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 Saturday.
FLEET FOXES make their Latitude debut in a UK Festival Exclusive, as they headline The Obelisk Arena on Sunday. Returning from a hiatus and armed with a platinum debut album, their first British performance in five years will no doubt make for a memorable end to the weekend. The band said: “After being holed up in the studio for a year, there’s nothing we’re more excited about than performing new songs and revisiting our catalog at Latitude!”
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING will be joining a star-studded line up in the Obelisk Arena. The innovative outfit craft one of the most visually stunning live shows on the festival circuit, taking material from their critically acclaimed back catalogue to intergalactic new heights.
Velvet Underground founder JOHN CALE will perform from over five decade’s worth of solo material in The Obelisk Arena, along with orchestral pop band THE DIVINE COMEDY and gospel legend MAVIS STAPLES, country singing duo WARD THOMAS and enigmatic Belgian rapper BALOJI.
BBC MUSIC STAGE
On Sunday, THE BBC MUSIC STAGE will once again play host to some huge acts this summer, including including THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, who are set to make their Latitude Festival debut armed with the hugely influential album Psychocandy and the recently released Damage and Joy.
The legendary FATBOY SLIM will bring his barrage of hits to Henham Park on Sunday. Also joining the line up is innovative rising rapper LOYLE CARNER, backed with the recent release of his touching debut album, ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, alongside BBC Sound Of 2017 nominee TOM GRENNAN, Festival favourites IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE, and Irish national treasure LISA HANNIGAN in support of her recent ‘At Swim’ album. The BBC Music Stage will also see a performance from London electronic duo MOUNT KIMBIE and Icelandic garage-rockers KALEO.
On Sunday, 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. Performing on Sunday will be American troubadour KEVIN MORBY, psych revivalists TEMPLES, the highly-praised power trio SUNFLOWER BEAN, the much-loved Liverpudlian trio ALL WE ARE, genre-straddling experimental trio YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN, raucous London outfit GOAT GIRL, and classical pianist LUBOMYR MELNYK.
Bringing the evenings to a close on the SUNRISE ARENA, and rounding off the day’s proceedings will a storming DJ set delivered by radio legend TREVOR NELSON.
On Sunday, 80s influenced jokers RAD PITT join the Lake Stage line up as part of BBC Introducing.
DIY PRESENTS THE ALCOVE STAGE
Sunday sees exciting from hook-heavy Humberside heroes LIFE on the Alcove Stage. Latitude Festival’s ultimate destination for the hottest new music talent, DIY PRESENTS THE ALCOVE STAGE will be playing host to Scandinavian wonder ALEX VARGAS, indie pop optimists CHILDHOOD, and the sultry duo TENDER who have recently been wowing crowds across London with a string of acclaimed shows.
There will also be performances from local act MULLALLY, German electronic duo LEA PORCELAIN, and British singer-songwriter JOE FOX.
THE MUSIC AND FILM ARENA
The Music and Film Arena will be compered across the weekend by MARIA RUBAN.
On Sunday, Latitude Festival welcomes KURUPT FM as headliners of the Music & Film Arena. The stars of BBC smash-hit ‘PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING’ will take over the arena, dropping nothing but first-rate garage, grime, reggae & DnB. Dutch electronic producer, songwriter and vocalist CHAGALL will perform ‘COLLABORATION’.
Multi award winning hip-hop DJ and producer DJ YODA will be reinvigorating his craft in the MUSIC & FILM ARENA, delivering a unique performance full of humorous intent to the Latitude audience with his History of Gaming / Stranger Things show. Joining him will be beatboxing artist REEPS ONE & THE VOICES who is set to bring his fast routines and dubstep sounds along with some very special guests.
THE SICK OF THE FRINGE will explore the relationship between the body and the brain in Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons.
MARK KERMODE will reveal the guilty pleasures of cinema as he brings his lively and wildly popular show In 3D, that explores, critiques and dissects movies past and present with the Latitude audience.
The Music & Film Arena will host a screening of WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME; a documentary unveiling an unparalleled look at the life and ultimately passing of one of the world’s most successful female artists WHITNEY HOUSTON, through unseen footage and live recordings.
THE COMEDY ARENA
On Sunday, having found fame on Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, SIMON AMSTELL completes the trio of headliners as he sets out to entertain the Latitude audience with a performance of highly literate and existential stand-up. After a series of international sold out tours, Simon has gone on to co-write hit TV series Grandma’s House, alongside his most recent feat of writing and directing last week’s hit BBC veganism mockumentary, Carnage.
Panel show favourite KATHERINE RYAN will set out to entertain the Latitude audience with her razor sharp pop culture critique. Katherine’s exuberant style has dominated TV and live comedy, with her stand-up show KATHBUM completing two sell-out UK tours and international dates. Katherine recently released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble on Netflix, seeing her become the second British-based comedian to have a Netflix Original Comedy Special released globally.
Following a run of dates on his Peak Bulls**t tour and highly acclaimed monthly topical debate Slacktivist Action Group; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Live At The Apollo regular ANDY PARSONS will be making a welcomed debut at Latitude Festival’s COMEDY ARENA.
Illustrious comic and internationally famed meme, NISH KUMAR will join the line up following his acclaimed UK tour of Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud.
Known for the Comedy Podcast Chart topping show, The Elis James and John Robins Show, and alumni of the legendary Bristol Comedy Flat alongside Russell Howard, Jon Richardson and Mark Olver; JOHN ROBINS will showcase his honesty, charm and lightning quick improvisation to the Latitude audience.
The winner of both So You Think You’re Funny and the BBC New Comedy Awards, TOM ALLEN will delight Latitude with his sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling.
The COMEDY ARENA will also welcome back flâneur, raconteur, bon-viveur, and the greatest UK-based French comedian, MARCEL LUCONT. Marcel has toured the world with his dry wit, bawdy chansons and exquisite sex poetry and is set to get Latitude laughing along with him this summer. Showcasing his trademark witty comments on everything from emoji’s to reality TV, DAVID MORGAN will bring his gleeful style of comedy to the COMEDY ARENA.
Norwegian comic and winner of Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer, DANIEL SIMONSEN will enthuse crowds with his surrealist observations and cleverly crafted gags,
Making a stop at Latitude on his first national tour, TEZ ILYAS achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand-up show TEZ Talks which was followed by his equally acclaimed show Made in Britain. Arriving at Latitude with a stack of awards and accolades will be South African stand-up LOYISO GOLA. Also appearing this year will be LOLLY ADEFOPE, PIERRE NOVELLIE AND ROSE MATAFEO.
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 Sunday, The WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION, STANDARD ISSUE and WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE will all return to Latitude for one-off panels with leading literary women. Chaired by Sam Baker of The Pool, WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION will present Stories for Revolutionary Girls with NAOMI ALDERMAN, whose novel The Power recently won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, author and academic ELIF SHAFAK and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party CATHERINE MAYER. STANDARD ISSUE will present a lively panel with HANNAH DUNLEAVY, MICKEY NOONAN, JEN OFFORD, DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE, SUSIE WOKOMA and a special guest. The WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE bring the Latitude audience their READING CURES with JOANNA CANNON, BRYONY GORDON, DR PIPPA KENNEDY and DI SPEIRS.
Andy Parsons will return to Latitude with his SLACKTIVIST ACTION GROUP. Joining Andy to discuss current affairs and agree one direct action will be The Sunday Times columnist INDIA KNIGHT, SOPHIE WALKER, leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Reprieve Director MAYA FOA. CAROLE CADWALLADR (Observer), NICK HOPKINS (Guardian) and CARL MILLER (Demos) will be discussing the Fake News phenomenon, chaired by DR DANIEL GLASER. JAMES BROWN (Above Head Height) and ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY (Leap In) will be in discussion on amateur sports.
Latitude-goers of all ages will enjoy Choose Your Own Jolly Adventure with BRUNO VINCENT, the author of the hugely successful ‘Enid Blyton for Grown Ups’ series, with Five Lose Dad In The Garden Centre currently top of the charts.
History Hit Live present THE ART DETECTIVE at Latitude, with DR JANINA RAMIREZ joined by special guest PROFESSOR ALICE ROBERTS as they uncover history and culture through a single artwork.
YOURS FAITHFULLY, EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), will celebrate the life of playwright Joe Orton in the 50th anniversary year of his death. A panel led by Leonie Orton, Chris Shepherd, Dr Emma Parker and Robin Ince, will discuss Orton’s life, work and perform his witty letters of complaint, written under the pseudonym of Mrs Edna Welthorpe.
Multi-award winning poet, playwright and novelist, SIMON ARMITAGE will return to Latitude to perform from his collection of poems The Unaccompanied.
Recent Ted Hughes Award winner for Nobody Told Me, a poetic memoir about becoming a parent, HOLLIE MCNISH will be at Latitude to discuss her latest anthology. Plum is a genre-bending candid account of Hollie’s memories from childhood to attempted adulthood. This is a book about growing up, about flesh, fruit, friendships, work and play.
Salon London will present Gene Editing with PROFESSOR JOHNJOE MCFADDEN, DR ALASDAIR RUSSELL (CRISPR) and DR CATHERINE PENDEGRASS in conversation with HELEN BAGNALL (Salon London) who will examine the potential of CRISPRs to revolutionise the way we interact with genes and decide, is it exciting or terrifying?
LEVEL UP HUMAN will record a live podcast episode at the festival with special guests Stuart Goldsmith and Giles Yeo.
Poets confirmed for The SpeakEasy include: BAC BEATBOXERS, and TOBY THOMPSON.
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.
Sunday is rounded off by another eclectic array of talent that includes the spellbinding TINDERBOX ORCHESTRA, the elusive HOUSE OF HIPPIES, Welsh post-folkers ADWAITH, enrapturing classical guitarist VALERIE HARTZELL, Sheffield mainstays BLACK THORN, West Midlands multi-instrumentalist LUMI HD and composer extraordinaire NEIL MARCH.
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 Sunday, the biggest classical crossover star and mezzo soprano KATHERINE JENKINS OBE will be joining a star studded line up alongside this years’ headliners, to perform a special Latitude Festival debut on the WATERFRONT STAGE which promises to be a sensational highlight for the weekend.
Award-winning comedian and the presenter of BBC Proms Proms Unplucked podcast, VIKKI STONE will present a premiere of her orchestral work, THE CONCERTO FOR COMEDIAN & ORCHESTRA on The Waterfront Stage. An orchestral piece where the soloist is a comedian, ‘The Concerto for Comedian & Orchestra’ is the first of its kind, blending Vikki’s unique comedic songs with her love of classical music.
Sadler’s Wells will present the BBC YOUNG DANCER 2017 FINALISTS, a showcase providing the Latitude audience with a taste of the best of young British dance talent from the competition’s finalists; showcasing the energy and electricity of a street dance solo, the versatility of contemporary dance, the classical precision and artistry of ballet, and the grace and fine detail of a South Asian dance.
Completing the Sadler’s Wells line-up are NATIONAL YOUTH DANCE COMPANY, with their latest production ‘Tarantiseismic’, created by 2016–2017 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet. A Sadler’s Wells’ commission presented by a company of 40 dancers; the piece addresses themes such as melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Jalet’s revered choreographic style combined with the dancers’ energy and talent is set to produce a mesmerising experience that shifts the consciousness of the audience.
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 Sunday, in the WELLCOME TRUST ARENA, CAROLINE WRIGHT will present BREATH CONTROL: OSMOSIS, featuring classical soprano LAURA WRIGHT. Join Caroline and Laura as they lead an interactive session with the Breath Choir, exploring pulmonary health and providing a snap shot of lung capacity through song.
Latitude Festival introduces talks investigating REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY, a festival highlight of which includes Read Your DNA Live with Salford’s DR JOE LATIMER, DR SARAH WITHERS and DR IAN GOODHEADwho will bring the latest portable DNA sequencing technology into the festival field for a live sequencing session.
DR TAMAR MAKIN (UCL), DR ALDO FAISAL and DR ISABEL VAN DE KEERE (Immersive Rehab) will examine Revolutions in rehabilitation: body representation, brain organisation and virtual reality,
Investigating the theme of wellbeing, DR SANDY GRANT (Cambridge) will be in conversation with award winning writer and photographer WILL STORR, looking at individuality in the social-media age in The Age of the Individual: Playing at Being Ourselves. THE PSYCHOLOGIST will host PROF PETER KINDERMAN and PROF VICTORIA TISCHLER as they discuss A manifesto for psychological health and wellbeing with DR HENRIETTA BOWDEN-JONES,
THE CABARET THEATRE
On Sunday, it’s a match made in comedy heaven in the CABARET TENT as TV’s Shooting Stars’ 82 year old Barry from Watford and his much younger friend Angelos Epithemiou join forces as ANGELOS AND BARRY, and will be discussing everything from global events, ideological dilemmas and forgotten characters from Gladiators.
Cabaret royalty, THE GLORY & JONNY WOO are set to revive their cult lip sync show based on the music of Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz; NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JAY ASTON’S, for a special performance at Latitude this year. This will be followed by a classic SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE GLORY party, as Jonny and his partner John Sizzle bring out all the regular performers to a soundtrack of pop, disco and electro, along with the usual late night GLORYdebaucheries.
Innovative sketch team PAPPY’S are a Latitude favourite and will be bringing their anarchic hijinks to Henham Park in the form of their panel game podcast PAPPY’S FLATSHARE SLAMDOWN, whilst founding member of award-winning comedy smash hit Austentatious, RACHEL PARRIS will treat Latitude audiences to her award-winning musical comedy which has won her plaudits around the UK.
THE CLOAK AND DAGGER CLUB will befuddle festival-goers with Great British Mysteries in the CABARET TENT, while the CABARET TENT will also welcome trailblazing queer entertainer TIMBERLINA. Also appearing this year will be JASPER CROMWELL-JONES, ALFIE BROWN, KATIE MULGREW, GOODBEAR, KWAME ASANTE, TWAYNA MAYNE, LIZ MIELE, ESHAAN AKBAR, ALASDAIR BECKETT-KING, TESSA COATES, MICKY P KERR, AND LOLA AND JO.
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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, this year sees a line-up on the Solas Stage that includes production wizards BLUE LAB BEATS, Dublin singer-songwriter AILBHE REDDY, multi-instrumentalist wunderkind LEO STANNARD, poptronic amalgam TALOS, psych-dub maelstrom PANGANI, and acoustic dreamers INTO THE ARK. There will also be the fingerstyle acoustica of JOHN SMITH, Australian singer songwriter HEIN COOPER. The sprawling 9-piece funk-soul of TOOFOOLS round off the line up of up and coming acts on the Solas Stage.
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.