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, Friday and Sunday.
On Saturday, MUMFORD & SONS will take to the Obelisk Arena as Saturday night headliners in a UK Festival Exclusive. The Grammy Award winners will be bringing their ‘Gentlemen of the Road Stopover’ to Henham Park, presenting their personally curated Saturday line up of some of today’s biggest new bands, before bringing the night to a close with an unmissable headline performance. The band said: “This collaboration with Latitude is one of the most exciting things we’re doing this year. Ever since we started working on Gentlemen Of The Road Stopovers we’ve really enjoyed curating line ups and sharing not only our own music but also sharing music of artists who we love and are listening to regularly. It’s almost like creating a mix tape with a best friend, but instead it’s a whole day of music, across multiple stages, with 40,000 people!”
In what is set to be one of the most unmissable festival appearances of the summer, the acclaimed TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB will take to the Obelisk Arena armed with a set laden with hits from their trio of albums, Tourist History, Beacon, and Gameshow. Gracing the stage alongside this year’s headliners, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB will be bringing endless festival anthems to the field including ‘What You Know’, ‘Something Good Can Work’, ‘Bad Decisions’, ‘Are We Ready (Wreck)’ and more for an out of this world performance, set to go down in Latitude Festival history. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB said of their performance: “We are so excited to be coming to Latitude as Special Guests in July. The festival has such a beautiful vibe and is a great celebration of art which we can’t wait to be part of this summer.”
Torchbearer for his genre, LEON BRIDGES will grace the OBELISK ARENA on Saturday as part of Mumford & Son’s Gentlemen of the Road Latitude takeover, bringing his gospel and soul hits to what will no doubt be a mammoth crowd.
Also appearing will be returning festival favourite captivating singer-songwriter LUCY ROSE. Fresh after a huge 2016 and the release of their second album ‘How To Be A Human Being’,
GLASS ANIMALS will also bring their energetic live show to Latitude, alongside Senegal’s mesmerising BAABA MAALand THE VERY BEST.
BBC MUSIC STAGE
Fresh talent joining Saturday’s already brimming bill include Scandinavian troubadour SKOTT who opens the BBC Music Stage.
THE BBC MUSIC STAGE will once again play host to some huge acts this summer, including including Ben Howard’s record label ‘Hell Up Records’ latest mysterious signing, A BLAZE OF FEATHER, a multi-talented band debut for the Latitude audience, alongside the incomparable SOHN, and BBC Sound Of 2016 winner JACK GARRATT.
Also performing on Saturday are hotly-tipped pop powerhouse MAGGIE ROGERS, prodigious multi-instrumental two-piece THE LEMON TWIGS, model turned folk singer KAREN ELSON, and the return of young indie rebel DECLAN MCKENNA.
On Saturday, 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, including indie-pop duo SYLVAN ESSO, and the exuberant duo HONEYBLOOD. Joining them are Chicago slacker sweethearts TWIN PEAKS, as will one of the hottest names in UK hip-hop right now, DAVE and mysterious producer SERAMIC and grunge-rock singer MARGARET GLASPY,
Another addition to the Sunrise Arena as part of the Gentlemen of the Road takeover: renowned folkster BEANS ON TOAST, who will be followed by JOE GODDARD who will DJ late into the night.
JORJA SMITH is the first of many handpicked for the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover on Saturday. At just 19-years of age, she has already received praise around the country including being named fourth in this year’s BBC Sound Ofpoll, and will perform on the LAKE STAGE this summer.
DIY PRESENTS THE ALCOVE STAGE
On Saturday, Latitude Festival’s most intimate and adored arena, DIY presents the Alcove Stage will have performances from the beautifully soulful JADE BIRD, and driving four piece MOSA WILD who have made a remarkable impact since emerging in late 2016.
Hackney’s FLYTE and soul-infused pop starlet MINKE join the bill, and Jesse Quinn of Keane and Mt Desolation fame’s solo project WHILE THE WORLD SLEEPS.
THE MUSIC AND FILM ARENA
The Music and Film Arena will be compered across the weekend by MARIA RUBAN.
On Saturday, anonymous masked DJ heavyweight JAGUAR SKILLS will delight the Music & Film Arena with his encyclopaedic knowledge of drum and bass, hip-hop and everything in between.
The Music and Film Arena will play host to one of the brightest MC talents to emerge from the UK’s buzzing grime underground scene in recent years, AJ TRACEY, and MC, producer and Best Grime Act MOBO Award nominee, NOVELIST. Hip-hop DJ and Radio 1 Xtra host DJ SEMTEX will join them, taking the Latitude party late into the night.
Performances will also come from iconic dub poet, writer, social commentator and musician BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH AND THE REVOLUTIONARY MINDS, a re-imagination of Henry Purcell’s opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by FESTIVAL VOICES
Created from BFI National Archive footage dating back to 1919 and sound tracked by John Grant, Hercules & Love Affair and Goldfrapp, QUEERAMA is a documentary that marks and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. In the MUSIC & FILM ARENA, the film screening will followed by a Q&A with Director Daisy Asquith.
The director behind the legendary Jason Bourne action thrillers, PAUL GREENGRASS, and director of 2016’s critically-acclaimed biographical drama A UNITED KINGDOM, AMMA ASANTE, will each be in conversation with outspoken and respected UK film critic MARK KERMODE in the Music and Film Arena.
There will also be a performance from up and coming band, Harry Lloyd’s WAITING FOR SMITH.
THE COMEDY ARENA
Having appeared in E4’s Skins and 2016’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, JOEL DOMMETT will be bringing his high-octane comedy to Latitude on Saturday. Joel has appeared in numerous television shows including Charlie Brooker’s sitcom Popatron, Sky 1’s Bring The Noise, ITV2’s Reality Bites and Comedy Central’s Drunk History.
Comedian and magician PETE FIRMAN, known for his appearances on The Magicians and The Next Great Magician, will be joining the Comedy stage on Saturday for a performance of his trademark tricks.
BUTTONED DOWN DISCO will also return to Henham Park with their eclectic mix of pop, indie, quirky covers and house.
BBC3 Edinburgh Comedy Marathon host and series regular on Wall Of Fame, ANDREW MAXWELL will be returning to Latitude for another raucous performance full of intrepid social commentary and funny political observations.
Sharp wit and humorous observations will also come from American stand-up comedian, political satirist and author of the critically acclaimed Never Shake Hands With A War, BARRY CRIMMINS.
Prolific comedian, writer and podcaster, RICHARD HERRING is one of the UK’s most influential comedians of the past twenty years and will be making an unmissable return to Latitude. Joining him will be fast-talking, gag-a-second stand-up ADAM HESS. Awkwardly observant comedian and apologetic Eton and Oxford alumni IVO GRAHAM will regale Latitude with his gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit ahead of his autumn tour.
It’ll be prizes and puns aplenty as Phil Ellis brings his anarchic and delinquent comedic take on a kids gameshow, FUNZ AND GAMEZ to Henham Park.
In the Comedy Arena, the world’s best travelling dance party HOT DUB TIME MACHINE will be coming to Latitude for the first time. After sell-out performances at festivals, theatres and on rooftops across the globe, lead DJ Tom Loud will take audiences from 1954 to the present day with the best pop hits.
Also appearing this year will be KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN, AND ABIGOLIAH SCHAMAUN.
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 Saturday, ROBIN INCE, best known for co-hosting The Infinite Monkey Cage, who will be performing FESTIVAL SHAMBLES. His guests are KATY BRAND, JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS, JOANNA NEARY, BARRY CRIMMINS and GEORGE EGG.
Booker-nominated author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary, COLM TÓIBÍN will come to Henham Park to discuss his latest novel, HOUSE OF NAMES, a reimagining of the Greek classic tale of Clytemnestra’s family tragedy. Also visiting The SpeakEasy for the first time, GEOFF DYER will discuss White Sands; his creative exploration of why we travel which was recently shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2017. Both Colm and Geoff will be interviewed by Guardian journalist, ALEX CLARK.
SARAH WINMAN, author of the international bestseller When God was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year of Marvellous Ways will be at The SpeakEasy to preview her highly anticipated new novel TIN MAN, in conversation with The Bookseller’s SARAH SHAFFI.
Also joining The SpeakEasy line up is GLOBAL PILLAGE; the brand new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. The panel, led by DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE, will include SUSAN WOKOMA, SARAH BENNETTO, BISHA K ALI and ATHENA KUGBLENU.
Exploring their recollections of pop culture through memoir will be COSEY FANNI TUTTI, interviewed by celebrated music journalist PETE PAPHIDES. COSEY FANNI TUTTI will be discussing her hugely acclaimed autobiography Art Sex Music which charts her rise with era-defining COUM Transmissions through to her time with Throbbing Gristle.
JOHN LLOYD will reflect upon his career creating some of the most iconic comedy TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI, interviewed by author and TV critic, VIV GROSKOP.
Insightful, relevant and empathetic, The Unaccompanied is a bold new statement of intent. Jamaican-British dub poet LINTON KWESI JOHNSON will call Latitude to arms with his poetry on Saturday. Linton’s highly political poetry has been at the forefront of counterculture since the 1970s and in 2002 he became the second living poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classic series.
Ted Hughes Award winner HOLLIE MCNISH will team up with ROSY CARRICK and HANNAH SILVA to honour the Russian revolutionary poets in The Language of Revolution.
Other poets confirmed for The SpeakEasy include: BOHDAN PIASECKI and LISA LUXX,
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.
Flying the flag for BBC Music Introducing on the Saturday of this year’s festival are Edinburgh genre-benders SINK, ascendant hush-popper TENDER CENTRAL, acclaimed Mande master SEFO KANUTEH, hotly-tipped jazz quartet FLYING MACHINES, Glaswegian producer and composer IONA FORTUNE, rapidly rising hip-hop talent PIERS JAMES, and blues classicists AMANDA BROWN & THE COMMON EARS.
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.”
On Saturday, SADLER’S WELLS, the UK’s leading dance house returns to the Waterfront Stage for the tenth year to present a diverse programme including MATTHEW BOURNE’S NEW ADVENTURES, which celebrates thirty years of innovative dance this year, to the Latitude audience. An extract from Town and Country; COUNTRY is a heartfelt pastiche led by the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. MATTHEW BOURNE’S NEW ADVENTURES will also lead a workshop on the Waterfront Stage, open to the Latitude audience.
Following the Grammy Award nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sadler’s Wells present SISTERS GRIMM’s ‘Voices of the Amazon’ on the Waterfront Stage this summer, telling the majestic tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River through enchanting contemporary ballet and capoeira, accompanied by live music by Brazilian songwriters and world-renowned percussionists, OLODUM.
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 Saturday, Latitude Festival introduces talks investigating REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY. PROFESSOR STEVEN D REICHER (St Andrews) and DR JON SUTTON will look at the timely concept of Crowd action for social change, political rhetoric & mass mobilisation, hosted by The Psychologist.
Latitude Festival will present debates and discussion on the scientific knowledge that is revolutionising ideas of health and healthcare. PROFESSOR SIMON BARON-COHEN (Director, Autism Research Centre) is a world expert on autism, and will be discussing Autism and Neurodiversity with ADAM FEINSTEIN (author of A History of Autism). DR TONY GOLDSTONE and DR SAMANTHA SCHOLTZ (Imperial) take a look at Gut Hormones in Addiction with comedian, actor and satirist MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE who discusses his personal experiences with food, drugs and alcohol.
Salon London will present Mindfulness in The Hard Science with DOCTOR WILLEM KUKYEN from OXFORD MINDFULNESS CENTRE, while DR JACK LEWIS and LLIANA BIRD will present Geek Chic Live with special guests.
THE CABARET THEATRE
On Saturday, CHARLIE BAKER will be making a stop at Latitude where he’ll be polishing up terrible pop songs in his own unique style, whilst Comedy double act and creators of The Wrestling, MAX AND IVAN will be returning to Latitude this year with their intricate multi-character show.
They will be joined by iconic collective DUCKIE showcasing NANCY BOY REVOLUTION which will call all dissident dykes, political puff-tahs, bisexual bolsheviks and progressive trans-gressives to rise up and revolt in style. Latitude favourite IDA BARR will present Lost Pubs of England.
RAVE KARAOKE will play karaoke classics of yesteryear in The Cabaret Theatre, presented by DJ, performer & full-time show-off Anna Greenwood. Plus there’s a brand new yoga experience suitable for yogis of any ability; DISCO YOGA will encourage Latitude to ‘Glitter Up’ before a session of flow yoga set to a disco soundtrack in the CABARETARENA. Also appearing this year will be LUKE KEMPNER, SOPHIE WILLAN, SARAH BENNETTO, KELLY CONVEY, DAISY EARL, MICHAEL ODEWALE, GEORGE LEWIS, DARREN HARRIOTT, AND TOM WARD.
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 Saturday, 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.
Recently selected by London’s Evening Standard as one of the exciting new and young poetic voices in London, RICHARD OSMOND will be taking audiences on a poetic foraging walk starting in Latitude’s stunning Faraway Forest on the Saturday. Richard is a professional forager, a hobby from childhood that grew into a career and has in turn gone on to shape his life and his first collection of poems, The Useful Verse.
Also joining the festival’s Wellcome Trust supported programme, giving talks at UNLIMITED THEATRE’S SPACE SHED in the FARAWAY FOREST, is endurance athlete SHU PILLINGER, to speak about optimizing the body for athleticism on EARTH AND IN SPACE.
Sessions exploring science and space through theatrical performance and innovative pop-ups include, DR KIMBERLEY WADE (Warwick) and JOHN HIGGS with SALON LONDON presenting False Memories of Time & Place: exploring false memory in psychology, neuroscience and Art.
DR JAMES KILNER’S SCIENCE IN A VAN takes experimental science into the field, recreating behavioural experiments. There will also be Emily Goss’s GROW YOUR OWN LOVE REVOLUTION,
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 Saturday, this year sees a line-up on the Solas Stage that includes genre-straddling MC AFRIKAN BOY, funk-pop beach bums PARCELS, folk storyteller WESTERMAN, renowned producer and songwriter WILLY MASON, the critically revered SEAMUS FOGARTY, restlessly inventive Danish quintet LOWLY, and hotly-tipped 4AD signing ALDOUS HARDING.
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.