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Features / Festivals / Words

13 Jul 17


  • Stroll from poetry readings to lakeside dance performances
  • For Mums who love Mumford and have Sons under five
  • New music, new music… and more new music

If you love festivals but also having the odd baby or two, Latitude is your saviour: Henham Park in Suffolk’s four-day culture party is front-loaded for family friendliness. The festival boasts areas dedicated to various age groups, while the dulcet, mum-pleasing tones of Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes are on headline duty. If even The 1975 is beyond your musical knowledge, then at least this year’s Waitrose pop-up is sure to be a hit (free coffee scroungers take note: they’re doing it here too).

For those seeking stimulation beyond free hot liquid, Latitude delivers a multidisciplinary arts programme that’ll keep culture junkies pinballing between stages for hours. BBC Music delivers both unsung genres and emerging musicians at the BBC Music Stage and BBC Introducing stages respectively. Up-and-coming musicians also showcase their talents on the Lake Stage (no prizes for guessing where that is), at DIY mag’s Alcove Stage and in a fairytale woodland setting at the Sunrise Arena.

Traverse from area to area via various roaming street theatre peformances.

The UK festival circuit’s fullest range of arts are on vivid display at Latitude, ranging from cabaret, literature and poetry, theatre and audio-visual art up on a big screen in the woods. There’s even a chance for dance on a dreamy floating stage at the lake.

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  • When the sun goes down, the DJs come out
  • Take trash to new levels with London’s best drag
  • There’s a Disco Shed – enough said

So far, so family. But when the sun goes down, strange things can happen in the woods. Pandora’s Playground is playing host to a Disco Shed, which does exactly what is says on the tin (Ronseal would be so down for this party).

It’s all change at the Sunrise Arena after dark, when the line-up switches to DJ sets. Simian Mobile Disco, Joe Goddard and Trevor Nelson will be providing soundtracks to get trashed to. On the Faraway Forest line-up, multiple slots for The Amy Winehouse Foundation point to the darker side of partying, but also shine a light on vulnerable, disadvantaged and talented young musicians in the process.

Immerse yourself at the Cabaret Stage, where you’ll find the best (so, the worst) of Soho’s drag circuit setting up camp in the countryside, including Duckie, Timberlina and Jonny Woo. The same stage is also hosting Rave Karaoke on Saturday night, where you’ll be singing along to So Solid Crew, Daft Punk, Reel 2 Real, Rozalla and more.

Think you can’t get trashed with a family in tow?

Tell that to the BBC Music Stage’s Sunday headliner, Fatboy Slim. That man is 53 years old with two kids and he’s still at it: here’s a headliner who says everything you need to know about Latitude.

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