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Latitude 2010

Lisa Ward


Now in its 5th year, Latitude Festival is the place to be for those who want something extra from their summer. With a strong emphasis on literature, comedy and theatre as well as a starstudded musical line-up it’s almost guaranteed that there will not be a spare minute of the weekend where there isn’t something to tickle your fancy. Set in the Sunrise Coast in Suffolk and boasting beautiful surroundings it’s hard to believe that this laid back festival, rated one of the top ten festivals by the Guardian is curated by the same people that organise Reading and Leeds.

In fact, it would be fair to say the musical line up for Latitude is something of an antidote to rock music. Wih headline slots coming from the likes of Forence & The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Laura Marling and Angus & Julia Stone appearing over the course of the weekend, it’s a chilled out laid back affair limited to just 35,000 tickets. With Huw Stephen’s still to announce the new talent arriving on his Lake Stage and Mark Lamarr taking up residence on the film and music stage for his God’s Jukebox, there’s plenty scope to find the band of 2011 as well.

Elsewhere literature fans will be treated to apperences from author of the acclaimed Birdsong Sebastian Faulks and the author of the controversial American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis. Meanwhile poetry lovers are catered for with Wendy Cope and John Cooper Clarke joining a whole host of wordsmiths in the Poetry Arena. Meanwhile Theatre lovers can catch performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Factory Theatre and exerts from Hair – The Musical, spread over the festivals three theatre based stages. Meanwhile children are catered for in their own arena, with a variety of workshops and events to keep them entertained.

Latitude takes place this year from the 15th to the 18th July, however tickets for this year’s festival have already sold out.

For more information visit www.latitudefestival.co.uk