conscience.
THE COMEDY ARENA
Friday will see the phenomenally talented DARA Ó BRIAIN bring his astute observations to the COMEDY ARENA for a headline performance. Dara has been an ubiquitous presence in British comedy for the past decade, both as a presenter on Mock the Week and recent reboot of Robot Wars and his decade-long stint as the host of Live at the Apollo.
North-East of England’s finest, CHRIS RAMSEY will be joining the stellar line up with his high-energy, off-the-cuff stand-up comedy. A regular face on entertainment shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Virtually Famous, Chris has also appeared as Jack in BBC2’s Hebburn alongside his latest touring show All Growed Up, which has been extended due to outstanding demand.
He’ll be joined by corporate lawyer turned comedian SUSAN CALMAN, who is set to delight the Latitude audience with her bubbly manner and caustic edge. The BBC 4 favourite has garnered fans worldwide with her confessional tales, and will be bringing them with her in abundance to the COMEDY ARENA.
Charming and charismatic, Brighton’s finest motor mouth SEANN WALSH will be bringing another outstanding observational stand-up performance to Henham Park.
The thought-provoking TIFF STEVENSON joins them in captivating Henham Park following her sell-out 2015 show Mad Man, which received a blinding ten 4* and 5*reviews.
Also in the COMEDY ARENA will be podcaster and innovative BAFTA award winning writer and comedian, SUZI RUFFELL whose engrossing tales of social ineptitude has captivated audiences everywhere.
BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner STEVE BUGEJA. Joining them with his musical dexterity will be comedian, professional choirboy and aspiring goalkeeper LLOYD GRIFFITH.
The ultimate pop safe space, GUILTY PLEASURES will return to the festival armed with the most unashamedly and unapologetic chart hits.
Also appearing this year will be TOM LUCY, BRENNAN REECE, LAUREN PATTISON, JAYDE ADAMS, and the CHORTLE STUDENT COMEDY AWARDS which originally showcased the emerging talent of Chris Ramsey and Adam Hess.
This year Latitude Festival brings all the debate, discussion, literary and poetry events under one roof, in The SpeakEasy. From established wordsmiths to emergent talents, literary legends to radical insurgents, The SpeakEasy will host author sessions with award-winning writers, poetry performance from the brightest voices and lively discussion until late into the night.
On Friday, WILL YOUNG will lead The Art of Listening, a talk followed by a Q&A, discussing in depth the way people connect and the importance of being heard, while MARK THOMPSON will perform The Show at the End of the Universe.
SALON LONDON will present two sessions on this topic; Vive le Hedoniste which explores pleasure, reward and collective joy with PROF WOLFRAM SCHULTZ (Cambridge, recipient of The Brain Prize 2017) and JULES EVANS(Queen Mary),
Star of cult TV show Trigger Happy TV, DOM JOLY will present his stage show HELLO. IT’S DOM JOLY to the LITERARY AND POETRY ARENA.
BBC 6Music’s SHAUN KEAVENY will also produce a special episode of his Middle Aged Night Out from The SpeakEasy with special guest DANE BAPTISTE.
Exploring their recollections of pop culture through memoir will be LOL TOLHURST, interviewed by celebrated music journalist PETE PAPHIDES. LOL TOLHURST will be discussing his poignant memoir Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, a passionate and evocative account of his time in one of the defining bands of the 70s and 80s, The Cure, and a frank and moving look at his personal addictions and his road to recovery.
MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG, who shot to fame in the mid-90s when he become the only poet to sign a contract worth £1m, will present an anthology of work in How Freakin’ Zeitgesit Are You?.
Other poets confirmed for The SpeakEasy include: ROSS SUTHERLAND, MARK GRIST, JONNY FLUFFYPINK, and IAN DUHIG
BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING STAGE
Returning to Latitude for its second year, the BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING STAGE once again welcomes an eclectic array of talent specifically chosen for Latitude, submitted via a plethora of local BBC Introducing shows. Over the years, BBC Music Introducing has played a pivotal part in nurturing the careers of some of the biggest acts to have graced Latitude including Ed Sheeran and Florence and the Machine. This year’s stage comes presented by BBC Radio 3 mainstays MAX REINHARDT (the Late Junction) and SUZY KLEIN (In Tune), and BBC 6 Music’s “modern day musical anti-hero”, TOM RAVENSCROFT. Highlights from all the sets on the BBC Music Introducing stage will be available across the network of Local Radio Introducing shows, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6Music. To find out more information go to www.bbc.co.uk/introducing.
Friday’s festivities are kicked off by a stellar bill that features jazz/R&B collective SOLOMON’S GARDEN, Conwy sensation OMALOMA, Essex’s Sound of 2017 star LISA WRIGHT, alt-folk instrumental troupe FISHCLAW, Scotland-via-Transylvania singer-songwriter LIZABETT RUSSO, spoken word performer BANWO THE POET and denizens of doo-wop BE GOOD.
TANIA HARRISON, Latitude’s Arts Curator says: “Latitude celebrates the very best artists, both emergent and established, across myriad art forms, and this ethos is embodied in the fullness and diversity of the Dance bill for this summer. We’re incredibly proud to offer audiences not only the chance to see the very best ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance from around the globe, but also the opportunity to learn from these companies through practice.”
BALLETBOYZ will be bringing their new work ‘Life.’ to the Waterfront Stage, featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers PONTUS LIDBERG and JAVIER DE FRUTOS. ‘Life.’ takes an elegant, powerful and sometimes provocative look at life and death, presented in BalletBoyz’ inimitable style and performed by its all-male company of ten incredible dancers.
Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer and dancer BOTIS SEVA will return to the festival with his company FAR FROM THE NORM and their new work DA NATIVE. The piece will explore the timely topic of cultural displacement through a high-energy combination of physical theatre, contemporary dance and hip-hop. The Latitude audience will also have the chance to experience a FAR FROM THE NORM WORKSHOP.
WELLCOME TRUST ARENA
This year’s timely theme Come the Revolution will continue to be expressed through the most cutting edge scientific research and the words and wit of writers, researchers and scientists from across the UK and beyond.
Tania Harrison, Arts Curator for Latitude Festival said: “I am delighted to present our Wellcome Trust programme at Latitude 2017. In the past four years we have worked to bring the most rigorous, engaging discussion and research to our audience. My theme for the festival this year is Come The Revolution, and in the Wellcome Trust programme I have invited scientists, speakers and artists to present discussions and shows that explore the revolutions taking place across scientific disciplines: the breakthroughs in neuroscience that will change our health, wellbeing and technologies.”
On Friday, THE SICK OF THE FRINGE will bring selected highlights to the festival, exploring the relationship between the body and the brain including Austerity Cuts, FK Alexander: Recovery and Ageing Disgracefully.
The Technology vs. Human Revolution will see PROFESSOR STEVE FULLER (Warwick) and PROF ARTHUR I MILLER (UCL) in discussion on the future of AI, chaired by DR DANIEL GLASER (Science Gallery London).
THE ODDITORIUM will present Diary of a Cell Farmer’s ABI ASPEN GLENNCROSS (Future Farm Lab) on growing meat in the laboratory using stem-cell technology, and HAUNTED MOUSTACHE: The manipulation of consciousness.
DR BEN FINCHAM (Sussex) and DINAH BORNAT will explore Autonomy, freedom and playing with the rules: the rehabilitation of wellbeing.
The highly respected physical theatre company GECKO will collaborate with SUFFOLK MIND to explore mindfulness through an interactive workshop, based on work from their acclaimed production, Institute.
PROFESSOR DANIEL M. DAVIS (Manchester) will be in conversation with DR NATALIE RIDDELL (Surrey), delving into Immunity and the Health Revolution, chaired by broadcaster, comedian and actor ROBIN INCE.
THE CABARET THEATRE
On Friday, the illustrious SOHO THEATRE who host the best names in comedy at their London home, will take up residence in the CABARET TENT. Hosted by Phil Ellis, London’s innovative SOHO THEATRE will welcome hip-hop duo RUBBERBANDITS, Swedish musical comedian CARL-EINAR HÄCKNER, COLIN HOULT performing as his alter ego ANNA MANN, live art provocateur LUCY MCCORMICK and high-octane stand-up DESIREE BURCH.
They will be joined by three-time Chortle Award-winner, JOSEPH MORPURGO with his idiosyncratic brand of eccentric and subversive comedy, and DESMOND O’CONNOR’S VIVE LA RESISTANCE which features a live swing band, audience dancing led by Swing Patrol and explosive circus cabaret performances.
The Latitude audience should charge up their smartphones for an intense round of quizzes, challenges and games in WIFI WARS. Also appearing this year will be BILAL ZAFAR, NORRIS & PARKER, MADDY ANHOLT, FLO & JOAN, FIN TAYLOR, SARAH KEYWORTH, GEORGE RIGDEN, AND GUZ KHAN.
OPERA NORTH are committed to challenging conventional perceptions of opera. At Latitude 2017, they will transform Latitude’s woodlands into a magical immersive soundscape as Opera North Projects bring ‘Underworld’ to The Faraway Forest; a Greek mythology experience formed through words, music and light. Find a path through the Forest and listen out for Orpheus: His voice is in the trees and under the ground; it’s coming.
Elsewhere in the FARAWAY FOREST, audiences will encounter sheds, talks and installations from artists and companies including the V&A, who will preview images and an immersive chorus audio experience from their forthcoming OPERA: PASSION, POWER AND POLITICS exhibition in collaboration with ROYAL OPERA HOUSE. This immersive exhibition spans 400 years, through the lens of seven premieres in seven cities, and explores the seminal forces that drive so many stories.
Our unseen artists in the Faraway Forest include METRO IMAGING, who support the GALLERY, and JANE LENNARD, who will transform the Forest’s iconic Tree of Life into a mass of yellow roses. Audience should also keep an eye out for AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION and MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES, THE HYPERCOLLIDER, and the ARTS COUNCIL.
On Friday, How I Hacked My Way Into Space will be presented by UNLIMITED THEATRE at their Space Shed, which will also host talks on the body and medicine in space from LIBBY JACKSON and BETH HEALEY, the doctor who spent a year in Antarctica in the name of space exploration.
DR JAMES KILNER’S SCIENCE IN A VAN takes experimental science into the field, recreating behavioural experiments.
SOLAS returns to Henham Park, bringing its signature mix of transcendental experience for the Latitude audience. Whether it’s rejuvenating treatments, yoga, moments of relaxation or artistic inspiration, SOLAS has carved out an enclave of creativity, openness and excitement at Latitude.
In tandem with art and healing, the SOLAS STAGE is an intimate venue which plays host to some of the best emerging UK and Irish talent from across the musical spectrum; from folk-tinged acoustic troubadours to ambient electro, from dark pop to the spacier end of electronic music.
On Friday, this year sees a line-up on the Solas Stage that includes Irish troubadour DAVID KEENAN, indie-house duo LE BOOM, Nile Rodgers’ favourite BRIAN DEADY, experimental pop trio WHITE KITE, Dutch indie-pop dreamers KLANGSTOF, Scandi-pop five-piece BROEN, Sweden’s shimmering GEOWULF, and the bright and brilliant ROSIE CARNEY.
In Pandora’s Playground, there’ll be DYLAN’S MOBILE BOOKSTORE where the audience can immerse themselves in the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s most famous son. Then late night Latitude Festival favourites DISCO SHEDwill return to PANDORA’S PLAYGROUND with their 8 x 6 ft garden shed, keeping the party going every night with the best soul, funk, house and techno.