Preview: Latitude 2016

Features / Festivals / Words

26 Jun 16


A sanctuary for Arts preservation and performance, Latitude’s angle has always been ‘more than just a music festival.’

The beautiful site’s rolling hills play host to roaming mime troupes, the low-lit forests to bags of improvised theatre and more formal shows, and then there is a literary tent, a poetry tent and a film tent. And those are scratching the surface of Britain’s finest multi-disciplinary knees-up.

We’ve been documenting Latitude announcements as they come in, in our monthly best festival news round-ups, so find out about latest lineup announcements here.

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We won’t go on about the names attending (except Louis Theroux, he needs a mention). Instead we’ll list you three past C/T experiences at Latitude that matter: watching fashion shows performed on a lake; being dressed up by a roaming cabaret show at 3am, and stopping for respite from dancing, huddled under fairy lights in masses of dense forestry. Yes.

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Image credit: Paula Harrowing, Forest Fringe


Musically, Latitude pays attention to new buzz artists, and ones that earned their stripes, but the lineup rarely ventures far past that. Headlining are heavyweight indie rockers The Maccabees, their US counterparts The National and Eighties rock heavyweights, New Order.

While the names are big, the crowd disperses everywhere at Latitude, where music everything, so getting a good position for a headliner slot is less work than you’d think.

The informal feel means there’s lots of stages, spread throughout the festival in various guises. Some – like the Sunrise Arena and The Lake Stage – are best spots for new talent. The former is where Jack Garratt played last year to a well-informed crowd. It’s beautifully snug, hidden within the depths of the forest.

Joining them on the lineup is a mix of singer-songwriters, folk artists (Bear’s Den, Emmy the Great), and electro¬†pioneers (M83, Chet Faker, Daughter).

Other names appearing include British Sea Power, Laura Mvula and Chvrches. Watch out for secret sets, and venture all over the site; part of Latitude’s joy is in experiencing the different stages.

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Image credit: Paula Harrowing, Forest Fringe