Lattitude Festival – July 12th – 15th 2007, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk (Tickets)
*ALBERT HAMMOND JR* *RODRIGO Y GABRIELA* *TINIWAREN* *WALLIS BIRD* KARIMA FRANCIS*
Latitude Festival just gets bigger and better with new additions being added daily to the already staggeringly impressive line-up.
Joining the abundance of talent is dapper Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr who is enjoying a stint of solo success with the release of his debut album Yours To Keep. Released through Rough Trade, his music is under-stated yet sentimental and heartfelt. His beautiful melodies and a sweet voice make Albert Hammond Jr a welcomed addition to the Uncut Stage at Latitude.
Headlining the Uncut Stage on Saturday night are the fast-fingered, Dublin-based Mexicans Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Their music is difficult to define, straddling both world and rock, and often imbued with Hispanic, classical influences. But their life-long passion for metal and classic rock make them mind-blowing acoustic guitarists who really sound quite like no other.
Expanding the breadth of genres that the festival encompasses, Latitude is please to announce that the BBC Award for World Music winners Tiniwaren are confirmed to play. Their unique fusion of Toureg folk songs with electric guitars, has earned them the description The Rolling Stones of the desert and has made them a part of a musical heritage that includes early US bluesmen and generations of desert singers and musicians.
Last years Latitude festival showcased some of the very best in up and coming acts and this year is no different with bright new artists and bands playing alongside more established names. Confirmed so far are 23 year old Irish born folk/rock/jazz singer Wallis Bird and Manchester-based sultry singer songwriter Karima Francis.
Headlining this years event on the main Obelisk Stage, Latitude are pleased to announce Dublin born global phenomenon, Damien Rice for the Friday, the Damon Albarn-fronted and super-cool The Good, The Bad And The Queen for Saturday, and the epic, and euphoric Arcade Fire closing the festival on Sunday night.
Also confirmed for the festival so far are: Jarvis Cocker, Wilco, CSS, The Rapture, The National, The Magic Numbers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Midlake, Gotan Project, Patrick Wolf and Explosions In The Sky
But of course, Latitude is so much more than a music festival. Latitude can boast the exclusive involvement of BAFTA with Screenings, Directors Q and A’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger accompanied by a live orchestra; comic and satirical stars from the world of Radio and TV including Alan Carr, Stewart Lee, Mark Steel , Russell Howard and The Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke and Andre Vincent, a vast array of authors involved in the legendary Vox n Roll book readings and Robin Inces Book Club with guests Simon Munnery , Josie Long and Jo Neary amongst many others. Royal Court Theatre and Nabokov Theatre Company both bring exciting new shows to the Theatre Arena plus stellar poets Roger McGough and John Hegley as well as Polar Bear and Luke Wright are all confirmed for the Poetry Arena. And thats not to mention Moulin Rouge Cabaret at the Cabaret Tent and a headlining DJ set from Radio 1s very own Rob Da Bank at the In the Woods stage!
Expect the unexpected¦
WHAT PEOPLE SAID
Latitude reaches the parts other festivals dont even know existed. Observer
The site, the lake, the woods, the deckchairs, the punting in the gondolas all added to an extraordinary weekend for me. I havent come down from it yet. NME
What a fantastic weekend. Evening Standard
I had a first class time. It was easily the best festival Ive ever attended. Howard Marks
This is the first festival Ive been to that has made a real effort to bring quality theatre into the equation. Times On-Line.
I think it was a superb event¦the detail and planning was inspiring. Sam Steele -Radio 1
‘Uncut is thrilled to be involved again with the Latitude festival, as part of our 10th anniversary year. The sheer scope and diversity of the festival and the quality of its line-up make it a unique event that we are delighted to be part of and we look forward this year to catching a host of fantastic bands on the Uncut stage and elsewhere over what promises to be an unforgettable weekend for live music and the fans who will be there to enjoy it.’
For the second year running BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends will be coming from the Latitude Festival where there will be another chance be part of the audience for the award winning programme with its eclectic mix of live music, stand-up comedy and conversation.
Roger McGough will be presenting two editions of BBC Radio 4’s popular poetry request programme Poetry Please from the festival stage (requests for favourite poems to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the Festival) and five Festival authors take to the stage to read specially commissioned new short stories for broadcast on Radio 4.