NEWS: LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2010 – New Acts Annouced

Latitude Festival proudly presents…

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15th-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.

Dedicated to bringing the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion and cabaret together for one glorious weekend, Latitude has once again, created a line-up like no other. 

Spread throughout the site in specially created arenas as well as using the beautiful outdoor spaces, the highest calibre of performers are now being confirmed. Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the season, 2010 is looking likely to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating weekend; another spectacular slice of unadulterated cultural fun and adventure. 

 ~ ARTS ~


Latitude is bursting with excitement to proudly announce that Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn will be performing their trilogy of shows, ‘Stories for the Starlit Sky’, across all three nights of the weekend.

Three separate, but interlinked stories for three separate summer nights, each one starting at midnight and lasting a little over an hour. Voices will soar from between trees to paint tears on the face of the moon, words, like fire in the night, laughter exploding through the dark. The day not done, not yet, the air thick with magic on the cusp of tomorrow. The sky alight with stories of love, stories of hope and stories of the night.


Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live and Miss Behave present: ‘The Crack’ – an explosive combination of stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performance. Celebrating all that is funny, diverse and truly original in live comic entertainment and brought to you by crowd dominatrix and Guinness World Record holder Miss Behave, who is part of the team behind Olivier Award-winning sensation La Clique (Best Entertainment 2009), will be reigning in the chaos with trademark sass and sparkle, and spectacular stunts.

Lounge wizard and snake-oil salesman Paul Zenon is the UK’s leading comedy magician, with performances in around thirty countries and appearances as presenter and pundit on over three hundred television shows.

Naughty, nice and very highly skilled, hula-hooping sensation Kalki is at turns both comic and absurdly sexy with her hilarious take on rock star attitude. A lesson in entertainment multi-tasking, she does things with hula hoops, and a bottle of vodka that will have you crying with laughter and whooping for more.


Over the past four years, the Poetry Arena at Latitude has grown into one of Europe’s leading poetry events in its own right, boasting the hottest slam poets, spoken word, storytelling, comedy sketches, rappers and much, much more.  Laugh, cry and become enlightened with the following poets just confirmed for the weekend:

Radio 1 Beatbox Champion and Channel 4 Talent Award Winner THePETEBOX is one of the word’s finest human beatboxers, crafting a whole new approach using his skills to make music. 

They join a line up that already boasts performances from: Wendy Cope, John Cooper Clarke, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright, Spoken Word All Stars, WordTheatre, Angry Sam, Brigitte Aphrodite, Byron Vincent, Chris Hicks and Clare Pollard.


 Straight from Boston, Massachusetts to Henham Park, Suffolk, The Kominas will be playing live in the Film & Music Arena following the screening of Taqwacore’s: The Birth Of Punk Islam.  This desi-punk outfit comprised of four brown sons of South Asian parents released their debut album ‘Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay’ in 2008 causing the mainstream media to sit up and listen with their provocative and suggestive music and lyrics. With songs such as ‘Suicide Bomb The Gap’ and ‘Rumi Was A Homo’ they push boundaries and challenge stereotypes making them an important tour de force.


Latitude has earned a fierce reputation for presenting the searingly sharp edge of comedy and this year Latitude will not disappoint with an incredible wealth of talent throughout the bill.

Funny Women is at the vanguard of nurturing and promoting female comedy talent, both new and established.  Its annual talent competition, the Funny Women Awards, has introduced many new performers on to the comedy scene.  Now in its eighth year, the Awards make their debut at Latitude. 

Ex-Southend goalkeeper turned comic, Terry Alderton comes to Latitude this year. Hurtling through an ad-libbed riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, full of extraordinary caricatures and acute impressions.

These new additions join such comic turns as the fantastic Emo Philips, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall, Tommy Tiernan, The Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Guests, and Arthur Smith as well as many, many more in what is once again a huge and varied bill of comic splendour occurring all across the site.




The Obelisk Arena is the focal point for many of Latitude’s most memorable performances and with a line up that boasts some superb acts including Empire of the Sun, The Maccabees, James, The Temper Trap, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Frank Turner as well as the stunning headliners, Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend.  The following acts are a welcome addition to an already exciting line up:

Northumberland folk group The Unthanks are added to the Obelisk Arena. Previously called Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, until last year, their poignant and honest storytelling has set them apart from their peers and pricked the interest of the British consciousness.

 Pushing the boundaries of popular music, Welsh four-piece and fearless experimentalists, Race Horses join the Obelisk Arena line-up. Playing tracks from their debut album ‘Goodbye Falkenburg’ an album full of quirky, psych-pop reminiscent of fellow countrymen Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, their performance will be a hand-clapping, catchy and entertaining set – a must for Saturday afternoon.


 With The National (Friday), The xx (Saturday) and Grizzly Bear (Sunday) announced as headliners for the weekend, and Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Horrors also confirmed, The Word Arena will once again boast an amazing set of alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh and exciting acts from across the spectrum within The Word Arena.

 Flying the flag for late 60’s/70’s soul Jonathan Jeremiah’s debut album ‘Fool In Love’ is full of laid-back semi-acoustic soul with orchestral touches and a folk tinge. 

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy exciting theatre and dance productions presented by the Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bush Theatre, and Sadler’s Wells to name but a few, cabaret performances from Rich Fulcher, Idiot Of Ants and Laura Solon; BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with Q&As, discussions and workshops with award-winning director Paul Greengrass already confirmed. Over Latitude’s four dedicated music arenas Florence + The Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend, Empire Of The Sun, The National, The xx, Grizzly Bear, The Maccabees, Rodrigo y Gabriela, James, Richard Hawley, The Horrors and Jónsi are all confirmed. With many more acts still to be announced, Latitude will provide the perfect  setting for the summer.

A place like no other; Latitude Festival is an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all that you’ve ever wanted to be, whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery. 


Weekend tickets £155 including VAT, subject to booking fee

Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £65 including VAT, subject to booking fee

Weekend ticket prices include car parking and camping

Day tickets include car parking only

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