Location: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Date:18th – 21st July
If you’re looking for a magical weekend of music, art and comedy, the eighth annual Latitude will be held the gorgeous pastoral surroundings of Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk,
With entertainment catering to all ages and tastes, it won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Seen as a serious alternative to Glastonbury since its inception in 2006, you can watch performances on the lake, dance until dawn in the woods and lose yourself in The Faraway Forest.
Each year, a theme underscores Latitude's arts programme. In 2013, Latitude will be asking ‘What Defines Me? Neuroscience Vs Sexuality’ and inviting artists respond as they see fit on how people choose to fight or celebrate their individuality.
Better still, this year’s line up is varied and exciting, with headliners Kraftwerk set to take audiences on a dazzling audio/visual journey with their spectacular 3D extravaganza. Joining them on the main stage will be indie heroes Bloc Party and Foals, dance pioneers Hot Chip and critic’s darling Cat Power.
Enjoy the eclectic selection of live music across four music stages: The Obelisk Arena, The Word Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage.
Latitude isn’t just about music and colourful sheep though. It features a full spectrum of art, including dance and film, the most exciting names in comedy and theatre, laugh-out-loud cabaret, dance, poetry and fashion.
Intriguing shorts, silent films and documentaries will show in the Film and Music Arena, while the popular Comedy Arena promises laugh out loud moments from the cream of the comedy circuit.
Illuminating performances from the country’s leading theatre companies will be staged at the Theatre Arena. Having hosted performances by the National Festival, Sadler’s Wells and Hightide festival in past years, Latitude has established itself as one of the best festivals for theatre in Europe.
At a Literary Arena, in the storytelling talents of big name authors and special guests will transport you to the outer reaches of your imagination. Plus, if you feel the Waterfront Stage is packed with dance and performance art.
Another eye-catching attraction is The Faraway Forest. At sundown, the Henhark Park woods transform into a magical den of intrigue, mysterious mayhem and salacious sin-filled pleasure. With hands on workshops and mesmerising theatre and musical performances, Indulge your darkest desires and set free any inhibitions as you lose yourself in its darkest depths.
There are also children's activities to keep the whole family entertained. In addition to the convenient Boutique Babysitting and a Family Campsite, the Children’s Arena will keep kids entertained with everything from pond dipping and face painting to helterskelter rides and theatre workshops.
The Teen’s Inbetweener Arena will also return this year, showcasing a wealth of music, media, technology workshops and wildlife survival skills.
Standard Weekend tickets and Family Camping Tickets are £183. To buy tickets or find more information about prices, visit http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets.
Why go? The full spectrum of art on offer including music, comedy and theatre.
Line up: Kraftwerk 3-D / Bloc Party / Foals / Bloc Party / The Maccabees / Cat Power / Yo La Tengo / I Am Kloot / Hot Chip / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Jessie Ware / Steve Mason / Efterklang