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Latitude Festival 2015

Latitude Festival 2015, Henham Park 

Suffolk, 16th-19th July

The Lowdown-

Despite only being founded in 2006, Latitude has quickly established 

itself as one of the quintessential events on the summer festival 

circuit. It has become known for providing a plethora of musical 

talent with a focus on alternative, indie, rock and folk and nailing that 

often difficult combination of classic acts and emerging talent. What 

really makes Latitude special though is its all encompassing scope, 

from civilised to hedonistic there will be something to placate you- 

whether that entails watching the National Youth Dance Company on 

the stunning ‘Waterfront Stage’ or staying up past your bedtime and 

partying to DJs ‘In the Woods’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With standard tickets coming in at £200 with booking fees, some 

people will be querying if Latitude is justified in charging the same as 

Leeds/Reading, T in the Park and V Festival. Obviously this is down 

to personal preference and if you’re holding out for a Sam Smith 

surprise performance you’re going to be sorely disappointed. If 

however, you’ve ever read the NME, listened to Bob Dylan or “seen 

that band before they were big”, you will undoubtedly find Latitude 

right up your street. We promise.   

 

The Latitude organisers have made travel to the Henham Park setting 

easy as pie. There will be frequent shuttle buses from nearby train 

stations Diss and Halesworth, or if you just fancy one bus, the festival 

has a partnership with National Express Coaches so you can book a 

return ticket from stations including London and Norwich. For the 

drivers, you can stick NR34 8AN in your sat nav and follow the signs. 

When you do arrive, there are even onsite golf-buggies to help you 

shift your gear, because god knows there is nothing more strenuous 

than trying to carry those 3 for £18 crates in all at once.

 

Further details can be found here: 

http://www.latitudefestival.co m/information/travel

 

Who’s On-

The ‘Obelisk Arena’ this year has been picked to please and is graced 

by a crowd-alluring mix of talent. Friday sees Alt-J headline on the 

back of their superb number 1 album, ‘This is All Yours’ whilst 

Saturday is headlined by the genre-crossing, experimental brilliance 

of Portishead. Sunday night festivities will be in full flow as Noel 

Gallagher and his High Flying Bird’s will treat the main stage to a set 

of his outstanding solo material littered with Oasis classics. Get ready 

to experience the climax of practically every indie clubnight in the 

country times 100 as Noel plays ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. Also 

appearing on the main stage over the three days are Manic Street 

Preachers, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, Badly Drawn Boy and The 

Boomtown rats. Quite a mix… 

On the second stage, also known as the ‘BBC 6 Music Stage’ is a 

delectable assortment of established and emerging talent. Saturday 

sees indie sweethearts The Vaccines being supported by Catfish & the 

Bottlemen who are currently firmly cast in the limelight of new indie 

music. On the same day are the legendary Charlatans, angsty talent 

from emergent Wolf Alice and the best example of grunge you’ll see 

for a long time from Drenge. Sets from acclaimed electro artist 

SBTRKT, psychedelic quartet  Django Django and La Roux (remember 

Bulletproof?) will also make the 6 Music Stage a must visit during the 

weekend.

Latitude isn’t all about the loud music though. It has a heart, a soul 

and a brain. Excuse the anthropomorphic comparison but it really is 

the only way to describe the cultural content on offer. There is a 

literary tent, theatre tent, Huw Stephen’s Lake Stage, comedy and art 

installations. Bloody national treasure and poet extraordinaire John 

Cooper Clarke is even performing, can you see why we’re excited? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Should I Go?

The eclectic and welcoming nature of Latitude, set by a beautiful lake 

with multi-coloured sheep frolicking by is enough to attract us and 

will also undoubtedly attract a massive multi-generational crowd so 

snap tickets up quick.

 

Where else could you see political author Own Jones give a talk on 

austerity and then get leathered and sing along to some Oasis on the 

same day? Latitude gives you the chance spend your days being 

cultural and your evenings being irrational. It’s almost a motto to live 

by. Alternatively though, you could just get spectacularly drunk for 

three days. That’s the beauty of Latitude, the choice is yours…

 

 

 

By Ford Brown