Latitude Festival

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk, England. It was first held in July 2006 and has been held every year since. The festival includes a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - the Obelisk Arena, the BBC Sounds Arena, the Sunrise Arena and the Lake Stage. The festival also comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.

The festival is run by Festival Republic (formerly the Mean Fiddler Group), which also runs the Reading and Leeds festivals and up until 2013 was contracted to run Glastonbury Festival. The festival has a sister festival called Longitude Festival.

Latitude Festival 2006

Latitude Festival 2007

Other acts appearing over the three days included the following

  • Au Revoir Simone
  • Bill Bailey
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Lenny Beige
  • Camera Obscura
  • Alan Carr
  • Cold War Kids
  • Fancy Spaniels
  • Halloween Film Society
  • Arnab Chanda
  • Russell Howard
  • Phill Jupitus
  • The Light Surgeons
  • Lee Mack
  • Scott Matthews
  • Dylan Moran
  • Carol Morley
  • Kate Nash
  • Seasick Steve
  • Cherry Ghost
  • Chris Shepherd
  • Two Gallants
  • The Book Club (with Robin Ince)

    Security at Latitude 2007

    Latitude 2007 was marred by a spate of thefts, in particular on the night of 12 July. Burglaries from more than 40 tents were subsequently reported to Suffolk Police. Inadequate security, including a decision by festival organisers, Mean Fiddler Music Group, not to engage a police presence on site for the duration of the festival attracted a degree of criticism.

    Latitude Festival 2008

    The 2008 line up was announced on 19 March 2008 with Franz Ferdinand headlining on the Friday, Sigur Rós on the Saturday, and Interpol on the Sunday.

    Other music acts due to appear

  • The Exploits of Elaine (soundtracking Sarah Wood's film Book of Love)
  • M.I.A. was scheduled to headline the Sunrise Arena on the Sunday but pulled out due to ill health.
  • Ida Maria was scheduled to play on the main stage on Sunday but withdrew due to ill health.

    Other artists

    Comedy Arena acts included:-

    Friday - Andy Robinson, Robin Ince, Adam Bloom, Simon Day, Ben Norris, Marcus Brigstocke (standing in for Dave Fulton), Russell Howard, Daniel Rigby, Arnab Chanda, Ross Noble, Simon Evans, Lucy Porter, Phil Kay & Guilty Pleasures

    Saturday - Stephen Grant, Dan Atkinson, Carey Marx, Tim Minchin, Scott Capurro, Jon Richardson, Bill Bailey, Jason Wood, Michael Fabbri, Jeremy Hardy, Miles Jupp, Rich Hall & Guilty Pleasures

    Sunday - Rufus Hound, Russell Kane, Phill Jupitus, Steve Weiner, Andrew Lawrence, Frankie Boyle, Milton Jones, Lee Mack, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Stewart Lee, Hans Teeuwen, Omid Djalili & Swap-a-Rama

    Film Arena appearances included:-

    Barry Adamson, George Pringle, Halloween Film Festival, Chris Shepherd, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring and Grind A Go-Go from 'Oh My God! I Miss You...'.

    In the Woods appearances:-

    Dirty Protest Theatre

    Latitude Festival 2009

    The fourth edition took place on 16–19 July 2009. Acts that played include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Thom Yorke, Grace Jones and Pet Shop Boys as the main headliners, alongside Editors, Doves, and Bat for Lashes. The headliners and ticket details were announced on the Latitude Festival official site on 23 March 2009, at 7pm and sold out near to the event. More acts were confirmed at around 12:00 pm on the following day. These acts had already been previously reported on BBC Radio 1, but denied by festival organisers. Also announced in the press were The Gossip. On 3 April 2009 the official Latitude website confirmed Magazine, Spiritualized and Newton Faulkner to be playing. In June, it was announced that Thom Yorke would play an exclusive solo set as the festival's special guest (a role taken by Joanna Newsom in 2008). BBC Radio covered the 4 day event with live music, comedy, sessions and interviews featured in shows across Radio 2, Radio 4, 6 Music and BBC Suffolk. The total attendance for the weekend was 25,000.The poetry arena included performances from Andrew Motion, Brian Patten, Roger Lloyd-Pack (performing T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land), Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage and Jeffrey Lewis; The Comedy Arena featured Jo Brand, Ed Byrne, Mark Thomas, Sean Lock, Adam Hills, Sean Hughes and Dave Gorman; The Theatre Arena showcased Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Bush Theatre and Paines Plough; The Literary Arena presented Blake Morrison, Jonathan Coe, Mark Steel, Vivienne Westwood, Sir Peter Blake, Frank Skinner and Luke Haines.

    Latitude Festival 2010

    Latitude 2010 (the fifth edition) took place on 15, 16, 17 and 18 July 2010. Initial lineup announcements were made at 7pm on Tuesday 9 March 2010. Capacity for the event was increased substantially to 35,000.

    Security at Latitude 2010

    There was a reported gang rape on the first night of the festival which resulted in a heavy police presence for the remainder of the festival, including posters and flyers being handed out. Crystal Castles criticised the rapists during their performance on the Main Stage calling the perpetrators "disgusting". A second rape was reported to have occurred on the second night though it attracted much less publicity than the first. Women were advised against going anywhere on site unaccompanied.

    Latitude Festival 2011

    Latitude 2011 (the sixth edition) took place on 14–17 July 2011. The first line up announcements were revealed on 14 March 2011. The three Obelisk headliners were revealed as well as a number of other artists and acts appearing across all stages.

    Latitude Festival 2012

    Latitude 2012 (the seventh edition) took place on 12–15 July 2012. The first line up announcements were revealed on 5 March 2012. The three Obelisk headliners were revealed alongside the three Word Arena headliners, as well as a number of other artists and acts appearing across all stages. What was previously known as the 'Sunrise Arena' has been changed to the 'i Arena'. Artists who also performed over the weekend include: George Fitzgerald, Mosca, Shy FX, Skittles, Tuesday Born, Lang Lang

    Latitude Festival 2013

    Latitude 2013 (the eighth edition) took place on 18–21 July. The first acts were revealed on 19 March 2013. What was previously known as the Word Arena had its official name changed to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. A brand new music stage was introduced for 2013, The Alcove Stage, which showcased upcoming acts with many of the artists coming from the local area. Also performing or DJing over the weekend include: Abi Uttley, Anushka, Benin City, Bipolar Sunshine, The Busy Twist, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chloe Howl, Dems, Duologue, The Establishment, The Family Rain, Gamu, Hero Fisher, Kins, Lizzie Bellamy, Lorca, Maglia Rosa Group, Marques Toliver, Milo Greene, MT Wolf, Mungo's Hi Fi, Ossie, Romare, Roy Davis, Jr., Ruen Brothers, Shox, Sivu, Superfood, Syd Arthur, Tuesday Born, Werkha, Zed Bias, Josh Record

    Latitude Festival 2014

    Latitude 2014 (the ninth edition) took place on 17–20 July. The first acts were revealed on 11 December 2013. The first headliner announced for the festival was going to be Two Door Cinema Club, but after singer Alex Trimble fell ill, Lily Allen headlined the Friday night. On 20 January Damon Albarn was announced as the festival's second headliner via Twitter. The third headliners announced were The Black Keys. Other acts who performed across the festival included: Röyksopp, Robyn, Haim, Billy Bragg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala, Slowdive, Hall & Oates, First Aid Kit, Booker T. Jones, Anna Calvi, Phosphorescent, Nils Frahm, Goat, Cass McCombs, Willis Earl Beal, Marika Hackman, San Fermin, Son Lux and Josephine Foster. Headliners from the i Arena including:

    James Holden (Live)
    Young Fathers
    Future Islands
    Nils Frahm

    Headliners from the Lake stage including:

    Cate Le Bon
    Catfish and the Bottlemen
    Luke Sital-Singh

    Latitude Festival 2015

    Latitude 2015 took place on Thu 16 - Sun 19 July. The initial lineup was announced on 10 March and included headliners alt-J, Portishead, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

    Latitude Festival 2016

    Latitude 2016 took place on Thu 14 - Sun 17 July. The initial lineup was announced on the 3rd of March and included headliners The Maccabees, The National and New Order. The National became the first band to headline the festival twice.

    Latitude Festival 2017

    Latitude 2017 took place on Thu 13 - Sun 16 July. It included a Gentlemen of the Road takeover curated by Mumford & Sons on the Saturday.

    Latitude Festival 2018

    Latitude 2018 took place on 12–15 July. The lineup was announced on 12 February 2018 with Solange, The Killers and alt-J as headliners. There was also a surprise set from Liam Gallagher on the Saturday in the BBC Music Arena.

    Latitude Festival 2019

    Latitude 2019 took place from 18–21 July. The first part of the lineup was announced on 24 January. The Friday was headlined by George Ezra and Sunday by Lana Del Rey. Snow Patrol were initially announced to headline the Saturday but pulled out due to injury and were replaced by Stereophonics. Other acts on the bill included Underworld, Loyle Carner, Neneh Cherry, Sigrid, Primal Scream, Slaves and . Acts announced later on included CHVRCHES, Everything Everything and Marina

    Latitude Festival 2020

    The festival's 15th edition would have take place from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 July 2020. It would have been headlined by HAIM, Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers. Other acts due to appear on the bill included
    Snow Patrol, Michael Kiwanuka, The Lumineers, Keane, Charli XCX, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard,
    Tove Lo and Celeste. On 27 April the 2020 festival was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Latitude Festival 2021

    After the cancellation of the 2020 festival, organisers confirmed the festival will return in 2021 from 15–18 July.