Glass previews Latitude Festival

LATITUDE is now established as a must-go event on the festival calendar and prides itself in hosting a vast amount of entertainment all over one weekend. With a remarkable reputation of annual good weather and a brilliant line-up, the Suffolk-based event is close approaching, and the pink fluffy sheep are waiting to say hi! In order to enjoy the most of the festival, Glass has composed a guide in order to make sure you leave feeling fulfilled and full of culture.


Latitude Festival

It’s good news for acoustic fans this year as the mainstage lineup includes three folk biggies, Mumford & Sons, Lucy Rose and Fleet Foxes. The BBC music stage on the other hand offers such a great mix of everything that it may cause some tough decisions between clashes. Festival veterans Fatboy Slim, Ride and Placebo will be performing on the eclectic BBC music stage, along with festival newcomers Loyle Carner, The Lemon Twigs and Japanese House. Despite putting on some great big names, something Latitude exceeds in each year is showcasing the best new talent, so it’s important to discover some of the bands playing at the Sunrise arena, the Alcove stage and the Lake Stage. Be sure to catch our favourites, Marika Hackman, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan and Pixx.


Some new and old faces will be making our bellies rumble with laughter in the comedy tent this year. Simon Amstell, Dara O’ Briain and Katherine Ryan will be filling the headline slots in the evening whilst other well known stand ups on the comedy circuit will perform in the day. Be sure to see the Chortle Student Comedy Awards – winners of this competition have often gone on to be the next big thing!


Many well established theatre and dance companies come to Latitude each year, making Latitude one of Europe’s best performing arts festivals. The National Theatre will be travelling to Suffolk with Tom Stoppard’s successful existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Also on the lineup is the Noah and The Whale frontman Charlie Fink in Cover My Tracks, a play about a songwriter who vanishes without a trace. The play will also feature Charlie Fink performing songs from his new solo album.

AtmosphereThe forest at Latitude

The Music and Film arena will be hosting a range of exclusive documentaries, talks and first-see film showings. Placebo will be showing their film which documents their 10 city tour of Russia marking their 20th anniversary. The documentary will explore alternative cultures in Russia in relation to the world’s current affairs. Also making a debut at Latitude will be West London’s favourite pirate radio station Kurupt FM.


The award-winning musician Will Young will be hosting a talk and Q&A named the art of listening, where he will discuss how we communicate and connect with each other. Depsite being a singer, Young has started sharing his views on politics and social issues.

The people behind the hit comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno will be reading out extracts from their 60 year old dad’s erotic books. Fans of the podcast will already know this

Lake SwimmingtLake Swimming

Make sure to pack your swimming costume for the lake swimming which is back by popular demand – the perfect cool down activity between music. In addition to this, discover the many wonders that The Faraway Forest has to offer such as interactive art installations, performances and workshops.


One of the big highlights of Latitude is the performances from Sadler’s Wells, who put on shows all throughout the weekend on the scenic waterfront stage. This year features performances from the National Youth Dance Company, BalletBoyz and a hip-hop dance performance from Boy Blue Entertainment all supported by a live DJ.

LakeThe sunset over the lake

The Wellcome Trust Arena will be hosting an array of talks supported by the global charitable organisation Wellcome Trust. They are focused in humanitarian issues such as the support of scientific research to improve health. There are plenty of interesting sessions running throughout the day that might make you reevaluate your existence.

by Katrina Mirpuri

Latitude Festival Henham Park, Suffolk is on from July 13 – 16, 2017

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