LATITUDE FESTIVAL

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautiful
countryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.
Celebrating its fifth year, Latitude continues to lead the way as a bold and pioneering festival
cherry-picking the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry,
dance, art, fashion and cabaret and bringing them together for one glorious weekend. It is a
place like no other; 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.
Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of the
season, 2010 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating
weekend. Day and night, Latitude will boast an eclectic array of acts spread throughout the site
with all manner of unexpected pleasures hidden around every corner. With over 700
performers to be announced over the coming months and a wealth of other weird and
wonderful delights to be discovered – it is shaping up to be another spectacular slice of
unadulterated cultural fun and adventure.
Creator of Latitude and Festival Republic Managing Director, Melvin Benn says:
“Five glorious years on and Latitude Festival continues to be everything I wanted it to be. The
breadth and calibre of programming across the arts and music consistently astounds me and I
am delighted that Latitude has earned its place as a festival of choice for many. With an
incredible wealth of talent joining us at Henham Park year on year, Latitude holds its unique
position in the festival season.
It is indeed a very special weekend.”
~ MUSIC ARENAS ~
Showcasing a wealth of diverse musical talent, Latitude’s four dedicated arenas provide a
unique and perfect soundtrack to the weekend’s festivities. Across the Obelisk, The Word and
Sunrise Arenas and the Lake Stage, the very best in both emerging and established bands and
performers will play throughout the weekend. In the past Latitude has seen such spellbinding
performances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tindersticks, Sigur Rόs, Arcade Fire, Blondie,
Amadou & Mariam, dEUS, Glasvegas and has helped propel up and coming acts like The xx and
Marina & The Diamonds into the spotlight. Across the four arenas, audiences can expect
everything from rock to pop, indie to folk, electro to dance and world to jazz – whatever your
taste, Latitude has it all.
Jon Dunn, Music Arenas Booker says:
“Year five…The first four Latitude festivals have left me with many highlights..Antony &
Johnsons, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, The Rapture, The Mars Volta, Blondie, Foals, White Lies,
Thom Yorke, Joanna Newsom and Sigur Ros…..
I’m excited and honoured that such acts as Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and
Vampire Weekend will be headlining our main stage, meanwhile I feel that in The Word Arena
we have the real essence of Latitude in The National, The xx and Grizzly Bear, acts that carve out
their own niche and journey and who are taken on the brilliance of their music..”
~ OBELISK ARENA ~
~ Florence + The Machine ~ Belle and Sebastian ~ Vampire Weekend ~
~ Empire of the Sun ~ Crystal Castles ~ Rodrigo y Gabriela ~
~ Laura Marling ~ The Maccabees ~ The Temper Trap ~ Spoon ~ James ~ Midlake ~
~ Hockey ~ Frank Turner ~Dirty Projectors ~
~ The Unthanks ~ Corinne Bailey Rae ~ Mumford & Sons ~ Here We Go Magic ~
~John Grant ~ Sweet Billy Pilgrim ~ Kassidy ~ Race Horses ~ The Strange Boys ~
The Obelisk Arena has been the focal point for many of Latitude’s most memorable
performances. Thom Yorke’s mesmerising Sunday noon set, Grace Jones’ blazingly colourful
headlining slot, Regina Spektor’s whimsical elegance and Doves’ epic street-swept triumph are
all highlights from last year’s main stage line-up. Once more you’ll be watching this year’s
exceptional cast assembled under the sun or the stars, which lends to the natural ambience so
many have come to expect from Latitude.
This year – Latitude’s music headliners are:
Florence + The Machine, led by flame haired songstress Florence Welch, had an incredible
2009. Beginning with winning the Critics’ Choice award at the Brits, Florence won the coveted
South Bank Award, graced NME covers and was a constant visible presence throughout the year
at festivals and other award ceremonies. Her stunning debut album ‘Lungs’ released in June last
year was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and has since won another Brit for Best British
Album. ‘Lungs’ reached Number 1 in January this year, having been in the Top 40 since its
release. On a heady wave of popularity that shows no sign of stopping, her effortless rise sees
her top the bill on Friday night at Latitude 2010 – in what will be Florence and her mighty
Machine’s very first festival headline performance. With her potent, soaring anthems and
confident stagecraft, Florence will light up the Obelisk Arena.
With barely contained excitement, it’s a pleasure to announce the end of these legendary
Scottish heroes’ hiatus. Belle and Sebastian haven’t played live together since September 2006
and it’s been a long four years without them. The quirky and humorous songwriting of this indie
collective is widely celebrated and the band is highly revered by their fervent fanbase. They
were voted Scotland’s greatest ever band via a poll by The List magazine back in 2005, assuring
their beyond-cult status. With a brand new album, the follow up to 2006’s ‘The Life Pursuit’,
soon to arrive, 2010 is bound to be a big year for Stuart Murdoch and co. It’s sure to be topped
off, no doubt, by their Saturday night headline slot – one of Latitude’s most highly anticipated
performances so far.
Literate New York quartet Vampire Weekend have exceeded all expectations with the release
of their second album ‘Contra’, in January. It did the unthinkable and reached the top of the US
Billboard Chart, a phenomenal success, coming only four years since their inception. Their afrobeat
inspired tropical jangle, synonymous with a new breed of intelligent collegiate pop, has
now reached mainstream success. With two inspired pop records under their belt plus a
reputation for scintillating live shows, Vampire Weekend have earned their headline slot and
we are proud to announce them as Latitude’s Sunday bill topper.
Luke Steele’s electronic synth-pop outfit Empire of the Sun has been embraced by a wide range
of fans, young and old, with its timeless and infectious feel. Taking time away from his usual day
job, The Sleepy Jackson, Luke has crafted a debut album of futuristic carnival ditties with
elegantly crafted melodies and warped keyboard soundscapes. Empire of the Sun’s slot on the
Friday night is sure to entice and enrapture with selections from their debut, Walking on a
Dream.
After their extraordinary 2008 Sunrise Arena headlining appearance, Canadian duo Crystal
Castles proudly return for their performance on the Obelisk Arena at this year’s Latitude. The
hard task of following up their massively hyped debut and high-wire performances has been
demolished by their second self-titled effort. These effortlessly cool Ontarions have bolstered
their electronic battery and scathing vocal assaults with anthemic melodies and energy. Sure to
be electrifying and one of the most intense performances all summer.
The spellbinding musical brilliance of Rodrigo y Gabriela comes to Latitude Festival, to play the
Obelisk Arena on Sunday night. Specialising in fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars, Rodrigo Sanchez
and Gabriela Quintero are masters of fret-board wizardry straddling both world and rock with
obvious Hispanic influences. Passionate yet melodic, the fire in their playing comes from their
life-long love of metal music and they often cover Metallica and Led Zeppelin in their live
performances. Gaining a burgeoning cult following since their inception in 2001 their recent
album ’11:11’ has pushed them further into the mainstream prompting appearances on
American TV and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. Their performance at Latitude will be an absolute
must!
Currently riding high in the Top Ten Album Chart with her second offering ‘I Speak Because I
Can’, folk songstress Laura Marling joins the Obelisk Arena. Cutting her teeth as a member of
Noah And The Whale she left the band in 2008 and went on to release her debut album ‘Alas I
Cannot Swim’, which received a Mercury Music Prize Nomination. In the subsequent two years,
this shy performer has matured into a captivating show-woman and a formidable songwriter
and storyteller. Her set at Latitude will be a definite highlight of the weekend for sure.
Brighton’s finest The Maccabees join the Obelisk Arena’s line up for Saturday night. This indierock
five-piece have gone from strength to strength in the three years since their debut album
‘Colour It In’ hit the Top 40 charts. Their youthful and vibrant music has won them a legion of
fans and their recent second album ‘Wall of Sound’ released last year earned them critical
acclaim from Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe and NME.
If you were to run off a list of the musical success stories of last year then The Temper Trap
would certainly be one of them. Their song ‘Sweet Disposition’ has been used on many
commercials and hit TV series Skins seeing them turn into household names with many sold out
shows under their belt. The band’s summery sounds will be the perfect companion for a sunny
afternoon in front of the Obelisk Arena.
Texan indie rock outfit Spoon will make their first Latitude appearance this year on the Obelisk
Arena. Their continuous musical output dating back to 1996 coupled with their ability to stay
true to what they believe in has earned them a cult following. Both 2005’s ‘Gimme Fiction’ and
2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ earned them the No. 1 spot in the US Independent Album Chart.
Indie forefathers and Manchester legends James are coming to Latitude this year. With a career
spanning three decades, they have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity recently with sold
out worldwide tours and frontman Tim Booth back in the line-up. With a back catalogue that
includes such classic anthems as ‘Laid’, ‘Sit Down’, Born Of Frustration’, ‘Come Home’, She’s A
Star’ plus many more, their set will be a veritable sing-a-long.
Comprised of four former jazz students, Midlake’s early material, ‘Milkmaid Grand Army’ EP
and debut album ‘Bamnan and Slivercork’, relied on warped analogue synths. Their excellent
follow-up ‘The Trials Of Van Occupanther’ saw a greater sweep of classic rock textures and
moods which leads us to this year’s ‘The Courage of Others’. This Top 20 album is downtempo,
grizzled and rustic. Their outlook has been entrenched in maudlin beauty; perfect aural
accompaniment for lounging around at Latitude.
Through their relentless touring of the UK you could be forgiven for thinking that Hockey are
British but they actually hail from Portland, Oregon. Probably best known for their hit anthem
‘Song Away’ lifted from the band’s debut ‘Mind Chaos’, their contagious indie-pop anthems
have won over the nation’s hearts. With big sing-a-long choruses to get the crowds going,
Hockey will be sure to walk away with a victorious performance at Latitude this year.
Frank Turner’s meteoric rise in success shows no signs of waning. Last year he played a host of
festivals, embarked on a sold out tour of the UK and saw single ‘The Road’ playlisted on Radio 1
and XFM. Currently touring new album ‘Poetry of the Deed’ at further sold out shows all over
the UK, his appearance at Latitude festival’s Obelisk Arena will prove the perfect opportunity to
catch him before he goes on to headline London’s Brixton Academy later in the year.
Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors will make their Latitude debut on the Obelisk Arena in July. The
experimental rock band led by Dave Longstreth began in 2002 with the release of Longstreth’s
first album, ‘The Graceful Fallen Mango’ before later creating the moniker Dirty Projectors.
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. Their debut
album, ‘Cruel Sister’ was awarded Folk Album of the Year by Mojo magazine with the follow-up
album, ‘The Bairns’, receiving a nomination for the Best Album Award at the BBC Folk Awards
2008 and the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. Their dark and atmospheric, piano-led third album,
‘Here’s The Tender Coming’, released last year, has further cemented their hold on the British
folk scene and their performance at Latitude will no doubt win many more hearts.
Corinne Bailey Rae shot to fame in 2006 with the release of her self-titled debut Number 1
album. The singles ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘Like A Star’ became smash hits round the world
and the album made the Billboard Top 20 in the US – making her the first British female singersongwriter
to do so in decades. Now, four years and four-million album sales later and
showcasing songs from new album ‘The Sea’, Corinne will be wowing crowds on Saturday
afternoon on the Obelisk Stage at Latitude.
Mumford & Sons are currently flying the flag for a new wave of folk invading the mainstream.
Equipped with catchy songs, acoustic guitars and banjos, their debut album ‘Sigh No More’
entered the album charts at Number 11 when it was released in October last year and gained
praise from all corners of the music industry. With their beautifully arranged melancholic
musings sounding fresh, sunny and infectious, singles such as ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘The Cave’
will get the crowd dancing at Latitude’s Obelisk Arena.
Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic are set to make their Latitude debut in July. The brain child of
front man Luke Temple, who has previously released two records under his own name, the
band released their self-titled debut in the UK in February. Rolling Stone described the album
“as collection of songs that even the most jaded anti-folk hipster could catch himself humming
on the street” it’s a record full of psychedelic, hazy, electronic indie and will have the Obelisk
Arena crowds falling in love with them.
As the frontman of mid-nineties US alt rock band The Czars, who were one of Bella Union’s first
signings, John Grant made a name for himself. As a result, after their disbandment, John Grant
has played in bands such as Midlake and The Flaming Lips. He recently released his debut album
‘Queen of Denmark’, recorded with his sometime bandmates Midlake, who were happy to
return the musical favour. The album contains a lush landscape of acoustic instruments which
boasts John’s striking voice blended with haunting falsetto, another tantalising prospect for
Latitude.
Receiving critical praise with their Mercury Music nominated second album ‘Twice Born Men’,
Sweet Billy Pilgrim have been slowly gathering a cult following since they formed in 2003.
Embodying the spirit of DIY, both their albums have been self-funded and recorded in a garden
shed; their experimental indie has earned praise for its multi-layered, perfectly crafted songs.
With band members swapping instruments between songs, their musical talent and gorgeous
songs will win over audiences at Latitude too.
Hirsute Glaswegian four-piece Kassidy bring their harmony soaked traditional indie rock to
Latitude’s Obelisk Arena. Armed with catchy hooks, their mainly acoustic set-up is
supplemented with box drums and the occasional touch of accordion for a folky, Fleet Foxesesque
sound as witnessed on their Rubbergum EP released last year. With Kassidy’s debut
album due out later this year, this will be the perfect place to see the band before they go on to
superstardom.
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.
Texan four-piece The Strange Boys wield a fantastic blend of early days Rolling Stones with a
modern twist. Back to basics scuzzy rock ’n’ roll with primal blues rock riffs and soulful swagger,
their disharmony is matched with a sensitive and melodic side. Formed in 2004 they have
already gained a devoted following, but with their latest album ‘Be Brave’ making waves over
here, their set at Latitude’s Obelisk Arena will help spread the word further.
~ THE WORD ARENA ~
~ The National ~ The xx ~ Grizzly Bear ~
~ Richard Hawley ~ The Horrors ~ Jónsi ~
~ Wild Beasts ~ Noah And The Whale ~ The Coral ~
~ The Feeling ~ Yeasayer ~ Charlotte Gainsbourg ~
~ Angus & Julia Stone ~ Frightened Rabbit ~ Kristin Hersh ~
~ Black Mountain ~ Paul Heaton ~ The Big Pink ~ Jamie Lidell ~
~ Villagers ~ Joshua Radin ~ The Kissaway Trail ~
~ School of Seven Bells ~ The Antlers ~
~ Jonathan Jeremiah ~ Chief ~ Rox ~
Inside the deceptively large canopy that comprises The Word Arena will be an amazing set of
alternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh and
exciting acts from across the spectrum. Last year included the lavish melodies of Bat For Lashes,
a wall of light and sound created by the incredible Spiritualized, the spiky post-punk thrash of
Magazine and the tribal drum passion of husband and wife duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums. The
Word Arena is bound to satiate both the esoteric music fan and the casual passer-by as they
enjoy these introductions to their new favourite sounds.
Latitude is proud to welcome Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit The National to The Word Arena.
The Friday night headliners’ unmistakable sound coupled with lead singer Matt Berninger’s
distinctive baritone vocal and a career now spanning over a decade will make this a must-see
performance. With a new record to be released in May you can expect the band to have
reached even greater heights when this headline performance comes to pass.
The xx have to be one of the success stories of Latitude’s short but prominent history. The
Wandsworth three-piece performed an early afternoon set on The Lake Stage in 2009 and this
year sees their return headlining The Word Arena on Saturday night. With the band’s debut
album ‘xx’ only arriving in August of last year NME has already placed the record at #2 on their
‘50 Best Albums of 2009’ with Rolling Stone also placing it at #9 in their ‘Best of the Year’ list in
2009. Catch one of the fastest rising acts of the moment at The Word Arena.
Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear are set to bring their psychedelic folk/pop to Latitude closing The
Word Arena on Sunday night. The headliners will be showcasing old favourites and material
from 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘Veckatimest’ album which has brought the band mainstream
success with its accessible pop overtones reaching a Top Ten position on the US Billboard 200
chart. Their ambitious, symphonic pop will be the perfect way to bring Latitude 2010’s Word
Arena to a triumphant close.
Joining the headliners on Friday is Sheffield’s favourite lovelorn crooner Richard Hawley. The
delicate and impassioned strains found on his recent sixth album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, with lithe
string and gently imparted guitars, continue where the Mercury Music Prize nominated ‘Cole’s
Corner’ and Top 10 gracing ‘Lady’s Bridge’ left off. As the title suggests, this darker foray into
Hawley’s personal style is poignant and devastating, yet clearly hit a chord with the public as it
hit the UK Top20 upon its release last year. The former Longpigs and Pulp member has also
worked with some of our finest indie heroes from Arctic Monkey’s to Elbow further cementing
his influence and popularity with peers and fans alike. As his songs sail upon the air across the
hills of Suffolk, it will be a difficult task attempting to find somewhere as relaxing and romantic
anywhere else on the site while he commands The Word Arena.
Originating from Southend-on-Sea, black-clad quintet The Horrors formed in the summer of
2005 and quickly gained notoriety around London for their look, sound, and brief but frantic
live shows. They released their debut album Strange House in 2007, reaching number 37 on
the UK Albums Chart, and not long after that a world tour followed. Their second album
Primary Colours was released in 2009 and saw the band opt for a very different sound, mixing
shoegaze, post-punk, and goth. The album reached number 25 in the UK album chart and was
nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later gave the album first place in the 50 Best
Albums of 2009.
As the incandescent voice and heart behind Icelandic orchestral post-rock band Sigur Rós, Jónsi
Birgisson has already made a significant impact on Latitude’s history with the band’s incendiary
headline performance in 2008. Jonsi returns to Henham Park this time as a solo artist. The
follow up to last year’s critically successful album ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ with partner and artist Alex
Somers, ‘Go’ continues the acoustic and stringed arrangements of his first solo album with
similar sparse, subtle and ultimately beautiful effect. Jónsi will have the audience falling at his
feet in The Word Arena on Sunday night.
This year Latitude is excited to welcome back Wild Beasts to Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast. Thoroughly
unique and addictively off-kilter, they have somehow turned theatrical falsettos and baritones
into engaging musical devices in themselves. The quartet have released two critically acclaimed
albums (‘Limbo, Panto’ and ‘Two Dancers’) to their name and have been “tipped for the top” by
the NME. Make sure you catch Kendal’s finest export since the town’s Mint Cake as they are
bound to deliver a pretty sweet performance. Expect an incredible performance from one of
the UK’s best and most innovative young guitar bands.
As main players in the current folk revolution, Noah And The Whale have been wowing
audiences up and down the country with their catchy melodic indie/folk. Since their debut
album ‘Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down’ stormed the Top Ten Album Chart in 2008 the band
have enjoyed huge successes both on UK soil and around the world. Having further cemented
their hold on the mainstream with follow-up album ‘The First Days of Spring’ last year, Noah
And The Whale will be delighting audiences with their odes of perfectly crafted lovelorn songs
in The Word Arena this summer.
Merseyside troupe The Coral return to Henham Park will. Following their captivating acoustic
set on Latitude’s second stage two years ago, the five-piece return with a full band performance
in The Word Arena. With four Top Five charting albums, a Top Ten ‘Best Of’ collection and
timeless top ten singles, ‘Don’t Think You’re The First’, ‘Pass It On’ and ‘In The Morning’, their
long-awaited re-emergence will remind everyone of the acidic melancholy they deal in so well.
Nostalgia laced melodies and skittering and ramshackle rhythms will spin from their well of
songs, bolstered now by the material from their forthcoming fifth album.
Sussex, an unlikely hotbed of pop talent, gave rise to The Feeling – five lads whose Number one
album success made them one of our biggest intelligent boy bands for the latter half of the
decade. Massive top ten hits ‘Fill My Little World Right Up’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘I Thought It
Was Over’ sealed their position as the streamlined radio constants you couldn’t help but love.
With their as-yet unnamed third studio album due for release this summer, The Feeling will be
a natural fit on The Word Arena’s exhilarating bill.
Brooklyn based afro-pop sensation Yeasayer come to Latitude this year. Having successfully
rippled the waters with their 2007 debut ‘All Hour Cymbals’ – especially storming psychedeliclaced
track ‘2080’ – their warped and celebratory follow up ‘Odd Blood’ has led to strong critical
reception and sell out shows. The likes of ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Ambling Alp’ are already consistent
floor-fillers at indie clubs throughout the country, and it won’t be long before the infection
reaches Henham Park’s audience.
The velvety vocals of French actress and singer-songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg will be
soothing Latitude’s crowds with songs straight from her recent critically-acclaimed release IRM.
As part of her very first tour, this performance will be exceptionally special as she brings her
European chic and unshakable melodies drawn from renowned US songwriter Beck. Gainsbourg
has also recently starred in the controversial and vivid Lars Von Trier masterpiece Antichrist.
Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone are returning to our shores clutching their second fulllength
album ‘Down The Way’. Their whimsical, folk-addled strains and elegant harmonising
have spurred them to number one in their native homeland, while their support of Martha
Wainwright in Europe has honed their live performance making them a definite highlight in
Latitude’s bill.
Nowhere near as timid as their name suggests, Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit are currently
ensnaring a growing global audience. The critical acclaim garnered by the brutal truthfulness of
second album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ spurred the band into Biffy Clyro support slots and
end of year lists. New album ‘The Winter of Mixed Drinks’ shares a lyrical snap with a rousing
anthemic musical direction, meaning they’ve hit the upper half of the US Billboard 200 and
continue to grow in stature in the UK, especially in a live capacity. Their deafening singalongs at
Latitude will echo resoundingly across the lake and greenery of the festival’s surrounds.
As the former leader of the inimitable Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh has achieved an almost
legendary status as a prominent singer songwriter in her own right. Having recorded her eighth
studio album of solo material – ‘Crooked’, due out later this year – along with a second album
of Appalachian folk songs, Hirsch brings her hazy, resonant folk works to The Word Arena. With
an enormous amount of solo and band material to draw from, this is one set guaranteed to hit
the mark.
Psychedelic Canadians Black Mountain have risen their heads again and Latitude will feel the
full force of their musical assault. Little has been heard since the release of 2008’s incredible ‘In
The Future’, the band’s second record of thick, impenetrable riffs and melodic mantras.
Whispers tell of the completion of their fabled third album. Throughout their time together,
they’ve garnered plaudits – from nominations in Canada’s Polaris and Juno album prizes, to
being asked to contribute a track to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. It’s has been quiet recently,
yet The Word Arena will be anything but once they hit the stage with the power and starkness
of a military barrage.
Paul Heaton is synonymous with classic British songwriting. An ex-member of both The
Housemartins and The Beautiful South, he has contributed massively to the UK’s collective
musical consciousness with songs like ‘Caravan Of Love’, ‘A Little Time’, ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Don’t
Marry Her’. With the wealth of his back catalogue and his third solo album ‘Acid Country’ due
later in the year, this set – Heaton’s second for Latitude – will be full of highlights.
Electro-rock duo The Big Pink, comprising of multi-instrumentalist Robbie Furze and Milo
Cordell, have already won the prestigious NME Philip Hall Radar Award for ‘Best New Act’ since
they were signed in 2009. Their gritty beats, droning guitars, abstract effects and dreamy vocals
create a soundscape which is arty yet tuneful, perfectly demonstrated on big hit ‘Dominos’
featured on their debut album ‘A Brief History of Love’ released in September 2009.
One of Domino’s latest slew of excellent signings, Villagers are a Dublin quartet whose gentile,
yet robust strummed musings bring to mind Devendra Banhart and the hugely successful
Mumford & Sons. They were placed sixth in The Irish Times ‘50 Best Irish Acts Right Now’ last
April, toured with the Tindersticks in March and recently appeared on Later…With Jools
Holland. They’re sure to top all of that with their summery set for Latitude.
Joshua Radin is Ohio’s leading musical light. A singer-songwriter indebted to James Taylor and
Stax, his modern take on elaborate and lushly layered pop is best represented on the album
‘Simple Times’. Finally released in the UK after modest success in the US, his Top 10 single ‘I’d
Rather Be With You’ follows his full range of acoustic compositions, from laid back strumming
to hectically picked numbers.
The one man soul band Jamie Lidell has just delivered a fresh batch of sparse, gospelinfluenced
and percussive songs, ‘Compass’, with the highly-prized collaborative talents of
Beck. Layering vocal lines and beatbox textures with real drums, brass, effects and backing
vocals, Jamie has often been praised for his incredible, high-energy live shows. Unafraid to
experiment with sound and to break away from tradition, this Warp artist is an exceptional,
unique talent which led to his 2008 album ‘JIM’ winning Best Pop/Rock Album at the 8th Annual
Independent Music Awards. A wonderful addition to The Word Arena.
Bella Union stalwarts and Danish five-piece The Kissaway Trail have started the year well with a
North American tour support slot with The Temper Trap and the release of their triumphant
second album ‘Sleep Mountain’. Soaring vocal harmonies and amassed orchestration not only
fit The Word Arena’s epic line-up, but also give bands like Arcade Fire a run for their money.
New York three piece School of Seven Bells will be heading to Latitude festival bringing with
them their gentle guitars and jagged beats; with silky vocals hiding behind grumpy, alien
synthesizers they’ll bring insidiously catchy music to The Word Arena on Saturday. Dipping into
tracks from their debut album ‘Alpinisms’, they’ll surely take everyone in to the fantasy world of
dream-pop and abstract beauty.
Brooklyn folkies The Antlers released their album ‘Hospice’ late last year to almost blanket
praise, including coming 37th in Pitchfork’s albums of 2009. The intricately strummed guitars,
coupled with Peter Silberman’s trembling voice, give melancholy pathos to Hospice’s
conceptual tale of pain and death. Despite the themes, the music reaches a pitch that’s almost
celebratory.
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. Gaining influences from
touring the highways of America with his guitar, Jeremiah composed, performed and produced
the record himself, recruiting the help of Bernard Butler and members of James Brown’s
legendary band the The J.B.’s. The result is a record which sounds wiser than his 29 years which
will transfix The Word Arena on Friday afternoon.
Chief are set to bring their shimmery indie anthems to The Word Arena at Latitude this
summer. Although from Santa Monica the band’s sound has an air of British-ness about it
harking back to the classic pop sensibilities of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Make sure you catch this
quartet’s early appearance before they rise to the top.
Soundtracking Rimmel adverts and signing to the UK’s premier independent label Rough Trade
certainly hasn’t done South London singer Rox any harm. Having already toured with Daniel
Merriweather and Mark Ronson and highlighted in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, Roxanne Tatei is
in good stead for the release of her debut album before her Latitude performance. With her
slinky soul pop capturing the attention of a wide range of music fans, we’d expect a healthy,
eager audience for this rising star.
~ SUNRISE ARENA ~
~ Girls ~ Archie Bronson Outfit ~ Submotion Orchestra ~
~ Tokyo Police Club ~ First Aid Kit ~ Darwin Deez ~
~ Luna Belle ~ LoneLady ~ The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart~
~ Arno Carstens ~ These New Puritans ~
~ Jesca Hoop ~ Lauren Pritchard ~ Morning Parade ~
~ Lissie ~ O Children ~ Egyptian Hip Hop ~
~ Middle East ~ White Belt Yellow Tag ~ Joe Worricker ~
~ Holly Miranda ~ The Hundred In The Hands ~ Nadine Shah ~
~ Delta Maid ~ Michael Kiwanuka ~ The Liberty Vessels ~
~ Kurran and the Wolfnotes ~ Lupen Crook ~
~ Matthew P ~ Active Child ~ Losers ~
A deliciously unexpected treat waits within the fragrant woods on the other side of the lake.
The Sunrise Arena, situated along the nature trail spattered with flourishes of art and decadent
spirit, is host to a splendid foray of new acts. Some of them will have been on the hushed lips of
dedicated gem hunters for a while and others will be on the rise already, about to break for all
to enjoy. With the likes of Band of Skulls, First Aid Kit and Local Natives rising steadily after last
year’s appearances, The Sunrise Arena is the place to discover tomorrow’s stars today. This
year will see plenty of tasty morsels for those who like to be at the start of something very
special.
Winning the hearts and minds of the American public are San Franciscan up and coming indie
pop outfit Girls. Their sunshine bathed psychedelic rock ’n’ roll has been receiving critical
acclaim with their debut album ‘Album’ rated by Pitchfork as the 10th best album of 2009.
Having broken free from the Children Of God cult, frontman and songwriter Christopher Owens
has written free-spirited, youthful and expressive pop songs, sure to bring a slice of the Golden
State to Latitude’s Sunrise Arena.
Archie Bronson Outfit’s story is somewhat magical with the band being discovered by the boss
of Domino Records playing in his local pub. Fast-forward seven years and the band have
released three albums through the label with second album ‘Derdang Derdang’ being voted
fifth best album of 2006 by Mojo magazine. Make sure you catch Archie Bronson Outfit at
Latitude where they will be offering the fruits from their latest album ‘Coconut’.
Leeds 7-piece Submotion Orchestra incorporate dubstep textures into a flowing, brooding vibe.
Utilising live percussion and trumpet as well as vocals and electronics, their icy but rippling
sound is meshed from each individual’s sparse contribution. Perfectly suited to the shady
woodland area of the Sunrise Arena, this laid back, machismo-free live experience will be
luxurious.
Following the success of 2006’s debut EP ‘A Lesson in Crime’ – a rapid-fire barrage of wide-eyed
post-punk – the Canadian four-piece Tokyo Police Club have been earning their hype and praise
with a string of hard-hitting singles and a hectic international touring schedule. This year sees
them release their second album ‘Champ’, a matured offering from their first ‘Elephant Shell’,
full of soaring guitars, driving backbeats and irresistible sing-a-longs and their performance on
the Sunrise Arena is the perfect backdrop to get in on the act.
Swedish duo First Aid Kit return to Latitude for a serene set at the Sunrise Arena. Their soulful
folk makes them sound mature beyond their teenage years, wielding a fine knack for
storytelling whilst producing sweet melodic acoustic songs. Having just released their debut
album ‘The Big Black and The Blue’ to much critical praise this sibling duo are on course for a
fantastic career – make sure you see these rising stars in the intimate surroundings of the
Sunrise Arena.
Having just been added to the NME Radar tour in April and with new single ‘Radar Detector’
currently all over the radio, Darwin Deez are a band everyone is talking about. Darwin will be
bringing his infectious radio-friendly indie band/impromptu dance to Latitude’s Sunrise Arena.
With this arena firmly established as a launch pad for new talent playing host to The Joy
Formidable, Passion Pit and Little Boots in previous years it looks like Darwin Deez could also be
heading skyward!
Recently snapped up by Island Records, Luna Belle is the pop songwriting project of Katherine
Joyce. Ably backed up by her four-piece band, they revel in the jangly indie-pop stylings of The
Sundays with a nod to the tone of hit-maker Adele. It’s early days, but this brilliant opportunity
to showcase their songs on Latitude’s Sunrise Arena will surely unveil the hype that has been
built up around the band.
Warp’s latest exploration into the dark pop world away from their roots has led to the discovery
of LoneLady. Hailing from Manchester, Julie Campbell represents its early eighties heyday
where gloom and insecurity resulted in spacious, resonant and dark sounds. Her debut album
‘Nerve Up’ has been critically lauded for its doom-laden, scratchy pop and is already being
talked up as the spearhead for a real Mancurian resurgence.
Pitchfork darlings The Pains of Being Pure At Heart had a fantastic 2009. Along with their self
titled debut being lauded by the ubiquitous US indie website, reception was positive from both
critics and public. Their wash of fuzz-guitar has drawn favourable comparisons with My Bloody
Valentine and their live shows produce riveting gushes of noise and glistening pop. Bring ear
plugs and your finest, daintiest dancing shoes.
South African singer songwriter Arno Carstens has had considerable critical success both as a
solo artist and in previous band The Springbok Nude Girls. He has won five South African Music
Awards for his various works as well as supporting The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, The Police
and Meat Loaf on European jaunts. His third album ‘Wonderful Wild’ is produced by legendary
The Verve producer Youth and promises more of the romantic pop Arno has made his name
with, making the beautiful Latitude setting a perfect place for Casterns to showcase his songs.
These New Puritans were never going to make things easy for us or them. Second album
‘Hidden’ was written partly on bassoon, with six foot Japanese taiko drums and Foley recording
techniques jammed into the recording sessions. Their dark, warped merging of urban music’s
samples, beats and rasped vocals, guitar trickery and hitherto unimagined clashes of classical
and electronica is a vicious, exceptional force. Returning to Latitude after a year’s absence, TNP
will be looking to mesmerise more, bringing them into their unforgiving yet infinitely rewarding
vortex.
From being the nanny for Tom Waits’ kids to moulding her own odd-folk stylings, Jesca Hoop
has had an interesting start to her career. Having released her second album ‘Hunting The
Dress’ late last year, Jesca’s deft vocal acrobatics, shimmering sounds and rhythmic hiccups are
captivating. It’s clear Jesca is forming her own path upon which to tread and that’s precisely
where she’ll lead us to the leafy Sunrise Arena.
Lauren Pritchard’s piano-led balladry draws from a classical palette as well as modern R&B
songstresses such as Alicia Keys. Her angelic looks hide her secret weapon – her mature vocal
timbre. Bold, striking and distinctive, she uses her voice’s natural power to build her songs into
effortless crescendos.
Essex lads Morning Parade, who’ve just finished supporting the mighty Feeder in venues across
the continent, create massive, reverb-ridden tunes that are arena-and festival-ready. A
seductive blend of electronics, keys and guitars with anthemic choruses, this band’s ambitions
are clear. Sliding melody lines, huge rushes of distortion and plenty of room for unforgettable
vocal refrains; it won’t be long before these lads are headlining stages across the country.
All the way from the banks of the Mississippi River, Lissie will be sharing her smokey vocals
(which have drawn comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde) and her finely etched songs
with us. Fuelled by tequila, tomato juice and a broken heart, her eagerly anticipated debut
album ‘Catching A Tiger’ is soon to hit the streets and includes the single ‘In Sleep’ which has
stunned critics.
O Children’s bold, stark, bone-shaking music is driven with theatrical pomp and Tobi O’Kandi’s
quaking baritone. Touring relentlessly since their inception a little under two years ago, they’re
primed to bring their sombre, but inspired goth-rock to a wider audience on Latitude’s Sunrise
Arena. Not for the faint hearted perhaps, but under the shady canopy their rubble-strewn
rumble will entice the dark side of the audience from its hiding place.
Wandering experimental indie group Egyptian Hip Hop may have a misleading name, but it’s as
appropriate as any when you hear the aural putty they’re playing with. This youthful
Manchester quartet are garnering a large buzz similar to sonic adventurers and friends Late of
the Pier. Definitely worth catching at this very early stage.
The next antipodean success story is likely to be Queensland natives, The Middle East. They
look set to succeed by plying us with sweet, slow-burning melodies bubbling with charm and
positivity. Two of these startling ballads have been part of the ‘Hottest 100’ last year on
Australia’s influential radio tastemakers ‘Triple J’ despite being over two years old. With high
profile performances booked this year and opening for Grizzly Bear in their homeland, these
youngsters are hoping to translate that success over here, starting with Latitude.
White Belt Yellow Tag build atmospheres with shimmering melodic lines and echo. With last
year’s ‘You’re Not Invincible’ EP, and the lead track being Q’s website track of the day on
release, this trio have built a steady following. The release of their debut full-length ‘Methods’
should bring them the attention they deserve.
Recent Rough Trade signing Joe Worricker coasts upon sparse yet blossoming arrangements
with a voice being compared to a male Amy Winehouse. With a low tone and disarming range,
Joe’s soulful pop has a spice to promote the undeniable astonishment guaranteed to rise from
his impassioned vocal musings. Nestled in the woods on the Sunrise Arena stage, Joe’s silky
soulfulness will help warm up the crowd in the early afternoon.
As sparse, spacious electronica encroaches increasingly on singer-songwriter territory, Holly
Miranda makes a point of utilising it to its eerie fullness. Her second solo album ‘The Magician’s
Private Library’ was release on XL back in February and further establishes her shadowy,
incandescent mood music as distinctive and self-assured. Under the canopy of trees in the lush
surroundings of The Sunrise Arena will be a fitting place to enjoy her performance.
Renowned electronic label Warp have brought us another excellent signing with indietronicapop
duo The Hundred In The Hands. Blending contemplative dark with melodic light, with a
svelte synth or a popping staccato guitar, they envelop themselves and their audience in echo
and irresistible rhythms.
British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani descent, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist from
a small North East town called Whitburn. The harsh, cold coast of the North Sea have shaped
her songs into brutally honest, melancholic musings that have attracted the attention of Tom
Robinson on 6Music. Nadine has already played such impressive venues as Shepherd’s Bush
Empire, The Sage Gateshead and the legendary Ronnie Scott’s even before the release of her
debut EP (due out in spring.)
Described by the NME as, “the Joni Mitchell for the new folk generation”, Delta Maid has a
remarkable voice. Blending mesmerising psyche folk with country blues her music is turning
heads and hearts all over the place. Citing Hank Williams and Patsy Cline together with Blues
legends like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan as her influences, her music is soaked
in nostalgia. Come witness this rising musical talent as she shines at the Sunrise Arena on
Friday.
Blues and soul strummer Michael Kiwanuka is bringing his summer lilt to Latitude. Playing
traditional R&B guitar figures with a smooth croon, his moving love songs have a sunny tinge
that prevent them being too sombre or sad. Polydor have seen the value in his tunes, and the
Sunrise Arena audience will have the chance to sample Michael’s eloquence.
Smartly dressed Liverpudlian teens The Liberty Vessels mix and match chiming guitar lines with
a familiar rumbling wail. Comparisons with a certain infamous Hulmerist is inevitable, but it’s
this dark and playful contrast which makes them so compelling. They supported Echo and The
Bunnymen last year and are all set to make an impact with their performance at Latitude.
Newcomers to the vibrant and flourishing British new-folk scene, London-based Kurran and the
Wolfnotes possess a genuine and heart-rendering sincerity in their harmony-drenched
traditional sounds, while also coming armed with a slew of hugely catchy pop songs at their
disposal. With debut single ‘Whatabitch’ gaining critical acclaim, check out this exciting new
band on the rise.
Singer/song writer Lupen Crook already has three critically acclaimed albums to his name in
four short years. His latest, ‘The Pros and Cons of Eating Out’ shows a willingness to explore
both himself and his relationship with the world around him coupled with an ability to
communicate those experiences in a direct and lyrical way. Catch Crook and his band of longterm
collaborators in Latitude’s stunning Sunrise Arena.
Local Suffolk boy Matthew P has just released his debut EP ‘Swimming’ on Fiction Records but
has already caused a stir with his honest, heart-warming and humble acoustic folk. Honing his
skills whilst on tour with West Country rockers Reef this spring, Matthew P is worth checking
out for some happy summer vibes.
Up and coming act Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) will be bringing his atmospheric and haunting
melodies to the Sunrise Arena this summer. Active Child recently released his debut single ‘She
Was A Vision’ through Filter Recordings in the US and we are sure it won’t be long before he is
making strides this side of the pond.
Ex-Cooper Temple Clause multi-instrumentalist, Tom Bellamy and Prodigy/Pendulum tour DJ,
Eddy Temple-Morris are Losers. A cheap gag maybe but there’s nothing gauche about this duo’s
heavy power-dance ensemble. Having remixed The Prodigy, Placebo and Rage Against the
Machine, they have a debut album ‘Beautiful Losers’ packed with pounding tunes of their very
own set for release later this year. One hot girl drummer plus guest vocalists make their live
show formidable. Losers are the Sunrise Arena adrenaline shot for your Friday night party.
Don’t miss out.
~ LAKE STAGE ~
THURSDAY
~ Nigel Kennedy ~
with his orchestra and band – A night of Duke Ellington
The Lake Stage curated by Huw Stephens
FRIDAY
~ Everything Everything ~ Islet ~ Engine EarZ Experiment ~ Esben And The Witch ~
~ The Good Natured ~ Yuck ~ Y Niwl ~ These Ghosts ~
SATURDAY
~ Gaggle ~ Frankie & The Heartstrings ~ Teeth ~ Nedry ~
~ Zun Zun Egui ~ Sweet Baboo ~ Standard Fare ~ Rose Elinor Dougall ~
~ The Supernovas ~ The Cads ~
SUNDAY
~ Beth Jeans Houghton ~ Tom Williams & the Boat ~ Kelpe ~
~ Wilder ~ Mitchell Museum ~ Cevanne ~
Over the past 5 years, Latitude has been home to some truly special performances and 2010
looks set to be no different with the exciting news that multi-award winning and world-wide
renowned violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy will be performing on the beautiful Lake Stage on
Thursday night. This will undoubtedly be an exceptional and unique show with which to kick
start the weekend’s festivities.
Especially for Latitude, Kennedy will be presenting ‘A Night Of Duke Ellington’ – a bold
excursion into non-classical repertoire. Playing with his brand new ensemble of exceptional
young musicians, ‘The Orchestra of Life’, and his jazz outfit, ‘The Nigel Kennedy Quintet’, made
up of the violinist and four of the most dynamic musicians on the Polish jazz scene including
special guests Orphy Robinson on marimba and Doug Boyle on guitar – they will celebrate this
American composer, pianist and prominent figure in the history of Jazz, who’s music stretched
over 50 years creating an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, and world tours.
For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading
violin maestros and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever
produced. His skilful technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives
to both the classical and contemporary repertoire making him the best selling classical violinist
of all time. He has been presented with many awards including, amongst others, Outstanding
Contribution to British Music and Male Artist of the Year at the UK Brit Awards. Most recently
Kennedy has released two albums with The Nigel Kennedy Quintet; 2009’s ‘A Very Nice Album’
and this year’s ‘SHHH’ highlighting his incredible ability as composer, improviser and player.
Invited to be Artistic Directorship of London’s South Bank Centre Polish Weekend in May 2010,
Kennedy will be playing at this weekend’s event celebrating Polish culture, bringing together
musicians and artists from a wide range of backgrounds and styles.
Catch this once in a life-time chance to see one of the world’s most charismatic musicians at
Latitude’s exquisite Lake Stage.
A few metres away from the crystal waters of Latitude’s central landscape feature; The Lake
Stage provides tantalisingly early glimpses of Huw Stephens’ freshest tips. Latitude audiences
are treated to a full parade of diverse and exhilarating bands about to be splashed across
magazines up and down the country. Last year, critics’ favourites such as Golden Silvers,
Bombay Bicycle Club and Pulled Apart By Horses have since enjoyed mainstream successes,
proving Latitude is the perfect place to catch such rising stars. Take the opportunity to absorb
the sounds of next year in the surrounds of Latitude’s exquisite Lake Stage.
Friday‘s line-up so far:
Scatterpop outfit Everything Everything has long been skewering tropical rhythms with
skyscraper synth lines. The attention they’ve deserved is now forthcoming, what with an
inclusion in the BBC ‘Sound of 2010’ poll and an NME Radar Tour with fellow Manchester band
Delphic. With a trio of hyper-falsetto voices squeezing twenty words into each second, these
intelligent lads are blatant R. Kelly aficionados and seem to appreciate the bewildering qualities
of math-rock or Radiohead and Pavement’s slanted anthemic structures. The world is theirs if
they choose, but for now they can have a Latitude headlining slot.
Welsh DIY no-wave outfit Islet have shunned the traditional online marketing avenues to
success and have instead concentrated on writing and performing good music that needs no
gimmicks or PR stunts. Their brutal energy and passion has earned them a fevered following in
their hometown of Cardiff, as well as being featured on Radio 1 and in NME. Their performance
on the Friday of Latitude will certainly be one to watch.
Engine EarZ Experiment is a diverse collective, feathering traditional Asian melodies and
instrumentation, with a penchant for bringing the unfamiliar to the table. Expect flute
beatboxing across tablas, dubstep bass rumbles and searing guitar licks. Their seamless merging
of influences has seen them headline Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing Stage last year and secure
a prestigious Maida Vale recording session.
Eloquent and economical sonics merge with a shivering, shuddering atmosphere in Esben &
The Witch’s soothing albeit eerie electronica. They’ve already released a stunning 7” single with
cool 4AD owned independent Too Pure, and this Brighton bunch are set to seep into your
bloodstream. More subtle and daring than their peers, it’s the unfolding majesty that snares
your attention though the icy, Siouxsie-esque howl will remain in the memory for just as long.
Described by the Guardian as: “a techno Dido, a Lily Allen who’s given in to depression, or a Kate
Nash who wants to prove herself with serious clubbers”, Sarah McIntosh a.k.a The Good
Natured is soon to join the legion of strong, successful female solo performers currently gracing
the charts. Her forlorn and honest lyrics over intricate, electro beats are a perfect match and
her set on Friday should not be missed.
Seemingly falling in between the well stocked gap separating My Bloody Valentine and The
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck up the harmonious pop ante. Supporting Dinosaur Jr. and
Built to Spill in London, joining noisy duo Japandroids as well as lo-fi heroes Times New Viking
around these isles, they’re in amazingly abrasive melodic company. Their positive, upbeat
fuzztones will be in full swing come the summer.
Y Niwl may not come from the sun-soaked shores of California, but they’ve certainly struck a
chord with their surf-twang addled sound. Jamming upon a familiar theme, this Welsh fourpiece
ride the wave of that classic organ sound, while the percussion shuffles and the guitar and
bass duel on a wash of reverb.
These Ghosts have an ambitious sound, with lashings of reverb and swimming melodies.
Growing out of the local Norfolk and Suffolk area, a continuous hotbed of musical activity,
they’re releasing a debut album ‘You Are Not Lost, You Are Here’ in the summer and look set to
turn heads with their radio friendly, intelligent sound. Catch them in their stomping ground
whilst you can.
Confirmed for Saturday so far:
23 brightly berobed females, all independent yet all functioning as choral unit: Gaggle return to
The Lake Stage after an exciting set in 2009. Having released their debut single ‘I Hear Flies’ on
Transgressive earlier in the year after numerous assemblies at venues around the country, it’s
about time the wider world were aware of this extraordinary collective. Dramatic, undulating
vocalisations take on a dominating military force, manifesting in aural gang warfare on an
intimidatingly awesome scale.
You can’t move at the moment for the name Frankie & The Heartstrings. Though unsigned,
they’re managed by a co-owner of indie label Wichita and their Roxy Music via Libertines stomp
has already captivated fellow Sunderland dwellers The Futureheads who they’ve been
supporting on tour. Headlining Huw Stephens’ stage on Saturday, their inexorable rise seems
inevitable.
Describing themselves optimistically as “the world’s second greatest pop band” The Teeth are
an odd London band who mix a kitsch rawness with melodies. Streamlined to focus on their
wonky tunes, you can hear every instrumental clunk and vocal tic. They’re bound to be one of
the wonderfully unique bands at this year’s festival.
Taking the ominous grinding of sub-bass and sifting svelte, haunting female vocals upon it,
London trio Nedry have merged the underground with the palatable sounds of now à la The xx.
Their debut album ‘Condors’ is winning accolades across the board and they are due to tour
with excellent instrumental rock band, and Latitude’s Sunrise stage faves from last year,
65daysofstatic.
Zun Zun Egui are a vibrant four piece who blur the lines of melody and rhythm with smeared
guitars, prominent percussion and Mauritian vocalist Kush chanting enticing patterns over the
whole mess. Having built up a dedicated following from performances at End of the Road
festival and the release of their EP ‘Bal La Poussiere’ last year, the zeitgeist has seemingly finally
caught up with them and their African influences. They slot into Latitude’s diverse and
exuberant line-up perfectly.
Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a Cardiff-based acoustic troubadour who comes armed with a
dark and wry sense of humour as well as an array of simple, country and folk-inspired tunes.
With an alternately gruff and faltering voice, his songs are wrapped in pathos as well as comic
asides. Inspired by the genius Daniel Johnston, there’s a lot to learn from Sweet Baboo’s blunt,
honest approach.
Standard Fare have recently released ‘The Noyelle Beat’ and its indelibly catchy chiming indie
lilt is buoyed by Emma Kupa’s meandering vocal lines, allowed to roam across all sorts of peaks
and troughs. Receiving great reviews across the underground press encouraging Artrocker to
gush that it’s “an album that is as close to perfection as you could hope for”. Their summery pop
is perfect for the rays Latitude’s attendees will be basking in while they’re playing.
The Pipettes alumnus Rose Elinor Dougall split from the doo-wop girl trio in 2008 and has since
been chasing her own path. With her debut solo album ‘Without Why’ due later in the year, her
hazier, more exquisite pop arrangements are bound to seduce those looking for more than
instant thrills. The ever-influential Pitchfork said recently: “Elegant melodies and shimmering
keyboard tones announce Dougall as a talent in her own right.” Being enticed with such praise
is likely to be the start of something much bigger.
London four-piece The Supernovas dish out catchy and spiky Libertines style rock. With that
urban squalor drawl and tales of cocaine dealers in pubs, they pack a punch while still staying
on the right side of cheeky. They’ve already played Camden Crawl and SxSW as well as releasing
first single ‘Ace Face’. Catch them before they explode.
With less than a years experience under their belt, The Cads have already made a distinct
impression. Their sprightly upbeat indie pop is full-on summer fare which prompted their first
song to be played on BBC Ipswich a mere two days after sending it in. With a self proclaimed
“tropical” approach to melodies, their slinky saccharine bursts are sure to usher in a beautiful
afternoon in the sun.
Sunday will see:
Hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny spring
forth a barrage of folk and country-tainted songs, ranging from the banjo-shreddingly upbeat to
echo chamber melancholia. A striking presence both alone and with her new four piece backing
band, Beth has been lucky enough to support an eclectic bunch of luminaries, from Bon Iver, St
Vincent and Mumford & Sons, to Tinariwen, Tunng and Imogen Heap. With only a couple of EPs
to her name, she has made progress by playing the live circuit, building up her illuminating and
seductively superb songs.
From perhaps the unlikeliest hotbed in the UK, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tom Williams & the
Boat are an exceptional sextet. They’ve already had the ivory tinkling stamp of approval from
the singer-songwriter Chris T-T and it seems they now have the immense, influential weight of
Huw Stephens’ respected opinion.
New Rough Trade signings Wilder are an exciting proposition. A four-piece named after 40’s
film noir legend Billy Wilder, they are a fusion of Friendly Fires, The Whip, The Rapture and
Gossip with a digital groove akin to Talking Heads and Captain Beefheart. With such an eclectic
set of influences they have attracted a lot of attention in a small amount of time, having already
supported The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas and The Maccabees. They will play The
Lake Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Electronic shimmering and glitch-addled beats are the stock-in-trade of Kel McKeown,
otherwise known as Kelpe. Last year’s third full-length ‘Cambio Wechsel’ is packed with Prefuse
73 and Flying Lotus minimalism. It’s clear time spent supporting Aphex Twin, To Rococo Rot and
the like hasn’t been wasted. With a constant slew of remixes and mixtapes from the restless
cerebellum of Kelpe, he and live drummer Chris Walmsley aren’t likely to rest on their laurels –
least of all for their anticipated set for Huw Stephens.
Glasgow foursome, Mitchell Museum dish out a rollicking burst of brazen chanting across a
hazy pop mirage. Their delightful sky-gliding tunes are picturesque pop perfection. They’ll fill
the lakeside with an especially sunny outlook.
A band composed of drums, bass, cello, trumpet, harp and vocalists Cevanne’s palette is broad
and eccentric. From reggae ska rhythms to Middle Eastern melodies across ominous strings,
there’s something for all tastes in this quintet’s music. The key is always in Cevanne’s sense of
space, of a desire not to be repetitive. They will be playing compositions from forthcoming
debut ‘Big Ears’ on The Lake Stage.
~ ARTS ARENAS ~
With the arts very much at its core, Latitude Festival brings every fraction of the arts together in
one place, providing the ideal environment to discover new passions and explore things that
you may have never encountered before. Ground-breaking, exciting and inspiring actors,
writers, poets, authors, DJs, comics, dancers, choreographers, film-makers and visual artists will
all be performing across the dedicated arts arenas and throughout the festival site. With an
unrivalled programme running from Thursday evening to Sunday night, Latitude’s arts arenas
will keep you enthused and entertained all weekend long and beyond.
Tania Harrison ~ Programmer of the Arts Arenas says:
“Booking the arts stages for Latitude is an incredible experience and my head is spinning with
the huge talent, possibilities and ideas that will shape each arena. Latitude has far exceeded any
of my dreams and it’s such an honour to book the highest calibre of comics, film directors,
writers, poets and artists and to work with some of the country’s leading arts organisations
including The Opera Group & London Sinfonietta, BAFTA, The Bush and Royal Shakespeare
Company. This year we have extended our imagination into The Faraway Forest and the Royal
Opera House will be staging a very special show deep in the heart of it. I am very excited too
about the Masked Ball and a Bacchanalian party that we have planned there, plus I have quite a
few more surprises that I’m working on for the arts arenas. I think this year Latitude will be a bit
more devilishly decadent so prepare to unleash your wild side!”
~ COMEDY at LATITUDE ~
~ Emo Philips ~ Ardal O’Hanlon ~ Rich Hall ~ Tommy Tiernan ~
~ Marcus Brigstocke: Early Edition with Andre Vincent and Guests ~
~ Phill Jupitus & Friends Improv Show ~ Rufus Hound ~ Jeremy Hardy ~ Arthur Smith ~ Richard
Herring ~ Mark Watson ~ Russell Kane ~ David O’Doherty ~
~ Andrew Lawrence ~ Jimeoin ~
~ Holly Walsh ~ Josie Long ~ Sara Pascoe~ Miles Jupp ~ Seann Walsh ~
~ Kevin Bridges ~ Charlie Baker ~ Doc Brown ~ Terry Alderton ~
~ Micky Flanagan ~ Craig Campbell ~ Angelos Epithemiou ~ Mark Olver ~ Joe Bor ~
~ Jimmy McGhie ~ Chris Ramsey ~ Andi Osho ~ Marlon Davis ~ Abandoman ~
~ Simon Evans ~ Josh Widdicombe ~ Daniel Sloss ~
~ Robin Ince’s Book Club ~ Adam Buxton: BUG ~ Popcorn Comedy ~
~ Rich Fulcher ~ Laura Solon~ Jonny Sweet ~
~ Pappy’s ~ Idiots of Ants ~ Cardinal Burns ~ Golden Lizard ~
~ The Al Pitcher Picture Show ~ Colin Hoult: Carnival Of Monsters ~
~ Tom Basden~ Deadcat Bounce ~ Deborah Frances-White ~
~Pros From Dover ~ Richard Dedomenici ~
~ Midnight Beast ~ Fergus Craig ~
~ Elis James ~ Rosie Wilby ~
~ Funny Women Awards Showcase ~
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.
One of the festival’s most enduring and prestigious fixtures, the Comedy Arena, sees a huge
and varied bill of comic splendour. Vastly lauded by all who spend time within its bosom, you’re
likely to have to hold back some energy in preparation as you’ll be expelling it in laughter and
mirth for the duration of your visit. But don’t be mistaken, comedy magic will be sprinkled all
throughout the programme in the Cabaret, Literary and Film & Music Arenas to name a few,
and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Taking in the finest names on the stand-up comedy
roster as well as emerging acts on the cusp of widespread success, there are sure to be many
unmissable moments this year.
With his unique take on the personality of the comic, the falsetto fantasist Emo Philips is a
massive coup for the comedy bill at Latitude this year. Latitude regulars will be ecstatic when
they discover this hugely popular and sought-after comic is bringing his show to Latitude’s
Comedy Arena this summer for his first UK appearance for several years. Emo has over 6,000
live performances across the English speaking world under his belt. His inventive delivery and
punchline trickery he is a maverick who puts ease into unease. Described by Jay Leno as ‘the
best joke writer in America’ this is a rare chance to see the phenomenon that is Emo Philips this
side of the pond. (Comedy Arena)
Bursting into the hearts and minds of the nation as the profoundly clueless Father Dougal in
nineties hit TV series Father Ted, Ardal O’Hanlon has continued to make crowds and audiences
laugh with sold out stand-up performances and a varied TV acting career. His stand-up routine
showcases his trademark bewildered look at the world around him and exasperation as a
husband and father, all delivered with a grumpy charm that will have you rolling in the aisles.
(Comedy Arena)
Sketch and panel show regular, playwright, actor and stand-up comedian Rich Hall has long
been coaxing laughter from his spouting of undeniable truths. Whether it’s the generic work of
Tom Cruise or the civility of Londoners compared to American citizens, Rich Hall’s acerbic and
direct humour sails over boundaries and all without a hint of a smile from the man himself. The
former Saturday Night Live writer/performer has previously won the 2000 Perrier Comedy
Award at the Edinburgh Fringe as his uncle alter ego Otis Lee Crenshaw and is the most regular
victor of all the visiting panellists on BBC 2’s QI show. He’s also been described as an inspiration
for The Simpsons character Moe Szyslak. (Comedy Arena)
Multi Award Winning Irish Superstar Comic Tommy Tiernan is a huge addition to Latitude’s
comedy bill. A fearless force of energy, Tiernan is inspiring and one of the few comics to take
his audience on a genuine emotional journey elevating the soul through rich, honest laughs,
Tiernan has an instinctive way of crafting words to bring his anecdotes to vivid life and make
the jokes truly resonate. Performances are high intensity, high octane, a no holds barred roller
coaster ride as Tommy continues his constant interrogation of the big ideas – Sex, Religion,
Family through the lens of his quirks, personal demons and sense of outrage. (Comedy Arena)
A festival favourite Marcus Brigstocke brings his Early Edition to Latitude with Andre Vincent
and other special guests. Dissecting the daily newspapers with sharp political wit the show
interviews politicians, campaigners, pundits and experts with a satirical and honest look at the
world’s current affairs. A Latitude regular, Brigstocke has emerged over the last five years as a
major comedy, writing and broadcasting talent appearing on countless TV and radio shows
including debate show ‘Argumental’ and his hit Radio 4 programme ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars’
which has now transferred to TV. (Comedy Arena)
Nevermind The Buzzcocks team captain Phill Jupitus and his inspired brand of improvisational
comedy will join the Comedy Arena’s highly laudable bill this year. Jupitus’ comic pedigree has
never been in question and is most easily displayed by his appearances on panel shows like QI.
From political poetry to BBC 6Music DJ, Jupitus is ubiquitous with comic and musical culture in
the UK and his improv shows are already legendary. (Comedy Arena)
Team captain of TV show Argumental, Rufus Hound joins this eclectic comic bill. Having cut his
teeth on Richard and Judy, the BBC’s Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury coverage he’s been
seen recently dancing convincingly to Cheryl Cole on Let’s Dance For Sport Relief and continues
to present Outtake TV, following in the footsteps of Anne Robinson. His straight-talking
approach and impressive handlebar moustache are sure to leave a lasting impression. (Comedy
Arena)
With a notoriety arising from angering conservatives, Perrier Award winner Jeremy Hardy has
long used his comedy alongside his strong socialist politics. From the early 80’s Jeremy has been
a radio and TV fixture, as well as previously having a column in The Guardian. From his work on
The News Quiz and his own monologues titled ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation’, to a
cameo in Blackadder Goes Forth and more recent TV appearances on Mock The Week and QI,
Jeremy Hardy’s forthright opinions and sharp tongue make for a compelling combination.
(Literary Arena)
“My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which
case, I’m Daphne Fairfax” has been Arthur Smith’s opening line at hundreds of his legendary
stand-up comedy performances and provides the title of his hilarious new autobiography ‘An
Evening with Daphne Fairfax’. He reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kid
on the bombsites of Bermondsey, a wild-haired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an English
teacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient who
has been told never to drink again. As he guides us through his eventful memoirs, expect tales
of turning down a Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award and losing a bet to writer Tony Hawks
which resulted in him having to sing the Moldovan National Anthem naked on Balham High
Road. A life less ordinary will make for an excellent storytime listen.
(Literary Arena)
Lauded comic and writer Richard Herring has been described by the British Theatre Guide as
“one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy.” He has written and performed
in a host of live one-man comedy shows including the acclaimed Talking Cock and the resulting
book of the same name. He has also enjoyed a recent collaboration with Andrew Collins,
initially on the radio comedy series Banter, on Collins’ BBC 6 Music show and the well-received
Collins and Herring Podcast. His most recent stand-up show, Hitler Moustache, received
universal critical approval selling out for the entire Edinburgh Festival in 2009. (Comedy Arena)
A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark Watson first made an impact on the comedy circuit in
2002 when he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition and was a runner-up in So You
Think You’re Funny? Known for his Edinburgh shows 2005’s ‘50 Years Before Death’ and ’The
Awful Prospect Of Eternity’ (which was nominated for the Perrier) his comedic stamina has
meant some of his shows have lasted more than a gruelling 24 hours. Watson also won the
Chortle Award for innovation in 2005 and was nominated for Best Breakthrough Act and Best
Compere in 2007. (Comedy Arena)
Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Russell Kane has firmly established himself as one of
most hotly tipped comics in the UK. Nominated for three Edinburgh Comedy Awards – the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s highest accolade – he has completed four sell-out runs at the Fringe
with his stand up shows, and also a sell out run of his play ‘Fakespeare; The Tragickal Saveings
of King Nigel’. Russell has just completed his national stand up tour with his show ‘Human
Dressage’ as well as a national tour of his Fakespeare play. A regular on TV and radio, Russell
co-hosted ITV2’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!’ in 2009, starred in Live at the
Apollo; hosted series 4 and 5 of Out To Lunch on BBC Radio 2 and presented a week-long
residency on Big Brother’s Big Mouth for Channel 4 & E4. Once described as “a twisted human
cartoon”, Russell will stalk, flap, jerk and contort his way across the stage of the Comedy Arena
at this year’s Latitude. (Comedy Arena)
David O’Doherty is the multi-talented Irish stand-up comic, author, musician, actor and
playwright. Winning many awards including Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? and the
if.com Award for best show with his stand up show ‘Let’s Comedy’; O’Doherty is well-known for
combining his comedic performance with tunes played on his miniature electronic keyboard. He
delivers both his sung and spoken jokes with an extremely dry sarcasm. Most of his songs focus
on unusual topics such as angry mathematicians, finding love and advice on how to dislodge a
badger from one leg. (Comedy Arena)
Acoustic guitar toting Andrew Lawrence has long been at odds with taste. His first hour long
comedy show at Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 was entitled ‘How To Butcher Your Loved Ones’. The
following year was ‘Social Leprosy For Beginners & Improvers’. Both were nominated for
if.comedy awards. Prior to this he won the BBC New Act of the Year competition (2004). Not
keen on towing the line, his intensity and divisive subject matter only makes for a brutally
memorable performance. Offensive, graphic and unmissable. (Comedy Arena)
Northern Irish comic and actor Jimeoin may have made his name in his current home country
of Australia, but his sharp observations are universal. Having written two feature length
comedy films, and acted in several TV shows in Oz, it’s a wonder he has the time to tour the
continent, the UK and Ireland. Yet he remains a popular fixture throughout these isles and
Latitude is sure to provide a real welcome return to UK soil. (Comedy Arena)
The winner of the Chortle Awards’ 2008 Best Newcomer, Holly Walsh has managed to keep
herself busy since joining the comedy circuit full time. Last year Holly was listed as one of The
Independent’s ‘Top Ten Comedians Working Today’ alongside such luminaires as Stewart Lee,
Daniel Kitson, Michael McIntyre and Rhod Gilbert.With her irreverent but topical humour
combined with her sardonic delivery, She presented the topical Channel 4 comedy, TNT with
Jack Whitehall and Holly has been a perfect fit on shows like Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10
Cats. With popular short comic ‘opinion’ videos on issues like the smoking ban, the credit
crunch and her excellent short-lived attempt at becoming a hand model, her no nonsense, dry
style is sure to keep the crowd entertained. (Comedy Arena)
Josie Long a British comic with an apparent love of appliqué and the V&A. Live Boggle contests
sometimes form a part of her shows too. Although still young (she won BBC New Comedy
Award at the tender age of just 17), Josie’s act is unnaturally far from girlie adolescence. Her
intense surreal rants occasionally subside to politely allow the audience to catch up, before she
launches off excitedly on another tangent. In 2006, she also scooped Best Newcomer in the
if.comeddies Awards for her solo Edinburgh debut, ‘Kindness and Exuberance’. (Comedy Arena)
Latitude is very proud to showcase the best of the established comedy talent whilst
championing the hottest aspiring comic stars on the circuit. The first of these to be confirmed
for the festival are: Sara Pascoe – named as one of Time Out’s Rising Stars of Comedy 2008,
Sara has appeared in numerous shows such as Free Agents, The Thick of It and Being Human,
and is described as “a cocky-cum-quizzical comic that resembles Russell Brand minus the libido”
by the Evening Standard; Seann Walsh who delivers observational comedy with an affable
charisma and charm; Glaswegian stand-up Kevin Bridges who, at 22, has already won
Breakthrough Act at the 2010 Chortle Awards; Charlie Baker and his Cornish comic timing
spliced with his very accomplished jazz croon and Doc Brown, the younger brother of author
Zadie Smith, whose eloquent, personal rapping style earned him third place in the English
Comedian of the Year Award 2009. (Comedy Arena)
Having begun his comedy career with two newcomer awards – Channel 4’s So You Think You’re
Funny and Leicester Festival – and picking up a Perrier award two years later, Miles Jupp has
made a name for himself over the past decade. Originally casting himself as an upper-class
pastiche, his erudite yet expletive-ridden rants breaks that illusion succinctly. He’s recently
appeared in political satire comedy The Thick Of It All as well as hosting various BBC radio
shows and even starring as a character in children’s TV program Balamory. Nevertheless, his
routine is a world away from child’s play. (Comedy Arena)
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; his hi-octane performances have led him to recently work
with Joan Rivers and Eddie Izzard who proclaimed him to be a “very funny comic with a
fantastic comedy mind, but someone who really ought to seek some sort of professional help”.
(Comedy Arena)
University educated Eastender Micky Flanagan has been touted as a rising star by critics and
this was confirmed by a Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007. A regular
on TV and radio shows such as Out to Lunch on BBC 2, Michael McIntrye’s Road show on BBC 1
and the Arthur Smith Show on BBC Radio 4. Splitting his shows between the observational and
comic tales of his working class upbringing (where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury); Flanagan
is a self-deprecating, but intellectual and hilarious cockney. (Comedy Arena)
Internationally acclaimed grizzled storyteller Craig Campbell may have settled in deepest Devon
but he’s Canadian at heart. In full Canuck character, Craig has a knack for compelling and
amusing narratives taking in an awed viewpoint of unfamiliar cultures – such as ours. Campbell
has appeared as headline guest on numerous Canadian Shows such as Jim Carrey Live, The
Dennis Miller Show and Just for Laughs as well as working and appearing with such British
greats like Al Murray and Frankie Boyle, the latter of whom he is currently supporting Boyle on
his huge UK tour. (Comedy Arena)
Angelos Epithemiou is an award-winning burger van owner who doesn’t like to tell anyone
where his burger van is because, as he puts it, “I don’t want no joyriders coming round trying to
nick my generator like they done with my tyres.” The alter ego of British actor and writer Dan
Renton Skinner, Angelos delivers a side-splittingly silly routine of impressions, dance,
observations, audience interaction and a smattering of gags. Appearing in numerous TV
comedies, he has most recently been seen the latest series Shooting Stars as a permanent
panellist. (Comedy Arena)
Bristolian Mark Olver has been a constant fixture on the TV warm up and comedy circuit in the
last decade. His most recent Edinburgh show ‘Ramble On’ was based around a 500 mile walk
from Bristol to the Scottish capital illustrated hilariously with road signs, maps and inspirational
quotes from friends and families. Audience participation at his shows, whether willing or
otherwise, is compulsory – positively encouraging heckling and friendly banter. His warm up for
the massively successful ITV show Deal or No Deal have honed a rapier wit and shaped an
interesting comic worthy of checking out. (Comedy Arena)
Joe Bor is an energetic observational character comedian, whose act consists of anecdotes from
working in a school to his impressions of rugby players. He has acted in many short films for the
BBC and written for TV and theatre including Newsrevue (Canal Cafe), The Comedy Business
(Paramount Comedy) and Animus (Paramount Comedy). He has been the winner of Comedy
Store Gong Show, Comedy Cafe New Act Night and Jewish Comedy Factor Award in 2007.
“Hugely talented character comic, very funny and memorably charismatic.” The Scotsman
(Comedy Arena)
Jimmy McGhie is one of the fastest rising young comics on the comedy circuit today. After only
ten gigs, he reached the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, the semi finals of
the BBC New Talent competition and the final of the Amused Moose Star Search (2005). As an
assured storyteller with a distinct turn of phrase and no small amount of agitation in his soul, he
has “one to watch” practically stamped on his forehead. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)
When Chris Ramsey strides onto the stage you immediately know you are in safe hands; his
high-energy delivery, hugely engaging manner and off-the-cuff style have made him one of the
most exciting new acts to hit the circuit in recent years. Upbeat and lightning fast, he
commands the stage with the tenacity of a comic with twice his experience. As well as
performing in comedy clubs, Chris has supported the likes of Russell Kane, Ben Amos and Al
Murray. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)
From TV production, to acting and now comedy, Andi Osho has taken the opposing route to
most other comics. Plaistow born Osho has co-presented Channel 4 comedy entertainment
show Tonightly, she recently made an appearance on the ever-popular satirical comedy
programme Mock The Week and has been in BBC 1 drama Paradox. After a mere four months
and forty gigs she had already won the Nivea Funny Women 2007 Award as well as being
nominated for several other awards including the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007.
Catch the multi-talented and award-winning Andi Osho in the Comedy Arena. (Comedy Arena)
As winner of the FHM Search for a Stand-Up Hero last year, Marlon Davis has found himself
thrust into the glaring eye of the comedy-scrutinising public. Davis is not only a bright young
comedian, but can boast acting, improvisation and presenting to his ever growing CV. His
glinting eye mischief which colours his topical material keeps his sets buoyant while his delivery
is fresh and wide-eyed, making skilful observations throughout his shows. From his own
sketches on MTV’s Brown Eyed Boy to well-received shows across the UK, this emerging talent
has a lot to give. (Comedy Arena)
Irish hip-hop duo Abandoman, fronted by Robert Broderick and ably backed by multiinstrumentalist
James Hancox, have already made a name for themselves with their
interpretation of this musical style. They won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year award in
2010 thanks to their exhilarating and hilarious signature cuts like ‘An Open Letter To Haribo
Sweets’. Bringing a twisted reflection of rap lyricism, Abandoman will be a unique highlight of
the entire weekend. (Comedy Arena)
Simon Evans, who is currently the warm upon act for Lee Mack’s UK tour, is going to be
punishing our ribcages with his attempts to reduce us to convulsive laughter. With his aloof,
“educated” delivery and self deprecation he makes mountains out of relative molehills. He has
written for TV shows like The Big Breakfast and 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Evans’ radio works include
seven series of spoof news programme The Way It Is and performing on The Mighty Boosh.
Guffaws are assured. (Comedy Arena)
Kicking off his career a mere two years ago, Josh Widdicombe has already been awarded the
Leciester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award earlier this year. After just a few gigs he had
reached the finals of the 2008 So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe.
He has written for 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week and has consistently wowed audiences
across the country with his lively, refreshing set lined with charm and personable manner.
Undeniably one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit. (Comedy Arena)
Scottish young’un Daniel Sloss began performing on the comedy circuit at 16. Last October he
became the youngest comic ever to perform a solo season in the West End. He was once under
Frankie Boyle’s wing and collaborated on writing for Boyle’s Mock the Week appearances. After
numerous televised performances as well as a huge gigging calendar, he has recently worked
on a BBC 3 show pilot and looks set to capitalise on his continuous hard work, which includes
this anticipated set for the Comedy Arena. (Comedy Arena)
Latitude’s literary regular and house master of the written word, Robin Ince reprises the Book
Club for Latitude’s Literary Arena, with specially created shows featuring incredible guests from
the worlds of comedy, literature and science. A comic genius Robin succeeds in bringing both
good and bad books to life, dissecting the themes, narratives and storytelling with hilarious
observations and analysis. (Literary Arena)
Feast your eyes – and, of course, your ears – as comedian, writer, video director and general
music video enthusiast, Adam Buxton brings a special edition of BUG to Latitude’s Film & Music
Arena. BUG promises to bring you a programme of the weird, the wonderful and the truly great
music videos from around the world this year. This special edition of BUG promises more
outstanding clips rarely seen on a big screen (or even a TV screen) and some incredible online
discoveries – with insightful and hilarious contributions from Adam. (Film & Music Arena)
Popcorn Comedy is a comedy show created by Jon Petrie and Holly Walsh in January 2009. It
presents some of the strongest, sharpest and funniest videos online. The show also features the
country’s best comedians as they showcase their own short comedy films. Previous live
performers have included Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Key, Adam Buxton, Josie Long, Robert
Popper, David Cross and Graham Linehan. The Film & Music Arena is the perfect rostrum for
you to enjoy this creative revolution and laugh until you fall over. Popcorn Comedy is a Time
Out ‘Critics’ Choice’ and has been featured on the BBC’s Culture Show. (Film & Music Arena)
Comedian Rich Fulcher – famed for his Boosh characters Bob Fossil, Kodiak Jack and
cheesehead Tommy Nooka and co-star of the cult sketch show Snuff Box – will be bringing one
‘woman’ show, ‘An Evening with Eleanor: The Tour Whore [USA]’ to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.
Self-professed rock and roll ‘tour whore’ who recently appeared as Howard’s lover in The
Mighty Boosh, Eleanor has lived a life most people scream about. Now the woman who claimed
to make Neil ‘young’ and put the ‘wood’ in Woodstock – tells all through poetry, song, dance
and confessional monologues that have been known to leave the audience feeling freshly
molested. Prepare to get a pounding like you’re yesterday’s beef! (Cabaret Arena)
Direct from her run at London’s Soho Theatre, Perrier Award Winner Laura Solon (BBC 1’s Harry
and Paul, Radio 4’s Talking and Not Talking) returns with her first show since 2005: the multicharacter
narrative comedy and sell out hit at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, ‘Rabbit Faced Story
Soup’. So…It’s all gone tits down at Black Publishing. Tepid-shot publisher Diana Lewis is
scrambled to find a writer to finish a book and save the company from crisis. Her obstacles
include an American Super Agent, a lightly tanned boss, a call centre worker, a diversity officer,
The French and a dead rabbit called Ian.
“An adventurous and hilarious masterclass” Sunday Times (Cabaret Arena)
Jonny Sweet is a talented actor who won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best
Newcomer for his show ‘Mostly About Arthur’ (directed by Stefan Golaszewski), which Nica
Burns of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards described as: “a delicious hour of character
comedy…unexpected, highly original, very funny. Watch out for him.” He also appeared in Tom
Basden’s new play ‘Party’ at the Edinburgh Festival which won a Fringe First award. He recently
appeared as a young David Cameron in ‘When Boris Met Dave’ which recently aired on More 4.
(Cabaret Arena)
“The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe” (The Scotsman) Pappy’s will be providing the
madcap fun in the Literary Arena. Pappy’s is a comedy team made up of trio Ben, Matthew and
Tom – a tour de force of fun and laughter. Formerly a four piece, Pappy’s have steadily risen to
fame since 2007 receiving nominations for Chortle’s Best Newcomer and for the If.Comedy
Awards at the Edinburgh Festival. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, garnered further critical
praise, and during early 2009 they toured Britain and Ireland with the hit show. This year sees
them embark on their largest ever tour to date including Latitude, so expect wall to wall
sketches and non-stop entertainment with this trio of comedic talent. (Literary Arena)
Formed in 2007 and after a sell-out Edinburgh Festival debut, Idiots of Ants have gone on to
perform all over the UK. Winners of the Chortle Award 2010 for Best Sketch or Character Act
Idiots of Ants; Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, James Wrighton and Benjamin Wilson, will be
bringing their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to the festival’s Cabaret Arena – a
performance that will no doubt be jam-packed with intelligent wit and wonderfully timed
observational comedy. Following three sell-out Edinburgh Festivals, an Edinburgh Comedy
Award nomination (formerly Perrier) and hot off the heels of the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’
Festival the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) bring their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to
the Latitude Festival. (Cabaret Arena)
Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit and two-thirds of If.Comedy nominees Fat Tongue, Seb
Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns will be bringing their imaginatively daft sketches to the
Cabaret Arena this year. The Times has called them “the most original sketch act around”. If you
are a fan of comedic preposterous stereotypes this double act will be right up your street!
(Cabaret Arena)
Comedy’s future is in good hands with a fantastic new breed of comic stars emerging from the
underground. Hotly-tipped turns Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker – alongside the sketch
collective Superclump of which they are members – are leading the pack. Wozniak won an
If.Comedy Best Newcomer nomination in 2008, with Paker’s aloof stand-up persona winning
him the 2008 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Together, they recently wowed
audiences at the Leicester Comedy Festival with their hilarious play ‘Golden Lizard’, a
fantastically funny play that they are bringing to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.
Al Pitcher views a lot of ordinary things in an extraordinary way. His mission is to show people
his way of seeing the world, inviting them to escape the monotony of their everyday lives under
the banner ‘The Al Pitcher Picture Show’. Usually before the day of his show Al will venture into
the city he is performing armed with a digital camera to capture the world as he sees it. Posing
the question, what hilarities will he bring to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena? (Cabaret Arena)
Writers’ Guild Award winner and Chortle Nominee Colin Hoult invites you to a truly original
tragic-comic character show that will shock, tickle and appal. Playing with environment,
atmosphere and storytelling, the Carnival Of Monsters is an experience unlike any other you’ll
find over the weekend; a macabre freak show that provides a through-line for Hoult’s collection
of comedy sketches and theatrical vignettes. A revamped version of the critically acclaimed,
sell out Edinburgh Festival 2009 hit featuring characters and stories both old and new. Created
with new company Wheelie Man Crow (Kat Nugent, Stephen Evans, Dan Snelgrove and Zoe
Gardner.)(Cabaret Arena)
British actor, comedy writer and member of sketch group Cowards, Tom Basden will be making
his way to the Cabaret Arena. His ‘Tom Basden Won’t Say Anything’ won the if.comedy Award
for Best Newcomer in 2007 and you can expect his one man show to make some serious waves
at this year’s Latitude festival. (Cabaret Arena)
Deadcat Bounce, the award-winning (Time Out Jury Prize at Sydney Comedy Festival 2010),
exuberant Irish comedy rock supergroup make their first appearance at Latitude. Expect smoke
machines, screaming guitar solos and everything from hip-hop slow jams to 80’s stadium
anthems. Brace yourself for an unrelenting hour unlike anything else you’ll see at the festival.
British comic, writer and personal skills expert Deborah Frances-White will be gracing
Latitude’s Cabaret Arena with her sell out show, ‘How to get almost anyone to want to sleep
with you’. The stand-up show that leaves you ready to pull tonight is here!
Deborah’s hilarious self-help comedy show will give you the secrets of sexy and leave you
feeling like the sexiest person in the bar who could ask anyone out. (Cabaret Arena)
The Pros From Dover’s surreal sketch show encompasses diverse scenarios where brilliance
sometimes teeters off the edge of offence. We will witness the downward spiral of several
characters in carefully crafted pieces masterfully delivered in a humorous manner. A clever
sketch show giving the performers a great vehicle for their talents. (Cabaret Arena)
Richard Dedomenici delivers an entertaining and educational illustrated talk about the problem
of intellectual copyright theft in the creative industries. He cites a rich and eclectic variety of
case studies from the music, entertainment and art worlds, encompassing The Pussycat Dolls,
Apple Computers and Damien Hirst, as well as countless regrettable examples from his own
artistic practice. (Cabaret Arena)
Midnight Beast is a group of three London boys living and exposing the lifestyle of today’s
youth. Writing songs with a slick sense of humour, members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and
Ashley Horne are making waves with their unique sound and “take the p**s outta pop culture”
routine. With their videos notching up millions of views, their recent street gig at Brighton
beach caused something of a riot. Expect to see the trio busting their trademark moves whilst
reciting the rhymes which have every teen in the country glued to their screen. Look out for
the crowds in the Cabaret Arena; the Midnight Beast will have arrived! (Cabaret Arena)
Last year’s Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Fergus Craig is performing his successful solo
stand up after several years in his double act with Colin Hoult. With his theatrical take on
accents, delivery and mannerisms as well as a healthy taste for self-deprecation, his set is
bound to ensnare and enrapture those lucky enough to be in the vicinity. (Cabaret Arena)
Bilingual Welsh comedian Elis James brings his comic personality, honed on Rhod Gilbert’s BBC
Radio Wales show, to the Cabaret Arena. Following stints on Radio 1 and hosting 2008’s
Comedy Zone, Elis came to wider attention with his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show The Most
Cautious Boy In Wales, which was also his debut solo stand-up performance. Gathering wordof-
mouth plaudits for his modest approach and brilliant observations as a shy boy making his
way in the world, no doubt he’ll continue to bring even more kudos to the ever-growing and
wealthy state of Welsh comedy with his Latitude set. (Cabaret Arena)
Funny Women Finalist 2006 Rosie Wilby has presented three solo shows at Edinburgh Fringe
and comedy festivals across the UK – including the Fringe Report Award winning ‘The Science
Of Sex’. She has worked as an MC on the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury Festival and in the
prestigious Comedy Tent at Edinburgh Fringe Sunday. Rosie regularly performs around the UK
and headlined a sold out female comedy night in March 2009 as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. She
has appeared on numerous radio shows and also presents on Resonance FM. (Cabaret Arena)
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. The show will be hosted by Carrie Quinlan and feature a line up of new acts
competing for a place at this year’s prestigious national final in London at the Leicester Square
Theatre on Monday 20th September. See the future of female comedy with the Funny
Women’s Awards Showcase in Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. (Cabaret Arena)
~ THEATRE AT LATITUDE~
~ Royal Opera House ~ Royal Shakespeare Company ~
~ The Opera Group and London Sinfonietta ~
~ Bush Theatre ~ Lyric ~
~ Paines Plough & Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse ~
~ Northern Stage and Company of Angels ~
~ English Touring Theatre ~ Les Enfants Terribles ~ Soho Theatre ~
~ Birmingham Repertory Theatre ~ nabokov ~
~ Red Shift Theatre Company ~ Cartoon De Salvo~ Duke Special ~
~ Shatterbox Theatre Company ~ Mouth to Mouth ~ The Factory ~ Theatre503 ~
~ Forest Fringe ~ Tangled Feet ~ Bad Physics ~
~ High Tide ~ NSDF ~ The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra ~
~ Pick of the Pleasance ~
~ Perennial Theatre ~ Eyebrow Productions ~
Showcasing performances from the nation’s leading theatre companies as well as work from
emerging talent, Latitude has brought contemporary, physical, classical and performance
theatre to a brand new audience, gaining an unrivalled reputation for its breadth and quality of
programming. The calibre of theatre on offer has meant that Latitude now rivals such
established theatre events as Edinburgh Festival and Manchester International Festival, and
with more bespoke productions created especially for Latitude, there will be unique and
exciting work to be unearthed and discovered with, undoubtedly, something for everyone.
We are very excited to announce that the Royal Opera House will be presenting performances
of its latest commission ‘Pleasure’s Progress’ by director and choreographer Will Tuckett. A
fusion of dance, opera and music, Pleasure’s Progress explores the vistas and vision of the
English painter, printmaker and satirist William Hogarth (1696 – 1764). Tuckett brings Hogarth’s
dark pictorial narratives right up to the current day, drawing on material from some of his most
celebrated work including – A Rake’s Progress, Marriage à la mode, A Harlot’s Progress, Four
Stages of Cruelty and Beer Street and Gin Lane, combining a vivid slice of historical Covent
Garden with contemporary urban life. With a cast of dancers, singers and musicians, a witty
libretto by Alasdair Middleton, beautiful music by Paul Englishby and contemporary designs by
Jon Bausor this new production promises wit and wonder, fun and frolics and an irreverent take
on the darker side of society. ‘Pleasure’s Progress ’will be performed in The Faraway Forest,
the perfect place for such a magnificent addition to the bill. (The Faraway Forest)
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) camps out at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park with
a darkly comic event performed late into the night on the Thursday and Saturday in the Theatre
Arena. Specially commissioned for the festival, ‘The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus
Diablo’ is written by playwright Carl Grose, well known for his work with internationally
acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre and directed by Lu Kemp. Grose will reveal no more information
on the new script, other than “it’s got a pig in a dress in it”, the rest you will have to see for
yourself. What Grose will say however, is how he is enjoying the challenge of staging a
performance at night, in a tent, at a festival, to over 1000 “ quite jolly” revellers to create a
theatre event which is as alive as it can be – chaotic, engaging, entertaining, and dangerous. The
RSC has developed a reputation for bringing the unexpected to Latitude and this new show
follows the success of ‘The Big Lie’ by RSC Literary Associate Anthony Neilson in 2008 and Phil
Porter’s chilling ‘Here Lies Mary Spindler’ in 2009. RSC Literary Manager Pippa Hill said: “We put
new work on all our stages, but the Latitude Festival is unique – it gives us a great opportunity
to commission a new piece of work and pull together a show in a few weeks. This is our chance
to create a flashmob ensemble, pack a van and put it on in a field in Suffolk. We can have some
mischief, unleash our actors and create a show for two performances only…”
For the first time the RSC will also present a number of workshops at the festival that offer an
insight into the core work of the company. These will provide an opportunity for younger
festival goers to learn more about theatre craft through creating and writing scenes for the
stage. On the Friday and Sunday in the Outdoor Theatre, RSC actors and practitioners will lead
practical workshops in how a scene gets put together through learning insults in Shakespeare’s
language and creating some basic stage fights (suitable for ages 10+). On Friday there is also the
opportunity to join the RSC writing team to explore ghost scenes and create a new piece of
work using the language and dramatic techniques of Shakespeare (suitable for ages 8+). These
free workshops have a limited capacity, allocated on a first come, first served basis. Further
details can be found on the Latitude website. (Theatre Arena)
The Opera Group and London Sinfonietta present composer George Benjamin’s, 21st century
masterpiece, ‘Into the Little Hill’, which garnered rave reviews in its London premiere at the
Royal Opera House in 2009. Into the Little Hill tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician,
who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a town’s plague of
rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay, his
actions have terrible repercussions for the town’s population. Into the Little Hill features
acclaimed international singers Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) and Claire Booth (soprano) who
play all the roles in the story. Franck Ollu conducts the London Sinfonietta. Into the Little Hill
appears at Latitude in an Aldeburgh Music/London Sinfonietta/ROH2/The Opera Group coproduction.
Latitude is delighted to be presenting this outstanding opera in the Theatre Arena.
‘Every piece of music leaves its own particular silence in its wake: the silence left after this
work’s last notes sounded was exquisite.’ – Independent. (Theatre Arena)
Bush Theatre presents ‘The Great British Country Fete’, a play dedicated to the British
institution of the village fete. Home to Olympic jam makers, mammoth marrow growers,
anarchist Brownies and enough bunting to cause a national fabric shortage; the fete is a pillar of
country life, a melting pot of personalities, and the British summer wouldn’t be the same
without it. Join the Bush for a day at the fete – as the tombola rolls and the skittles fall, battles
are fought, victories (and prizes) won, loves lost and found, and we meet the characters behind
this irreplaceable and irresistible British tradition. Stories and songs combine in this summer
treat, featuring three actors playing a multitude of roles as the tea flows and the drama
unfolds. London-based, The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally
renowned champion of playwrights. Discovering, nurturing and producing the best new
playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, The Bush presents exciting new voices that
tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion. (Theatre Arena)
Resonant with the diverse output of Latitude Festival and sure to astound with special and
unique pieces work adhering to their values of evocative and esoteric performances, the Lyric
are bringing two truly inspiring and exciting performances to Latitude this year:
In a world premiere created exclusively for Latitude, Sean Holmes and Filter Theatre Company
present a new version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ condensed into one magical hour.
Well-known for their unique take on classic texts, with previous works including ‘Three Sisters’,
‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’, these former collaborators will be joined by the
visionary band The London Snorkelling Team to create a truly captivating show, Shakespeare as
you’ve never seen it before. (Theatre Arena)
As well as showing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ inside the Theatre Arena, Lyric will use
Latitude’s natural beauty and enchanted forests for the production set in the woodland and in
the realm of fairyland. Don’t miss this truly spellbinding performance with a twist on the inside
show brought to the Outdoor Theatre. (Outdoor Theatre)
Lyric will also be presenting The London Snorkelling team’s show ‘The Island’, based on the
band’s record entitled ‘Audio Recording and Map’, is an amazing mix of short animations, music
and performance. Using a school over-head-projector the animations are brought to life live on
stage as they journey to The Island to be met by an unreliable scientist and an aristocratic
magician. Join us as the story unfolds to reveal the world of the island and all its quirks.
(Theatre Arena)
Paines Plough & Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present ‘Tiny Volcanoes’ by Laurence
Wilson. Since they joined together in 1999, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have been on
a remarkable journey, described as “a theatrical renaissance on Merseyside” (The Observer).
Paines Plough is an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned theatre company
specialising exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays. Tiny Volcanoes is a new
work by Wilson, who has previously been voted Writer of Liverpool Daily Post’s Play of the Year
2004, for Urban Legend. (Theatre Arena)
Northern Stage and Company of Angels co-production, ‘Apples’, adapted by John Retallack
from the novel by Richard Milward, is an electrifying collision of Irvine Welsh and Virginia Woolf
set on a Middlesbrough council estate. Returning to Latitude following 23 year old author
Richard Milward’s reading from this, his debut novel last year in the Literary Arena, Apples
depicts the brutal insecurities of adolescence; a world where the adults are absent, drugs are
everywhere, sex is desperate and life is both terrifying and thrilling. The characters feed every
stereotype currently applied to young disaffected people; they are violent, shameless, ruthless,
and their horizons reach only to their next night out. And yet they challenge our prejudices
because Milward reveals their brave, complex and profound inner lives, battling for selfesteem.
“…Streaming with gorgeous language, a frighteningly recognisable glimpse into a
particular experience of adolescence.” (The Guardian). (Theatre Arena)
The English Touring Theatre Company presents ‘Lovesong’ a stunning one-man play on a
piano, written and directed by Che Walker and performed by British soul singer, Omar.
Che Walker is an actor, director and award-winning playwright – scooping both the George
Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and Arts Council England Writer’s Award for
Drama in 2003 for his play ‘Flesh Wound’. Last year, Che brought the soul/funk musical ‘Been
So Long’ which featured Omar in the cast. This year they team up for a more intimate
performance showcasing Omar’s staggering vocal and musical talents. Omar is an
internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician – his most well-known song was the
Top 20 debut single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1991.
As one of England’s foremost theatre companies, ETT creates theatre of outstanding quality,
imagination and ambition that is both emotionally and intellectually engaging. (Theatre Arena)
Les Enfants Terribles invite you to The Empire Music Hall for ‘Vaudevillains’ a night you’ll never
forget. Charlie the owner is dead – but whodunnit? Could it be nervy knife thrower Ray the
Blade; sexy Siamese striplets; The Cerberus Sisters; deranged ventriloquist Albert Frog; macabre
mime artist Gaston Gasteau; or perhaps the mystifying magician – The Great Mephisto…
Murder, mystery and mayhem combine with Les Enfants Terribles dark, twisted wit and
inventive theatricality as they present their brand new musical extravaganza. After the show
join the party as the Empire’s doors stay open and the band plays on into the night… (Theatre
Arena)
London’s Soho Theatre presents ‘The Experiment’ a stunning play written and performed by
Evening Standard award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill and directed by Anthony Banks.
Included in last year’s Terror season at the Southwark Playhouse, this short horror transfers to
Latitude’s Theatre Arena to shock, terrorise and torment. Not for the faint-hearted this is:
“Shocking good horror.” (Michael Coveney – Whatsonstage.com) (Theatre Arena)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents The Decypher Collective’s ‘8SIXTEEN32’. Fusing word,
comedy and a tailor-made score of beats, rhythms and melodies this is a breath-taking, tonguetwisting
tale of life and lyrics where four MC’s clash with their biggest competitor yet. Created
by The Decypher Collective (Evoke, LCB, Professor D & RTkal) with the cream of UK spoken
word, poetry and music talent, this is pioneering Grime Theatre not to be missed. (Theatre
Arena)
New writing theatre company nabokov presents ‘It’s About Time’ – Bash has made a decision.
Yeah, his band The Dogscotch Pirates were never any good but who says that’s still true ten
years later? Maybe, now, with time, they’re all real artists, right? Only the man Bash needs, the
lead guitarist who infamously took magic mushrooms and tried to shag girls with their tights
still on, now ‘runs the children’s department’ from the shop floor of Waterstones. It’s About
Time follows the old band as they stake it all on one last try and threatens to break open the
very ground with it’s earth quake of fun. (Theatre Arena)
Discover the incredible ‘Invisible Show’ presented by Red Shift Theatre Company – a live
theatre event embedded in the crowd audible via wireless headphones. Conceived, written
and directed by Jonathan Holloway, The Invisible Show is a live theatre event embedded in the
crowd, almost invisible, but audible via wireless headphones. It’s a celebration of frailty as an
estranged father and son duo meet, a couple discuss separation, lovers squirm sexed-up and
desperate for privacy, a sick mother worries into her phone, ex-partners eye one-another with
curiosity. Except for the smallest tell-tales the crowd is ignorant of these eddies of emotion.…
unless they have the headphones. Then the live soundscape reveals itself. Search it out or just
listen. The Invisible Show will be performed once a day over all four days of the Festival. Will
you see it? (Pandora’s Playground)
Cartoon De Salvo are a trio of creative minds who describe their own shows and collaborations
with other talents as “Contemporary Folk Theatre”. Bringing their shows to whoever wants to
see them, in any venue, the Theatre Arena will proudly present their latest satirical production,
‘Pub Rock’. A band whose 20 year career has always catered for their audience make a stand
against all they’ve worked for in front of your very eyes. The resulting emotional journey is sure
to be moving, comic and memorable. (Theatre Arena)
The Theatre Arena opens its doors to one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Duke
Special performing music from his incredible three albums: ‘The Stage, A Book & The Silver
Screen’. Originally released as a box set back in March of this year, these three albums
showcase the fruits of three different, but equally intriguing artistic projects. ‘The Silent World
of Hector Mann’ is based on ‘The Book of Illusions’ by Paul Auster and features contributions by
Neil Hannon amongst others. The second album, ‘Huckleberry Finn’, Duke Special performs five
songs from Kurt Weill’s unfinished musical and for the third album Duke wrote the music to a
new production of Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage & Her Children’ which played to 100,000 people at
the National Theatre in 2009 – the entire production is based around his music and the band’s
performance. For Latitude he will be playing songs from all three albums in what will be an
intimate and spellbinding performance. (The Faraway Forest)
Shatterbox Theatre Company bring their ‘Fair Trade’ project to the Theatre Arena at Latitude;
inspired by verbatim accounts of two survivors of the sex slave trade Shatterbox has produced a
dynamic and visceral piece of theatre combining drama, music, physical theatre and comedy.
Directed by Lotte Wakeham and written by Anna Holbek and Shelley Davenport the women’s
stories are told in a powerfully honest and unsentimental way. In full support of their work,
Emma Thompson enthusiastically came on board as Executive Producer. The play’s content is
based on the real-life experiences of Elena and Samai, both trafficked women. While showing
the harsh reality of the women’s experiences the play is careful to avoid sentimentality. It takes
a farcical approach to a prostitute’s arrest in the style of a Punch and Judy show, a comical M.C.
delivering facts about the sex trade and a human auction. Shatterbox is a young and exciting
theatre company dedicated to new writing, with particular emphasis on awareness-raising,
issue based work. “I’m extremely proud to be involved in this production; it’s one of the best
scripts I’ve seen in years. Sex trafficking is a hugely important subject; I believe we need as much
art as we can get to help people understand what’s going on out there” – Academy Award
Winner Emma Thompson. (Theatre Arena)
Unique and very special Outdoor Theatre can be found throughout the Latitude site, on the
banks of the lake and deep within the forest. Taking inspiration from the beautiful countryside
in which it is set, performances vary from beat-boxing to classical orchestra and from musicals
to Shakespeare. As previously said, the Lyric will be using Latitude’s outside spaces for their
second production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, one of East Anglia’s inspiring local theatre
companies Mouth to Mouth and the lively and spontaneous theatre house The Factory will
also both be using the site as its muse.
One of East Anglia’s most inspiring local theatre companies, Mouth To Mouth take up their
residency in Latitude’s outdoor spaces to bring their unique take on one of Shakespeare’s
funniest plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director, James Holloway, Mouth To Mouth will
brave the British summer weather to perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’ – a farcical story of
mistaken identities and slapstick. After their festival stealing performances of The Taming of
The Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor at previous editions
of the festival, the company bring their idiosyncratic and crazy take on playing the Bard back
this year. (Outdoor Theatre)
Dubbed “the super cool company” by The Independent, The Factory is bringing ‘Round 2’ to
Latitude, a growing collection of daring short plays written to an almost impossibly challenging
brief. The Factory continues to explore its thirst for spontaneity, danger and revelation by
pitching its actors against each other to tackle pieces that reveal more about themselves with
each showing. All the plays are multiply cast, allowing the actors to play different roles each
time. Both actors and audience renew relationships and meaning at each showing. To this end,
the actors have been Factory trained, but not rehearsed, so that they have to thrash out their
virgin choices before an audience. ‘Round 2’ is like no other new writing event. (Outdoor
Theatre)
Joining the programme is Theatre503. The home of fearless, irreverent, brave and provocative
new plays will be presenting two works onsite: PLAYlist and The Epic. Working with many of the
foremost artists of their generation, they push the boundaries of what theatre can be and pose
the unanswerable questions of our time. (Theatre Arena)
Taking “pop theatre” to its logical conclusion, PLAYlist will be a Festival edition of our semiregular
sell-out event at Theatre503. Up to ten sizzling writers are invited to create a play
inspired by a piece of music. The only rule is that the play must be as long as the piece of music
that inspired it. The writers will take their inspiration from the back catalogue of the artists
performing at Latitude. And with such diverse artists, the scope is massive. The Epic is a
surprising new play exploding the unexplored, the unexplained and the unknown. Under wraps,
under canvas and under the night sky it will be all the more surprising for the fact that
Theatre503 are keeping the details a closely guarded secret. “All I’ll say is that it’s going to be
something you wouldn’t expect to see at a festival” Theatre503’s joint artistic director Tim
Roseman explains, “and very different from what we are usually able to programme at
Theatre503, but with our trademark approach to creating fearless work with the best new
writing talent around”. This year you can expect something truly unique and vital from this
leading new writing theatre company. (Theatre Arena)
The miniature festival within a festival, Forest Fringe is coming to Latitude’s Theatre Arena
bringing both ‘Travelling Sounds Library’ and ‘Motor Vehicle Sundown’. The unique library was
born out of a desire to celebrate audio experiences created by artists, bringing together a
diverse array of independent audio shows into a satisfyingly rich and exciting collection. The
library exists as a series of hollowed-out hard back books, each containing an mp3 player and a
little programme detailing the work available to listen to. A librarian is on hand to recommend
specific pieces meaning you simply pick up a book and immediately find yourself in a world of
beguiling audio encounters. Already a number of artists have contributed to the library,
including Stan’s Café, Blast Theory, Unlimited Theatre and SHUNT’s Mischa Twitchin. The library
will continue to grow and new pieces are currently being created by Duncan Speakman, Coney
and Chris Thorpe. (Pandora’s Playground)
‘Motor Vehicle Sundown’ by Forest Fringe is a self-contained audio installation for two people
at a time in a parked car. The two audience members decide who will be driver and who will be
passenger and then take their seats. The car is littered with coke cans and cigarette packets. A
miniature street corner sits on the dashboard. A crackling radio plays an old song. A recorded
voice tells them that they are sitting in the last car left in the world and that this is their chance
to experience what it must have really been like to drive a car. Through breathless descriptions
from this hidden narrator they are transported to quiet suburban driveways and long empty
highways; to drive-ins and teenage romance. They take the steering wheel. They play their part.
Quickly though things begin to fall apart. It becomes clear that a crash is coming. This
experience is an attempt to explore the relationship between America and the car. How the
history of the two is so intertwined. And how much longing we have for those dreams of wide
open spaces and roaring engines. For a world that is coming to a crashing end, if it ever really
existed. (Theatre Arena)
Tangled Feet’s reputation stems from a will to keep their performances fresh with the use of
physical improvisation and developing their material depending on the reactions of the
audience. Their production ‘Undercover’ is based around bedtime. A man and a woman wrestle
a duvet into submission. In a highly-charged physical romp, tangled feet explore the darkly
comic territory between domesticity and fantasy, and sex and death. (Theatre Arena)
Following the success of last year’s Latitude hit Anthropology, Bad Physics returns with a brand
new comic romp of casual sex, domestic disputes, backstabbing and drunken revelations. Set at
a music festival in Suffolk, ‘Pitching In’ is an in-tents soap opera for the stage packed with
explosive water-cooler moments and tantalising cliff hangers, and performed with live sound
effects and hilarious barefaced cheek. Tune in as the plot develops across the course of the
weekend, then on Sunday night catch up on the action so far with the omnibus and the
climactic end of the series. (Theatre Arena)
HighTide present ‘The Theatre EP’, three short boutique musicals with an extra special bonus
track, made for bespoke Latitude sites written by Dominic Mitchell and created by Natalie
Ibu. Go Into The Woods and experience tracks for the theatre that take your preconceptions
about musical theatre and turn them on their head. Experience the one-on-one intimacy of a
Musical for One, play both Ian McKellen and Whitney Houston in Karaoke Musical, choose your
own ‘MixTape’ soundtrack to silent plays, or for a very special festival experience book our
bonus track: ‘Made to Order’ – a custom made musical experience for and about you (only 5
available). HighTide produce an annual new writing theatre festival based in Halesworth at The
Cut Theatre and their work has transferred nationally with the National Theatre, The Old Vic
and Bush Theatre as well as internationally. (The Faraway Forest)
The National Student Drama Festival comes to Latitude with their fantastic version of the
classic tale ‘The Wind In The Willows’ showcasing the most exceptional emerging artists NSDF
has seen in the last 12 months. The NSDF gives ambitious students, writers, directors and actors
a chance to produce their own work and take part at the festival based in Scarborough. With
theatre, live performance, discussions and special events, NSDF unearths the country’s budding
new stars. (Outdoor Theatre)
Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale forest and be enticed by the sounds of the orchestral
cabaret-pop brilliance of London’s Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra drifting through the trees.
With numbers ranging from 12 to 24, and sounding like a perfect mix of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah
Band meets Scott Walker, with a bit of Kurt Weill and The Beatles thrown in; The MFMO are a
large ensemble with flutes, big brass and a full string section, including a harp. And without any
amplification their fantastically incongruous mix of over-orchestrated comedy songs, eccentric
instrumentals and lovely ballads, some with original lyrics, some taken from old poems, will fill
Latitude’s woodland with a unique take on the traditional orchestra set-up – a showcase of
staggering musical talent not to be missed. (The Faraway Forest)
Pick of the Pleasance is, as the name suggests, the choice selections of the Edinburgh based
Pleasance Theatre Trust. With two theatre locations in their hometown and one in Islington in
London, each venue plays host to resident theatre companies as well as bringing comic heroes
such as Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Eddie Izzard and Paul Merton to a wider audience.
Established in 1985 as a venue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the arts collective and theatres
have grown into a highly respected organisation with a glowing programme of events every
year. Hence, we are glad to have them bringing their favourite performances to Latitude’s
Cabaret Arena in 2010. Amongst the performances are:
The Suitcase Royale, a rag n’ bone band from Melbourne, will be performing their latest “tin
pan alley opera”, ‘The Ballad of Backbone Joe’. Utilising lighting, physical theatre, film, their
“junkyard aesthetic” and music, this Australian trio tell a story of the murder of a town’s
abattoir owner and boxing emporium set in pre-war Australia. This musical carnival will be a
rickshaw ride through The Suitcase Royale’s imagination. Comic duo Mackenzie and McGuire
will be bringing their latest show ‘Radio Hoohah’ to the Cabaret Arena courtesy of the
Pleasance. With a host of radio personalities and shows – from Leonara Velvety Constable-
Wheeler’s pugs and Shakespeare spiel to What’s New and its coverage of the latest literature,
film and political discourse – there is bound to be satirical and silly laughs aplenty. (Cabaret
Arena)
A hen party spiralling out of control; a funeral riddled with tension and in-fighting. Perennial
Theatre Company presents the culmination of its 18-month training and rehearsal period with
a show that asks what happens when celebration and grief clash by night. Perennial Theatre
Company is a growing ensemble of theatre artists committed to functioning as a permanent
theatre company. Premiering at Latitude 2010, ‘The Show of the Night’ brings to the stage life
in all its inherent theatricality. Expect a frenzy of costume malfunctions, missed cues, staging
disasters and cat fights. (Theatre Arena)
Eyebrow Productions are performing their new piece ‘In An Instant’ for our sunny Outdoor
Theatre. He should have walked away. She should have stayed indoors. A chance encounter. A
sudden impact. A moment when everything changed. Come and witness these life-changing
experiences… Because nothing stays the same forever. Eyebrow Productions brings you an
hour of captivating short plays by writers including Jack Thorne, James Graham and Matthew
Dunster, brought together for Latitude. Accompanied by live music from Dave Tither specially
commissioned for the festival, ‘In An Instant’ captures those sudden, unexpected moments that
leave you floored. (Outdoor Theatre)
~ FILM & MUSIC ARENA ~
~ The Passion of Joan of Arc with live score from Adrian Utley and Will Gregory ~
~ BAFTA presents: Screening of Four Lions with Chris Morris Q&A ~
~ BAFTA: Q&A with Paul Greengrass ~
~ BAFTA presents: Damon Beesley and cast members from The Inbetweeners Q&A ~
~ Mark Lamarr presents God’s Jukebox with Geno Washington,
The Jim Jones Revue, The Skatroniks, Noel McKoy and The Mummers ~
~ The Rime of The Modern Mariner with live score by Anthony Rossomando, Didz Hammond,
Rose Elinor Dougall and special guests ~
~ Future Cinema presents: The Blues Brothers with Kitty, Daisy and Lewis plus special guests ~
~ Riz MC MICroscope ~ Joby Talbot ~ Martin Creed ~
~ Screening of Oil City Confidential and Q&A with Julien Temple ~ James Rhodes ~ Amiina ~
~ Adam Buxton: BUG ~ Popcorn Comedy ~ Modern Toss ~
~ TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM plus Panel Discussion: ‘DON’T PANIC, WE’RE
ISLAMIC!’ and The Kominas ~
~ Aldeburgh Music’s Faster Than Sound featuring: Mira Calix, Larry Goves, Simon Fisher
Turner and the London Contemporary Orchestra ~ Noise Of Art ~ Soulboy ~
~ Screening of The Doors: When You’re Strange ~
A heady mix of visual and aural pleasure, the Film & Music Arena is home to some of the
festival’s most mesmerising performances. Bringing together the worlds of alternative cinema
and music, the arena will showcase a jam-packed programme of award-winning films,
documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions and discussions alongside musical treats and
thrilling visuals.
Providing a beautiful yet chilling score to an all-time classic silent film, Portishead’s Adrian Utley
and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory have created a cinematic masterpiece with the 1928 film The
Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc). Essentially a passion play which sees the
trial, imprisonment, torture and execution of the martyr and Catholic saint, it’s renowned for its
lingering camera work on the actors’ facial expressions and dramatic close-up. Utley and
Gregory’s score – which includes an ensemble of electric guitars, voices, synthesisers, brass,
harp and percussion – amplifies the horrific details of the film and enhances the viewer’s
experience of the film’s menace and cinematic triumphs. Don’t miss this amazing and dramatic
performance in the Film and Music Arena.
Headlining the Film & Music Arena for the fourth year running, the British Academy of Film and
Television Arts brings a storming line-up of screen talent to Latitude 2010. Paul Greengrass,
Chris Morris and the cast and crew of E4’s The Inbetweeners will join BAFTA for a fantastic
series of events at the festival. These events form part of BAFTA’s year-round, UK-wide Learning
& Events programme, giving the public access to the cream of creative talent in the film and TV
industries.
On Friday, BAFTA is delighted to welcome controversial comedy genius Chris Morris to the
festival. Following a screening of his hit film, ‘Four Lions’, the audience will be given a very rare
opportunity to pose their questions to the four-time BAFTA-nominated writer/director, as well
as seeing clips and hearing him talk about his massive cult hit shows Brass Eye, The Day Today,
Nathan Barley and Jam. On Saturday, BAFTA is honoured to welcome multi-award-winning
writer/director Paul Greengrass to the Latitude stage. From BAFTA-winning television work with
Omagh and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence to major film credits including ‘Bourne
Ultimatum’ and ‘Bourne Supremacy’, ‘United 93’ and ‘Green Zone’, Greengrass is one of the
most dynamic and inspiring filmmakers working in the industry today. On Sunday, BAFTA goes
back to school with writer Damon Beesley and selected cast members from E4’s BAFTAnominated
hit series The Inbetweeners. Fresh from filming the third series, Beesley, who has
also written Flight of the Conchords, and the boys will reveal some of their favourite moments
as well as revealing exactly how autobiographical the show is.
Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “It is a joy partnering with Latitude and bringing
the best UK film and television talent to such a receptive audience. Our Awards aside, last year
approximately 30,000 people took advantage of our year-round, UK-wide events programme,
which aims to share the knowledge of Britain’s most talented industry creatives with as wide an
audience as possible. We will also be filming the BAFTA events at Latitude for our website, and
add them to our growing library of webcasts making industry expertise available to anyone with
an internet connection.”
The Film & Music Arena will be home to some of the best retro music around courtesy of radio
DJ, presenter and all-round music aficionado Mark Lamarr. Presenting his renowned Saturday
night Radio 2 show – God’s Jukebox – Lamarr will be DJ-ing an eclectic mix of his top tunes from
soul, ska, reggae, country, gospel and rap as well as introducing five specially selected bands
and performers to the Film & Music Arena. The first to be announced are: legendary American
R&B singer Geno Washington and punk rock ‘n’ rollers The Jim Jones Revue, Lamarr is excited
to announce that The Skatroniks, Noel McKoy and The Mummers are joining in the fun.
Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band rose to fame in the sixties with two of the biggest
selling UK albums of the decade. ‘Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live’ was in the
album charts for 48 weeks of the year in 1966 and was only out-sold by The Sound of Music and
Bridge Over Troubled Water. Immortalised by Dexy’s Midnight Runners in their 80’s hit Geno –
his high energy live performances were, and still are to this day the stuff of legends.
The Jim Jones Revue are an epiphany of velvet waistcoats, sideburns, quiffs and great shoes –
and wouldn’t be out of place in a Tombstone gin joint. Melding the best of old school traditional
forms with the fire of punk, they create an exciting hybrid referencing Jerry Lee’s 50’s blueprint
and the crash-clatter chaos of The Cramps, MC5 and The Birthday Party.
Rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Jazz Jamaica Allstars big band (Radio
3’s “Best Band of 2002”) come The Skatroniks featuring ASWAD’s Clifton Bigga Morrison. The
rhythm section is a blend of reggae, jazz, ska, mentoe and electronica, mixing technology with
live instruments including a full horn section. With a broad repertoire, drawn from the five Jazz
Jamaica albums as well as new Skatroniks material, the extended line up and guest musicians
and DJ’s are set to bring hours of pure ska and reggae to Suffolk this summer. The Skatroniks
blend the old and the new of Jamaican and Caribbean dance music, with quality jazz
improvisation – get your dancing shoes ready!
As the frontman of 80’s acid-jazz pioneers James Taylor Quartet, and with a career at the front
line of the British soul scene dueting with Mica Paris, Juliet Roberts, Beverley Knight and
Vanessa Simon, Noel McKoy is the genuine godfather of British soul. Now an acclaimed singersongwriter
with a voice like honey, whose long and distinguished career has seen him working
with some of the biggest names within his chosen genre, he has recently released his debut
album ‘Brighter Day’ to rave reviews. On it, McKoy draws on a host of influences from Marvin
Gaye and Stevie Wonder to Chaka Khan and The Beatles as he weaves an impressive collection
of soul, gospel, funk and northern soul into a cohesve masterpiece.
The Mummers is the brainchild of Raissa Khan-Panni and together with her troupe of
musicians, they return to the stage this summer with brand new sounds. Born out of the
treehouse studio, their critically acclaimed album ‘Tale to Tell’ is a unique sound-clash of
carnival and marching bands, tumbling in a haze of colourful orchestration akin to Want-era
Rufus Wainwright. Amongst the swirling flamboyance, Raissa’s intoxicating, quixotic vocal and
storytelling qualities single her out to be one of the UK’s most intriguing singer-songwriters in
years. The fantasy of The Mummers has already created a spectacle of wonderment, and live,
Raissa and band drip magic on a breathless audience all revelling in those important moments
of escapism. In the world of make believe, you need to use your own imagination. In the world
of The Mummers, your imagination tells the tale.
What is the depth of relationship between a nation and a state? Can a way of life, however
ancient, survive the force of globalised trade? ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is a journey
through lost communities, rediscovered pirates, colonial fortresses and the spindrift of folklore
and legend. Following a successful debut at the East End Film Festival in April, Latitude is very
excited to announce that ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is to get a special repeat
performance at Latitude. Written and directed by Mark Donne and narrated by Carl Barat (The
Libertines), the two will introduce this documentary to Latitude’s Film & Music Arena, complete
with live score composed and performed by Anthony Rossomando (Dirty Pretty Things/
Klaxons). This showing will have a very special guest sound and orchestral band featuring Didz
Hammond of Dirty Pretty Things, Rose Elinor Dougall ex-Pipettes, as well as others to be
announced, stay on the lookout for further updates. The adventurous score is completed with a
trio of string players to weave the score’s melodic tentacles around the rhythm of the film. It
utilises the sound of ship engines and a real dynamic aural expression of the nautical themes,
threaded with nostalgia, for a truly unique musical experience. With the accompaniment from
the assembled indie-rock collective – all performing for one night only – there will never be a
more exciting time to see this intriguing and fascinating history of the original shipping heart of
London than in the comfort of the Film & Music Arena.
Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema, bring you the most dangerous combination since
nitro and glycerin – ‘Blues Brothers’, the live film experience, featuring very special guests
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Come down to the Palais Hotel Ballroom in the Film & Music Arena,
where you’ll be welcomed by representatives of Illinois’s Law Enforcement Community, for an
all-singing, all-dancing celebration of John Landis’ 80’s classic. With live music from real-life
Blues Brothers and Sisters Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, DJs and very special guests, come see the
world of the film brought to life. Expect massive singalong performances that will electrify in
this one chance to see this classic music movie as a multi-dimensional extravaganza.
Hailed as a conceptual event which includes music, a bit of theatre and a whole lot of hype, fans
of Riz MC will unite as the legendary MC/Actor does what he does best, entertain a crowd.
MICroscope promises to be a mad ‘immersive and interactive gig experience’ – think audience
participation, improvisation, and some experimental lyrical gymnastics. Riz Ahmed shot to fame
with his hip hop debut single ‘The Post 9/11 Blues’ causing controversy across TV, radio and
newsprint. Since then he has been championed by BBC Radio 1, toured the USA, and played
shows from Fabric to the Royal Festival Hall with the likes of Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney,
Dizzee Rascal, and Mos Def. As an actor his screen credits include, the multi award winning
‘Road to Guantanamo’, BAFTA nominated ‘Dead Set’, and the BAFTA winning and Emmy
nominated ‘Britz’. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2008 BIFA Awards for his
performance in the title role in ‘Shifty’ opposite Jason Flemyng and Daniel Mays. Forthcoming
screen appearances include Sally Potter’s ‘RAGE’ alongside Jude Law and Judy Dench,
‘Centurion’ with Michael Fassbender and Dominic West.
Famed composer and classical arranger Joby Talbot will be performing his incredible score to
the 1917 silent film ‘The Dying Swan’ in Latitude’s Film & Music Arena. A profoundly emotional
piece of music – The Dying Swan – Music for 1-7 Players is an intimate series of modern day
classical music at its best, from one of the nation’s highly regarded talents. Talbot is known
equally for his work with Jack White, The Divine Comedy and his TV and film scores that
include, The League Gentlemen, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow.
Scottish artist Martin Creed is to present us with one of his conceptual pieces of work in
concert at Latitude. He won the notorious Turner Prize in 2001 for his minimal, self explanatory
work entitled ‘Work No. 227, the lights going on and off’. With such straightforward titling,
Creed is likely to continue his hallmark tendency to subvert the ordinary by making it art. As
with his Turner Prize winning piece, this will be a talking point for the entire weekend.
Julien Temple’s ‘Oil City Confidential’ is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970’s,
a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in ‘The Filth & The Fury’
and Joe Strummer in ‘The Future Is Unwritten’. Using the music as a prism to examine the social
and cultural conditions of the times with his characteristic cinematic language – an irreverent
and anarchic, archive and fictive montage – Temples focus is on Dr. Feelgood, who played a
vital role in creating the conditions for that cultural explosion and is a story as yet untold.
James Rhodes is known as the classical pianist with a rock-star attitude. His second eagerlyawaited
album ‘Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside – Bach Busoni Beethoven’ has
recently been released on the award-winning independent classical label Signum Classics. “The
centrepiece of this recital, a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E major Op
109..stands comparison with the finest on record and knocks those of more self-consciously
highbrow pianists into a cocked hat.” The Telegraph. Rhodes will be in the Film & Music Arena
to invite you to join him in an evening of Bach, Beethoven and banter. For classical junkies,
virgins and everyone in between. “Bursting through the era of political correctness in a haze of
Byronic romanticism, James Rhodes, is swiftly making himself a name as the wild man of the
keyboard.” Classical Music magazine.
Icelandic string group Amiina (best known for their collaborations with Sigur Ròs) perform their
original live accompaniment to three 1930’s fairytale animations by pioneering German
filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. Bringing together the magic of old and new, Branchage International
Film Festival originally commissioned the live soundtracks to Reiniger’s intricate marionette
animations of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to be performed at the 2009 festival. In 2010,
Latitude has commissioned a third soundtrack to Aladdin to complete the set. Following an
overwhelming response to Amiina’s haunting, resonant accompaniment to these rare, beautiful
films, the trio are making a very special trip to Latitude and looking forward to performing the
exclusive premiere of Aladdin. Amiina use both traditional and non-traditional instruments
(from violins to wine glasses to saws) to create their captivating soundscapes and explore the
mystery and darkness at the heart of the original fairytales; themes that Reiniger brought to life
nearly a century ago.
Feast your eyes – and, of course, your ears – as comedian, writer, video director and general
music video enthusiast, Adam Buxton brings a special edition of BUG to Latitude’s Film & Music
Arena. BUG promises to bring you a programme of the weird, the wonderful and the truly great
music videos from around the world this year. This special edition of BUG promises more
outstanding clips rarely seen on a big screen (or even a TV screen) and some incredible online
discoveries – with insightful and hilarious contributions from Adam.
Popcorn Comedy is a comedy show created by Jon Petrie and Holly Walsh in January 2009. It
presents some of the strongest, sharpest and funniest videos online. The show also features the
country’s best comedians as they showcase their own short comedy films. Previous live
performers have included Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Key, Adam Buxton, Josie Long, Robert
Popper, David Cross and Graham Linehan. The Film & Music Arena is the perfect rostrum for
you to enjoy this creative revolution and laugh until you fall over. Popcorn Comedy is a Time
Out ‘Critics’ Choice’ and has been featured on the BBC’s Culture Show.
The hilariously foul-mouthed Modern Toss present groundbreaking work featuring a newly
recorded narration and a freshly tailored soundtrack to enhance specially-edited highlights of
their two Channel 4 animation series, featuring sweary signwriter Mr Tourette, Drive-by
Abuser, Space Argument and Alan. Jon Link and Mick Bunnage are the writers, cartoonists and
animators behind the stylish and hilarious cult comic Modern Toss and the TV series of the
same name. A mixture of blunt-talking, animated characters with bizarre and surreal live action,
their two series of the Modern Toss cartoon sketch show were broadcast on Channel 4 and
nominated for a Rose D’Or award in 2009. The second series was broadcast in the U.S in 2009.
TAQWACORE: The Birth Of Punk Islam will be screened in the Film & Music Arena at Latitude
this year followed by a panel discussion chaired by UK filmmaker and Journalist Hammad Khan
entitled DON’T PANIC, WE’RE ISLAMIC! following the screening, which will include journalist
Kaleem Aftab and more to be confirmed, discussing issues raised in the film.
Boston’s The Kominas belt out an anthem for a new generation of young Muslims in a
basement of a decrepit Chicago punkhouse, with a mob of like-minded Islamic misfits sneering
along. In the summer of 2007 these Pakistani punkers have arrived at the last stop of their U.S.
tour and are celebrating with tourmates and fellow bands: Vote Hezbollah featuring an Iranian
kid from San Antonio; the all-girl Secret Trial Five featuring a Pakistani lesbian from Vancouver;
Al-Thawra who pound heavy metal beats into Arabic drones, plus East London’s own Riz MC
who gives his Taqwacore support. At the centre, pumping his fists in the air and shouting, is a
white American convert named Michael Muhammad Knight; the Islamic punk music scene
would never have existed if it weren’t for his 2003 novel, The Taqwacores, in which Michael
imagined a community of Muslim radicals such as Mohawked Sufis, riot grrrls in burqas, and
skinhead Shi’as. Although the book and its characters were entirely fictional, the movement
they inspired is very real. The film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits on their first
U.S. tour, where they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at the largest Muslim gathering in North
America, then travels with them to Pakistan where The Kominas, bring punk to the streets of
Lahore.
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.
The band take a starring role as the film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits, The
Kominas, on their first U.S. tour. Taqwacore observes as they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at
the largest Muslim gathering in North America, then travels with them to Pakistan where The
Kominas, bring punk to the streets of Lahore. The band will be playing in the Film & Music
Arena after the showing of Taqwacore’s film creating a truly spectacular visual delight,
submerging the audience in a full surround sound experience. A panel discussion on music in
Iran and the film will take place after the performance so be sure to stay around and get fully
involved in all of the interactive elements.
Faster Than Sound continues a long tradition at Aldeburgh of giving artists the space and
opportunity to experiment and work in new ways. It explores possibilities for forging innovative
collaborations between the worlds of classical and electronic music, players and composers and
new technologies. For Latitude they have put together a unique showcase with some of the
most exciting talent in contemporary classical and electronic music. London Contemporary
Orchestra will collaborate with Simon Fisher Turner, a self-confessed ‘extreme sound freak’ and
acclaimed composer. They will also premiere two Faster Than Sound co-commissioned works
written in collaboration by composers Mira Calix and Larry Goves as part of their “exchange and
return” project performed by players from LCO. A unique score-based programme including
John Woolrich, Claude Vivier and John Adams performed by the LCO conducted by Hugh Brunt
will form the centerpiece of this performance. The groundbreaking 2008 commissioned AV
piece “Natures” by Quayola and Mira Calix will be screened throughout the event. Faster Than
Sound is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
30 years after the UK’s most famous UFO incident, Noise of Art and Town Hall Galleries,
Ipswich are bringing the extraterrestrials back to Suffolk for Latitude Festival. Based on the
spectacular UFO sightings at a US Airforce base in Suffolk in December 1980, the original
incident was reported to the MOD by Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt, deputy commander of
the base. His personal involvement in the second night of the sightings has given the case
credibility. 30 years on it remains a mystery. Noise of Art’s 30th anniversary event features live
extraterrestrial disco music, surround visuals, costumed aliens, space freaks, rare Cosmonaut
and space film, mobile projectionists, interactive performance, an alien artefact hunt (offering
festival goers the chance to take a work of art home with them) and space disco dancing, while
360 degree surround visual pieces by Your Mum and Overlap will change the look and feel of
Film and Music Arena. The music will feature a one-off cosmic disco super group and two of
London’s leading DJs. Although the full line-up is yet to be revealed, amongst those on stage
will be members of established disco, techno, prog and punk funk bands, a rising star concert
pianist and a contemporary classical string section. The main DJs will be Italo Disco maestro
Severino, of Horse Meat Disco fame, and Ben Osborne, founder of Noise of Art and Slipped
Disco’s UFO.
Latitude is excited to announce that upcoming British film Soulboy, written by Jeff Williams and
directed by Shimmy Marcus who has produced a gritty and exciting film featuring a cast
including Martin Compston, Nichola Burley, Felicity Jones, Alfie Allen and Pat Shortt, will be
screened in the Film & Music Arena. Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the
football terraces, Joe McCain (Compston), is bored of a life that’s going nowhere. Enter hairdresser
Jane (Burley). Blonde, brassy, and moving to the beat of a whole new world of sound,
movement and all nighter dancing at The Wigan Casino – the home of Northern Soul. Mandy
(Jones), a cute and spunky artist, is eager to help Joe become the cool ‘soul boy’ he wants to be.
Mandy falls for Joe and a love triangle develops with Jane and Mandy, and Joe has to decide
who he really wants in his life.
Following successful showings at both the Sundance and the Santa Barbara Film Festivals, the
Johnny Depp narrated archival documentary film ‘The Doors – When You’re Strange‘ is to be
screened at Latitude. The Tom Dicillo directed feature uses previously unseen footage of the
band stretching from their 1965 formation to the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971.
Depp said: “What an honour to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I have
ever done.”
~ LITERARY ARENA ~
Robin Ince’s Book Club with Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Robyn Hitchcock,
Josie Long & Gavin Osborn ~
~ WordTheatre presents: Brian Cox, Juliet Stevenson, Chris McDonald, Nicole Ansari, Graham
Hamilton, Ian Hart, John Schwab, Sally Hawkins, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, David Soul, David
Cross, Ben Miller, Edi Gathegi and Amber Tamblyn ~
~ 5×15: with Zoe Margolis, Tristram Stuart, Craig Brown,
Gavin Pretor Pinney and Michaela Wrong ~
~ Sebastian Faulks ~ Bret Easton Ellis ~ Hanif Kureishi ~
~ Adam Foulds ~ The Mark Thomas Community Pub Quiz ~
~ Peter Hook ~ Natasha Walter ~ Jon Ronson ~
~ Kristin Hersh ~ Julie Burchill and Garry Mulholland ~ Jim Bob~
Arthur Smith ~ Jon McGregor ~ Samantha Harvey ~
~ Philippa Perry ~ Jackie Kay ~ David Aaronovitch ~
Miles Irving ~ Peter Owen-Jones ~ Robert Forster ~
~ Scarlett Thomas ~ China Miéville ~ D. J. Taylor ~ Rachel Trezise ~
~ Steven Machat ~ Mike Gayle & Jojo Moyes ~Olly Hicks ~ Jane Bussmann ~
~ Anthony Cartwright ~ Louise Stern ~ Katharine Hibbert ~
~ Pappy’s ~ The School of Life ~
The best literary event of the summer, Latitude’s Literary Arena celebrates the written word in
all its fabulous glory. For both book worms and casual readers, the best authors and special
guests will all congregate under the canopy of the arena and take you on a journey to the far
reaches of your imagination. Stories are told, books are dissected, discussions are had and
debates fought over; these are book readings with a difference so sit back and enjoy Latitude’s
fun-filled library by the sea.
Latitude’s literary regular and house master of the written word, Robin Ince reprises the Book
Club for Latitude’s Literary Arena, with specially created shows featuring incredible guests from
the worlds of comedy, literature and science. A comic genius Robin succeeds in bringing both
good and bad books to life, dissecting the themes, narratives and storytelling with hilarious
observations and analysis. Joining Robin Ince this year are: the supremely versatile actor and
comic Kevin Eldon whose instantly recognisable wide eyed, malleable and quizzical face has
been a feature on shows such as Brass Eye, Big Train, I’m Alan Partridge and Jam; Brightonbased
British comic, writer and actress Jo Neary whose solo, character-based stage shows won
her a Perrier Best Newcomer Award nomination in 2004; singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock
who has risen to legendary cult status with his surreal and comedic songs of English eccentrics
and melancholy depictions of everyday life; British comic and winner of the Best Newcomer in
the if.comeddies Awards for her solo Edinburgh debut, Josie Long will be dissecting books in
between her show in the Comedy Arena and finally, taking time out from his performance with
Daniel Kitson on The Waterfront Stage, Gavin Osborn will bring his unique musical talent for
funny yet heart-rending songs to these book readings with a difference.
WordTheatre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping the love of language and
literature alive through the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Since its inception in 2003,
WordTheatre has been creating, producing and recording live events featuring literary works
performed by world-class authors and actors at their salons in Los Angeles, New York and
London. For Latitude, WordTheatre presents ‘Tales of Love, Sex and All the Rest’ in the Literary
Arena featuring Short Stories from the Sunday Times Magazine, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the
Small presses and More. Performed by a star-studded International cast and directed by
Cedering Fox.
Thursday – ‘Love’ features Chris McDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream)
performing Ron Carlson (Pushcart Prize, Ploughshares Cohen Prize), Nicole Ansari (Tom
Stoppards Rock n Roll) performing Rachel Seiffert (PEN David T.K. Wong Award), Graham
Hamilton (currently Hamlet at Washington DCs Folger Shakespeare Theatre) performing Etgar
Keret (Israeli Oscar Award winning screenwriter), Ian Hart (Harry Potter’s Professor Quirinus
Quirrell)performing Aimee Bender (Pushcart Prize, Los Angeles Times Pick of the Year), John
Schwab (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare) performing Dan Chaon (Pushcart Prize,
O. Henry Prize), Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity) performing John Edgar Wideman
(Macarthur Genius Grant) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife)
performing Ali Smith (Whitbread Award).
Friday – ‘Sex’ features Pushcart Prize winning stories with Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Primeval,
Inbetweeners) performing Marilyn Chin, Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity)
performing Marvin Cohen, Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) performing Janice Eudis, Ian
Hart (Harry Potter’s Professor Quirinus Quirrell) performing David St. John and David Soul
(Starsky and Hutch) performing Umberto Eco.
Saturday – All the Rest’ will be introduced by Cathy Galvin, The Sunday Times Magazine Deputy
Editor and founder of the biggest prize for a short story in the world: The Sunday Times EFG
Short Story Award. A star-studded international cast will perform Paul Therouxs 14 part story,
“Voices of Love”, (a Sunday Times Short Story selection) including Amber Tamblyn (The
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Joan of Arcadia), Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller), Belinda
Stewart-Wilson (Primeval, Inbetweeners) Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity), Chris
McDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream), David Cross (Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind, Year One), David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, Jerry Springer the Opera)), the Twilight
sagas Edi Gathegi, Ian Hart (Harry Potter’s Professor Quirinus Quirrell), John Schwab (The
Complete Works of William Shakespeare), Nicole Ansari (Tom Stoppards Rock n Roll). In
addition, Amber Tamblyn will also perform a story by Sara Lenzen (Sunday Times Magazine
Short Story selection), David Cross will perform a short story by David Galef (Henfield
Foundation grant) and the Twilight sagas Edi Gathegi will perform John Edgar Wideman
(MacArthur Genius Grant). Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox and please note all acts
are subject to change.
5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to enlighten, entertain and inspire, as they tell
the story behind their personal histories, most innovative ideas, grandest achievements, and
deepest obsessions – all in just 15 minutes. This is non-fiction story telling at its best –
completely unscripted and PowerPoint free. 5×15 launched earlier this year in London to rave
reviews and packed out auditoriums and is the brain-child of Eleanor O’Keeffe, Rosie Boycott
and Daisy Leitch. This is mind-expanding entertainment that gets you thinking about far-ranging
topics from unusual perspectives. Without doubt those fifteen minutes will be informative,
lively and packed full of thought-provoking sound. Confirmed so far are:
Speaking candidly about sex and women, Zoe Margolis is a Girl With A One Track Mind.
Based on her hugely popular sex blog, Abby Lee’s ‘Girl With a One Track Mind’ was a publishing
phenomenon. Unfortunately for Abby, her true identity was revealed shortly after publication
and her private life – now public – was thrown into disarray. Suddenly all her friends, family and
colleagues knew her most shockingly intimate secrets. In her follow up book she details how
she coped once the whole world knew she was Britain’s most famous sex diarist, and reveals
her attempts to lead a satisfying sex life once more.
Tristram Stuart lifts the lid on the amount of produce that ends up in landfills around the world
with is award-winning book, ‘Waste And The Global Food Scandal’. With shortages, volatile
prices, environmental disasters and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a food
problem – or thinks it does. Combining front-line investigation with startling new data, Stuart’s
work shows how the way we live now has created a global food crisis – and what we can do to
fix it.
The legendary Private Eye satirist Craig Brown, most well known for his mock-celebrity diary
entries in the popular satirical magazine, has also written comedy TV shows and radio shows, as
well as contributing to publications from The Spectator to the Guardian; Brown will treat us to
his Literary Festival in 15 minutes; Gavin Pretor-Pinney famous for wave watching, takes us to
seventh heaven for some cloud spotting. We’re also thrilled to announce a first timer to 5×15,
the foreign correspondent and author Michela Wrong ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ tells us a story of
corruption and a Kenyan whistleblower. Come and join the Literary Arena for some mindexpanding
entertainment that gets you thinking about far ranging topics from unusual
perspectives.
Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks joins the literary luminaries at Latitude this year. He is the
author of several novels including ‘Human Traces’, ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Engleby’. His books have sold
several million copies in the UK. His most recent book ‘A Week in December’ is a major Sunday
Times bestseller, set in contemporary London and dealing with many aspects of life in the city
today. It is currently being developed as four-part drama for Channel 4. He will be talking about
his latest novel ‘A Week in December’ at Latitude, but Sebastian will be happy to answer
questions on his other books as well.
Latitude is delighted to welcome notorious modern day American novelist Bret Easton Ellis for
a reading and discussion of his brand new novel, ‘Imperial Bedrooms’. In his own inimitable
style the characters from the successful and highly acclaimed debut ‘Less Than Zero’ are
brought into the present day – 25 years later. Bringing the vivid and brittle disaffection of
middle age into the picture, art imitating life won’t be far from the passionately inscribed
words. Bret Easton Ellis gained notoriety after the murderous pulp fiction of 80’s satire novel
‘American Psycho’, a novel that has since become a cult classic as well as a cherished movie
starring Christian Bale. ‘Imperial Bedrooms’ follows 2005’s ‘Lunar Park’, an excellent pasticheesque
riff on autobiographical fiction, which only fuelled intrigue about this spectacular talent.
Oscar nominated and Whitbread Prize winner Hanif Kureishi will be reading from his first novel,
‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ with musical accompaniment from Lola Perrin. The novel is a tour de
force of comic invention, a bizarre, often hilarious and totally original picture of the life of a
young Pakistani growing up in 1970s Britain. Karim lives with his Mum and Dad in a suburb of
south London and dreams of making his escape to the bright lights of the big city. But his father
is no ordinary Dad, he is ‘the buddha of suburbia’, a strange and compelling figure whose
powers of meditation hold a circle of would-be mystics spellbound with the fascinations of the
East. Among his disciples is the glamorous and ambitious Eva, and when ‘the buddha of
suburbia’ runs off with her to a crumbling flat in Barons Court, Karim’s life becomes changed in
ways that even he had never dreamed of. ‘The Buddha of Surburbia’ was dramatised by the
BBC in 1993. Kureishi has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is
the prolific author of novels, story collections, plays, screenplays and essay collections.
With his debut novel ‘The Truth About These Strange Times’, Adam Foulds won a Betty Trask
award and was made Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2007. For the follow up Adam
crafted a narrative poem entitled ‘The Broken Word’ (2008), which detailed fictional events
during the Mau Mau Uprising and again gained several accolades. Last year’s ‘The Quickening
Maze’ saw a return to standard prose, this time focusing on the Victorian mental asylum where
the poet John Clare was held. This work was nominated for the Booker Prize. With an
undeniable pedigree arising from such a small body of work so far, you shouldn’t miss the
opportunity to see this amazing talent.
Sometimes there’s no finer way to spend an evening than pitching your knowledge of trivia
against that of complete strangers in a truly competitive pub quiz. Delving deep into your
memory banks to remember where those lyrics came from, which film won that Oscar and who
did what in that year, funny man/political activist Mark Thomas will be hosting this Great
British pastime with his very own Community Pub Quiz. Having just won £1200 compensation
after being illegally stopped and searched by the Metropolitan Police at an anti-arms rally in
2007, Thomas is on a roll. Will you be a winner in Latitude’s Literary Arena?
Now added to the line up is renowned Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook. Back in
1982, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook along with the rest of New Order and Factory Records owner Tony
Wilson opened the infamous nightclub the Haçienda, the birthplace of the acid house and
Madchester scenes, as well as countless gigs and parties that are now the stuff of legend.
However, with the free party spirit came the gangs, the drugs, the violence and the police; the
club slipped into a long a painfully expensive decline, it constantly lost money and finally came
to an unceremonious end in 1997. In his frank and hilarious book ‘How Not To Run A Club’,
‘Hooky’ recounts the successes, the fun, the history, the parties as well as the bad
management, the stupid deals and eventual bankruptcy that have shaped this glorious story of
what not to do. Hook will also be interviewed by Keith Allen.
Writer and campaigner Natasha Walter will be presenting readings from her new book ‘Living
Dolls: The Return of Sexism’ which is out this Spring. The follow-up to the inspirational and
critically applauded book ‘The New Feminism’ which came out in 1998, Walter examines
today’s society and shines a light on the way the dreams of young women are being restricted
by our hypersexual culture and by the resurgence of biological determinism. Reviewer,
columnist and feature writer at the Independent, the Observer and the Guardian, Walter is also
a regular broadcaster particularly on BBC2’s Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.
She has been a judge on many literary prizes, including the Booker Prize in 1999, is a passionate
advocate for the rights of women and children who seek asylum in the UK, and in 2006 she
founded the charity Women for Refugee Women.
Not afraid to breach journalistic boundaries, or indeed those of common sense, Jon Ronson will
be sharing snippets of his latest work before its publication next year. Jon Ronson unveils his
new book, a work in progress called ‘The Psychopath Test’, or maybe called ‘The Right Sort of
Madness’. For the past few years, ever since he published his last book ‘The Men Who Stare At
Goats’ (which was recently adapted into a George Clooney movie) and quit his Guardian
column, Jon has been quietly undertaking strange, funny, mysterious adventures in the world of
psychopaths. And those who treat them. And those who make good money out of them. The
book isn’t quite finished yet (it will be published in 2011) but he will be sharing parts of it at this
year’s Latitude.
Kristin Hersh is a songwriter, guitarist and the founder of seminal art-rock band, Throwing
Muses. Over the course of her two-decade career as a musician, she has released over twenty
critically acclaimed albums, including nine solo albums and three with her newest project,
50FootWave. In what is being called “a publishing first”, Kristin is releasing her new album
‘Crooked’ as a book – an “album book” to be precise. The book contains art photos, lyrics and
essays – all wrapped up in a hard-covered 60 pages, about the size of a standard paperback.
Further, the ‘Crooked’ book includes access codes unlocking a media-rich online platform
loaded with music and other interactive content. The publication date is June 11, 2010. This
year will also see the publication by Atlantic Books of Kristin’s memoir, ‘Paradoxical
Undressing’. The story of a particularly intense and significant year in the life of a young
woman. Be sure to make sure you see Kristin doing her reading in the Literary Arena, as well as
seeing her perform at The Word Arena on Sunday.
Two of the nations most revered and feared writers and journalists join the Literary Arena bill.
Julie Burchill and Garry Mulholland come together to share a wealth of stories, talk about their
long and illustrious careers and of course share their opinions on anything and everything to do
with popular culture.
Julie Burchill, ‘the Queen of the Croucho Club’ in the 80’s and 90’s made her name writing for
the NME about the emerging punk movement. Since then her freelance work has led her to
write candidly and often contentiously about politics, film, drugs, society, fashion and religion
for publications including The Times, Guardian and Mail On Sunday. She is also a best-selling
novelist with her 2004 lesbian-themed novel for teenagers ‘Sugar Rush’ made into a TV
programme aired on Channel 4.
Author of the acclaimed ‘This Is Uncool, Fear Of Music’ and his most recent book
‘Popcorn’, Garry Mulholland is a leading writer on music and film. Contributing frequently to
the Observer and Time Out, he is known for his witty and insightful reviews and enthusiasm for
what is good rather than what is deemed fashionable. ‘Popcorn: Fifty Years Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
movies’ delves into this strange world of rock ‘n’ roll films, from Blackboard Jungle to
Quadrophenia, from 8 Mile to Abba: the Movie. Find a spot in the arena, get comfortable and
listen to two literary legends deftly dissect, divulge, discuss and dismiss.
Ex-Carter USM frontman and solo artist Jim Bob, famed for his clever, pun-tastic lyrics has
turned his attention to novel writing and for this, his first major book he wonders; where do
old pop stars go to die? His answer in ‘Storage Stories’ is they go to work in self-storage, where
they meet interesting people and make new friends. Friends who look like French movie star
Juliette Binoche and others who look like criminals and perform horrific surgery procedures on
themselves. ‘Storage Stories’ is a darkly comic rollercoaster ride full of thrills and spills. A
fictional autobiographical novel and collection of short stories told in words and pictures that, if
nothing else, finally solves the mystery of what happened to all those long-forgotten boybands.
“My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which
case, I’m Daphne Fairfax” has been Arthur Smith’s opening line at hundreds of his legendary
stand-up comedy performances and provides the title of his hilarious new autobiography ‘An
Evening with Daphne Fairfax’. He reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kid
on the bombsites of Bermondsey, a wild-haired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an English
teacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient who
has been told never to drink again. As he guides us through his eventful memoirs, expect tales
of turning down a Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award and losing a bet to writer Tony Hawks
which resulted in him having to sing the Moldovan National Anthem naked on Balham High
Road. A life less ordinary will make for an excellent storytime listen.
Famed author Jon McGregor joins the line-up in the Literary Arena this year reading from and
talking about his acclaimed new novel ‘Even The Dogs’ which is an intimate exploration of life at
the edges of society. Centred on a man found dead, alone, one cold day between Christmas and
New Year, McGregor takes us on a journey into the underclass of British society. Intense,
exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, it is littered with love, loss, despair and a
glimpse of redemption. Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘If Nobody Speaks
of Remarkable Things’ and ‘So Many Ways to Begin’. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize
and the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
‘Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has.’
Colum McCann
A well travelled writer – having lived in New Zealand and taught in Japan – and co- founder of
an environmental charity, Samantha Harvey garnered prizes and praise for her debut novel
‘The Wilderness’ last year. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award and the Orange
Prize for Fiction as well as winning the AMI Literature and Betty Trask awards. This sensitive
portrayal of a man with Alzheimer’s and his struggles to keep his life together makes for a
compelling, poignant read.
Trained psychotherapist Philippa Perry will bring her thoroughly original debut to Henham Park
for reading and discussion. ‘Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy’ is a witty, fly-onthe-
wall novel based around a psychotherapy case study with fantastic cartoons that fully
illustrate the workings inside a consulting room. The novel brings together the thoughts and
dialogues of both the therapist and the patient James; handsome and successful yet he
struggles to cope when his girlfriend refuses to move in with him. It is only by confronting the
reality of his past and admitting his insecurities through therapy that he can move on with his
life. A thought-provoking story which both entertains and educates, Couch Fiction explores
several difficult themes and reveals how therapeutic change takes place by looking at the inner
thoughts of both the therapist and the client.
Jackie Kay is known and loved for her fiction consisting of a novel, and short stories as well as
for her poetry and her plays. In this revelatory and redemptive book, ‘Red Dust Road’, with
characteristic generosity and humour, she tells the most inspirational of stories: her own. ‘What
makes us who we are? My adoption is a story that has happened to me. I couldn’t make it up.’
From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that
of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland
mother and her Nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in ‘Red Dust Road’ is full
of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book shining with warmth, humour and
compassion, she discovers that inheritance is much more than genes: that we are shaped by
songs as much as by cells, and that our internal landscapes are as important as those through
which we move. Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, ‘Red Dust Road’ is
revelatory, redemptive and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach. It is a
heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs,
biology and destiny, and love. Kay is a poet, playwright, novelist and writer of short stories and
has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel ‘Trumpet’ won
the Guardian Fiction Prize and she has published two collections of stories with Picador, ‘Why
Don’t You Stop Talking?’ and ‘Wish I Was Here’.
Regular Times columnist and past winner of the Orwell prize for political journalism, David
Aaronovitch will be joining Latitude’s Literary Arena. As well as his journalistic and broadcasting
background, Aaronovitch has also written two factual books, ‘Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic
Tour of Our Small Country’ (2000) and last year’s ‘Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy
Theory in Modern History’. Strongly opinionated and occasionally controversial, Aaronovitch is
an exciting addition to the Literary Arena’s already bulging line-up.
Miles Irving, author of ‘The Forager’s Handbook’ and seasoned pro at providing foraging
workshops will be at Latitude in The Faraway Forest. Irving is an expert on wild food and where
exactly to find the very best grown naturally in our countryside and cities. With an unrivalled
knowledge on how to recognise, find and use the edible wild plants of Britain, Irving will be
treating festival goers to a masterclass on the wild fruits of the forest located all around the
Latitude site. Grab a basket and look at Latitude’s foliage in a completely different light as you
pick up tips, hints and a dinner unlike any other you’ll have over the weekend!
Joining the Literary Arena bill is renowned clergyman, author and TV presenter Reverend Peter
Owen-Jones who will be bringing his words of wisdom to the Literary Arena. His latest book
‘Letters Form An Extreme Pilgrim: Reflections On Love, Life and the Soul’ details the letters that
he wrote during his 40 days and nights in a hermit’s cell in the Egyptian desert. His most recent
television programme was the documentary series Around the World in 80 Faiths on BBC 2
accompanied by the book of the same name. Prepare to be enlightened.
Australian singer songwriter, one half of The Go-Betweens and famed music critic, Robert
Forster comes to Latitude’s Literary Arena with his book ‘The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll’.
Respected music critic for the acclaimed publications including ‘The monthly’ his book ‘The 10
Rules of Rock and Roll’, is a collection of his work taking readers on an exhilarating trip through
the past and present of popular music – from Bob Dylan, AC/DC and Nana Mouskouri through
to Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand and … Delta Goodrem. He also lists ’10 Rules’ in which to live
by and the 10 bands he wishes he’d been in, as well as a reflection on The Velvet Underground,
a short story about Normie Rowe and a moving tribute to fellow Go-Between member Grant
McLennan. Funny and illuminating, his book shows a great critic at work.
Named as one of the Top 20 Best Young Writers by The Independent back in 2001, Scarlett
Thomas has definitely fulfilled that promise. Having delivered the heady scientific and spiritual
rush of ‘The End Of Mr Y’ four years ago, Thomas is due a return with her new novel ‘Our Tragic
Universe’. Expect more of the sublime narrative, flawed personalities and head-scratching plots
which she excels in.
China Miéville lives and works in London. He is the only person to have been awarded the
Arthur C Clarke Award three times, most recently for ‘The City & The City’. It also won this
year’s BSFA award for best novel and has been shortlisted for the Nebula and a Hugo. China’s
latest novel, ‘Kraken’, begins deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum, with
the impossible disappearance of a perfectly preserved, giant squid. It’s the start of a headlong
pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic and assassins.
Novelist and biographer D. J. Taylor is probably best known for his impressive biography of
George Orwell ‘Orwell: The Life’ which garnered him the Whitbread Biography Award in 2003.
Taylor’s works on the histories of individuals are highly respected but not to the detriment of
the praise for his traditional Victorian-Edwardian style novels, such as last year’s ‘Ask Alice’.
Welsh author Rachel Trezise has in the past been described as ‘the new face of literature’ by
Harpers & Queen magazine only a year after her debut novel ‘In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl’.
More recently, she also won the Dylan Thomas Prize for a book of short stories entitled ‘Fresh
Apples’ which dealt with life in mining communities in South Wales. She has also compiled a
selection of work inspired by the New York noise band Sonic Youth as well as writing about her
own experiences in rock band Midasuno. Her next novel, ‘Sixteen Shades of Crazy’, is naturally
highly anticipated and we hope to hear snippets of this soon-to-be-published work when she
arrives at Henham Park.
Drawing on his experiences following his dad into a career as a showbiz lawyer, Steven Machat
has dished the dirt in his book ‘Gods, Gangsters & Honour’. With 30 years in the business, he
has dealt with a horde of stars from Seal to Suge Knight. With extraordinary true tales of nearcareer-
killing mistakes and huge money deals, Steven brings new light to an often shady side of
the industry. His stories will amuse and surprise in equal measure.
Freelance journalist, former features editor and agony aunt for ‘Just Seventeen’ and ‘Bliss’,
Mike Gayle will be reading from his 10th book ‘The Importance of Being A Batchelor’. It’s a
comic look at three brothers all enjoying life but failing to achieve the love goals they’ve set
themselves. This follows last year’s non-fiction offering ‘The To Do List’, where Mike ticked off
things that would get his life in order after falling the wrong side of 35. Joining Gayle will be
Jojo Moyes, author of ‘Foreign Fruit’, the Romantic Novelist’s Association Romantic Novel of
the Year 2004. The former Independent staff writer will be reading extracts of her latest novel
‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’, a book set both in 1960 and the present day. JoJo’s ‘weepie’
style will be in full force so be sure to pack some extra tissues for this taster of her next title.
Olly Hicks will recount tales from the high seas where he has spent 2.2% of his life alone in a
small rowing boat. In 2005 he became the youngest person to row any ocean solo as well as
the first person to row solo from America to England after 124 stormy days on the North
Atlantic. More recently he attempted to row around the world. After three months at sea,
making the first crossing of the Tasman Sea, the voyage had to be suspended due to problems
with the boat. Using slides and video clips Hicks will share stories from his rowing voyages
around the world.
Hollywood showbiz reporter turned author Jane Bussmann brings readings from her hit novel
‘Worst Date Ever’ – the true story of the past six years of Bussmann’s life where she developed
a crush on conflict negotiator John Prendergast and followed him to Uganda. A darkly comic
memoir, ‘Worst Date Ever’, is gonzo journalism at its best – straddling the divide of wry humour
and inappropriateness perfectly, creating a piece of satire condemning account of the failure to
apprehend Joseph Kony, The Ugandan terrorist who has led his army of child soldiers on a 20
year campaign of hostage-taking, exploitation and murder. Bussmann is a comedian and writer
who has written for television and radio including The Fast Show, Smack The Pony, Brass Eye,
Jam and South Park.
In ‘Heartland’ Anthony Cartwright brings together the ingrained English threads of politics and
football to a backdrop of the England vs Argentina World Cup match in 2002. Set in the West
Midlands Cartwright explores the complex plot of a game of football alongside the grass-roots
politics and the rise of the BNP in the footholds of this working class, multicultural and racially
charged area. Laced with resonance and experience, it is a mature and vital second novel.
Anthony’s debut ‘The Afterglow’ was released in 2004 and won a Betty Trask Award. He’s
currently working on his third for Tindal Street Press, while teaching English in Nottinghamshire.
London-based American writer Louise Stern will be coming to Latitude with readings from her
book ‘Chattering: Stories’. Centred on a group of brave young girls, out to party, travel the
world, and go a little bit wild, they communicate with the outside world via a complicated
mixture of sign language, lip-reading, note-scribbling, guesswork and instinct. Yet they are full
of daring, ready for adventures that take them into unfamiliar places and strange, cockeyed
relationships with people whose actions they observe, but never wholly understand.
Journalist Katharine Hibbert took the extraordinary step of ridding herself of all modern
trappings, including her house, and gave it all up to attempt to live in London without a job or
home address for an entire year. The experiences are all detailed in ‘Free: Adventures On The
Margins of a Wasteful Society’. Almost a squatting and survival guide, Hibbert also details her
shock and anger at the astounding amount of squandering she sees. The impact it had is clear in
the book and will no doubt be discussed during her spot in the Literary Arena.
“The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe” (The Scotsman) Pappy’s will be providing the
madcap fun in the Literary Arena. Pappy’s is a comedy team made up of trio Ben, Matthew and
Tom – a tour de force of fun and laughter. Formerly a four piece, Pappy’s have steadily risen to
fame since 2007 receiving nominations for Chortle’s Best Newcomer and for the If.Comedy
Awards at the Edinburgh Festival. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, garnered further critical
praise, and during early 2009 they toured Britain and Ireland with the hit show. This year sees
them embark on their largest ever tour to date including Latitude so expect wall to wall
sketches and non-stop entertainment with this trio of comedic talent.
~ LITERARY SALON ~
~ The School Of Life ~
~ Raindance Film Festival Workshops ~
New to last year’s festival, the Literary Salon is the noisy little sister of the Literary Arena that
encourages you to get involved. A hub of interactive workshops, open discussions and wideranging
debates all ready to get stuck into – it is a place to air your opinions, learn a brand new
skill, discover new and exciting things and explore your inner most interests.
This year Latitude welcomes The School of Life back to the Sunrise Coast to present a new
selection of innovative events which provide fresh perspective and inspire new thinking on
everyday living. Firm believers in the potential of meaningful conversation to affirm and even
change lives; The School of Life invite you to join them for a very special feast of food, wine,
ideas and great conversation as they re-stage the ultimate drinking and thinking party, Plato’s
Symposium, in the Faraway Forest. Toga’s are strictly optional. A ground-breaking social
enterprise and school like no other, members of The School of Life’s extraordinary faculty will
also be running mind-expanding workshops on ‘How to Read’, ‘How to Play’ and ‘How to be
Cool’.
For budding filmmakers, directors, writers, producers and anyone fascinated with the workings
of the film industry, the Literary Salon will play host to the Raindance Film Festival, who will be
laying down a challenge: can you shoot a short at Latitude that’s good enough to be screened at
Europe’s largest independent film festival? The filmmaking classes in the Literary Salon will
show you how to make a film even if your only camera is on your mobile phone. Raindance will
also be hosting daily drop-in sessions to give advice on the making of your masterpiece. The
best films will be shown on Sunday with the winner getting the chance to screen their film at
the 18th Raindance Film Festival in the West End of London in October.
~ THE WATERFRONT STAGE ~
~ Sadler’s Wells presents: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Act II, BalletBoyz the
TALENT ~ ZooYouth ~ Faun ~
~ Hair the Musical ~
~ Daniel Kitson & Gavin Osborn: Stories For The Starlit Sky ~
~ Derevo – Wolves’ Tango ~ Ballet Black ~ DryWrite ~
Latitude’s stunning floating platform will once again stage some staggering dance productions
over the weekend.
Continuing with their dedication to bringing the most exciting and thrilling dance to Latitude
Festival, leading dance theatre Sadler’s Wells return to the picturesque Waterfront Stage with a
special double bill of work for both Saturday and Sunday. Previously, Sadler’s Wells have
brought us an all female show by Hofesh Shechter, a ballet excerpt from Swan Lake and
freestyle hip hop from Psycho Stylez as well as running a dance club to help any budding
dancers learn a few steps. Once again the UK’s number one venue for dance, will dazzle and
delight with a diverse range of performances many of which have involved exciting crossartform
collaborations and have broadened our perception of what dance can truly be.
Sadler’s Wells present Matthew Bourne’s celebrated production of Swan Lake Act II is a
modern-day classic that has delighted audiences worldwide for 15 years. Without a tutu or
pointe in sight, this Swan Lake, with its legendary menacing male swans and Lez Brotherston’s
iconic costumes is a Swan Lake for the 21st century. The duet between The Swan and The
Prince in Act II brilliantly renders the emotional intensity of their relationship and perfectly
captures the conflict between the freedom of The Swan and the desperate yearning of The
Prince to escape his passionless life. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has amassed more than 30
international theatre awards, including three Tonys. This short extract is just a taste of a
production that blends humour, pathos and spectacle.
Under the direction of artistic directors Michael Nunn & William Trevitt, the company will
perform a thrilling re-working of the critically acclaimed ‘Torsion’, choreographed by Russell
Maliphant and created by Nunn & Trevitt in 2003. Performed at Latitude by six dancers,
‘Torsion’ is a beautifully crafted study on balance, precision, grace and strength. Balletboyz was
created in 2001 by Nunn & Trevitt (both leading dancers with The Royal Ballet) as George Piper
Dances and has since become one of the UK’s leading dance companies, touring all over the
world.
Pioneering UK dance company ZooNation will be bringing their incredible ZooYouth troupe of
Hip Hoppers to Latitude’s Waterfront Stage. Founded in 2006, ZooYouth is comprised of some
of the best young hip hop dancers in the UK with ages ranging from 7 years old through to 16.
These outstanding athletes will leave the audience awestruck with fantastic body-popping and
rhythmic moves. Make sure you secure your place on the banks of the lake for some superb
shows. ZooNation was founded in London in 2002 by director and choreographer Kate Prince
and the company has won awards for their five star show ‘Into The Hoods’ which was the first
ever Hip Hop show to transfer to the West End.
Adding to what will be a simply stunning showcase of dance; Sadler’s Wells present Sidi Larbi
Cherkaoui and his fantastic production ‘Faun’ at Latitude’s beautiful Waterfront Stage.
Commissioned as part of a tribute to the ground-breaking Sergei Diaghilev and Les Ballet
Russes, Cherkaoui examines the animalistic nature of human movement and the power of
mythology in Faun. A brand new duet, created for two of his company dancers, ‘Faun’ takes an
alternative look at the eponymous creature from Stéphane Mallermé’s poem, Claude Débussy’s
music and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography. With additional music by Nitin Sawhney, costumes
by leading fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and Latitude’s backdrop of forest scenery with
changing light – this is unmissable.
New York and Broadway come to Latitude’s beautiful floating stage this year with a 30 minute
excerpt of the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR, featuring the 2009 Tony-Award
winning cast direct from Broadway. A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate
cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage,
including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’. HAIR is about a group of
young New Yorkers in the 60’s struggling to balance their lives and loves, rebelling and rejecting
the lifestyles of their conservative parents. Infectious, outlandish and exuberant, HAIR has
gained iconic status since erupting onto the stage in 1967 and the messages of HAIR are as
relevant today as they have ever been. This fantastic production returns to London at the
Gielgud Theatre this April, and Latitude is thrilled to have this amazing piece of musical theatre
at the Waterfront Stage.
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.
There is just one trifling concern.
Will anybody actually come to The Waterfront Stage, at midnight, for an hour, to listen to a
story?
Daniel Kitson (Comedian, Loves Snorkelling) and Gavin Osborn (Musician, Owns Wellies) are
powerful agents of art in their own right, but when combined the pair become an unstoppable,
mind-blowing juggernaut of whimsical glory. For what will be your only chance to catch the pair
this year make sure you head along to The Waterfront Stage at midnight on either, or indeed all
of, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for your own bedtime story under the Starlit Sky.
Derevo – It’s fantasy and freedom. The breathtaking ‘Wolves‘ Tango’ by Derevo will also
feature atop the floating stage on the lake. Wolves’ Tango is always surprising for the audience
as well as for dancers themselves. Though it appears unpredictable, Derevo’s dance action is
always based on their perfect body control, as well as on their well-trained ability to feel the
flow of their partners’ and audience’s desires and emotions. Inspired by Butoh by using the
diverse range of techniques, movements and activities for dance performance; multi awardwinning,
Russian-German 21 strong dance collective let the atmosphere and feelings lead the
action. It’s always Here and Now. It’s always unique. It’s this very moment and that very place.
This time it’s 17th of July 2010 at Latitude Festival.
Ballet Black is a modern ballet company, dedicated to diversifying classical ballet. The company
is made up of six international dancers of black and Asian descent and recently won the Critics’
Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company. The company’s entirely original
repertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporary
pieces. Since 2001, it has built a varied repertoire from some of the country’s leading
choreographers including Liam Scarlett, Christopher Hampson, Martin Lawrance, Will Tuckett
and Richard Alston. Ballet Black are very excited to be appearing at Latitude and will be
performing a selection of their favourite repertoire, including the most recent ballet, the
critically acclaimed ‘Da Gamba’ by Henri Oguike and ‘Indigo Children’ by rising Royal Ballet star,
Liam Scarlett.
The DryWrite theatre company has struck upon a novel idea. In order to prevent sterility in the
work of accomplished playwrights, they present their innovative works anonymously; a list of
writers will exist, but no names are attributed to a single piece. This way the writers are able to
avoid sticking to the same groove to please an audience. Dance:Radio collaborates with
internationally-acclaimed choreographer Ann Yee to form radio plays based on her dances.
Listen and watch as the inspiration is juxtaposed with the creative results.
~ POETRY ARENA ~
~ Wendy Cope ~ John Cooper Clarke ~
~ Blake Morrison ~ Luke Wright ~ Jacob Polley ~
~ Martin Newell ~ John Stammers ~
~ Spoken Word All Stars ~ WordTheatre presents David Soul and Amber Tamblyn ~
~ Eddie Argos ~ Daljit Nagra ~ Laura Dockrill and The Word Orchestra ~
~ THePETEBOX ~ Psycho Poetica ~ Angry Sam ~ Brigitte Aphrodite ~ Byron Vincent ~ Chris
Hicks ~ Clare Pollard ~ Dean Parkin ~ Hannah Walker ~ Helen Mort ~ Inua Ellams ~ Rhian
Edwards ~ Joe Dunthorne ~ John Osborne ~ Kate Tempest ~ Richard Tyrone Jones ~ Kriss
Foster ~ Martin Figura ~ Molly Naylor ~ Musa Okwonga ~
~ Niall O Sullivan ~ Paul Lyalls ~ The Dead Poets ~ El Crisis ~ Joel Stickley ~ Josh Idehen ~ Matt
Harvey ~ Ross Sutherland ~ Steve Larkin ~ Tim Clare ~ Tim Turnbull ~
~ NEW VOICES: Sabrina Mahfouz ~ Heather Phillipson ~
~ Alex Gwyther ~ Hollie McNish ~ Michelle Madsen ~ Anna Freeman ~ Will Averill ~
~ Simon Mole ~ Rosy Carrick ~ Sam Riviere ~
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. The Poetry Arena lures in passers by with
comfy bean-bags and cushions which entice you to stay all day transfixed by the magnificence
of the raconteurs on stage. Laugh, cry and become enlightened in Latitude’s now famous
Poetry Arena.
In an ambience akin to a cosy fireside reading one of England’s most accomplished poets,
Wendy Cope, charms and amuses her audience with her wry, ironic poetry. At times sharp and
punchy, at times soft and contemplative, Wendy moves through her compilation of 25 years
work ‘Two Cures For Love’ connecting with her audience with ease and carefully crafting a well
rounded and poised set. And beside the irony there’s plenty of life celebration too…With the
background to each creation explained and the technical difficulties deftly touched on, her
readings bring both great enjoyment and inspiration to her audiences. She has won several
awards, notably the Cholmondeley Award (1987) and the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1995), as well as a nomination for the
Whitbread Poetry Award for ‘If I Don’t Know’ (2001).
The bard of Salford and the fore father of punk poetry, John Cooper Clarke will be bringing his
renowned satirical, political and extremely entertaining verse to Latitude, delivered in his
trademark rapid-fire performance style. Rising to fame in the late ‘70’s supporting punk bands
Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division he has continued to be as reverent and relevant
today as ever, writing new and vital poetry and being regularly seen and heard on TV, radio, in
films and music. See a true legend in action at Latitude’s Poetry Arena.
Poet and author Blake Morrison has been a subtle guiding force in British poetry since his first
book ‘The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s’ (1980). This was followed by coediting
‘The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry’ (1982) with last year’s distinguished
Poetry Arena guest Andrew Motion. He has written several collections of poetry including
‘Ballad of the Yorskhire Ripper’ – written throughout with a Yorkshire dialect – and his debut
‘Dark Glasses’. He began his career as a journalist and poetry critic and was made Professor of
Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College in 2003. His most recent novel ‘South of the
Border’ is being made into a TV series while his J.R. Ackerly Prize-winning autobiography ‘And
When Did You Last See Your Father?’ (1993) was made into a feature film in 2007.
Latitude favourite Luke Wright is a poet and spoken word performer whose quirky blend of
anecdotal humour and verse assures a livewire performance. This Essex via Hackney lad formed
performance collective Aisle16 in 2000, which has since taken several shows to the Edinburgh
Fringe and toured around the country to critical acclaim. From the dark comic lecturing of
‘Poetry Boyband’ (which won a Time Out Critics’ Choice Award in 2005) to ‘Services to Poetry’,
a tour to find poetic inspiration at service stations across the UK, Aisle16’s output has been
lauded and celebrated. Since 2006 Luke has launched his own curve-ball bid to become Poet
Laureate and has become the newest poet-in-residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. In 2009
he took contemporary poetry onto primetime TV, writing all the poetry for Channel 4’s The
Seven Ages of Love, a 30 minute documentary that gained ‘pick of the day’ in eight national
publications and was broadcast to over a million people.
Jacob Polley, novelist and poet, has released two sets of poetry – ‘The Brink’ (2003) and ‘Little
Gods’ (2006) – and a novel – ‘Talk of the Town’ (2009), awarded 5/5 by the Independent on
Sunday. His work has been praised by the Guardian as “the kind of poetry that imbues the
everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent” and has
often been shortlisted for prestigious awards including a nomination for the Forward Prize for
Best Poem (‘The Cheapjack’, 2006). In 2002 Jacob won an Eric Gregory Award and the Radio
4/Arts Council ‘First Verse’ Award. Jacob was selected as one of the Next Generation of British
poets by the Poetry Book Society in 2004.
The Wildman of Wivenhoe AKA Martin Newell is a musician and poet who has packed a lot into
his life. From cassette only albums to jazz vocal records, to TV shows and writing, his talents
and independent spirit are renowned. He contributes poems to The Sunday Times every week
as well as writing a weekly column for the East Anglian Daily Times, has released recordings of
his own poetry readings and often guest presents on the BBC. His last novel ‘A Prospect of
Wivenhoe: Snapshots of an English Town’ was an inspired anecdotal history of his hometown.
Award winning poet John Stammers joins the Poetry Arena line-up. With his first collection
‘Panoramic Lounge-bar’ winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2001 he has since
been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2005 for his
second book ‘Stolen Love Behaviour’ and won third place in the 2009 National Poetry
Competition. His poetry of love and romance is full of plaintive, self-mocking with a lilt and
sheen that has won him many fans including August Kleinzahler declaring that Stammers writes,
“some of the most memorable love poetry of his generation”.
Poet in the City, working with Apples & Snakes, has created a Spoken Word All Stars event,
featuring some of the best spoken word artists in the UK in a fabulous live show.
The poets, OneNess, El Crisis, Kat Francois, Chris ‘Ventriloquist’ Redmond and musician, Jason
Yarde will create a show of wall-to-wall words with an unflagging backbeat. Expect a seamless
flow of poetry, improvised and otherwise, jousting with jazzy rhythms and forging a hip-hopskip-
and-jump of its very own. Poet in the City is a registered charity committed to attracting
new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry. Apples & Snakes is England’s
leading organisation for performance poetry, working with emerging artists, producing new
work and putting poets in education. It works extensively with schools, prisons and libraries to
develop literacy, communication skills, motivation and self-esteem through high quality
performance poetry workshops.
In the Poetry Arena, WordTheatre presents, on Saturday afternoon, American actress and poet
Amber Tamblyn from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reading from her highly acclaimed
book of poetry ‘Bang Ditto’. Later on Saturday, David Soul (Starsky and Hutch, Jerry Springer
the Opera) will be reading Pablo Neruda accompanied by classical guitarist Hugh Burns.
Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox and please note all acts are subject to change.
Eddie Argos is the lead singer of the bands Art Brut and Everybody Was In The French
Resistance. Argos can write songs about subjects most rock stars don’t even understand
and his frank, humorous lyrics have made him a cult hero both here and in Europe and America.
Argos has also received acclaim for having “the best eyebrows in rock and roll”. At Latitude he
will be performing a stripped down acoustic set that will show off the full genius of his
wordsmithery to the Poetry Arena faithful.
The award winning poet Daljit Nagra will bring a uniquely interactive show to Latitude. In a
one-hour extravaganza, Daljit and his glamorous assistant, Laura Limerick, will invite the
audience to participate in a series of fun poetry games. It’s a Poetry Knockout! will include new
events such as Poetry Mastermind, Poetry Bingo, Poetry Maths Challenge and Poetry Blankety
Blank. The audience can participate by being on stage or from the comfort of where they’re
seated. The show promises to be a fun-packed fast-paced show for people of all ages and of all
interests!
After persuading 900 poetry virgins to the splendid world of words poet and author Laura
Dockrill, author of ‘Mistakes In The Background’ and ‘Ugly Shy Girl’, Phill Jupitus and her allfemale
word orchestra now embark on their brand new and exciting show, Echoes. Hear stories
as you have never heard them before, as the cast spit language with sensational delivery and
charismatic technique which is uplifting and unique, whilst at the same time remaining poetic in
its substance and doing justice to the nature of its craft. Dockrill is a firm favourite at Latitude
and her new show should not be missed.
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.
Creating each layer of his tracks live using a loop pedal THePETEBOX’s shows lead the audience
through a journey of real time music production which builds up and delivers a full frequency
spectrum of sound, from deep bass, to high pitched trumpets, to multiple vocal harmonies – all
made with his mouth. His breathtaking ability to create many styles of music such as hip-hop,
drum ’n’ bass, jazz, house, garage and rock, have led him to support legends such as
Grandmaster Flash, Will Smith, Pendulum, The Automatic, Grooverider and Tim Westwood to
name a few.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Hitchcock’s iconic film ‘Psycho’, poet Simon Barraclough has
created a fantastic poetic homage, called Psycho Poetica. Twelve acclaimed poets have carved
up the film between them to create a new poetic version. Read in sequence, with no intros and
no titles, the poems create a faithful distortion of Psycho: chilling and moving by turns. All
poets involved come to Latitude to treat audiences to the poetic movie marathon. Sit back and
enjoy: Simon Barraclough, Annie Freud, Matthew Welton, Emily Berry, Isobel Dixon, Dzifa
Benson, Chris McCabe, Luke Heeley, Heather Phillipson, Joe Dunthorne, Jane Draycott and
Richard Price. The performance also features string quartet Bleeding Heart Narrative playing
their homage to Bernard Herrmann, ‘Cop Shy’.
Performance poet Angry Sam more than lives up to his stage name with his intellectual rants
and raves delivered in fiercely acerbic verse. As the London Area Co-ordinator of Spoken Word
and Slam event, Hammer and Tongue, “the best poetry gig in Europe, hands-down”, he’s no
stranger to commanding the stage and his audience. Witness this rising poetry star in action at
Latitude this summer.
Treading the line between genius and madness perfectly is the quirky, glittery, fun Brigitte
Aphrodite. Her one woman show combining music comedy and poetry entitled ‘Brigitte
Aphrodite in Suburban Hell’ is a fantastical biographical view of her life so far,. Her utterly
bizarre thoughts and experiences are woven together to form a heart warming yet explosive
firework of a show. This David-Bowie-meets-Tinkerbell hybrid with a unique and sensational
voice has audiences wrapped round her glittery finger.
With poems such as ‘Kevin’s an ‘Erbert’ and ‘Never Buy Drugs At A Festival’ amongst his
repertoire, Byron Vincent’s subversive brand of barking doggerel has taken the UK poetry
scene by storm. His poetry veers between humorous and moving confessional tales to
passionate observational studies of contemporary counterculture. It’s a winning formula that
makes him a highlight of the Poetry Arena line-up.
A founding member of aisle16 and part of the creative team behind London’s East End Live
Literary show-case Homework, Chris Hicks comes to Latitude this year with some poems that
are definitely significantly better than some of the other ones you’ve heard and read. If you
come and see him, you will probably have some sort of experience. Experiences are important.
They are good for festivals. They are also good for other things, but we’re not talking about
those. Let’s try to stay focused.
Leading female poet and recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2000 Clare Pollard comes to
Latitude. Clare was born in Bolton in 1978 and currently lives in East London. Her first
collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and her
fourth, Changeling will be published by Bloodaxe next year. Her play The Weather premiered at
the Royal Court Theatre. Clare’s documentary for radio, ‘My Male Muse’, was a Radio 4 Pick of
the Year. She has just co-edited an anthology for Bloodaxe with James Byrne, entitled ‘Voice
Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st Century’.
Experienced poet Dean Parkin must be the first poet to appear on television reading a poem on
the loo as well as have a piece of work featuring pubic hair, nestling nicely between Ruth Padel
and Tom Paulin in the Forward Anthology. Winner of an Escalator Live Literature Award in
2009/10 to develop a one man show called ‘Ducks, Trains & Other Tracks’; he has given
readings at festivals, colleges, pubs and has run workshops in prisons, schools and on a NATO
base in Germany. More recently he has been working in collaboration with London
Sinfonietta on the Surf N Turf Project in two schools in Suffolk, generating words and poems to
be set to music.
Longlisted for the Bridport prize in 2006 Hannah Walker has an acerbic, cerebral style to her
poetry which has been published in New Writer, Fuselit, Lota, The Ugly Tree and Nth Position.
Hosting a range of literary events in Newcastle and Norwich she is currently working towards
her first collection called ‘You Interrupt My Brain Sweetheart’ excerpts of which will be
presented at Latitude’s Poetry Arena.
Winner of Foyle’s Young Poet of the Year Award on five occasions between 1997 and 2004,
hailing from Sheffield Helen Mort is an emerging poet. She has published two pamphlets with
tall-lighthouse press: ‘the shape of every box’ received an Eric Gregory award in 2007 and ‘a
pint for the ghost’ was a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the
Foyle prize for young poets, she received the Manchester Young Writer award in 2008. In 2008,
she was also selected to take part in the ‘Escalator’ scheme for talented performers. Her latest
publication is a limited edition chapbook, ‘Parallax (for Justin)’ with Forest Publications,
Edinburgh.
Inua Ellams is a poet and spoken word artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classic
literature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a boundless love for rhythm
and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with
contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme. Making his fourth appearance at the Latitude
Festival, he will be performing a few poems from his critically acclaimed first poetry pamphlet:
‘The Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’, but mainly from his forth coming new book ‘Candy Coated
Unicorns and Converse All Stars’.
Rhian Edwards returns to Latitude with more of her inspired, passionate poetry. In recent years
Edward’s has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 3 and a one-woman poetry
show for Battersea Arts Centre. Her first pamphlet of poems from 2008 ‘Parade the Fib’ was
made Poetry Society Book of Choice in that year. Having racked up 200 plus performances in
her six years of providing poetry for willing audiences, Edward’s experience will make for a
memorable performance once again.
Literary heavyweight Joe Dunthorne is no stranger to Latitude’s Poetry Arena and his hilarious
comic prose has won him critical and commercial acclaim over the past few years. His debut
novel, ‘Submarine’ won the Curtis Brown Prize and was shortlisted for the Bollinger Wodehouse
Prize for comic fiction. His poetry has been published in various magazines, including Poetry
Review, New Welsh Review and Magma, and he has written for The Independent and the
Guardian.
John Osborne is a writer based in Norwich. His first book ‘Radio Head’ was broadcast as Radio
4’s Book of the Week and described as ‘captivating’ by The Guardian and ‘funny, perceptive and
charming’ by The Daily Telegraph. His second book, ‘The Newsagent’s Window’ was published
by Simon&Schuster in 2010. He has performed at the numerous festivals and is a member of
poetry collective Aisle16. His first collection of poetry, ‘What if men burst in wearing
balaclavas?’ was published earlier this year by Nasty Little Press.
Kate Tempest is a rapper, poet and playwright and has performed consistently and
comprehensively since she began competing in battles at 16. Since then she has continued to
develop her skills as a writer and a performer, and has made a name for herself in the UK hip
hop, spoken word and live music scenes. Renowned for her passionate delivery and intelligent
content, her work is influenced equally by a love of hip hop and a love of great literature; her
heroes include William Blake and Gza from the Wu-Tang Clan. She has played with her band
Sound of Rum all over London, from the Jazz Café to Brixton’s Jamm, as well as gigs in Bristol,
Brighton and Liverpool.
A wide-ranging and versatile poet, writer, host, workshop leader and literary event organiser,
Richard Tyrone Jones’ material ranges from the downright daft, through to the witheringly selfdeprecating
to the poignant and formal, always cut through by a strong vein of sardonic
humour, a strident voice and a deft touch. He recently staged his own funeral, inviting friends
and family to attend and present eulogies, organising a bamboo coffin, picking the music and
being carried off to his own wake. Expect more bold leaps of imagination from this madcap
poet.
Kriss Foster is a performer from Lancaster armed with an acoustic guitar and a leopard suit. His
catalogue of catchy comedy songs has left audiences bemused, intrigued and consistently
hysterical. Whether it’s feral children, train stations, hammer attacks or fizzy Vimto, Kriss Foster
has sung about it, he even has a song about Dale Winton.
He’s performed with Bear Suit, Misty’s Big Adventure, Nizlopi and Arthur Smith.
A scouser who reached the rank of Major in the army before sacking it all off to become a
photographer and poet, Martin Figura is an acclaimed master of words and visuals. He works
part-time at the Writers’ Centre, Norwich and is also as a photographer and writer and is an
Apples & Snakes associate. A spoken word version of his new collection Whistle (Arrowhead)
begins touring in July. Nasty Little Press is publishing a pamphlet of his amusing poems More
Words for Toilet in November. He is Chair of the Café Writers Live Lit event. Here is every day
life with a tweak and a twist and what might be a blade or a dangerously sharp lollipop stick.
Molly Naylor is a poet, puppeteer, scriptwriter and educator. Her poems have been featured
on BBC Radio and she has performed at a variety of festivals and events in the UK and
internationally. She is taking her new solo spoken word show ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think
Of You’ on a nationwide tour which, luckily for us, also includes the Poetry Arena at Latitude
Festival.
Oxford graduate, lawyer, poet and football fanatic Musa Okwonga is an emerging literary
genius who has won the Junior Bridport Prize for fiction in 1994, for poetry in 1995 and the WH
Smith Young Writers competition in 1996. His recent book ‘A Cultured Left Foot’ is an insightful
and amusing study into the finer points of the world’s favourite game. With testimony from
across the world of football, from players to managers, pundits to some of the Greats
themselves, Musa Okwonga isolates and discusses the key virtues that, when combined, create
the perfect player.
Irish born poet, writer and promoter Niall O’Sullivan, with his original voice and a keen eye for
comic irony, has become a 20th Century poetry bestseller with his collections. Niall is probably
best known to many Londoners as the current host of Poetry Unplugged, London’s biggest
weekly open mic at Covent Garden’s Poetry Cafe.
Niall O’Sullivan has released two collections of poetry, ‘You’re Not Singing Anymore’ and
‘Ventriloquism for Monkeys’, with Flipped Eye. He has performed poetry around UK and Europe
for over ten years. In 2009, Niall featured on BBC Radio and Television during his residency at
the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. In the same year Niall was Highly Commended by the
Forward Prize judges and published in 2009’s Forward Book of Poetry. Before going full time
with his poetry, he worked for over a decade as a gardener. He runs London’s premier open
mic, Poetry Unplugged, every Tuesday at the Poetry Café.
Star of BBC2’s/CBBC’s ‘Big Slam poetry House’ Paul Lyalls is a funny, fast-moving, hip,
accessible, rhythmic and clever poet who has performed at the new Wembley Stadium. His new
full collection ‘Catching the cascade’ is out now and his children’s collection ‘Are we nearly
there yet?’ is on its 3rd reprint. In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent
(London’s 5th coolest Borough). He has 2 poems in the new Penguin’s A-Z of Childrens poetry.
Paul has also performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury’s and on a 73
Bus, which made the and finally…bit of the 6pm national news. Paul has worked & performed
with a huge variety of people such as Michael Rosen, The Libertines, George Best, Jean Binta
Breeze, Will Self, John Hegley, Benjamin Zepphaniah & Andrea Leavy to name but a few. His
poetry and live shows are rich in humour, barbed and beautiful, be sure to be a part of this
when he performs in the Poetry Arena.
The Dead Poets Poetry Band breathes new life into the words of dead poets through original,
melodic composition, often sung in three-part harmony, always performed with an ear toward
exposing something in the poetry that you may not have heard before. And if you’ve never
heard The Dead Poets in performance, you’re in for a treat. They’ve done Wordsworth’s
‘Daffodils’ as a doo-wop a cappella; Plath’s ‘Mirro’r as a polka, Wilcox’s ‘Solitude’ as a bossa
nova, and Longfellow’s ‘Snow-Flakes’ as a haunting ballad. Poetry as you’ve never experienced
before – this is a must see.
El Crisis’ style of poetry and performance is truly unique. He combines an hypnotic mixture of
rap, spoken word, song and chant, speaking from a height, the knowledge of an ancient wisdom
and a spiritual connection with his ancestors that can be felt among his audiences. Rapping,
singing, chanting and reciting spoken word poetry Crisis relates to his experiences and stories
with a street style philosophy of the world and society today. Combined with an angelic voice of
staggering range and depth, Crisis’ performances are enlightening, extraordinary and
unforgettable.
A regular on the poetry circuit, Joel Stickley is an acclaimed writer and performer. He has
appeared all over UK radio and television as well as at a clutch of festivals and is the co-author
of the book ‘Who Writes This Crap?’ with Luke Wright which the Guardian described as “an
inspired piece of parody.” He blogs at How To Write Badly Well (”A must-read” – Metro.co.uk)
and teaches the Advanced Creative Writing course at the Open University.
Joshua Idehen is a lively and mercurial poet, founder of the highly acclaimed poetry group A
Poem Between People and leader of ‘fro-funk band Benin City – a new project inspired by a
wide range of folk artists such as Grizzly Bear, Jono McCleery and My Brightest Diamond. With a
more intimate sound and subject matter, think Rufus Wainwright meets Roots Manuva and
you’re on the right track. He has performed his spoken word at many prestigious events such as
Onetaste, Poetry N Motion, The Cellar, Shortfuse and the John Betjeman Festival in Cornwall, to
name a few, and will this year add Latitude to that list.
Poet, performer, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey is a veteran of the
poetry circuit performing his hilarious yet tender and truthful poetry up and down the country
at festivals, cabarets, conferences and colleges. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Saturday
Live he has also written the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian for the past two years. He is
also the creator of Empath Man – a contemporary superhero with advanced listening skills and
the ability to stay open and vulnerable in a tight situation – and who recently had a mini-series
on Radio 4. “Very funny, very satirical” The Times.
Aisle16 co-founder Ross Sutherland will be bringing his quick-wit and free-wheeling lyricism to
the Poetry Arena. Included in The Times’ list of Top Ten Literary Stars in 2008, Ross has cowritten
eight live literature productions, including the critically acclaimed Poetry Boyband (Time
Out Critic’s Choice of the Year 2005). Last year he had four productions touring throughout the
year: ‘Found in Translation’, ‘Infinite Lives’, ‘The Dead That Never Lived’ and ‘The Shallowing
Shovel’. He also found time to publish his debut solo collection, ‘Things To Do Before You Leave
Town’ to critical acclaim.
Steve Larkin is a rare talent. He is best described as a poet though he is invariably described as
a comedian or a rapper. A lively and energetic performer who has to be experienced live to fully
appreciate his extraordinary ability of expressing political and philosophical concepts or
opinions, whilst being hugely entertaining. He has been described as: “Leeds’ hybrid answer to
Spike Millighan and Eminem…” by Vanguard-Online and as “a poet-philosopher disguised as
club entertainer. Lacing profundity with profanities, deep tracks with cheap gags.” Jim Thomas
(The Ecologist)
Fellow Aisle16 member, Tim Clare is a writer, stand-up poet and musician. His filthy
hyperkinetic doggerel continues to baffle and appal audiences all over the UK. His
autobiographical book about thwarted ambition and growing up, ‘We Can’t All Be Astronauts’,
came out last year to much acclaim with The Bookseller rating him as “A fantastic writer—his
prose contains both the bumbling charm of Jon Ronson and the splenetic bile of Charlie
Brooker.”
Ex-lumberjack turned poetic genius Tim Turnbull has wowed audiences around the country.
Turnbull has received critical praise with the release of his collection called ‘Caligula on Ice and
other poems’ – a unique theatrical experience that blends sublimely crafted poetry, caustic
comedy, a ghost story, a skewed take on the folk song, a raucous music hall turn, parody,
pastiche and bitingly accurate satire. He also released the fantastic Extended Play Pop Compact
Disc, “A-side, B-side, Seaside” with Scarborough absurdists Mormonhead.
The following NEW VOICES have been also been added to the poetry line-up:
Described as both “energetic and smart” by The Economist, Sabrina Mahfouz is a rising talent in
poetry and playwriting. She has debuted work on Radio 1/1 Xtra, has been nominated for Poet
of the Year by the Erotic Awards and her latest short play has been shortlisted for Soho Theatre
Westminster Prize.
Rising star Heather Phillipson is an acclaimed poet whose poems have appeared widely in
magazines and anthologies, across the BBC. She has won several awards, including an Eric
Gregory Award in 2008 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. Her pamphlet is published by
Faber & Faber. Alongside her poetry, Heather Phillipson is also an internationally exhibiting
artist. She has received awards, commissions and residencies for her short films, with recent
screenings and shows in London, Paris and New York.
Surrey based wordsmith, Alex Gwyther’s hip-hop influenced poetical prose is “reminiscent of
Braintax and The Streets with a wit that recalls that of Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner, which
would be more of a compliment to Turner”. Weaving extraordinary tales of modern life in
Britain, Gwyther has become a regular on London’s spoken word scene, whose highlights
include the only poet to perform in London’s Week of Peace in front of 4,000 people.
Winner of last year’s UK Slam Farrago Championships, Hollie McNish’s adrenaline-pumped
performances have wowed her audiences. Having performed with street/break/traditional
dancer Sarah Baker, she’s a thoroughly modern poet with themes ranging from love and politics
to pure comic asides.
Michelle Madsen is the founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, a key component of
the UK’s poetry slam circuit. Her own style embraces everything from satire to her hometown
landscapes and she continues to play an important part in bringing poetry to life in the capital
and now to a field in Suffolk!
Anna Freeman, who refers to herself as the Ginger Poet on her Myspace, is as singular a talent
as that nickname suggests. She’s consistently wowed audiences, whether at shows or on
YouTube judging from new converts and their comments, and her fast-paced, irreverent style
will continue to garner her new fans.
American born Will Averill is a multi-talented poet currently calling Norwich home. He has cofounded
theatre companies in both the US and the UK, written and performed in his own works
as well as conjuring poetry and performing his mix of comedy and wordplay around the
country.
Simon Mole is an emcee and spoken word artist whose writing and performance foregrounds
the unseen and the unheard, the forgotten and the yet to occur. He makes passionate and
honest music exploring concepts and ideas from outside the standard spectrum of hip-hop
content, and his poems are shared with listeners in a way that pushes them to make their own
meanings and connections. Mole has recently been commissioned by the poetry magazine
Apples and Snakes to write a spoken word theatre show, which he performed for the first time
at The Albany in March.
Described on her own website as “surreal, sensual and decidedly left-field”, Rosy Carrick is also
currently the host of Hammer and Tongue Brighton. Quite apart from her own excellent
performances and work, she also encourages newcomers as a UK approved youth slam coach
as well as talent spotting for the annual UK Schools Slam Poetry Championships.
Sam Riviere began to write poems while at the Norwich School of Art and Design. His work has
appeared in various publications and competitions; he co-edits the anthology series ‘Stop
Sharpening Your Knives’, and was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award. Faber & Faber
published his pamphlet this year as part of their New Poets scheme.
~ CABARET ARENA ~
~ Duckie ~ The Razzle presented by Christopher Green ~
The Crack presents: Miss Behave, Phil Kay, Paul Morocco, Paul Zenon, Kalki Hula
Girl, Raymond and Mr. Timpkins, Tom Flanagan and Jon Hicks ~
~ Rich Fulcher ~ Laura Solon ~
~ Idiots of Ants ~ The Al Pitcher Picture Show ~ Jonny Sweet ~ Colin Hoult: Carnival Of
Monsters ~ Cardinal Burns ~ Frisky & Mannish ~ Golden Lizard ~
~ Showstopper! ‘The Improvised Musical’ ~ Deadcat Bounce ~
~ Deborah Frances-White ~ Pros From Dover ~ Richard Dedomenici ~ Tom Basden ~
~ The la de dahs ~ Midnight Beast ~ Jimmy McGhie ~ Fergus Craig ~ Chris Ramsey ~
~ Funny Women Awards Showcase ~
~ Lee Kern ~ Elis James ~ Rosie Wilby ~
~ Ward and White’s Karaoke Circus ~
~ Sounds Familiar Music Quiz ~ Musical Bingo ~
Latitude’s veritable den of mischief and mayhem, the Cabaret Arena is sumptuously tantalising,
seductively tempting and always exceedingly teasing. Enticing you in with the powers of
seduction, curiosity and intrigue, once inside you will find an elaborate mix of comedy sketch
shows, freak, burlesque and drag shows together with illusionists, puppetry and good
ol’fashioned sing-a-longs. Leave your inhibitions at the door!
London pop and performance peddlers Duckie stage a rock’n’roll masked ball for the big
Saturday late night party. Join DJs Readers Wives, hostess Amy Lamé and their crew of modern
show starlets including Ida Barr, Ursula Martinez and others. If you haven’t packed a mask in
your rucksack, visit the Duckie pop-up mask workshop and craft one in the style of quirky retro
pop cultural icons. A big late night show, a big indie dance den, a few mollies and a lot of
wearing of paper bags over your head.
Christopher Green’s homage to the working man’s club comes to the unlikely surrounds of the
Cabaret Stage. For one night only you are invited to party like it’s 1979 at the premiere nitespot
in town, The Razzle Club. With a stereotypically northern feel, The Razzle provides clichéd
entertainment revelling in Green’s unique comical panache. Joined by a heap of guests
including Barbara Nice and an appearance of his very own stage hypnotist and magician
character Derek Diamond (formally trading as Baz Vegas, but no longer allowed to perform
under that moniker for reasons that would be sub judice to explain). Derek Diamond runs a
tight ship where entertainment is the ocean and all you have to do is ride it like a dusty donkey
on bracing beach. Throughout the night there are various interactive activities including a meat
raffle, karaoke, and tombola. This quirky subversion of expectation will delight and surprise in
equal measure.
Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live and Miss Behave present: ‘The Crack – A variety of Comedy’
an explosive combination of stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performance. Anarchic,
chaotic, and fun-filled. For the finale of your festival what better way to celebrate than with a
bunch of crazy clowns and comedians ready to blow the roof off Latitudes Cabaret tent. Expect
Tequila, Laughs, and the Unexpected Killer line up. An edgy comedy show mixing shit hot safe
bets with risky geniuses. The line-up includes:
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. This show will
have you amazed and entertained with an absolutely stellar cast of comic geniuses and variety
virtuosos.
Multi-award winning, legendary Scotsman, Phil Kay, the original comic brave-heart, will also be
onboard. This effervescent comedy troubadour darts around the room powered by far-out
philosophic ramblings, delivered as fun-sized brain filth.
Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue stings of music with hilarious visual and verbal gags at rapid
fire, these guys are the best in musical comedy.
The international award winning Paul Morocco is a mad Casablancan and musical comedy
genius.
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. Whether it’s onstage to a bunch of drunks, as a guest on
countdown or hosting one of his own TV specials, this man will have you howling with laughter
and wondering how on earth he did that.
Star of The Tom Tom Club and Circus Oz, Tom Flanagan is a crazy acrobatic who will dazzle you
with breathtaking stunts and have you in stitches with his knockabout slapstick.
Variety’s answer to Picasso, Jon Hicks will enthrall with a high-skill repertoire of artistic
oddities, including his legendary rapid fire, outsized paintings. Delivered with incredible
dexterity, bad-boy attitude and immaculate timing and all to a killer soundtrack. Seeing is
believing in this unique ‘Painting Beyond Numbers’ act performed with stylish aplomb by a true
variety master.
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 multitasking,
she does things with hula hoops, and a bottle of vodka that will have you crying with
laughter and whooping for more.
Comedian Rich Fulcher – famed for his Boosh characters Bob Fossil, Kodiak Jack and
cheesehead Tommy Nooka and co-star of the cult sketch show Snuff Box – presents ‘An Evening
with Eleanor: The Tour Whore’, a one ‘woman’ show to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. Selfprofessed
rock and roll ‘tour whore’ who recently appeared as Howard’s lover in The Mighty
Boosh, Eleanor has lived a life most people scream about. Now the woman who claimed to
make Neil ‘young’ and put the ‘wood’ in Woodstock – tells all through poetry, song, dance and
confessional monologues that have been known to leave the audience feeling freshly molested.
Prepare to get a pounding like you’re yesterday’s beef!
Direct from her run at London’s Soho Theatre, Perrier Award Winner Laura Solon (BBC 1’s Harry
and Paul, Radio 4’s Talking and Not Talking) returns with her first show since 2005: the multicharacter
narrative comedy and sell out hit at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, ‘Rabbit Faced Story
Soup’. So…It’s all gone tits down at Black Publishing. Tepid-shot publisher Diana Lewis is
scrambled to find a writer to finish a book and save the company from crisis. Her obstacles
include an American Super Agent, a lightly tanned boss, a call centre worker, a diversity officer,
The French and a dead rabbit called Ian.
“An adventurous and hilarious masterclass” Sunday Times
Formed in 2007 and after a sell-out Edinburgh Festival debut, Idiots of Ants have gone on to
perform all over the UK. Winners of the Chortle Award 2010 for Best Sketch or Character Act
Idiots of Ants; Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, James Wrighton and Benjamin Wilson, will be
bringing their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to the festival’s Cabaret Arena – a
performance that will no doubt be jam packed with intelligent wit and wonderfully timed
observational comedy. Following three sell-out Edinburgh Festivals, an Edinburgh Comedy
Award nomination (formerly Perrier) and hot off the heels of the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’
Festival the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) bring their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to
the Latitude Festival.
Al Pitcher views a lot of ordinary things in an extraordinary way. His mission is to show people
his way of seeing the world, inviting them to escape the monotony of their everyday lives under
the banner ‘The Al Pitcher Picture Show’. Usually before the day of his show Al will venture into
the city he is performing armed with a digital camera to capture the world as he sees it. Posing
the question, what hilarities will he bring to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena? (Cabaret Arena)
Jonny Sweet is a talented actor who won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best
Newcomer for his show ‘Mostly About Arthur’ (directed by Stefan Golaszewski), which Nica
Burns of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards described as: “a delicious hour of character
comedy…unexpected, highly original, very funny. Watch out for him.” He also appeared in Tom
Basden’s new play ‘Party’ at the Edinburgh Festival which won a Fringe First award. He recently
appeared as a young David Cameron in ‘When Boris Met Dave’ which recently aired on More 4.
Writers’ Guild Award winner and Chortle Nominee Colin Hoult invites you to a truly original
tragic-comic character show that will shock, tickle and appal. Playing with environment,
atmosphere and storytelling, the Carnival Of Monsters is an experience unlike any other you’ll
find over the weekend; a macabre freak show that provides a through-line for Hoult’s collection
of comedy sketches and theatrical vignettes. A revamped version of the critically acclaimed,
sell out Edinburgh Festival 2009 hit featuring characters and stories both old and new. Created
with new company Wheelie Man Crow (Kat Nugent, Stephen Evans, Dan Snelgrove and Zoe
Gardner.)
Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns will be bringing
their imaginatively daft sketches to the Cabaret Arena this year. They have performed to sell
out audiences across the country, from their critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Fringe,
(**** Irresistable-The Guardian) to a total sell-out run at London’s Soho Theatre. Their unique
blend of sketch comedy has already marked Cardinal Burns as one of the most exiting live acts
to emerge in recent years. If you are a fan of comedic preposterous stereotypes this double act
will be right up your street!
Twisted pop cabaret comes to Latitude courtesy of the Austrian born duo, Frisky & Mannish
who were brought up in the travelling community and united at a German music college. At
least that’s the story, as Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones tell it. Frisky & Mannish have been
garnering comedy awards nominations all this year thanks to their amusing music hall numbers
and outrageous delivery.
Comedy’s future is in good hands with a fantastic new breed of comic stars emerging from the
underground. Hotly-tipped turns Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker – alongside the sketch
collective Superclump of which they are members – are leading the pack. Wozniak won an
If.Comedy Best Newcomer nomination in 2008, with Paker’s aloof stand-up persona winning
him the 2008 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Together, they recently wowed at the
Leicester Comedy Festival taking home the ‘Best New Show’ award in 2010 with their hilarious
play ‘Golden Lizard’, directed by Matt Peover. Who is Floyd Vernon? Two award winning
comedians deliver a clutch of bizarre characters, bogus science and scrambled mystery; a
fantastically funny play that they are bringing to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.
Showstopper! ‘The Improvised Musical’ does exactly what it says on the tin! A brand new
musical created nightly: this sell-out, award-winning show makes its Latitude debut! Our writer
has just one hour to create a hit musical. Stuck for inspiration, he asks for audience suggestions
– and the all-singing, all-dancing cast creates a musical from scratch based around those ideas.
Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuring
dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singing
all the way home.
Deadcat Bounce, the award-winning (Time Out Jury Prize at Sydney Comedy Festival 2010),
exuberant Irish comedy rock supergroup make their first appearance at Latitude. Expect smoke
machines, screaming guitar solos and everything from hip-hop slow jams to 80’s stadium
anthems. Brace yourself for an unrelenting hour unlike anything else you’ll see at the festival.
British comic, writer and personal skills expert Deborah Frances-White will be gracing
Latitude’s Cabaret Arena with her sell out show, ‘How to get almost anyone to want to sleep
with you’. The stand-up show that leaves you ready to pull tonight is here!
Deborah’s hilarious self-help comedy show will give you the secrets of sexy and leave you
feeling like the sexiest person in the bar who could ask anyone out. (Cabaret Arena)
The Pros From Dover’s surreal sketch show encompasses diverse scenarios where brilliance
sometimes teeters off the edge of offence. We will witness the downward spiral of several
characters in carefully crafted pieces masterfully delivered in a humorous manner. A clever
sketch show giving the performers a great vehicle for their talents. (Cabaret Arena)
Richard Dedomenici delivers an entertaining and educational illustrated talk about the problem
of intellectual copyright theft in the creative industries. He cites a rich and eclectic variety of
case studies from the music, entertainment and art worlds, encompassing The Pussycat Dolls,
Apple Computers and Damien Hirst, as well as countless regrettable examples from his own
artistic practice. (Cabaret Arena)
British actor, comedy writer and member of sketch group Cowards, Tom Basden will be making
his way to the Cabaret Arena. His ‘Tom Basden Won’t Say Anything’ won the if.comedy Award
for Best Newcomer in 2007 and you can expect his one man show to make some serious waves
at this year’s Latitude festival. (Cabaret Arena)
The la de dahs are twee, fun and quintessentially English girls who will be performing in the
Cabaret Arena and will charm you with delightful harmonies, surprising songs and wiggling hips.
The girls entertain all – be they in the Spring or Winter of life, tubbies or sveltes, hip hop fiends
or classical junkies. If you love both Cole Porter and Eminem, come and lend your ear to these
three gals. There are no gimmicks, no instruments, no recorded sounds and the girls arrange all
of the music themselves. The la de dahs make you feel better- like a hot mug of tea and a
crumpet. Lovely.
Midnight Beast is a group of three London boys living and exposing the lifestyle of today’s
youth. Writing songs with a slick sense of humour, members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and
Ashley Horne are making waves with their unique sound and “take the p**s outta pop culture”
routine. With their videos notching up millions of views, their recent street gig at Brighton
beach caused something of a riot. Expect to see the trio busting their trademark moves whilst
reciting the rhymes which have every teen in the country glued to their screen. Look out for
the crowds in the Cabaret Arena; the Midnight Beast will have arrived!
Jimmy McGhie is one of the fastest rising young comics on the comedy circuit today. After only
ten gigs, he reached the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, the semi finals of
the BBC New Talent competition and the final of the Amused Moose Star Search (2005). As an
assured storyteller with a distinct turn of phrase and no small amount of agitation in his soul, he
has “one to watch” practically stamped on his forehead. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)
Last year’s Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Fergus Craig is performing his successful solo
stand up after several years in his double act with Colin Hoult. With his theatrical take on
accents, delivery and mannerisms as well as a healthy taste for self-deprecation, his set is
bound to ensnare and enrapture those lucky enough to be in the vicinity.
When Chris Ramsey strides onto the stage you immediately know you are in safe hands; his
high-energy delivery, hugely engaging manner and off-the-cuff style have made him one of the
most exciting new acts to hit the circuit in recent years. Upbeat and lightning fast, he
commands the stage with the tenacity of a comic with twice his experience. As well as
performing in comedy clubs, Chris has supported the likes of Russell Kane, Ben Amos and Al
Murray. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)
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. The show will be hosted by Carrie Quinlan and feature a line up of new acts
competing for a place at this year’s prestigious national final in London at the Leicester Square
Theatre on Monday 20th September. See the future of female comedy with the Funny
Women’s Awards Showcase in Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. (Cabaret Arena)
One of the hottest up and coming comics around, Lee Kern brings his unique, experimental
comedy stand-up to the Cabaret Arena. Famed as a documentary maker Kern began making
quirky documentary films in the last decade, including his A-Z of Love and the most mainstream
of these, Big Brother: What the Housemates Did Next, which amusingly tracked the
underwhelming post-reality show careers of the BB stars. With his tongue firmly lodged in
cheek, Kern’s hilarious take on the absurd means his routines are often highly anticipated and
he’s one to catch at Latitude this year.
Bilingual Welsh comedian Elis James brings his comic personality, honed on Rhod Gilbert’s BBC
Radio Wales show, to the Cabaret Arena. Following stints on Radio 1 and hosting 2008’s
Comedy Zone, Elis came to wider attention with his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show The Most
Cautious Boy In Wales, which was also his debut solo stand-up performance. Gathering wordof-
mouth plaudits for his modest approach and brilliant observations as a shy boy making his
way in the world, no doubt he’ll continue to bring even more kudos to the ever-growing and
wealthy state of Welsh comedy with his Latitude set.
Funny Women Finalist 2006 Rosie Wilby has presented three solo shows at Edinburgh Fringe
and comedy festivals across the UK – including the Fringe Report Award winning ‘The Science
Of Sex’. She has worked as an MC on the Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury Festival and in the
prestigious Comedy Tent at Edinburgh Fringe Sunday. Rosie regularly performs around the UK
and headlined a sold out female comedy night in March 2009 as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. She
has appeared on numerous radio shows and also presents on Resonance FM.
For karaoke with a difference, pitch up to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena for Ward and White’s
Karaoke Circus. This live karaoke show features a live band including comedians Danielle Ward
on bass (Mock the Week, Newswipe) and Martin White on accordion and piano. In addition
some very special, top drawer comedians will be giving it their all performing karaoke for you
and there will be open slots available for the audience to join in the fun. Previous comics to
take part have included Robin Ince, Pappy’s, Richard Herring, Phill Jupitus, Josie Long, Jeremy
Hardy and Dave Gorman. Resident judges, Daniel Maier and The Baron, will pick the winner
from the evening’s performances.
Anything but a mere music quiz, the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz hosted by compere DJ Al and
quizmaster MC Quizzical will be rounding up the eager punters for a few rounds including ‘Does
Liking This Record Make Me Uncool?’ and ‘This is What’s Wrong With Silly Love Songs’. This
highly sought after outfit use live mash-ups and a damned fine sense of humour to keep the
attendees consistently amused and challenged.
Musical Bingo brings its insanely addictive competition to Latitude Festival’s Cabaret Arena.
Join American hostess Jess Indeedy and the Bring & Share DJs Rapture, Helix and Jonny
Unknown as they test your musical knowledge with retro, current and future classics. Mark the
songs off your bingo card as you hear them and compete with the entire arena to win some
very fabulous prizes!
~ THE FARAWAY FOREST ~
~ Royal Opera House ~
~ The School of Life ~ Les Enfants Terribles – The Masked Ball ~
~ Bacchanalian party hosted by Johnny Blue Eyes ~
~ The Dialogue Project ~ HighTide ~ Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra ~
~ Harp For Hangovers ~
In its fifth year Latitude unveils The Faraway Forest; a sumptuous home for the festival’s rich
and decadent side. At sundown this secret place will transform into a den of magical intrigue.
Indulge your darkest desires and set free any inhibitions as you lose yourself in the depths of
The Faraway Forest.
We are delighted to announce the Royal Opera House presents performances of its latest
commission ‘Pleasure’s Progress’ by director and choreographer Will Tuckett. A fusion of
dance, opera and music, Pleasure’s Progress explores the vistas and vision of the English
painter, printmaker and satirist William Hogarth (1696 – 1764). Tuckett brings Hogarth’s dark
pictorial narratives right up the current day, drawing on material from some of his most
celebrated work including – A Rake’s Progress, Marriage à la mode, A Harlot’s Progress, Four
Stages of Cruelty and Beer Street and Gin Lane, combining a vivid slice of historical Covent
Garden with contemporary urban life. With a cast of dancers, singers and musicians, a witty
libretto by Alasdair Middleton, beautiful music by Paul Englishby and contemporary designs by
Jon Bausor this new production promises wit and wonder, fun and frolics and an irreverent take
on the darker side of society and will be performed in The Faraway Forest, the perfect place for
such a magnificent addition to the bill.
Asking one of the greatest questions in life, “How do we know what we know?” The School of
Life will be developing the budding philosopher in you by hosting a dinner party based on
Plato’s Symposium. Relating to the philosophical text of the genesis, purpose and nature of
love, you can deliver an encomium of love or literally become a lover of wisdom. Tickets to be
an honoured guest at the dining table will be available to lucky festival goers over the weekend.
In conjunction with the premiere of their brand new macabre musical ‘The Vaudevillains’;
award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles bring their unique darkness, theatricality
and twisted wit to an exclusive masked ball deep within the woods. The doors of the Empire
music hall will open as the band play on into the night. Mingle with the acts from the show;
from sexy Siamese striplets to nervy knife-throwers to psychotic ventriloquists as well as a few
other special guests. Dress to impress and join us deep in the dark forest if you dare for a night
you’ll never forget.
You are cordially invited to Latitude’s very first Bacchanalian party hosted by fashion designer
and stylist to the stars Johnny Blue Eyes. Last year, Johnny shocked and inspired crowds with
Latitude’s first fashion show on The Waterfront Stage. Fusing the worlds of fashion and rock ‘n’
roll, the catwalk show was fierce, fabulous and fun with a heart-pumping soundtrack and
stunning outfits. For this party with a difference, expect more elaborate garments ranging from
full attire to the skimpiest of outfits depending on how you feel! The theme is whatever you
fancy, whatever you desire and whatever you dare!
HighTide present ‘The Theatre EP’, three short boutique musicals with an extra special bonus
track, made for bespoke Latitude sites. Go Into The Woods and experience tracks for the
theatre that take your preconceptions about musical theatre and turn them on their head.
Experience the one-on-one intimacy of a Musical for One, play both Ian McEllan and Whitney
Houston in Karaoke Musical, choose your own ‘MixTape’ soundtrack to silent plays, or for a very
special festival experience book our bonus track: ‘Made to Order’ – a custom made musical
experience for and about you (only 5 available). HighTide produce an annual new writing
theatre festival based in Halesworth at The Cut Theatre and their work has transferred
nationally with the National Theatre, The Old Vic and Bush Theatre as well as internationally.
For the last five years, Karl James and his unique collective The Dialogue Project have
premiered their beautiful, tender and sensitively crafted audio experiences here at Latitude.
And this year is no different – except it’s going deeper. In recent years, Karl has explored
subjects like Pain, Friendship, Honesty and Loneliness. And this year, he’s going more deeply
than ever before into the world of intimacy, exploring the subject that people find hardest of all
to be honest and open about: sex. Karl has talked to some amazing people in the last twelve
months; people who’ve experienced things not many of us have. And you can be the first to
hear their secrets, their fears, their hopes and sometimes even their confessions. Some of this
year’s edits might move you to tears. Some might move you to smile. Some may even move you
to walk back out of the woods wanting to talk to someone differently; someone you’ve known;
or wanted to know. So forget salacious journalism and feel the love. Get up in the morning and
discover The Dialogue Project’s work, deeper than ever before, in the heart of The Faraway
Forest.
Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale forest and be enticed by the sounds of the orchestral
cabaret-pop brilliance of London’s Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra drifting through the trees.
With numbers ranging from 12 to 24, and sounding like a perfect mix of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah
Band meets Scott Walker, with a bit of Kurt Weill and The Beatles thrown in; The MFMO are a
large ensemble with flutes, big brass and a full string section, including a harp. And without any
amplification their fantastically incongruous mix of over-orchestrated comedy songs, eccentric
instrumentals and lovely ballads, some with original lyrics, some taken from old poems, will fill
Latitude’s woodland with a unique take on the traditional orchestra set-up – a showcase of
staggering musical talent not to be missed.
For those with a heavy hangover or a heavy heart alike, London-based duo Harp For Hangovers
is the answer to your ills, arranging current and classic rock, pop and indie anthems on a 29-
string harp with female vocals. Mark and Jenny have chilled out audiences across the UK with
their harped-up versions of everything from Michael Jackson to Metallica. So whether you’re
having a coffee and a bacon sandwich or your ninth beer of the day, treat yourself to the
soothing pleasures of Harp For Hangovers in the shade of the atmospheric Faraway Forest.
~ PANDORA’S PLAYGROUND ~
~ Red Shift Theatre Company ~
~ Faery Cruise ~ Nathan Evans ~
Whilst Latitude’s extensive line-up is an incredible assortment of riches that can keep you
entertained all weekend, there is also a treasure trove of unexpected pleasures that lie through
the festival’s magical woods and beyond. Pandora’s Playground is where anything and
everything can happen. A mini festival of its own, this quirky corner of the Latitude site features
side shows, games, interactive art, dance troupes, theatre and an all night disco shed. This is
the place for pure, unadulterated playtime in all its childish and fun-filled glory.
Discover the incredible ‘Invisible Show’ presented by Red Shift Theatre Company – a live
theatre event embedded in the crowd audible via wireless headphones. Conceived, written
and directed by Jonathan Holloway, The Invisible Show is a live theatre event embedded in the
crowd, almost invisible, but audible via wireless headphones. It’s a celebration of frailty, a
reassurance that we’re all rubbish at this thing called life. The dialogue is uncompromising as
an estranged father and son duo meet, a couple discuss separation, lovers squirm sexed-up and
desperate for privacy, a sick mother worries into her phone and ex-partners eye one-another
with curiosity. Except for the smallest tell-tales the crowd is ignorant of these eddies of
emotion.… unless they have the headphones, and then the live soundscape reveals itself.
Search it out or just listen. The Invisible Show will be performed once a day over all four days of
the Festival. Will you see it?
Lurking deep within the forest hidden under a canopy of lush green woodland and a canvas of
darkness, unsuspecting festival goers will enter an enchanted Faery Cruising area. A world of
flattery and fancy, the faeries will be sprinkling their faery dust on un-witting participants who
enter the zone. Using owl hoots and bird calls the faeries will communicate and locate the prey
who they might ‘fancy’ and then close in, en masse, with licentious surreptitiousness, before
engaging in an intimate liaison of shameless empowerment! Twit-ing and twoo-ing, they will
smother their prey with compliments about their good looks, how amazing they are, how ‘they
hope they’re not lost’, how ‘they hope they’re having a great time’ or ‘are they okay?’
Whispered, flattering, flirtatious comments take place before the group passionately engage in
a group hug of encouragement and warm empathy. Showering their prey in golden confetti,
lovely sweets and words of affirmation, the deviants will then disappear once again in to the
darkness of the woods to find another unsuspecting passer-by, leaving the innocent party,
pleasantly panting and beautifully bewildered.
Nathan Evans, writer, director, performer and filmmaker amongst other such talents, will be at
Latitude for a blitz on comic and musical art and an undoubtedly colourful performance with his
‘Art Tour’. Having kept himself busy with puppetry (Wow!, Punch and Jude, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Suicide), musicals (Alienathan) and cultural commentary and subversion (Rather Be Dead Than
Gay), his enormous work rate-to-hit ratio will ensure another triumph and excellent addition to
our amazing line-up.
~ DJs ~
~ Guilty Pleasures ~ Smash & Grab ~ Swap-A-Rama ~
~ Goldierocks ~
~ Club de Fromage ~ Beef Warehouse ~ Cosmic Underground ~
~ White Wedding DJs ~ The Vinyl Vendettas ~ Moshi Moshi ~
The annual Guilty Pleasures pop spectacular returns to Latitude for a whirl around the
dancefloor to a soundtrack of pop brilliance. Created by broadcaster Sean Rowley, in five short
years it has become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. When the
lights go down at Latitude, Guilty Pleasures is the place to be, as our troupe of DJs and dancers
extraordinaire take to the stage for a euphoric rollercoaster of a show, making the most cynical
of feet dancing to our rhythm. Join us for a non-stop celebration of the wonderful world of pop!
Smash & Grab is all about kissing and dancing. Smash & Grab is the perfect place for all of
Latitudes hot young singletons to find a partner, and, it is where Queens of Noize and (very
special) guests will take you to the next level of Ultimate Party Fever!!!! The Queens will be
playing love inspired party classics, which we can guarantee will leave you screaming for MORE,
MORE, MORE! Expect to hear 80’s anthems, 90’s hip hop, house and pop classics we can all
reminisce to, fun and cool sounds from the last decade with a bit of 60’s and 70’s rock, soul,
disco and pop! The Queens will be laying down plenty of SLOW DANCES giving you the perfect
opportunity to approach the girl or guy of your dreams….
As the day’s festivities draw to a close and the night’s adventures unveil themselves, don your
best worst outfit and make your way to the Comedy Arena for the musical chairs of club nights:
Swap-A-Rama. The concept is simple. Go dressed to impress and dance the night away to the
best disco and club anthems. When the music stops, you swap an item of clothing with
whoever you’re next to and then carry on busting your best dance moves until the klaxon
sounds. You could start the night with a perfectly matching 60’s inspired mini-skirt and boots
and end the night in a wedding dress with wellies. Who knows! Who cares! It’s the funniest,
craziest club night around and a must for all fancy-dress, fashion fans at the festival.
~ In The Woods ~
Exploring the winding pathways that lead through Latitude’s stunning woodland you can
encounter a myriad of magical wonder and delight. With art adorning the old oak trees, hidden
shacks of art installations, ad hoc performances and fairy lights decorating the branches there
are treats and surprises at every turn. By day, the little stage will host a diverse range of
intimate performances whilst by night DJs will help you party the night away. Hosting the kind
of parties everybody claims to have been at, In The Woods is the place to be for late-night party
people in the know. With its big bad sound system filling a stunning woodland setting, these
four nights of great music and non-stop dancing are where you’ll find the DJ’s like the crowd –
hands in the air & loving it! There are no stuffy DJ egos here – it’s all about good times.
DJ, presenter & producer Goldierocks is gaining a worldwide reputation for her energised DJ
appearances as well as her debauched glamourpuss all-guns-blazing rock n roll style, and we
just love her. Anyone who caught her ‘Woods’ debut last year will know what all the fuss is
about…. catch her before she goes stellar!
Club de Fromage is London’s top weekly fancy dress & pop hotspot. Darlings of the social
pages, always playing to a packed house, they’ll be bringing their crowd pleasing night of nonstop
classic belters, air guitar, big tunes and even bigger DJ’s…don’t miss the meat pie raffle!
Beef Warehouse caused Latitude’s one and only faux-barrier crush last year, playing “Killing in
the Name Of” …a year later that track was the Christmas Number 1. Co-incidence?..we think
not. One’s hairy, one’s lairy, who better to host our PG-rated 5th birthday party than this
gloriously inappropriate and erratic duo.
Cosmic Underground DJ’s have been hosting great parties since before Latitude was born!
With deep dirty electro & penetrating bass lines overlaying the unexpected, the whole dance
party will be at the mercy of this Mexican wrestling tag team!
~ The Lake Stage ~
After the bands pack up for the day The Lake Stage transforms into a nightclub under the stars
with revellers partying well into the night. Presenting the veritable cream of disc-spinners, The
Lake Stage will host:
White Wedding DJs who have pristine blanco equipment upon which their blend of cheese and
nostalgia imitates the finest celebratory hoe down you can imagine. Anyone who joined in the
conga magic last year will be heading straight back for this hilarious party night with celeb DJs
frocked up in their best wedding garb.
The Vinyl Vendettas meanwhile are a quintet of female style and taste makers. They reach into
the dusty archives and the shiny metallic disc boxes of the future playing everything from MC5
and The Slits to Les Savy Fav and Metronomy. They’re also Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff’s resident
Saturday night DJs.
Moshi Moshi will also be providing the festival soundtrack. The cutting edge label that has
brought us Slow Club, James Yuill, Silver Columns and Florence + The Machine of late, along
with the excellent selections from their legendary Singles Club, will be dishing out the tunes
they feel represent the last decade or so of quality. There won’t be a duff track amongst them,
unless of course they’re taking requests.
LATITUDE CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION &
£10,000 LCA AWARD
Latitude Festival is extremely proud to announce the launch of the Latitude Contemporary Art
Exhibition (LCA) and the LCA Award at this year’s sold out 5th Edition of the festival.
The LCA Exhibition will continue Latitude Festival’s enormous devotion to the arts with a
myriad of new and existing contemporary art works on display In The Woods, a stunning
woodland setting and one of the most intriguing areas of the magnificent Latitude site. For the
inaugural LCA Exhibition, six key artists have been specially commissioned by the LCA to craft
new works for the 2010 launch: Tim Etchells, Susan Collis, Graham Hudson, Chosil Kil, Graeme
Miller and David Blandy.
The LCA comprises the Creator of Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin
Benn, Independent arts writer Louise Gray, Tate Modern curator Ben Borthwick,
curator/deputy editor of ‘The Wire’ Anne Hilde Neset and Managing Director of Lavish Ami
Jade Cadillac.
The LCA Award of £10,000 will be presented to one of the artists providing new work for the
exhibition, chosen by the LCA panel of judges. The prize will cover research, development,
production costs and artist fees for a new piece to be debuted for the LCA Exhibition at
Latitude 2011.
Selecting the 2010 LCA Award winner will be a prestigious panel of LCA judges – Creator of
Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin Benn, broadcaster, journalist and
presenter on Radio 4’s World At One and BBC2’s The Review Show Martha Kearney and Young
British Artist Gavin Turk. The panel will select the winner on Saturday 17th July following a tour
of the new works, with an official announcement and presentation of the LCA Award in the
Lavish Lounge on the Latitude site.
Melvin Benn has always intended contemporary art to be an integral part of Latitude Festival.
He says:
“It was always my intention that contemporary art would be a key element of the programme
at Latitude. We have always had some spectacular works displayed throughout the site and In
The Woods. This year, in Latitude’s fifth edition, I am thrilled to expand this side of the
programme by introducing the Latitude Contemporary Art Exhibition and the LCA Award,
which will bring some exceptional talent to Latitude this year and help create something very
special for next year as well.”
Martha Kearney says:
“I have always enjoyed Latitude for its unique setting and breadth as a festival, encompassing
so much more than music. The new arts prize is an exciting development and I am looking
forward to seeing the new work in the beautiful woodland setting.”
Running in parallel with the LCA selected artists, additional artists that have appeared at
Latitude previously are creating new works to be exhibited as part of the LCA; Mode 2, Johnny
Cole and James Rueben.
Also exhibiting as part of LCA will be:
A large group of artists showing existing works; David Blandy, Caroline Wright, Jake Clarke,
Luke Losey, Tim Simmons, Paul Burgess, Louise Colbourne, Dryden Goodwin, Jenny Baines,
Zoë Brown, Jim Hobbs, Matt Hulse, Kate Street, Semiconductor and Vicki Thornton.
A sound gallery playing existing works by artists including Stephen O’Malley, Carsten Nicolai
and Pauline Oliveros as well as a film gallery showing films by artists including Ruth Proctor,
Martin Soto Climent and Guido van der Werve.
~ CHILDREN’S ARENA ~
Sharon Reuben ~ Children’s Arena Booker, says:
“Surrounded by woodland, colourful sheep and lake-skimming dragonflies, the Children’s Arena
is its own little festival, offering a world of art & crafts, drama workshops, theatre & puppet
shows, literary tales and creative fun. We have activities for young wildlife explorers, budding
chefs and circus performers plus the chance to join Latitude’s own Glee Club! Local children’s
organisations are at the heart of the area, catering for everyone from babies to teens. The
family campsite will feature activities for early risers while the children’s arena guarantees to
wear out the toughest of infants! ”
~ TICKET INFORMATION ~
ALL TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
For a full list of national and regional outlets please visit http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk
Julie’s Bicycle combines research with practical support to help creative companies build
climate responsible businesses.
Festival Republic is working towards Industry Green status for Latitude. The Industry Green
programme is a reflection of our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions and improve our
environmental sustainability.
We are also working with Julie’s Bicycle to support 10:10 – the national carbon reduction
campaign – at the festival this year.
~ MEDIA PARTNERS AND SPONSORS ~
EDITOR OF THE WORD MARK ELLEN says: “The Word are beyond thrilled to be an official media
partner of this year’s Latitude Festival. It’s got precisely the mix of music, comedy and arts that
we cover – plus psychedelic sheep and exceptional pies. We’re proud to be associated with a
6,000-capacity music arena and are even planning a few events of our own in the Literary
Arena.”
Hometime DJ Geoff Lloyd is popping his Latitude cherry and setting up camp at Henham Park to
bring listeners all the action from this year’s festival. Whether you’re in a tent looking through
the set list or in your garden battling with the BBQ, it’s our moral duty to provide some quality
tunes and make sure you’re always at the heart of the action.
Front of stage, backstage, on-air and online… share your summer festival experience with
Absolute Radio. Be part of it by tuning in on 105.8FM in London and the South East, nationally
on DAB or 1215AM and online at http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk.
Tuborg, the Official Beer of Latitude
After three successful years, we are very excited to be back as Official Beer of Latitude this July.
The festival is such a fantastic music event and is a perfect fit for Tuborg, the Official Beer of live
music. We are looking forward to working closely with Festival Republic again this year at
Latitude, Reading and Leeds and are very excited about the summer ahead.
To find out more about Tuborg and live music visit http://www.tuborg.co.uk
Get ‘Lost in the Orchard’ with Gaymers cider at Latitude
Gaymers is delighted to once again be the official cider of Latitude. Along with pouring more
than 150,000 pints of refreshment over the course of this great weekend, Gaymers is bringing
its new ‘Lost in the Orchard’ experience to festival fans in Suffolk this summer. Visit Gaymers
‘Lost in the Orchard’ and enter a musical wonderland filled with the quirky and unusual, where
the familiar and the intriguing meet. It’s a magical area for festival goers to chill out to the
sounds of some truly unexpected music and enjoy a crisp and refreshing pint of cider!
For more information visit http://www.gaymersmusic.com
Pepsi are proud to be the Official Cola partner of Latitude and look forward to refreshing
festival goers and helping them to Max their experience across the festival.
~ PRESS REVIEWS FROM LATITUDE 2009 ~
“Top-class performers, multi-coloured sheep, an exquisite lake setting and soil so porous no
showers could muddy it. Latitude is becoming a fine alternative to Glastonbury.”
Observer
“In four years Latitude has established itself as a big stop on the summer festival circuit.” The
Times
“Latitude is about the atmosphere, it is about the families, it is about that inviting patch of
matting in the poetry tent for the man who has had no sleep.”
The Independent
“Latitude in Suffolk last weekend was something of a triumph…this could be a serious, even
unmissable date in the literary calendar.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Once again they’ve given us the perfect festival.”
Uncut
“The Latitude Festival is fast becoming the place to showcase innovative theatre to a previously
untapped audience (including) a rostrum of new-writing talent that would make Edinburgh a
little green with envy.”
The Stage
“An elegant and eclectic affair for the discerning festival goer.”
Clash Magazine
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For further TV and Radio info contact: 0121 224 7453
Margaret Murray: margaret@fmguk.com

Latitude Festival returns for an incredible 5th Edition on 15-18th July 2010 set in the beautifulcountryside of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast.Celebrating its fifth year, Latitude continues to lead the way as a bold and pioneering festivalcherry-picking the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry,dance, art, fashion and cabaret and bringing them together for one glorious weekend. It is aplace like no other; an intimate world away from reality that encourages you to be all thatyou’ve ever wanted to be whilst indulging in the spirit of exploration and discovery.Building on its reputation as one of the most respected and highly anticipated events of theseason, 2010 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillatingweekend. Day and night, Latitude will boast an eclectic array of acts spread throughout the sitewith all manner of unexpected pleasures hidden around every corner. With over 700performers to be announced over the coming months and a wealth of other weird andwonderful delights to be discovered – it is shaping up to be another spectacular slice ofunadulterated cultural fun and adventure.Creator of Latitude and Festival Republic Managing Director, Melvin Benn says:“Five glorious years on and Latitude Festival continues to be everything I wanted it to be. Thebreadth and calibre of programming across the arts and music consistently astounds me and Iam delighted that Latitude has earned its place as a festival of choice for many. With anincredible wealth of talent joining us at Henham Park year on year, Latitude holds its uniqueposition in the festival season.It is indeed a very special weekend.”~ MUSIC ARENAS ~Showcasing a wealth of diverse musical talent, Latitude’s four dedicated arenas provide aunique and perfect soundtrack to the weekend’s festivities. Across the Obelisk, The Word andSunrise Arenas and the Lake Stage, the very best in both emerging and established bands andperformers will play throughout the weekend. In the past Latitude has seen such spellbindingperformances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tindersticks, Sigur Rόs, Arcade Fire, Blondie,Amadou & Mariam, dEUS, Glasvegas and has helped propel up and coming acts like The xx andMarina & The Diamonds into the spotlight. Across the four arenas, audiences can expecteverything from rock to pop, indie to folk, electro to dance and world to jazz – whatever yourtaste, Latitude has it all.Jon Dunn, Music Arenas Booker says:“Year five…The first four Latitude festivals have left me with many highlights..Antony &Johnsons, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, The Rapture, The Mars Volta, Blondie, Foals, White Lies,Thom Yorke, Joanna Newsom and Sigur Ros…..I’m excited and honoured that such acts as Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian andVampire Weekend will be headlining our main stage, meanwhile I feel that in The Word Arenawe have the real essence of Latitude in The National, The xx and Grizzly Bear, acts that carve outtheir own niche and journey and who are taken on the brilliance of their music..”~ OBELISK ARENA ~~ Florence + The Machine ~ Belle and Sebastian ~ Vampire Weekend ~~ Empire of the Sun ~ Crystal Castles ~ Rodrigo y Gabriela ~~ Laura Marling ~ The Maccabees ~ The Temper Trap ~ Spoon ~ James ~ Midlake ~~ Hockey ~ Frank Turner ~Dirty Projectors ~~ The Unthanks ~ Corinne Bailey Rae ~ Mumford & Sons ~ Here We Go Magic ~~John Grant ~ Sweet Billy Pilgrim ~ Kassidy ~ Race Horses ~ The Strange Boys ~The Obelisk Arena has been the focal point for many of Latitude’s most memorableperformances. Thom Yorke’s mesmerising Sunday noon set, Grace Jones’ blazingly colourfulheadlining slot, Regina Spektor’s whimsical elegance and Doves’ epic street-swept triumph areall highlights from last year’s main stage line-up. Once more you’ll be watching this year’sexceptional cast assembled under the sun or the stars, which lends to the natural ambience somany have come to expect from Latitude.This year – Latitude’s music headliners are:Florence + The Machine, led by flame haired songstress Florence Welch, had an incredible2009. Beginning with winning the Critics’ Choice award at the Brits, Florence won the covetedSouth Bank Award, graced NME covers and was a constant visible presence throughout the yearat festivals and other award ceremonies. Her stunning debut album ‘Lungs’ released in June lastyear was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and has since won another Brit for Best BritishAlbum. ‘Lungs’ reached Number 1 in January this year, having been in the Top 40 since itsrelease. On a heady wave of popularity that shows no sign of stopping, her effortless rise seesher top the bill on Friday night at Latitude 2010 – in what will be Florence and her mightyMachine’s very first festival headline performance. With her potent, soaring anthems andconfident stagecraft, Florence will light up the Obelisk Arena.With barely contained excitement, it’s a pleasure to announce the end of these legendaryScottish heroes’ hiatus. Belle and Sebastian haven’t played live together since September 2006and it’s been a long four years without them. The quirky and humorous songwriting of this indiecollective is widely celebrated and the band is highly revered by their fervent fanbase. Theywere voted Scotland’s greatest ever band via a poll by The List magazine back in 2005, assuringtheir beyond-cult status. With a brand new album, the follow up to 2006’s ‘The Life Pursuit’,soon to arrive, 2010 is bound to be a big year for Stuart Murdoch and co. It’s sure to be toppedoff, no doubt, by their Saturday night headline slot – one of Latitude’s most highly anticipatedperformances so far.Literate New York quartet Vampire Weekend have exceeded all expectations with the releaseof their second album ‘Contra’, in January. It did the unthinkable and reached the top of the USBillboard Chart, a phenomenal success, coming only four years since their inception. Their afrobeatinspired tropical jangle, synonymous with a new breed of intelligent collegiate pop, hasnow reached mainstream success. With two inspired pop records under their belt plus areputation for scintillating live shows, Vampire Weekend have earned their headline slot andwe are proud to announce them as Latitude’s Sunday bill topper.Luke Steele’s electronic synth-pop outfit Empire of the Sun has been embraced by a wide rangeof fans, young and old, with its timeless and infectious feel. Taking time away from his usual dayjob, The Sleepy Jackson, Luke has crafted a debut album of futuristic carnival ditties withelegantly crafted melodies and warped keyboard soundscapes. Empire of the Sun’s slot on theFriday night is sure to entice and enrapture with selections from their debut, Walking on aDream.After their extraordinary 2008 Sunrise Arena headlining appearance, Canadian duo CrystalCastles proudly return for their performance on the Obelisk Arena at this year’s Latitude. Thehard task of following up their massively hyped debut and high-wire performances has beendemolished by their second self-titled effort. These effortlessly cool Ontarions have bolsteredtheir electronic battery and scathing vocal assaults with anthemic melodies and energy. Sure tobe electrifying and one of the most intense performances all summer.The spellbinding musical brilliance of Rodrigo y Gabriela comes to Latitude Festival, to play theObelisk Arena on Sunday night. Specialising in fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars, Rodrigo Sanchezand Gabriela Quintero are masters of fret-board wizardry straddling both world and rock withobvious Hispanic influences. Passionate yet melodic, the fire in their playing comes from theirlife-long love of metal music and they often cover Metallica and Led Zeppelin in their liveperformances. Gaining a burgeoning cult following since their inception in 2001 their recentalbum ’11:11’ has pushed them further into the mainstream prompting appearances onAmerican TV and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. Their performance at Latitude will be an absolutemust!Currently riding high in the Top Ten Album Chart with her second offering ‘I Speak Because ICan’, folk songstress Laura Marling joins the Obelisk Arena. Cutting her teeth as a member ofNoah And The Whale she left the band in 2008 and went on to release her debut album ‘Alas ICannot Swim’, which received a Mercury Music Prize Nomination. In the subsequent two years,this shy performer has matured into a captivating show-woman and a formidable songwriterand storyteller. Her set at Latitude will be a definite highlight of the weekend for sure.Brighton’s finest The Maccabees join the Obelisk Arena’s line up for Saturday night. This indierockfive-piece have gone from strength to strength in the three years since their debut album‘Colour It In’ hit the Top 40 charts. Their youthful and vibrant music has won them a legion offans and their recent second album ‘Wall of Sound’ released last year earned them criticalacclaim from Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe and NME.If you were to run off a list of the musical success stories of last year then The Temper Trapwould certainly be one of them. Their song ‘Sweet Disposition’ has been used on manycommercials and hit TV series Skins seeing them turn into household names with many sold outshows under their belt. The band’s summery sounds will be the perfect companion for a sunnyafternoon in front of the Obelisk Arena.Texan indie rock outfit Spoon will make their first Latitude appearance this year on the ObeliskArena. Their continuous musical output dating back to 1996 coupled with their ability to staytrue to what they believe in has earned them a cult following. Both 2005’s ‘Gimme Fiction’ and2007’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ earned them the No. 1 spot in the US Independent Album Chart.Indie forefathers and Manchester legends James are coming to Latitude this year. With a careerspanning three decades, they have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity recently with soldout worldwide tours and frontman Tim Booth back in the line-up. With a back catalogue thatincludes such classic anthems as ‘Laid’, ‘Sit Down’, Born Of Frustration’, ‘Come Home’, She’s AStar’ plus many more, their set will be a veritable sing-a-long.Comprised of four former jazz students, Midlake’s early material, ‘Milkmaid Grand Army’ EPand debut album ‘Bamnan and Slivercork’, relied on warped analogue synths. Their excellentfollow-up ‘The Trials Of Van Occupanther’ saw a greater sweep of classic rock textures andmoods which leads us to this year’s ‘The Courage of Others’. This Top 20 album is downtempo,grizzled and rustic. Their outlook has been entrenched in maudlin beauty; perfect auralaccompaniment for lounging around at Latitude.Through their relentless touring of the UK you could be forgiven for thinking that Hockey areBritish but they actually hail from Portland, Oregon. Probably best known for their hit anthem‘Song Away’ lifted from the band’s debut ‘Mind Chaos’, their contagious indie-pop anthemshave won over the nation’s hearts. With big sing-a-long choruses to get the crowds going,Hockey will be sure to walk away with a victorious performance at Latitude this year.Frank Turner’s meteoric rise in success shows no signs of waning. Last year he played a host offestivals, embarked on a sold out tour of the UK and saw single ‘The Road’ playlisted on Radio 1and XFM. Currently touring new album ‘Poetry of the Deed’ at further sold out shows all overthe UK, his appearance at Latitude festival’s Obelisk Arena will prove the perfect opportunity tocatch him before he goes on to headline London’s Brixton Academy later in the year.Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors will make their Latitude debut on the Obelisk Arena in July. Theexperimental rock band led by Dave Longstreth began in 2002 with the release of Longstreth’sfirst album, ‘The Graceful Fallen Mango’ before later creating the moniker Dirty Projectors.Northumberland folk group The Unthanks are added to the Obelisk Arena. Previously calledRachel Unthank and the Winterset, until last year, their poignant and honest storytelling has setthem apart from their peers and pricked the interest of the British consciousness. Their debutalbum, ‘Cruel Sister’ was awarded Folk Album of the Year by Mojo magazine with the follow-upalbum, ‘The Bairns’, receiving a nomination for the Best Album Award at the BBC Folk Awards2008 and the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. Their dark and atmospheric, piano-led third album,‘Here’s The Tender Coming’, released last year, has further cemented their hold on the Britishfolk scene and their performance at Latitude will no doubt win many more hearts.Corinne Bailey Rae shot to fame in 2006 with the release of her self-titled debut Number 1album. The singles ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘Like A Star’ became smash hits round the worldand the album made the Billboard Top 20 in the US – making her the first British female singersongwriterto do so in decades. Now, four years and four-million album sales later andshowcasing songs from new album ‘The Sea’, Corinne will be wowing crowds on Saturdayafternoon on the Obelisk Stage at Latitude.Mumford & Sons are currently flying the flag for a new wave of folk invading the mainstream.Equipped with catchy songs, acoustic guitars and banjos, their debut album ‘Sigh No More’entered the album charts at Number 11 when it was released in October last year and gainedpraise from all corners of the music industry. With their beautifully arranged melancholicmusings sounding fresh, sunny and infectious, singles such as ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘The Cave’will get the crowd dancing at Latitude’s Obelisk Arena.Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic are set to make their Latitude debut in July. The brain child offront man Luke Temple, who has previously released two records under his own name, theband released their self-titled debut in the UK in February. Rolling Stone described the album”as collection of songs that even the most jaded anti-folk hipster could catch himself hummingon the street” it’s a record full of psychedelic, hazy, electronic indie and will have the ObeliskArena crowds falling in love with them.As the frontman of mid-nineties US alt rock band The Czars, who were one of Bella Union’s firstsignings, John Grant made a name for himself. As a result, after their disbandment, John Granthas played in bands such as Midlake and The Flaming Lips. He recently released his debut album’Queen of Denmark’, recorded with his sometime bandmates Midlake, who were happy toreturn the musical favour. The album contains a lush landscape of acoustic instruments whichboasts John’s striking voice blended with haunting falsetto, another tantalising prospect forLatitude.Receiving critical praise with their Mercury Music nominated second album ‘Twice Born Men’,Sweet Billy Pilgrim have been slowly gathering a cult following since they formed in 2003.Embodying the spirit of DIY, both their albums have been self-funded and recorded in a gardenshed; their experimental indie has earned praise for its multi-layered, perfectly crafted songs.With band members swapping instruments between songs, their musical talent and gorgeoussongs will win over audiences at Latitude too.Hirsute Glaswegian four-piece Kassidy bring their harmony soaked traditional indie rock toLatitude’s Obelisk Arena. Armed with catchy hooks, their mainly acoustic set-up issupplemented with box drums and the occasional touch of accordion for a folky, Fleet Foxesesquesound as witnessed on their Rubbergum EP released last year. With Kassidy’s debutalbum due out later this year, this will be the perfect place to see the band before they go on tosuperstardom.Pushing the boundaries of popular music, Welsh four-piece and fearless experimentalists, RaceHorses join the Obelisk Arena line-up. Playing tracks from their debut album ‘GoodbyeFalkenburg’ an album full of quirky, psych-pop reminiscent of fellow countrymen Super FurryAnimals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, their performance will be a hand-clapping, catchy andentertaining set – a must for Saturday afternoon.Texan four-piece The Strange Boys wield a fantastic blend of early days Rolling Stones with amodern twist. Back to basics scuzzy rock ’n’ roll with primal blues rock riffs and soulful swagger,their disharmony is matched with a sensitive and melodic side. Formed in 2004 they havealready gained a devoted following, but with their latest album ‘Be Brave’ making waves overhere, their set at Latitude’s Obelisk Arena will help spread the word further.~ THE WORD ARENA ~~ The National ~ The xx ~ Grizzly Bear ~~ Richard Hawley ~ The Horrors ~ Jónsi ~~ Wild Beasts ~ Noah And The Whale ~ The Coral ~~ The Feeling ~ Yeasayer ~ Charlotte Gainsbourg ~~ Angus & Julia Stone ~ Frightened Rabbit ~ Kristin Hersh ~~ Black Mountain ~ Paul Heaton ~ The Big Pink ~ Jamie Lidell ~~ Villagers ~ Joshua Radin ~ The Kissaway Trail ~~ School of Seven Bells ~ The Antlers ~~ Jonathan Jeremiah ~ Chief ~ Rox ~Inside the deceptively large canopy that comprises The Word Arena will be an amazing set ofalternative artists crossing genre boundaries seamlessly. You’ll discover a host of fresh andexciting acts from across the spectrum. Last year included the lavish melodies of Bat For Lashes,a wall of light and sound created by the incredible Spiritualized, the spiky post-punk thrash ofMagazine and the tribal drum passion of husband and wife duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums. TheWord Arena is bound to satiate both the esoteric music fan and the casual passer-by as theyenjoy these introductions to their new favourite sounds.Latitude is proud to welcome Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit The National to The Word Arena.The Friday night headliners’ unmistakable sound coupled with lead singer Matt Berninger’sdistinctive baritone vocal and a career now spanning over a decade will make this a must-seeperformance. With a new record to be released in May you can expect the band to havereached even greater heights when this headline performance comes to pass.The xx have to be one of the success stories of Latitude’s short but prominent history. TheWandsworth three-piece performed an early afternoon set on The Lake Stage in 2009 and thisyear sees their return headlining The Word Arena on Saturday night. With the band’s debutalbum ‘xx’ only arriving in August of last year NME has already placed the record at #2 on their‘50 Best Albums of 2009’ with Rolling Stone also placing it at #9 in their ‘Best of the Year’ list in2009. Catch one of the fastest rising acts of the moment at The Word Arena.Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear are set to bring their psychedelic folk/pop to Latitude closing TheWord Arena on Sunday night. The headliners will be showcasing old favourites and materialfrom 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘Veckatimest’ album which has brought the band mainstreamsuccess with its accessible pop overtones reaching a Top Ten position on the US Billboard 200chart. Their ambitious, symphonic pop will be the perfect way to bring Latitude 2010’s WordArena to a triumphant close.Joining the headliners on Friday is Sheffield’s favourite lovelorn crooner Richard Hawley. Thedelicate and impassioned strains found on his recent sixth album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, with lithestring and gently imparted guitars, continue where the Mercury Music Prize nominated ‘Cole’sCorner’ and Top 10 gracing ‘Lady’s Bridge’ left off. As the title suggests, this darker foray intoHawley’s personal style is poignant and devastating, yet clearly hit a chord with the public as ithit the UK Top20 upon its release last year. The former Longpigs and Pulp member has alsoworked with some of our finest indie heroes from Arctic Monkey’s to Elbow further cementinghis influence and popularity with peers and fans alike. As his songs sail upon the air across thehills of Suffolk, it will be a difficult task attempting to find somewhere as relaxing and romanticanywhere else on the site while he commands The Word Arena.Originating from Southend-on-Sea, black-clad quintet The Horrors formed in the summer of2005 and quickly gained notoriety around London for their look, sound, and brief but franticlive shows. They released their debut album Strange House in 2007, reaching number 37 onthe UK Albums Chart, and not long after that a world tour followed. Their second albumPrimary Colours was released in 2009 and saw the band opt for a very different sound, mixingshoegaze, post-punk, and goth. The album reached number 25 in the UK album chart and wasnominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later gave the album first place in the 50 BestAlbums of 2009.As the incandescent voice and heart behind Icelandic orchestral post-rock band Sigur Rós, JónsiBirgisson has already made a significant impact on Latitude’s history with the band’s incendiaryheadline performance in 2008. Jonsi returns to Henham Park this time as a solo artist. Thefollow up to last year’s critically successful album ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ with partner and artist AlexSomers, ‘Go’ continues the acoustic and stringed arrangements of his first solo album withsimilar sparse, subtle and ultimately beautiful effect. Jónsi will have the audience falling at hisfeet in The Word Arena on Sunday night.This year Latitude is excited to welcome back Wild Beasts to Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast. Thoroughlyunique and addictively off-kilter, they have somehow turned theatrical falsettos and baritonesinto engaging musical devices in themselves. The quartet have released two critically acclaimedalbums (‘Limbo, Panto’ and ‘Two Dancers’) to their name and have been “tipped for the top” bythe NME. Make sure you catch Kendal’s finest export since the town’s Mint Cake as they arebound to deliver a pretty sweet performance. Expect an incredible performance from one ofthe UK’s best and most innovative young guitar bands.As main players in the current folk revolution, Noah And The Whale have been wowingaudiences up and down the country with their catchy melodic indie/folk. Since their debutalbum ‘Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down’ stormed the Top Ten Album Chart in 2008 the bandhave enjoyed huge successes both on UK soil and around the world. Having further cementedtheir hold on the mainstream with follow-up album ‘The First Days of Spring’ last year, NoahAnd The Whale will be delighting audiences with their odes of perfectly crafted lovelorn songsin The Word Arena this summer.Merseyside troupe The Coral return to Henham Park will. Following their captivating acousticset on Latitude’s second stage two years ago, the five-piece return with a full band performancein The Word Arena. With four Top Five charting albums, a Top Ten ‘Best Of’ collection andtimeless top ten singles, ‘Don’t Think You’re The First’, ‘Pass It On’ and ‘In The Morning’, theirlong-awaited re-emergence will remind everyone of the acidic melancholy they deal in so well.Nostalgia laced melodies and skittering and ramshackle rhythms will spin from their well ofsongs, bolstered now by the material from their forthcoming fifth album.Sussex, an unlikely hotbed of pop talent, gave rise to The Feeling – five lads whose Number onealbum success made them one of our biggest intelligent boy bands for the latter half of thedecade. Massive top ten hits ‘Fill My Little World Right Up’, ‘Never Be Lonely’ and ‘I Thought ItWas Over’ sealed their position as the streamlined radio constants you couldn’t help but love.With their as-yet unnamed third studio album due for release this summer, The Feeling will bea natural fit on The Word Arena’s exhilarating bill.Brooklyn based afro-pop sensation Yeasayer come to Latitude this year. Having successfullyrippled the waters with their 2007 debut ‘All Hour Cymbals’ – especially storming psychedeliclacedtrack ‘2080’ – their warped and celebratory follow up ‘Odd Blood’ has led to strong criticalreception and sell out shows. The likes of ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Ambling Alp’ are already consistentfloor-fillers at indie clubs throughout the country, and it won’t be long before the infectionreaches Henham Park’s audience.The velvety vocals of French actress and singer-songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg will besoothing Latitude’s crowds with songs straight from her recent critically-acclaimed release IRM.As part of her very first tour, this performance will be exceptionally special as she brings herEuropean chic and unshakable melodies drawn from renowned US songwriter Beck. Gainsbourghas also recently starred in the controversial and vivid Lars Von Trier masterpiece Antichrist.Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone are returning to our shores clutching their second fulllengthalbum ‘Down The Way’. Their whimsical, folk-addled strains and elegant harmonisinghave spurred them to number one in their native homeland, while their support of MarthaWainwright in Europe has honed their live performance making them a definite highlight inLatitude’s bill.Nowhere near as timid as their name suggests, Scottish heroes Frightened Rabbit are currentlyensnaring a growing global audience. The critical acclaim garnered by the brutal truthfulness ofsecond album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ spurred the band into Biffy Clyro support slots andend of year lists. New album ‘The Winter of Mixed Drinks’ shares a lyrical snap with a rousinganthemic musical direction, meaning they’ve hit the upper half of the US Billboard 200 andcontinue to grow in stature in the UK, especially in a live capacity. Their deafening singalongs atLatitude will echo resoundingly across the lake and greenery of the festival’s surrounds.As the former leader of the inimitable Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh has achieved an almostlegendary status as a prominent singer songwriter in her own right. Having recorded her eighthstudio album of solo material – ‘Crooked’, due out later this year – along with a second albumof Appalachian folk songs, Hirsch brings her hazy, resonant folk works to The Word Arena. Withan enormous amount of solo and band material to draw from, this is one set guaranteed to hitthe mark.Psychedelic Canadians Black Mountain have risen their heads again and Latitude will feel thefull force of their musical assault. Little has been heard since the release of 2008’s incredible ‘InThe Future’, the band’s second record of thick, impenetrable riffs and melodic mantras.Whispers tell of the completion of their fabled third album. Throughout their time together,they’ve garnered plaudits – from nominations in Canada’s Polaris and Juno album prizes, tobeing asked to contribute a track to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. It’s has been quiet recently,yet The Word Arena will be anything but once they hit the stage with the power and starknessof a military barrage.Paul Heaton is synonymous with classic British songwriting. An ex-member of both TheHousemartins and The Beautiful South, he has contributed massively to the UK’s collectivemusical consciousness with songs like ‘Caravan Of Love’, ‘A Little Time’, ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Don’tMarry Her’. With the wealth of his back catalogue and his third solo album ‘Acid Country’ duelater in the year, this set – Heaton’s second for Latitude – will be full of highlights.Electro-rock duo The Big Pink, comprising of multi-instrumentalist Robbie Furze and MiloCordell, have already won the prestigious NME Philip Hall Radar Award for ‘Best New Act’ sincethey were signed in 2009. Their gritty beats, droning guitars, abstract effects and dreamy vocalscreate a soundscape which is arty yet tuneful, perfectly demonstrated on big hit ‘Dominos’featured on their debut album ‘A Brief History of Love’ released in September 2009.One of Domino’s latest slew of excellent signings, Villagers are a Dublin quartet whose gentile,yet robust strummed musings bring to mind Devendra Banhart and the hugely successfulMumford & Sons. They were placed sixth in The Irish Times ‘50 Best Irish Acts Right Now’ lastApril, toured with the Tindersticks in March and recently appeared on Later…With JoolsHolland. They’re sure to top all of that with their summery set for Latitude.Joshua Radin is Ohio’s leading musical light. A singer-songwriter indebted to James Taylor andStax, his modern take on elaborate and lushly layered pop is best represented on the album‘Simple Times’. Finally released in the UK after modest success in the US, his Top 10 single ‘I’dRather Be With You’ follows his full range of acoustic compositions, from laid back strummingto hectically picked numbers.The one man soul band Jamie Lidell has just delivered a fresh batch of sparse, gospelinfluencedand percussive songs, ‘Compass’, with the highly-prized collaborative talents ofBeck. Layering vocal lines and beatbox textures with real drums, brass, effects and backingvocals, Jamie has often been praised for his incredible, high-energy live shows. Unafraid toexperiment with sound and to break away from tradition, this Warp artist is an exceptional,unique talent which led to his 2008 album ‘JIM’ winning Best Pop/Rock Album at the 8th AnnualIndependent Music Awards. A wonderful addition to The Word Arena.Bella Union stalwarts and Danish five-piece The Kissaway Trail have started the year well with aNorth American tour support slot with The Temper Trap and the release of their triumphantsecond album ‘Sleep Mountain’. Soaring vocal harmonies and amassed orchestration not onlyfit The Word Arena’s epic line-up, but also give bands like Arcade Fire a run for their money.New York three piece School of Seven Bells will be heading to Latitude festival bringing withthem their gentle guitars and jagged beats; with silky vocals hiding behind grumpy, aliensynthesizers they’ll bring insidiously catchy music to The Word Arena on Saturday. Dipping intotracks from their debut album ‘Alpinisms’, they’ll surely take everyone in to the fantasy world ofdream-pop and abstract beauty.Brooklyn folkies The Antlers released their album ‘Hospice’ late last year to almost blanketpraise, including coming 37th in Pitchfork’s albums of 2009. The intricately strummed guitars,coupled with Peter Silberman’s trembling voice, give melancholy pathos to Hospice’sconceptual tale of pain and death. Despite the themes, the music reaches a pitch that’s almostcelebratory.Flying the flag for late 60’s/70’s soul Jonathan Jeremiah’s debut album ‘Fool In Love’ is full oflaid-back semi-acoustic soul with orchestral touches and a folk tinge. Gaining influences fromtouring the highways of America with his guitar, Jeremiah composed, performed and producedthe record himself, recruiting the help of Bernard Butler and members of James Brown’slegendary band the The J.B.’s. The result is a record which sounds wiser than his 29 years whichwill transfix The Word Arena on Friday afternoon.Chief are set to bring their shimmery indie anthems to The Word Arena at Latitude thissummer. Although from Santa Monica the band’s sound has an air of British-ness about itharking back to the classic pop sensibilities of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Make sure you catch thisquartet’s early appearance before they rise to the top.Soundtracking Rimmel adverts and signing to the UK’s premier independent label Rough Tradecertainly hasn’t done South London singer Rox any harm. Having already toured with DanielMerriweather and Mark Ronson and highlighted in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, Roxanne Tatei isin good stead for the release of her debut album before her Latitude performance. With herslinky soul pop capturing the attention of a wide range of music fans, we’d expect a healthy,eager audience for this rising star.~ SUNRISE ARENA ~~ Girls ~ Archie Bronson Outfit ~ Submotion Orchestra ~~ Tokyo Police Club ~ First Aid Kit ~ Darwin Deez ~~ Luna Belle ~ LoneLady ~ The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart~~ Arno Carstens ~ These New Puritans ~~ Jesca Hoop ~ Lauren Pritchard ~ Morning Parade ~~ Lissie ~ O Children ~ Egyptian Hip Hop ~~ Middle East ~ White Belt Yellow Tag ~ Joe Worricker ~~ Holly Miranda ~ The Hundred In The Hands ~ Nadine Shah ~~ Delta Maid ~ Michael Kiwanuka ~ The Liberty Vessels ~~ Kurran and the Wolfnotes ~ Lupen Crook ~~ Matthew P ~ Active Child ~ Losers ~A deliciously unexpected treat waits within the fragrant woods on the other side of the lake.The Sunrise Arena, situated along the nature trail spattered with flourishes of art and decadentspirit, is host to a splendid foray of new acts. Some of them will have been on the hushed lips ofdedicated gem hunters for a while and others will be on the rise already, about to break for allto enjoy. With the likes of Band of Skulls, First Aid Kit and Local Natives rising steadily after lastyear’s appearances, The Sunrise Arena is the place to discover tomorrow’s stars today. Thisyear will see plenty of tasty morsels for those who like to be at the start of something veryspecial.Winning the hearts and minds of the American public are San Franciscan up and coming indiepop outfit Girls. Their sunshine bathed psychedelic rock ’n’ roll has been receiving criticalacclaim with their debut album ‘Album’ rated by Pitchfork as the 10th best album of 2009.Having broken free from the Children Of God cult, frontman and songwriter Christopher Owenshas written free-spirited, youthful and expressive pop songs, sure to bring a slice of the GoldenState to Latitude’s Sunrise Arena.Archie Bronson Outfit’s story is somewhat magical with the band being discovered by the bossof Domino Records playing in his local pub. Fast-forward seven years and the band havereleased three albums through the label with second album ‘Derdang Derdang’ being votedfifth best album of 2006 by Mojo magazine. Make sure you catch Archie Bronson Outfit atLatitude where they will be offering the fruits from their latest album ‘Coconut’.Leeds 7-piece Submotion Orchestra incorporate dubstep textures into a flowing, brooding vibe.Utilising live percussion and trumpet as well as vocals and electronics, their icy but ripplingsound is meshed from each individual’s sparse contribution. Perfectly suited to the shadywoodland area of the Sunrise Arena, this laid back, machismo-free live experience will beluxurious.Following the success of 2006’s debut EP ‘A Lesson in Crime’ – a rapid-fire barrage of wide-eyedpost-punk – the Canadian four-piece Tokyo Police Club have been earning their hype and praisewith a string of hard-hitting singles and a hectic international touring schedule. This year seesthem release their second album ‘Champ’, a matured offering from their first ‘Elephant Shell’,full of soaring guitars, driving backbeats and irresistible sing-a-longs and their performance onthe Sunrise Arena is the perfect backdrop to get in on the act.Swedish duo First Aid Kit return to Latitude for a serene set at the Sunrise Arena. Their soulfulfolk makes them sound mature beyond their teenage years, wielding a fine knack forstorytelling whilst producing sweet melodic acoustic songs. Having just released their debutalbum ‘The Big Black and The Blue’ to much critical praise this sibling duo are on course for afantastic career – make sure you see these rising stars in the intimate surroundings of theSunrise Arena.Having just been added to the NME Radar tour in April and with new single ‘Radar Detector’currently all over the radio, Darwin Deez are a band everyone is talking about. Darwin will bebringing his infectious radio-friendly indie band/impromptu dance to Latitude’s Sunrise Arena.With this arena firmly established as a launch pad for new talent playing host to The JoyFormidable, Passion Pit and Little Boots in previous years it looks like Darwin Deez could also beheading skyward!Recently snapped up by Island Records, Luna Belle is the pop songwriting project of KatherineJoyce. Ably backed up by her four-piece band, they revel in the jangly indie-pop stylings of TheSundays with a nod to the tone of hit-maker Adele. It’s early days, but this brilliant opportunityto showcase their songs on Latitude’s Sunrise Arena will surely unveil the hype that has beenbuilt up around the band.Warp’s latest exploration into the dark pop world away from their roots has led to the discoveryof LoneLady. Hailing from Manchester, Julie Campbell represents its early eighties heydaywhere gloom and insecurity resulted in spacious, resonant and dark sounds. Her debut album‘Nerve Up’ has been critically lauded for its doom-laden, scratchy pop and is already beingtalked up as the spearhead for a real Mancurian resurgence.Pitchfork darlings The Pains of Being Pure At Heart had a fantastic 2009. Along with their selftitled debut being lauded by the ubiquitous US indie website, reception was positive from bothcritics and public. Their wash of fuzz-guitar has drawn favourable comparisons with My BloodyValentine and their live shows produce riveting gushes of noise and glistening pop. Bring earplugs and your finest, daintiest dancing shoes.South African singer songwriter Arno Carstens has had considerable critical success both as asolo artist and in previous band The Springbok Nude Girls. He has won five South African MusicAwards for his various works as well as supporting The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, The Policeand Meat Loaf on European jaunts. His third album ‘Wonderful Wild’ is produced by legendaryThe Verve producer Youth and promises more of the romantic pop Arno has made his namewith, making the beautiful Latitude setting a perfect place for Casterns to showcase his songs.These New Puritans were never going to make things easy for us or them. Second album’Hidden’ was written partly on bassoon, with six foot Japanese taiko drums and Foley recordingtechniques jammed into the recording sessions. Their dark, warped merging of urban music’ssamples, beats and rasped vocals, guitar trickery and hitherto unimagined clashes of classicaland electronica is a vicious, exceptional force. Returning to Latitude after a year’s absence, TNPwill be looking to mesmerise more, bringing them into their unforgiving yet infinitely rewardingvortex.From being the nanny for Tom Waits’ kids to moulding her own odd-folk stylings, Jesca Hoophas had an interesting start to her career. Having released her second album ‘Hunting TheDress’ late last year, Jesca’s deft vocal acrobatics, shimmering sounds and rhythmic hiccups arecaptivating. It’s clear Jesca is forming her own path upon which to tread and that’s preciselywhere she’ll lead us to the leafy Sunrise Arena.Lauren Pritchard’s piano-led balladry draws from a classical palette as well as modern R&Bsongstresses such as Alicia Keys. Her angelic looks hide her secret weapon – her mature vocaltimbre. Bold, striking and distinctive, she uses her voice’s natural power to build her songs intoeffortless crescendos.Essex lads Morning Parade, who’ve just finished supporting the mighty Feeder in venues acrossthe continent, create massive, reverb-ridden tunes that are arena-and festival-ready. Aseductive blend of electronics, keys and guitars with anthemic choruses, this band’s ambitionsare clear. Sliding melody lines, huge rushes of distortion and plenty of room for unforgettablevocal refrains; it won’t be long before these lads are headlining stages across the country.All the way from the banks of the Mississippi River, Lissie will be sharing her smokey vocals(which have drawn comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde) and her finely etched songswith us. Fuelled by tequila, tomato juice and a broken heart, her eagerly anticipated debutalbum ‘Catching A Tiger’ is soon to hit the streets and includes the single ‘In Sleep’ which hasstunned critics.O Children’s bold, stark, bone-shaking music is driven with theatrical pomp and Tobi O’Kandi’squaking baritone. Touring relentlessly since their inception a little under two years ago, they’reprimed to bring their sombre, but inspired goth-rock to a wider audience on Latitude’s SunriseArena. Not for the faint hearted perhaps, but under the shady canopy their rubble-strewnrumble will entice the dark side of the audience from its hiding place.Wandering experimental indie group Egyptian Hip Hop may have a misleading name, but it’s asappropriate as any when you hear the aural putty they’re playing with. This youthfulManchester quartet are garnering a large buzz similar to sonic adventurers and friends Late ofthe Pier. Definitely worth catching at this very early stage.The next antipodean success story is likely to be Queensland natives, The Middle East. Theylook set to succeed by plying us with sweet, slow-burning melodies bubbling with charm andpositivity. Two of these startling ballads have been part of the ‘Hottest 100’ last year onAustralia’s influential radio tastemakers ‘Triple J’ despite being over two years old. With highprofile performances booked this year and opening for Grizzly Bear in their homeland, theseyoungsters are hoping to translate that success over here, starting with Latitude.White Belt Yellow Tag build atmospheres with shimmering melodic lines and echo. With lastyear’s ‘You’re Not Invincible’ EP, and the lead track being Q’s website track of the day onrelease, this trio have built a steady following. The release of their debut full-length ‘Methods’should bring them the attention they deserve.Recent Rough Trade signing Joe Worricker coasts upon sparse yet blossoming arrangementswith a voice being compared to a male Amy Winehouse. With a low tone and disarming range,Joe’s soulful pop has a spice to promote the undeniable astonishment guaranteed to rise fromhis impassioned vocal musings. Nestled in the woods on the Sunrise Arena stage, Joe’s silkysoulfulness will help warm up the crowd in the early afternoon.As sparse, spacious electronica encroaches increasingly on singer-songwriter territory, HollyMiranda makes a point of utilising it to its eerie fullness. Her second solo album ‘The Magician’sPrivate Library’ was release on XL back in February and further establishes her shadowy,incandescent mood music as distinctive and self-assured. Under the canopy of trees in the lushsurroundings of The Sunrise Arena will be a fitting place to enjoy her performance.Renowned electronic label Warp have brought us another excellent signing with indietronicapopduo The Hundred In The Hands. Blending contemplative dark with melodic light, with asvelte synth or a popping staccato guitar, they envelop themselves and their audience in echoand irresistible rhythms.British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani descent, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist froma small North East town called Whitburn. The harsh, cold coast of the North Sea have shapedher songs into brutally honest, melancholic musings that have attracted the attention of TomRobinson on 6Music. Nadine has already played such impressive venues as Shepherd’s BushEmpire, The Sage Gateshead and the legendary Ronnie Scott’s even before the release of herdebut EP (due out in spring.)Described by the NME as, “the Joni Mitchell for the new folk generation”, Delta Maid has aremarkable voice. Blending mesmerising psyche folk with country blues her music is turningheads and hearts all over the place. Citing Hank Williams and Patsy Cline together with Blueslegends like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan as her influences, her music is soakedin nostalgia. Come witness this rising musical talent as she shines at the Sunrise Arena onFriday.Blues and soul strummer Michael Kiwanuka is bringing his summer lilt to Latitude. Playingtraditional R&B guitar figures with a smooth croon, his moving love songs have a sunny tingethat prevent them being too sombre or sad. Polydor have seen the value in his tunes, and theSunrise Arena audience will have the chance to sample Michael’s eloquence.Smartly dressed Liverpudlian teens The Liberty Vessels mix and match chiming guitar lines witha familiar rumbling wail. Comparisons with a certain infamous Hulmerist is inevitable, but it’sthis dark and playful contrast which makes them so compelling. They supported Echo and TheBunnymen last year and are all set to make an impact with their performance at Latitude.Newcomers to the vibrant and flourishing British new-folk scene, London-based Kurran and theWolfnotes possess a genuine and heart-rendering sincerity in their harmony-drenchedtraditional sounds, while also coming armed with a slew of hugely catchy pop songs at theirdisposal. With debut single ‘Whatabitch’ gaining critical acclaim, check out this exciting newband on the rise.Singer/song writer Lupen Crook already has three critically acclaimed albums to his name infour short years. His latest, ‘The Pros and Cons of Eating Out’ shows a willingness to exploreboth himself and his relationship with the world around him coupled with an ability tocommunicate those experiences in a direct and lyrical way. Catch Crook and his band of longtermcollaborators in Latitude’s stunning Sunrise Arena.Local Suffolk boy Matthew P has just released his debut EP ‘Swimming’ on Fiction Records buthas already caused a stir with his honest, heart-warming and humble acoustic folk. Honing hisskills whilst on tour with West Country rockers Reef this spring, Matthew P is worth checkingout for some happy summer vibes.Up and coming act Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) will be bringing his atmospheric and hauntingmelodies to the Sunrise Arena this summer. Active Child recently released his debut single ‘SheWas A Vision’ through Filter Recordings in the US and we are sure it won’t be long before he ismaking strides this side of the pond.Ex-Cooper Temple Clause multi-instrumentalist, Tom Bellamy and Prodigy/Pendulum tour DJ,Eddy Temple-Morris are Losers. A cheap gag maybe but there’s nothing gauche about this duo’sheavy power-dance ensemble. Having remixed The Prodigy, Placebo and Rage Against theMachine, they have a debut album ‘Beautiful Losers’ packed with pounding tunes of their veryown set for release later this year. One hot girl drummer plus guest vocalists make their liveshow formidable. Losers are the Sunrise Arena adrenaline shot for your Friday night party.Don’t miss out.~ LAKE STAGE ~THURSDAY~ Nigel Kennedy ~with his orchestra and band – A night of Duke EllingtonThe Lake Stage curated by Huw StephensFRIDAY~ Everything Everything ~ Islet ~ Engine EarZ Experiment ~ Esben And The Witch ~~ The Good Natured ~ Yuck ~ Y Niwl ~ These Ghosts ~SATURDAY~ Gaggle ~ Frankie & The Heartstrings ~ Teeth ~ Nedry ~~ Zun Zun Egui ~ Sweet Baboo ~ Standard Fare ~ Rose Elinor Dougall ~~ The Supernovas ~ The Cads ~SUNDAY~ Beth Jeans Houghton ~ Tom Williams & the Boat ~ Kelpe ~~ Wilder ~ Mitchell Museum ~ Cevanne ~Over the past 5 years, Latitude has been home to some truly special performances and 2010looks set to be no different with the exciting news that multi-award winning and world-widerenowned violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy will be performing on the beautiful Lake Stage onThursday night. This will undoubtedly be an exceptional and unique show with which to kickstart the weekend’s festivities.Especially for Latitude, Kennedy will be presenting ‘A Night Of Duke Ellington’ – a boldexcursion into non-classical repertoire. Playing with his brand new ensemble of exceptionalyoung musicians, ‘The Orchestra of Life’, and his jazz outfit, ‘The Nigel Kennedy Quintet’, madeup of the violinist and four of the most dynamic musicians on the Polish jazz scene includingspecial guests Orphy Robinson on marimba and Doug Boyle on guitar – they will celebrate thisAmerican composer, pianist and prominent figure in the history of Jazz, who’s music stretchedover 50 years creating an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, and world tours.For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leadingviolin maestros and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has everproduced. His skilful technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectivesto both the classical and contemporary repertoire making him the best selling classical violinistof all time. He has been presented with many awards including, amongst others, OutstandingContribution to British Music and Male Artist of the Year at the UK Brit Awards. Most recentlyKennedy has released two albums with The Nigel Kennedy Quintet; 2009’s ‘A Very Nice Album’and this year’s ‘SHHH’ highlighting his incredible ability as composer, improviser and player.Invited to be Artistic Directorship of London’s South Bank Centre Polish Weekend in May 2010,Kennedy will be playing at this weekend’s event celebrating Polish culture, bringing togethermusicians and artists from a wide range of backgrounds and styles.Catch this once in a life-time chance to see one of the world’s most charismatic musicians atLatitude’s exquisite Lake Stage.A few metres away from the crystal waters of Latitude’s central landscape feature; The LakeStage provides tantalisingly early glimpses of Huw Stephens’ freshest tips. Latitude audiencesare treated to a full parade of diverse and exhilarating bands about to be splashed acrossmagazines up and down the country. Last year, critics’ favourites such as Golden Silvers,Bombay Bicycle Club and Pulled Apart By Horses have since enjoyed mainstream successes,proving Latitude is the perfect place to catch such rising stars. Take the opportunity to absorbthe sounds of next year in the surrounds of Latitude’s exquisite Lake Stage.Friday‘s line-up so far:Scatterpop outfit Everything Everything has long been skewering tropical rhythms withskyscraper synth lines. The attention they’ve deserved is now forthcoming, what with aninclusion in the BBC ‘Sound of 2010’ poll and an NME Radar Tour with fellow Manchester bandDelphic. With a trio of hyper-falsetto voices squeezing twenty words into each second, theseintelligent lads are blatant R. Kelly aficionados and seem to appreciate the bewildering qualitiesof math-rock or Radiohead and Pavement’s slanted anthemic structures. The world is theirs ifthey choose, but for now they can have a Latitude headlining slot.Welsh DIY no-wave outfit Islet have shunned the traditional online marketing avenues tosuccess and have instead concentrated on writing and performing good music that needs nogimmicks or PR stunts. Their brutal energy and passion has earned them a fevered following intheir hometown of Cardiff, as well as being featured on Radio 1 and in NME. Their performanceon the Friday of Latitude will certainly be one to watch.Engine EarZ Experiment is a diverse collective, feathering traditional Asian melodies andinstrumentation, with a penchant for bringing the unfamiliar to the table. Expect flutebeatboxing across tablas, dubstep bass rumbles and searing guitar licks. Their seamless mergingof influences has seen them headline Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing Stage last year and securea prestigious Maida Vale recording session.Eloquent and economical sonics merge with a shivering, shuddering atmosphere in Esben &The Witch’s soothing albeit eerie electronica. They’ve already released a stunning 7” single withcool 4AD owned independent Too Pure, and this Brighton bunch are set to seep into yourbloodstream. More subtle and daring than their peers, it’s the unfolding majesty that snaresyour attention though the icy, Siouxsie-esque howl will remain in the memory for just as long.Described by the Guardian as: “a techno Dido, a Lily Allen who’s given in to depression, or a KateNash who wants to prove herself with serious clubbers”, Sarah McIntosh a.k.a The GoodNatured is soon to join the legion of strong, successful female solo performers currently gracingthe charts. Her forlorn and honest lyrics over intricate, electro beats are a perfect match andher set on Friday should not be missed.Seemingly falling in between the well stocked gap separating My Bloody Valentine and ThePains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck up the harmonious pop ante. Supporting Dinosaur Jr. andBuilt to Spill in London, joining noisy duo Japandroids as well as lo-fi heroes Times New Vikingaround these isles, they’re in amazingly abrasive melodic company. Their positive, upbeatfuzztones will be in full swing come the summer.Y Niwl may not come from the sun-soaked shores of California, but they’ve certainly struck achord with their surf-twang addled sound. Jamming upon a familiar theme, this Welsh fourpieceride the wave of that classic organ sound, while the percussion shuffles and the guitar andbass duel on a wash of reverb.These Ghosts have an ambitious sound, with lashings of reverb and swimming melodies.Growing out of the local Norfolk and Suffolk area, a continuous hotbed of musical activity,they’re releasing a debut album ‘You Are Not Lost, You Are Here’ in the summer and look set toturn heads with their radio friendly, intelligent sound. Catch them in their stomping groundwhilst you can.Confirmed for Saturday so far:23 brightly berobed females, all independent yet all functioning as choral unit: Gaggle return toThe Lake Stage after an exciting set in 2009. Having released their debut single ‘I Hear Flies’ onTransgressive earlier in the year after numerous assemblies at venues around the country, it’sabout time the wider world were aware of this extraordinary collective. Dramatic, undulatingvocalisations take on a dominating military force, manifesting in aural gang warfare on anintimidatingly awesome scale.You can’t move at the moment for the name Frankie & The Heartstrings. Though unsigned,they’re managed by a co-owner of indie label Wichita and their Roxy Music via Libertines stomphas already captivated fellow Sunderland dwellers The Futureheads who they’ve beensupporting on tour. Headlining Huw Stephens’ stage on Saturday, their inexorable rise seemsinevitable.Describing themselves optimistically as “the world’s second greatest pop band” The Teeth arean odd London band who mix a kitsch rawness with melodies. Streamlined to focus on theirwonky tunes, you can hear every instrumental clunk and vocal tic. They’re bound to be one ofthe wonderfully unique bands at this year’s festival.Taking the ominous grinding of sub-bass and sifting svelte, haunting female vocals upon it,London trio Nedry have merged the underground with the palatable sounds of now à la The xx.Their debut album ‘Condors’ is winning accolades across the board and they are due to tourwith excellent instrumental rock band, and Latitude’s Sunrise stage faves from last year,65daysofstatic.Zun Zun Egui are a vibrant four piece who blur the lines of melody and rhythm with smearedguitars, prominent percussion and Mauritian vocalist Kush chanting enticing patterns over thewhole mess. Having built up a dedicated following from performances at End of the Roadfestival and the release of their EP ‘Bal La Poussiere’ last year, the zeitgeist has seemingly finallycaught up with them and their African influences. They slot into Latitude’s diverse andexuberant line-up perfectly.Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a Cardiff-based acoustic troubadour who comes armed with adark and wry sense of humour as well as an array of simple, country and folk-inspired tunes.With an alternately gruff and faltering voice, his songs are wrapped in pathos as well as comicasides. Inspired by the genius Daniel Johnston, there’s a lot to learn from Sweet Baboo’s blunt,honest approach.Standard Fare have recently released ‘The Noyelle Beat’ and its indelibly catchy chiming indielilt is buoyed by Emma Kupa’s meandering vocal lines, allowed to roam across all sorts of peaksand troughs. Receiving great reviews across the underground press encouraging Artrocker togush that it’s “an album that is as close to perfection as you could hope for”. Their summery popis perfect for the rays Latitude’s attendees will be basking in while they’re playing.The Pipettes alumnus Rose Elinor Dougall split from the doo-wop girl trio in 2008 and has sincebeen chasing her own path. With her debut solo album ‘Without Why’ due later in the year, herhazier, more exquisite pop arrangements are bound to seduce those looking for more thaninstant thrills. The ever-influential Pitchfork said recently: “Elegant melodies and shimmeringkeyboard tones announce Dougall as a talent in her own right.” Being enticed with such praiseis likely to be the start of something much bigger.London four-piece The Supernovas dish out catchy and spiky Libertines style rock. With thaturban squalor drawl and tales of cocaine dealers in pubs, they pack a punch while still stayingon the right side of cheeky. They’ve already played Camden Crawl and SxSW as well as releasingfirst single ‘Ace Face’. Catch them before they explode.With less than a years experience under their belt, The Cads have already made a distinctimpression. Their sprightly upbeat indie pop is full-on summer fare which prompted their firstsong to be played on BBC Ipswich a mere two days after sending it in. With a self proclaimed”tropical” approach to melodies, their slinky saccharine bursts are sure to usher in a beautifulafternoon in the sun.Sunday will see:Hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny springforth a barrage of folk and country-tainted songs, ranging from the banjo-shreddingly upbeat toecho chamber melancholia. A striking presence both alone and with her new four piece backingband, Beth has been lucky enough to support an eclectic bunch of luminaries, from Bon Iver, StVincent and Mumford & Sons, to Tinariwen, Tunng and Imogen Heap. With only a couple of EPsto her name, she has made progress by playing the live circuit, building up her illuminating andseductively superb songs.From perhaps the unlikeliest hotbed in the UK, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tom Williams & theBoat are an exceptional sextet. They’ve already had the ivory tinkling stamp of approval fromthe singer-songwriter Chris T-T and it seems they now have the immense, influential weight ofHuw Stephens’ respected opinion.New Rough Trade signings Wilder are an exciting proposition. A four-piece named after 40’sfilm noir legend Billy Wilder, they are a fusion of Friendly Fires, The Whip, The Rapture andGossip with a digital groove akin to Talking Heads and Captain Beefheart. With such an eclecticset of influences they have attracted a lot of attention in a small amount of time, having alreadysupported The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas and The Maccabees. They will play TheLake Stage on Sunday afternoon.Electronic shimmering and glitch-addled beats are the stock-in-trade of Kel McKeown,otherwise known as Kelpe. Last year’s third full-length ‘Cambio Wechsel’ is packed with Prefuse73 and Flying Lotus minimalism. It’s clear time spent supporting Aphex Twin, To Rococo Rot andthe like hasn’t been wasted. With a constant slew of remixes and mixtapes from the restlesscerebellum of Kelpe, he and live drummer Chris Walmsley aren’t likely to rest on their laurels –least of all for their anticipated set for Huw Stephens.Glasgow foursome, Mitchell Museum dish out a rollicking burst of brazen chanting across ahazy pop mirage. Their delightful sky-gliding tunes are picturesque pop perfection. They’ll fillthe lakeside with an especially sunny outlook.A band composed of drums, bass, cello, trumpet, harp and vocalists Cevanne’s palette is broadand eccentric. From reggae ska rhythms to Middle Eastern melodies across ominous strings,there’s something for all tastes in this quintet’s music. The key is always in Cevanne’s sense ofspace, of a desire not to be repetitive. They will be playing compositions from forthcomingdebut ‘Big Ears’ on The Lake Stage.~ ARTS ARENAS ~With the arts very much at its core, Latitude Festival brings every fraction of the arts together inone place, providing the ideal environment to discover new passions and explore things thatyou may have never encountered before. Ground-breaking, exciting and inspiring actors,writers, poets, authors, DJs, comics, dancers, choreographers, film-makers and visual artists willall be performing across the dedicated arts arenas and throughout the festival site. With anunrivalled programme running from Thursday evening to Sunday night, Latitude’s arts arenaswill keep you enthused and entertained all weekend long and beyond.Tania Harrison ~ Programmer of the Arts Arenas says:“Booking the arts stages for Latitude is an incredible experience and my head is spinning withthe huge talent, possibilities and ideas that will shape each arena. Latitude has far exceeded anyof my dreams and it’s such an honour to book the highest calibre of comics, film directors,writers, poets and artists and to work with some of the country’s leading arts organisationsincluding The Opera Group & London Sinfonietta, BAFTA, The Bush and Royal ShakespeareCompany. This year we have extended our imagination into The Faraway Forest and the RoyalOpera House will be staging a very special show deep in the heart of it. I am very excited tooabout the Masked Ball and a Bacchanalian party that we have planned there, plus I have quite afew more surprises that I’m working on for the arts arenas. I think this year Latitude will be a bitmore devilishly decadent so prepare to unleash your wild side!”~ COMEDY at LATITUDE ~~ Emo Philips ~ Ardal O’Hanlon ~ Rich Hall ~ Tommy Tiernan ~~ Marcus Brigstocke: Early Edition with Andre Vincent and Guests ~~ Phill Jupitus & Friends Improv Show ~ Rufus Hound ~ Jeremy Hardy ~ Arthur Smith ~ RichardHerring ~ Mark Watson ~ Russell Kane ~ David O’Doherty ~~ Andrew Lawrence ~ Jimeoin ~~ Holly Walsh ~ Josie Long ~ Sara Pascoe~ Miles Jupp ~ Seann Walsh ~~ Kevin Bridges ~ Charlie Baker ~ Doc Brown ~ Terry Alderton ~~ Micky Flanagan ~ Craig Campbell ~ Angelos Epithemiou ~ Mark Olver ~ Joe Bor ~~ Jimmy McGhie ~ Chris Ramsey ~ Andi Osho ~ Marlon Davis ~ Abandoman ~~ Simon Evans ~ Josh Widdicombe ~ Daniel Sloss ~~ Robin Ince’s Book Club ~ Adam Buxton: BUG ~ Popcorn Comedy ~~ Rich Fulcher ~ Laura Solon~ Jonny Sweet ~~ Pappy’s ~ Idiots of Ants ~ Cardinal Burns ~ Golden Lizard ~~ The Al Pitcher Picture Show ~ Colin Hoult: Carnival Of Monsters ~~ Tom Basden~ Deadcat Bounce ~ Deborah Frances-White ~~Pros From Dover ~ Richard Dedomenici ~~ Midnight Beast ~ Fergus Craig ~~ Elis James ~ Rosie Wilby ~~ Funny Women Awards Showcase ~Latitude has earned a fierce reputation for presenting the searingly sharp edge of comedy andthis year Latitude will not disappoint with an incredible wealth of talent throughout the bill.One of the festival’s most enduring and prestigious fixtures, the Comedy Arena, sees a hugeand varied bill of comic splendour. Vastly lauded by all who spend time within its bosom, you’relikely to have to hold back some energy in preparation as you’ll be expelling it in laughter andmirth for the duration of your visit. But don’t be mistaken, comedy magic will be sprinkled allthroughout the programme in the Cabaret, Literary and Film & Music Arenas to name a few,and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Taking in the finest names on the stand-up comedyroster as well as emerging acts on the cusp of widespread success, there are sure to be manyunmissable moments this year.With his unique take on the personality of the comic, the falsetto fantasist Emo Philips is amassive coup for the comedy bill at Latitude this year. Latitude regulars will be ecstatic whenthey discover this hugely popular and sought-after comic is bringing his show to Latitude’sComedy Arena this summer for his first UK appearance for several years. Emo has over 6,000live performances across the English speaking world under his belt. His inventive delivery andpunchline trickery he is a maverick who puts ease into unease. Described by Jay Leno as ‘thebest joke writer in America’ this is a rare chance to see the phenomenon that is Emo Philips thisside of the pond. (Comedy Arena)Bursting into the hearts and minds of the nation as the profoundly clueless Father Dougal innineties hit TV series Father Ted, Ardal O’Hanlon has continued to make crowds and audienceslaugh with sold out stand-up performances and a varied TV acting career. His stand-up routineshowcases his trademark bewildered look at the world around him and exasperation as ahusband and father, all delivered with a grumpy charm that will have you rolling in the aisles.(Comedy Arena)Sketch and panel show regular, playwright, actor and stand-up comedian Rich Hall has longbeen coaxing laughter from his spouting of undeniable truths. Whether it’s the generic work ofTom Cruise or the civility of Londoners compared to American citizens, Rich Hall’s acerbic anddirect humour sails over boundaries and all without a hint of a smile from the man himself. Theformer Saturday Night Live writer/performer has previously won the 2000 Perrier ComedyAward at the Edinburgh Fringe as his uncle alter ego Otis Lee Crenshaw and is the most regularvictor of all the visiting panellists on BBC 2’s QI show. He’s also been described as an inspirationfor The Simpsons character Moe Szyslak. (Comedy Arena)Multi Award Winning Irish Superstar Comic Tommy Tiernan is a huge addition to Latitude’scomedy bill. A fearless force of energy, Tiernan is inspiring and one of the few comics to takehis audience on a genuine emotional journey elevating the soul through rich, honest laughs,Tiernan has an instinctive way of crafting words to bring his anecdotes to vivid life and makethe jokes truly resonate. Performances are high intensity, high octane, a no holds barred rollercoaster ride as Tommy continues his constant interrogation of the big ideas – Sex, Religion,Family through the lens of his quirks, personal demons and sense of outrage. (Comedy Arena)A festival favourite Marcus Brigstocke brings his Early Edition to Latitude with Andre Vincentand other special guests. Dissecting the daily newspapers with sharp political wit the showinterviews politicians, campaigners, pundits and experts with a satirical and honest look at theworld’s current affairs. A Latitude regular, Brigstocke has emerged over the last five years as amajor comedy, writing and broadcasting talent appearing on countless TV and radio showsincluding debate show ‘Argumental’ and his hit Radio 4 programme ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars’which has now transferred to TV. (Comedy Arena)Nevermind The Buzzcocks team captain Phill Jupitus and his inspired brand of improvisationalcomedy will join the Comedy Arena’s highly laudable bill this year. Jupitus’ comic pedigree hasnever been in question and is most easily displayed by his appearances on panel shows like QI.From political poetry to BBC 6Music DJ, Jupitus is ubiquitous with comic and musical culture inthe UK and his improv shows are already legendary. (Comedy Arena)Team captain of TV show Argumental, Rufus Hound joins this eclectic comic bill. Having cut histeeth on Richard and Judy, the BBC’s Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury coverage he’s beenseen recently dancing convincingly to Cheryl Cole on Let’s Dance For Sport Relief and continuesto present Outtake TV, following in the footsteps of Anne Robinson. His straight-talkingapproach and impressive handlebar moustache are sure to leave a lasting impression. (ComedyArena)With a notoriety arising from angering conservatives, Perrier Award winner Jeremy Hardy haslong used his comedy alongside his strong socialist politics. From the early 80’s Jeremy has beena radio and TV fixture, as well as previously having a column in The Guardian. From his work onThe News Quiz and his own monologues titled ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation’, to acameo in Blackadder Goes Forth and more recent TV appearances on Mock The Week and QI,Jeremy Hardy’s forthright opinions and sharp tongue make for a compelling combination.(Literary Arena)“My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In whichcase, I’m Daphne Fairfax” has been Arthur Smith’s opening line at hundreds of his legendarystand-up comedy performances and provides the title of his hilarious new autobiography ‘AnEvening with Daphne Fairfax’. He reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kidon the bombsites of Bermondsey, a wild-haired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an Englishteacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient whohas been told never to drink again. As he guides us through his eventful memoirs, expect talesof turning down a Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award and losing a bet to writer Tony Hawkswhich resulted in him having to sing the Moldovan National Anthem naked on Balham HighRoad. A life less ordinary will make for an excellent storytime listen.(Literary Arena)Lauded comic and writer Richard Herring has been described by the British Theatre Guide as”one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy.” He has written and performedin a host of live one-man comedy shows including the acclaimed Talking Cock and the resultingbook of the same name. He has also enjoyed a recent collaboration with Andrew Collins,initially on the radio comedy series Banter, on Collins’ BBC 6 Music show and the well-receivedCollins and Herring Podcast. His most recent stand-up show, Hitler Moustache, receiveduniversal critical approval selling out for the entire Edinburgh Festival in 2009. (Comedy Arena)A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark Watson first made an impact on the comedy circuit in2002 when he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition and was a runner-up in So YouThink You’re Funny? Known for his Edinburgh shows 2005’s ‘50 Years Before Death’ and ’TheAwful Prospect Of Eternity’ (which was nominated for the Perrier) his comedic stamina hasmeant some of his shows have lasted more than a gruelling 24 hours. Watson also won theChortle Award for innovation in 2005 and was nominated for Best Breakthrough Act and BestCompere in 2007. (Comedy Arena)Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Russell Kane has firmly established himself as one ofmost hotly tipped comics in the UK. Nominated for three Edinburgh Comedy Awards – theEdinburgh Festival Fringe’s highest accolade – he has completed four sell-out runs at the Fringewith his stand up shows, and also a sell out run of his play ‘Fakespeare; The Tragickal Saveingsof King Nigel’. Russell has just completed his national stand up tour with his show ‘HumanDressage’ as well as a national tour of his Fakespeare play. A regular on TV and radio, Russellco-hosted ITV2’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!’ in 2009, starred in Live at theApollo; hosted series 4 and 5 of Out To Lunch on BBC Radio 2 and presented a week-longresidency on Big Brother’s Big Mouth for Channel 4 & E4. Once described as “a twisted humancartoon”, Russell will stalk, flap, jerk and contort his way across the stage of the Comedy Arenaat this year’s Latitude. (Comedy Arena)David O’Doherty is the multi-talented Irish stand-up comic, author, musician, actor andplaywright. Winning many awards including Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? and theif.com Award for best show with his stand up show ‘Let’s Comedy’; O’Doherty is well-known forcombining his comedic performance with tunes played on his miniature electronic keyboard. Hedelivers both his sung and spoken jokes with an extremely dry sarcasm. Most of his songs focuson unusual topics such as angry mathematicians, finding love and advice on how to dislodge abadger from one leg. (Comedy Arena)Acoustic guitar toting Andrew Lawrence has long been at odds with taste. His first hour longcomedy show at Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 was entitled ‘How To Butcher Your Loved Ones’. Thefollowing year was ‘Social Leprosy For Beginners & Improvers’. Both were nominated forif.comedy awards. Prior to this he won the BBC New Act of the Year competition (2004). Notkeen on towing the line, his intensity and divisive subject matter only makes for a brutallymemorable performance. Offensive, graphic and unmissable. (Comedy Arena)Northern Irish comic and actor Jimeoin may have made his name in his current home countryof Australia, but his sharp observations are universal. Having written two feature lengthcomedy films, and acted in several TV shows in Oz, it’s a wonder he has the time to tour thecontinent, the UK and Ireland. Yet he remains a popular fixture throughout these isles andLatitude is sure to provide a real welcome return to UK soil. (Comedy Arena)The winner of the Chortle Awards’ 2008 Best Newcomer, Holly Walsh has managed to keepherself busy since joining the comedy circuit full time. Last year Holly was listed as one of TheIndependent’s ‘Top Ten Comedians Working Today’ alongside such luminaires as Stewart Lee,Daniel Kitson, Michael McIntyre and Rhod Gilbert.With her irreverent but topical humourcombined with her sardonic delivery, She presented the topical Channel 4 comedy, TNT withJack Whitehall and Holly has been a perfect fit on shows like Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10Cats. With popular short comic ‘opinion’ videos on issues like the smoking ban, the creditcrunch and her excellent short-lived attempt at becoming a hand model, her no nonsense, drystyle is sure to keep the crowd entertained. (Comedy Arena)Josie Long a British comic with an apparent love of appliqué and the V&A. Live Boggle contestssometimes form a part of her shows too. Although still young (she won BBC New ComedyAward at the tender age of just 17), Josie’s act is unnaturally far from girlie adolescence. Herintense surreal rants occasionally subside to politely allow the audience to catch up, before shelaunches off excitedly on another tangent. In 2006, she also scooped Best Newcomer in theif.comeddies Awards for her solo Edinburgh debut, ‘Kindness and Exuberance’. (Comedy Arena)Latitude is very proud to showcase the best of the established comedy talent whilstchampioning the hottest aspiring comic stars on the circuit. The first of these to be confirmedfor the festival are: Sara Pascoe – named as one of Time Out’s Rising Stars of Comedy 2008,Sara has appeared in numerous shows such as Free Agents, The Thick of It and Being Human,and is described as “a cocky-cum-quizzical comic that resembles Russell Brand minus the libido”by the Evening Standard; Seann Walsh who delivers observational comedy with an affablecharisma and charm; Glaswegian stand-up Kevin Bridges who, at 22, has already wonBreakthrough Act at the 2010 Chortle Awards; Charlie Baker and his Cornish comic timingspliced with his very accomplished jazz croon and Doc Brown, the younger brother of authorZadie Smith, whose eloquent, personal rapping style earned him third place in the EnglishComedian of the Year Award 2009. (Comedy Arena)Having begun his comedy career with two newcomer awards – Channel 4’s So You Think You’reFunny and Leicester Festival – and picking up a Perrier award two years later, Miles Jupp hasmade a name for himself over the past decade. Originally casting himself as an upper-classpastiche, his erudite yet expletive-ridden rants breaks that illusion succinctly. He’s recentlyappeared in political satire comedy The Thick Of It All as well as hosting various BBC radioshows and even starring as a character in children’s TV program Balamory. Nevertheless, hisroutine is a world away from child’s play. (Comedy Arena)Ex-Southend goalkeeper turned comic, Terry Alderton comes to Latitude this year. Hurtlingthrough an ad-libbed riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, full of extraordinarycaricatures and acute impressions; his hi-octane performances have led him to recently workwith Joan Rivers and Eddie Izzard who proclaimed him to be a “very funny comic with afantastic comedy mind, but someone who really ought to seek some sort of professional help”.(Comedy Arena)University educated Eastender Micky Flanagan has been touted as a rising star by critics andthis was confirmed by a Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007. A regularon TV and radio shows such as Out to Lunch on BBC 2, Michael McIntrye’s Road show on BBC 1and the Arthur Smith Show on BBC Radio 4. Splitting his shows between the observational andcomic tales of his working class upbringing (where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury); Flanaganis a self-deprecating, but intellectual and hilarious cockney. (Comedy Arena)Internationally acclaimed grizzled storyteller Craig Campbell may have settled in deepest Devonbut he’s Canadian at heart. In full Canuck character, Craig has a knack for compelling andamusing narratives taking in an awed viewpoint of unfamiliar cultures – such as ours. Campbellhas appeared as headline guest on numerous Canadian Shows such as Jim Carrey Live, TheDennis Miller Show and Just for Laughs as well as working and appearing with such Britishgreats like Al Murray and Frankie Boyle, the latter of whom he is currently supporting Boyle onhis huge UK tour. (Comedy Arena)Angelos Epithemiou is an award-winning burger van owner who doesn’t like to tell anyonewhere his burger van is because, as he puts it, “I don’t want no joyriders coming round trying tonick my generator like they done with my tyres.” The alter ego of British actor and writer DanRenton Skinner, Angelos delivers a side-splittingly silly routine of impressions, dance,observations, audience interaction and a smattering of gags. Appearing in numerous TVcomedies, he has most recently been seen the latest series Shooting Stars as a permanentpanellist. (Comedy Arena)Bristolian Mark Olver has been a constant fixture on the TV warm up and comedy circuit in thelast decade. His most recent Edinburgh show ‘Ramble On’ was based around a 500 mile walkfrom Bristol to the Scottish capital illustrated hilariously with road signs, maps and inspirationalquotes from friends and families. Audience participation at his shows, whether willing orotherwise, is compulsory – positively encouraging heckling and friendly banter. His warm up forthe massively successful ITV show Deal or No Deal have honed a rapier wit and shaped aninteresting comic worthy of checking out. (Comedy Arena)Joe Bor is an energetic observational character comedian, whose act consists of anecdotes fromworking in a school to his impressions of rugby players. He has acted in many short films for theBBC and written for TV and theatre including Newsrevue (Canal Cafe), The Comedy Business(Paramount Comedy) and Animus (Paramount Comedy). He has been the winner of ComedyStore Gong Show, Comedy Cafe New Act Night and Jewish Comedy Factor Award in 2007.”Hugely talented character comic, very funny and memorably charismatic.” The Scotsman(Comedy Arena)Jimmy McGhie is one of the fastest rising young comics on the comedy circuit today. After onlyten gigs, he reached the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, the semi finals ofthe BBC New Talent competition and the final of the Amused Moose Star Search (2005). As anassured storyteller with a distinct turn of phrase and no small amount of agitation in his soul, hehas “one to watch” practically stamped on his forehead. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)When Chris Ramsey strides onto the stage you immediately know you are in safe hands; hishigh-energy delivery, hugely engaging manner and off-the-cuff style have made him one of themost exciting new acts to hit the circuit in recent years. Upbeat and lightning fast, hecommands the stage with the tenacity of a comic with twice his experience. As well asperforming in comedy clubs, Chris has supported the likes of Russell Kane, Ben Amos and AlMurray. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)From TV production, to acting and now comedy, Andi Osho has taken the opposing route tomost other comics. Plaistow born Osho has co-presented Channel 4 comedy entertainmentshow Tonightly, she recently made an appearance on the ever-popular satirical comedyprogramme Mock The Week and has been in BBC 1 drama Paradox. After a mere four monthsand forty gigs she had already won the Nivea Funny Women 2007 Award as well as beingnominated for several other awards including the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007.Catch the multi-talented and award-winning Andi Osho in the Comedy Arena. (Comedy Arena)As winner of the FHM Search for a Stand-Up Hero last year, Marlon Davis has found himselfthrust into the glaring eye of the comedy-scrutinising public. Davis is not only a bright youngcomedian, but can boast acting, improvisation and presenting to his ever growing CV. Hisglinting eye mischief which colours his topical material keeps his sets buoyant while his deliveryis fresh and wide-eyed, making skilful observations throughout his shows. From his ownsketches on MTV’s Brown Eyed Boy to well-received shows across the UK, this emerging talenthas a lot to give. (Comedy Arena)Irish hip-hop duo Abandoman, fronted by Robert Broderick and ably backed by multiinstrumentalistJames Hancox, have already made a name for themselves with theirinterpretation of this musical style. They won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year award in2010 thanks to their exhilarating and hilarious signature cuts like ‘An Open Letter To HariboSweets’. Bringing a twisted reflection of rap lyricism, Abandoman will be a unique highlight ofthe entire weekend. (Comedy Arena)Simon Evans, who is currently the warm upon act for Lee Mack’s UK tour, is going to bepunishing our ribcages with his attempts to reduce us to convulsive laughter. With his aloof,”educated” delivery and self deprecation he makes mountains out of relative molehills. He haswritten for TV shows like The Big Breakfast and 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Evans’ radio works includeseven series of spoof news programme The Way It Is and performing on The Mighty Boosh.Guffaws are assured. (Comedy Arena)Kicking off his career a mere two years ago, Josh Widdicombe has already been awarded theLeciester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award earlier this year. After just a few gigs he hadreached the finals of the 2008 So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe.He has written for 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week and has consistently wowed audiencesacross the country with his lively, refreshing set lined with charm and personable manner.Undeniably one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit. (Comedy Arena)Scottish young’un Daniel Sloss began performing on the comedy circuit at 16. Last October hebecame the youngest comic ever to perform a solo season in the West End. He was once underFrankie Boyle’s wing and collaborated on writing for Boyle’s Mock the Week appearances. Afternumerous televised performances as well as a huge gigging calendar, he has recently workedon a BBC 3 show pilot and looks set to capitalise on his continuous hard work, which includesthis anticipated set for the Comedy Arena. (Comedy Arena)Latitude’s literary regular and house master of the written word, Robin Ince reprises the BookClub for Latitude’s Literary Arena, with specially created shows featuring incredible guests fromthe worlds of comedy, literature and science. A comic genius Robin succeeds in bringing bothgood and bad books to life, dissecting the themes, narratives and storytelling with hilariousobservations and analysis. (Literary Arena)Feast your eyes – and, of course, your ears – as comedian, writer, video director and generalmusic video enthusiast, Adam Buxton brings a special edition of BUG to Latitude’s Film & MusicArena. BUG promises to bring you a programme of the weird, the wonderful and the truly greatmusic videos from around the world this year. This special edition of BUG promises moreoutstanding clips rarely seen on a big screen (or even a TV screen) and some incredible onlinediscoveries – with insightful and hilarious contributions from Adam. (Film & Music Arena)Popcorn Comedy is a comedy show created by Jon Petrie and Holly Walsh in January 2009. Itpresents some of the strongest, sharpest and funniest videos online. The show also features thecountry’s best comedians as they showcase their own short comedy films. Previous liveperformers have included Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Key, Adam Buxton, Josie Long, RobertPopper, David Cross and Graham Linehan. The Film & Music Arena is the perfect rostrum foryou to enjoy this creative revolution and laugh until you fall over. Popcorn Comedy is a TimeOut ‘Critics’ Choice’ and has been featured on the BBC’s Culture Show. (Film & Music Arena)Comedian Rich Fulcher – famed for his Boosh characters Bob Fossil, Kodiak Jack andcheesehead Tommy Nooka and co-star of the cult sketch show Snuff Box – will be bringing one‘woman’ show, ‘An Evening with Eleanor: The Tour Whore [USA]’ to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.Self-professed rock and roll ‘tour whore’ who recently appeared as Howard’s lover in TheMighty Boosh, Eleanor has lived a life most people scream about. Now the woman who claimedto make Neil ‘young’ and put the ‘wood’ in Woodstock – tells all through poetry, song, danceand confessional monologues that have been known to leave the audience feeling freshlymolested. Prepare to get a pounding like you’re yesterday’s beef! (Cabaret Arena)Direct from her run at London’s Soho Theatre, Perrier Award Winner Laura Solon (BBC 1’s Harryand Paul, Radio 4’s Talking and Not Talking) returns with her first show since 2005: the multicharacternarrative comedy and sell out hit at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, ‘Rabbit Faced StorySoup’. So…It’s all gone tits down at Black Publishing. Tepid-shot publisher Diana Lewis isscrambled to find a writer to finish a book and save the company from crisis. Her obstaclesinclude an American Super Agent, a lightly tanned boss, a call centre worker, a diversity officer,The French and a dead rabbit called Ian.“An adventurous and hilarious masterclass” Sunday Times (Cabaret Arena)Jonny Sweet is a talented actor who won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award for BestNewcomer for his show ‘Mostly About Arthur’ (directed by Stefan Golaszewski), which NicaBurns of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards described as: “a delicious hour of charactercomedy…unexpected, highly original, very funny. Watch out for him.” He also appeared in TomBasden’s new play ‘Party’ at the Edinburgh Festival which won a Fringe First award. He recentlyappeared as a young David Cameron in ‘When Boris Met Dave’ which recently aired on More 4.(Cabaret Arena)”The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe” (The Scotsman) Pappy’s will be providing themadcap fun in the Literary Arena. Pappy’s is a comedy team made up of trio Ben, Matthew andTom – a tour de force of fun and laughter. Formerly a four piece, Pappy’s have steadily risen tofame since 2007 receiving nominations for Chortle’s Best Newcomer and for the If.ComedyAwards at the Edinburgh Festival. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, garnered further criticalpraise, and during early 2009 they toured Britain and Ireland with the hit show. This year seesthem embark on their largest ever tour to date including Latitude, so expect wall to wallsketches and non-stop entertainment with this trio of comedic talent. (Literary Arena)Formed in 2007 and after a sell-out Edinburgh Festival debut, Idiots of Ants have gone on toperform all over the UK. Winners of the Chortle Award 2010 for Best Sketch or Character ActIdiots of Ants; Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, James Wrighton and Benjamin Wilson, will bebringing their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to the festival’s Cabaret Arena – aperformance that will no doubt be jam-packed with intelligent wit and wonderfully timedobservational comedy. Following three sell-out Edinburgh Festivals, an Edinburgh ComedyAward nomination (formerly Perrier) and hot off the heels of the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’Festival the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) bring their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy tothe Latitude Festival. (Cabaret Arena)Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit and two-thirds of If.Comedy nominees Fat Tongue, SebCardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns will be bringing their imaginatively daft sketches to theCabaret Arena this year. The Times has called them “the most original sketch act around”. If youare a fan of comedic preposterous stereotypes this double act will be right up your street!(Cabaret Arena)Comedy’s future is in good hands with a fantastic new breed of comic stars emerging from theunderground. Hotly-tipped turns Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker – alongside the sketchcollective Superclump of which they are members – are leading the pack. Wozniak won anIf.Comedy Best Newcomer nomination in 2008, with Paker’s aloof stand-up persona winninghim the 2008 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Together, they recently wowedaudiences at the Leicester Comedy Festival with their hilarious play ‘Golden Lizard’, afantastically funny play that they are bringing to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.Al Pitcher views a lot of ordinary things in an extraordinary way. His mission is to show peoplehis way of seeing the world, inviting them to escape the monotony of their everyday lives underthe banner ‘The Al Pitcher Picture Show’. Usually before the day of his show Al will venture intothe city he is performing armed with a digital camera to capture the world as he sees it. Posingthe question, what hilarities will he bring to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena? (Cabaret Arena)Writers’ Guild Award winner and Chortle Nominee Colin Hoult invites you to a truly originaltragic-comic character show that will shock, tickle and appal. Playing with environment,atmosphere and storytelling, the Carnival Of Monsters is an experience unlike any other you’llfind over the weekend; a macabre freak show that provides a through-line for Hoult’s collectionof comedy sketches and theatrical vignettes. A revamped version of the critically acclaimed,sell out Edinburgh Festival 2009 hit featuring characters and stories both old and new. Createdwith new company Wheelie Man Crow (Kat Nugent, Stephen Evans, Dan Snelgrove and ZoeGardner.)(Cabaret Arena)British actor, comedy writer and member of sketch group Cowards, Tom Basden will be makinghis way to the Cabaret Arena. His ‘Tom Basden Won’t Say Anything’ won the if.comedy Awardfor Best Newcomer in 2007 and you can expect his one man show to make some serious wavesat this year’s Latitude festival. (Cabaret Arena)Deadcat Bounce, the award-winning (Time Out Jury Prize at Sydney Comedy Festival 2010),exuberant Irish comedy rock supergroup make their first appearance at Latitude. Expect smokemachines, screaming guitar solos and everything from hip-hop slow jams to 80’s stadiumanthems. Brace yourself for an unrelenting hour unlike anything else you’ll see at the festival.British comic, writer and personal skills expert Deborah Frances-White will be gracingLatitude’s Cabaret Arena with her sell out show, ‘How to get almost anyone to want to sleepwith you’. The stand-up show that leaves you ready to pull tonight is here!Deborah’s hilarious self-help comedy show will give you the secrets of sexy and leave youfeeling like the sexiest person in the bar who could ask anyone out. (Cabaret Arena)The Pros From Dover’s surreal sketch show encompasses diverse scenarios where brilliancesometimes teeters off the edge of offence. We will witness the downward spiral of severalcharacters in carefully crafted pieces masterfully delivered in a humorous manner. A cleversketch show giving the performers a great vehicle for their talents. (Cabaret Arena)Richard Dedomenici delivers an entertaining and educational illustrated talk about the problemof intellectual copyright theft in the creative industries. He cites a rich and eclectic variety ofcase studies from the music, entertainment and art worlds, encompassing The Pussycat Dolls,Apple Computers and Damien Hirst, as well as countless regrettable examples from his ownartistic practice. (Cabaret Arena)Midnight Beast is a group of three London boys living and exposing the lifestyle of today’syouth. Writing songs with a slick sense of humour, members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely andAshley Horne are making waves with their unique sound and “take the p**s outta pop culture”routine. With their videos notching up millions of views, their recent street gig at Brightonbeach caused something of a riot. Expect to see the trio busting their trademark moves whilstreciting the rhymes which have every teen in the country glued to their screen. Look out forthe crowds in the Cabaret Arena; the Midnight Beast will have arrived! (Cabaret Arena)Last year’s Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Fergus Craig is performing his successful solostand up after several years in his double act with Colin Hoult. With his theatrical take onaccents, delivery and mannerisms as well as a healthy taste for self-deprecation, his set isbound to ensnare and enrapture those lucky enough to be in the vicinity. (Cabaret Arena)Bilingual Welsh comedian Elis James brings his comic personality, honed on Rhod Gilbert’s BBCRadio Wales show, to the Cabaret Arena. Following stints on Radio 1 and hosting 2008’sComedy Zone, Elis came to wider attention with his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show The MostCautious Boy In Wales, which was also his debut solo stand-up performance. Gathering wordof-mouth plaudits for his modest approach and brilliant observations as a shy boy making hisway in the world, no doubt he’ll continue to bring even more kudos to the ever-growing andwealthy state of Welsh comedy with his Latitude set. (Cabaret Arena)Funny Women Finalist 2006 Rosie Wilby has presented three solo shows at Edinburgh Fringeand comedy festivals across the UK – including the Fringe Report Award winning ‘The ScienceOf Sex’. She has worked as an MC on the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury Festival and in theprestigious Comedy Tent at Edinburgh Fringe Sunday. Rosie regularly performs around the UKand headlined a sold out female comedy night in March 2009 as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. Shehas appeared on numerous radio shows and also presents on Resonance FM. (Cabaret Arena)Funny Women is at the vanguard of nurturing and promoting female comedy talent, both newand established. Its annual talent competition, the Funny Women Awards, has introducedmany new performers on to the comedy scene. Now in its eighth year, the Awards make theirdebut at Latitude. The show will be hosted by Carrie Quinlan and feature a line up of new actscompeting for a place at this year’s prestigious national final in London at the Leicester SquareTheatre on Monday 20th September. See the future of female comedy with the FunnyWomen’s Awards Showcase in Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. (Cabaret Arena)~ THEATRE AT LATITUDE~~ Royal Opera House ~ Royal Shakespeare Company ~~ The Opera Group and London Sinfonietta ~~ Bush Theatre ~ Lyric ~~ Paines Plough & Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse ~~ Northern Stage and Company of Angels ~~ English Touring Theatre ~ Les Enfants Terribles ~ Soho Theatre ~~ Birmingham Repertory Theatre ~ nabokov ~~ Red Shift Theatre Company ~ Cartoon De Salvo~ Duke Special ~~ Shatterbox Theatre Company ~ Mouth to Mouth ~ The Factory ~ Theatre503 ~~ Forest Fringe ~ Tangled Feet ~ Bad Physics ~~ High Tide ~ NSDF ~ The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra ~~ Pick of the Pleasance ~~ Perennial Theatre ~ Eyebrow Productions ~Showcasing performances from the nation’s leading theatre companies as well as work fromemerging talent, Latitude has brought contemporary, physical, classical and performancetheatre to a brand new audience, gaining an unrivalled reputation for its breadth and quality ofprogramming. The calibre of theatre on offer has meant that Latitude now rivals suchestablished theatre events as Edinburgh Festival and Manchester International Festival, andwith more bespoke productions created especially for Latitude, there will be unique andexciting work to be unearthed and discovered with, undoubtedly, something for everyone.We are very excited to announce that the Royal Opera House will be presenting performancesof its latest commission ‘Pleasure’s Progress’ by director and choreographer Will Tuckett. Afusion of dance, opera and music, Pleasure’s Progress explores the vistas and vision of theEnglish painter, printmaker and satirist William Hogarth (1696 – 1764). Tuckett brings Hogarth’sdark pictorial narratives right up to the current day, drawing on material from some of his mostcelebrated work including – A Rake’s Progress, Marriage à la mode, A Harlot’s Progress, FourStages of Cruelty and Beer Street and Gin Lane, combining a vivid slice of historical CoventGarden with contemporary urban life. With a cast of dancers, singers and musicians, a wittylibretto by Alasdair Middleton, beautiful music by Paul Englishby and contemporary designs byJon Bausor this new production promises wit and wonder, fun and frolics and an irreverent takeon the darker side of society. ‘Pleasure’s Progress ’will be performed in The Faraway Forest,the perfect place for such a magnificent addition to the bill. (The Faraway Forest)The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) camps out at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park witha darkly comic event performed late into the night on the Thursday and Saturday in the TheatreArena. Specially commissioned for the festival, ‘The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of AngelusDiablo’ is written by playwright Carl Grose, well known for his work with internationallyacclaimed Kneehigh Theatre and directed by Lu Kemp. Grose will reveal no more informationon the new script, other than “it’s got a pig in a dress in it”, the rest you will have to see foryourself. What Grose will say however, is how he is enjoying the challenge of staging aperformance at night, in a tent, at a festival, to over 1000 “ quite jolly” revellers to create atheatre event which is as alive as it can be – chaotic, engaging, entertaining, and dangerous. TheRSC has developed a reputation for bringing the unexpected to Latitude and this new showfollows the success of ‘The Big Lie’ by RSC Literary Associate Anthony Neilson in 2008 and PhilPorter’s chilling ‘Here Lies Mary Spindler’ in 2009. RSC Literary Manager Pippa Hill said: “We putnew work on all our stages, but the Latitude Festival is unique – it gives us a great opportunityto commission a new piece of work and pull together a show in a few weeks. This is our chanceto create a flashmob ensemble, pack a van and put it on in a field in Suffolk. We can have somemischief, unleash our actors and create a show for two performances only…”For the first time the RSC will also present a number of workshops at the festival that offer aninsight into the core work of the company. These will provide an opportunity for youngerfestival goers to learn more about theatre craft through creating and writing scenes for thestage. On the Friday and Sunday in the Outdoor Theatre, RSC actors and practitioners will leadpractical workshops in how a scene gets put together through learning insults in Shakespeare’slanguage and creating some basic stage fights (suitable for ages 10+). On Friday there is also theopportunity to join the RSC writing team to explore ghost scenes and create a new piece ofwork using the language and dramatic techniques of Shakespeare (suitable for ages 8+). Thesefree workshops have a limited capacity, allocated on a first come, first served basis. Furtherdetails can be found on the Latitude website. (Theatre Arena)The Opera Group and London Sinfonietta present composer George Benjamin’s, 21st centurymasterpiece, ‘Into the Little Hill’, which garnered rave reviews in its London premiere at theRoyal Opera House in 2009. Into the Little Hill tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician,who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a town’s plague ofrats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay, hisactions have terrible repercussions for the town’s population. Into the Little Hill featuresacclaimed international singers Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) and Claire Booth (soprano) whoplay all the roles in the story. Franck Ollu conducts the London Sinfonietta. Into the Little Hillappears at Latitude in an Aldeburgh Music/London Sinfonietta/ROH2/The Opera Group coproduction.Latitude is delighted to be presenting this outstanding opera in the Theatre Arena.‘Every piece of music leaves its own particular silence in its wake: the silence left after thiswork’s last notes sounded was exquisite.’ – Independent. (Theatre Arena)Bush Theatre presents ‘The Great British Country Fete’, a play dedicated to the Britishinstitution of the village fete. Home to Olympic jam makers, mammoth marrow growers,anarchist Brownies and enough bunting to cause a national fabric shortage; the fete is a pillar ofcountry life, a melting pot of personalities, and the British summer wouldn’t be the samewithout it. Join the Bush for a day at the fete – as the tombola rolls and the skittles fall, battlesare fought, victories (and prizes) won, loves lost and found, and we meet the characters behindthis irreplaceable and irresistible British tradition. Stories and songs combine in this summertreat, featuring three actors playing a multitude of roles as the tea flows and the dramaunfolds. London-based, The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationallyrenowned champion of playwrights. Discovering, nurturing and producing the best newplaywrights from the widest range of backgrounds, The Bush presents exciting new voices thattell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion. (Theatre Arena)Resonant with the diverse output of Latitude Festival and sure to astound with special andunique pieces work adhering to their values of evocative and esoteric performances, the Lyricare bringing two truly inspiring and exciting performances to Latitude this year:In a world premiere created exclusively for Latitude, Sean Holmes and Filter Theatre Companypresent a new version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ condensed into one magical hour.Well-known for their unique take on classic texts, with previous works including ‘Three Sisters’,‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’, these former collaborators will be joined by thevisionary band The London Snorkelling Team to create a truly captivating show, Shakespeare asyou’ve never seen it before. (Theatre Arena)As well as showing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ inside the Theatre Arena, Lyric will useLatitude’s natural beauty and enchanted forests for the production set in the woodland and inthe realm of fairyland. Don’t miss this truly spellbinding performance with a twist on the insideshow brought to the Outdoor Theatre. (Outdoor Theatre)Lyric will also be presenting The London Snorkelling team’s show ‘The Island’, based on theband’s record entitled ‘Audio Recording and Map’, is an amazing mix of short animations, musicand performance. Using a school over-head-projector the animations are brought to life live onstage as they journey to The Island to be met by an unreliable scientist and an aristocraticmagician. Join us as the story unfolds to reveal the world of the island and all its quirks.(Theatre Arena)Paines Plough & Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present ‘Tiny Volcanoes’ by LaurenceWilson. Since they joined together in 1999, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have been ona remarkable journey, described as “a theatrical renaissance on Merseyside” (The Observer).Paines Plough is an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned theatre companyspecialising exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays. Tiny Volcanoes is a newwork by Wilson, who has previously been voted Writer of Liverpool Daily Post’s Play of the Year2004, for Urban Legend. (Theatre Arena)Northern Stage and Company of Angels co-production, ‘Apples’, adapted by John Retallackfrom the novel by Richard Milward, is an electrifying collision of Irvine Welsh and Virginia Woolfset on a Middlesbrough council estate. Returning to Latitude following 23 year old authorRichard Milward’s reading from this, his debut novel last year in the Literary Arena, Applesdepicts the brutal insecurities of adolescence; a world where the adults are absent, drugs areeverywhere, sex is desperate and life is both terrifying and thrilling. The characters feed everystereotype currently applied to young disaffected people; they are violent, shameless, ruthless,and their horizons reach only to their next night out. And yet they challenge our prejudicesbecause Milward reveals their brave, complex and profound inner lives, battling for selfesteem.“…Streaming with gorgeous language, a frighteningly recognisable glimpse into aparticular experience of adolescence.” (The Guardian). (Theatre Arena)The English Touring Theatre Company presents ‘Lovesong’ a stunning one-man play on apiano, written and directed by Che Walker and performed by British soul singer, Omar.Che Walker is an actor, director and award-winning playwright – scooping both the GeorgeDevine Award for Most Promising Playwright and Arts Council England Writer’s Award forDrama in 2003 for his play ‘Flesh Wound’. Last year, Che brought the soul/funk musical ‘BeenSo Long’ which featured Omar in the cast. This year they team up for a more intimateperformance showcasing Omar’s staggering vocal and musical talents. Omar is aninternationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician – his most well-known song was theTop 20 debut single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1991.As one of England’s foremost theatre companies, ETT creates theatre of outstanding quality,imagination and ambition that is both emotionally and intellectually engaging. (Theatre Arena)Les Enfants Terribles invite you to The Empire Music Hall for ‘Vaudevillains’ a night you’ll neverforget. Charlie the owner is dead – but whodunnit? Could it be nervy knife thrower Ray theBlade; sexy Siamese striplets; The Cerberus Sisters; deranged ventriloquist Albert Frog; macabremime artist Gaston Gasteau; or perhaps the mystifying magician – The Great Mephisto…Murder, mystery and mayhem combine with Les Enfants Terribles dark, twisted wit andinventive theatricality as they present their brand new musical extravaganza. After the showjoin the party as the Empire’s doors stay open and the band plays on into the night… (TheatreArena)London’s Soho Theatre presents ‘The Experiment’ a stunning play written and performed byEvening Standard award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill and directed by Anthony Banks.Included in last year’s Terror season at the Southwark Playhouse, this short horror transfers toLatitude’s Theatre Arena to shock, terrorise and torment. Not for the faint-hearted this is:“Shocking good horror.” (Michael Coveney – Whatsonstage.com) (Theatre Arena)Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents The Decypher Collective’s ‘8SIXTEEN32’. Fusing word,comedy and a tailor-made score of beats, rhythms and melodies this is a breath-taking, tonguetwistingtale of life and lyrics where four MC’s clash with their biggest competitor yet. Createdby The Decypher Collective (Evoke, LCB, Professor D & RTkal) with the cream of UK spokenword, poetry and music talent, this is pioneering Grime Theatre not to be missed. (TheatreArena)New writing theatre company nabokov presents ‘It’s About Time’ – Bash has made a decision.Yeah, his band The Dogscotch Pirates were never any good but who says that’s still true tenyears later? Maybe, now, with time, they’re all real artists, right? Only the man Bash needs, thelead guitarist who infamously took magic mushrooms and tried to shag girls with their tightsstill on, now ‘runs the children’s department’ from the shop floor of Waterstones. It’s AboutTime follows the old band as they stake it all on one last try and threatens to break open thevery ground with it’s earth quake of fun. (Theatre Arena)Discover the incredible ‘Invisible Show’ presented by Red Shift Theatre Company – a livetheatre event embedded in the crowd audible via wireless headphones. Conceived, writtenand directed by Jonathan Holloway, The Invisible Show is a live theatre event embedded in thecrowd, almost invisible, but audible via wireless headphones. It’s a celebration of frailty as anestranged father and son duo meet, a couple discuss separation, lovers squirm sexed-up anddesperate for privacy, a sick mother worries into her phone, ex-partners eye one-another withcuriosity. Except for the smallest tell-tales the crowd is ignorant of these eddies of emotion.…unless they have the headphones. Then the live soundscape reveals itself. Search it out or justlisten. The Invisible Show will be performed once a day over all four days of the Festival. Willyou see it? (Pandora’s Playground)Cartoon De Salvo are a trio of creative minds who describe their own shows and collaborationswith other talents as “Contemporary Folk Theatre”. Bringing their shows to whoever wants tosee them, in any venue, the Theatre Arena will proudly present their latest satirical production,‘Pub Rock’. A band whose 20 year career has always catered for their audience make a standagainst all they’ve worked for in front of your very eyes. The resulting emotional journey is sureto be moving, comic and memorable. (Theatre Arena)The Theatre Arena opens its doors to one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, DukeSpecial performing music from his incredible three albums: ‘The Stage, A Book & The SilverScreen’. Originally released as a box set back in March of this year, these three albumsshowcase the fruits of three different, but equally intriguing artistic projects. ‘The Silent Worldof Hector Mann’ is based on ‘The Book of Illusions’ by Paul Auster and features contributions byNeil Hannon amongst others. The second album, ‘Huckleberry Finn’, Duke Special performs fivesongs from Kurt Weill’s unfinished musical and for the third album Duke wrote the music to anew production of Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage & Her Children’ which played to 100,000 people atthe National Theatre in 2009 – the entire production is based around his music and the band’sperformance. For Latitude he will be playing songs from all three albums in what will be anintimate and spellbinding performance. (The Faraway Forest)Shatterbox Theatre Company bring their ‘Fair Trade’ project to the Theatre Arena at Latitude;inspired by verbatim accounts of two survivors of the sex slave trade Shatterbox has produced adynamic and visceral piece of theatre combining drama, music, physical theatre and comedy.Directed by Lotte Wakeham and written by Anna Holbek and Shelley Davenport the women’sstories are told in a powerfully honest and unsentimental way. In full support of their work,Emma Thompson enthusiastically came on board as Executive Producer. The play’s content isbased on the real-life experiences of Elena and Samai, both trafficked women. While showingthe harsh reality of the women’s experiences the play is careful to avoid sentimentality. It takesa farcical approach to a prostitute’s arrest in the style of a Punch and Judy show, a comical M.C.delivering facts about the sex trade and a human auction. Shatterbox is a young and excitingtheatre company dedicated to new writing, with particular emphasis on awareness-raising,issue based work. “I’m extremely proud to be involved in this production; it’s one of the bestscripts I’ve seen in years. Sex trafficking is a hugely important subject; I believe we need as muchart as we can get to help people understand what’s going on out there” – Academy AwardWinner Emma Thompson. (Theatre Arena)Unique and very special Outdoor Theatre can be found throughout the Latitude site, on thebanks of the lake and deep within the forest. Taking inspiration from the beautiful countrysidein which it is set, performances vary from beat-boxing to classical orchestra and from musicalsto Shakespeare. As previously said, the Lyric will be using Latitude’s outside spaces for theirsecond production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, one of East Anglia’s inspiring local theatrecompanies Mouth to Mouth and the lively and spontaneous theatre house The Factory willalso both be using the site as its muse.One of East Anglia’s most inspiring local theatre companies, Mouth To Mouth take up theirresidency in Latitude’s outdoor spaces to bring their unique take on one of Shakespeare’sfunniest plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director, James Holloway, Mouth To Mouth willbrave the British summer weather to perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’ – a farcical story ofmistaken identities and slapstick. After their festival stealing performances of The Taming ofThe Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor at previous editionsof the festival, the company bring their idiosyncratic and crazy take on playing the Bard backthis year. (Outdoor Theatre)Dubbed “the super cool company” by The Independent, The Factory is bringing ‘Round 2’ toLatitude, a growing collection of daring short plays written to an almost impossibly challengingbrief. The Factory continues to explore its thirst for spontaneity, danger and revelation bypitching its actors against each other to tackle pieces that reveal more about themselves witheach showing. All the plays are multiply cast, allowing the actors to play different roles eachtime. Both actors and audience renew relationships and meaning at each showing. To this end,the actors have been Factory trained, but not rehearsed, so that they have to thrash out theirvirgin choices before an audience. ‘Round 2’ is like no other new writing event. (OutdoorTheatre)Joining the programme is Theatre503. The home of fearless, irreverent, brave and provocativenew plays will be presenting two works onsite: PLAYlist and The Epic. Working with many of theforemost artists of their generation, they push the boundaries of what theatre can be and posethe unanswerable questions of our time. (Theatre Arena)Taking “pop theatre” to its logical conclusion, PLAYlist will be a Festival edition of our semiregularsell-out event at Theatre503. Up to ten sizzling writers are invited to create a playinspired by a piece of music. The only rule is that the play must be as long as the piece of musicthat inspired it. The writers will take their inspiration from the back catalogue of the artistsperforming at Latitude. And with such diverse artists, the scope is massive. The Epic is asurprising new play exploding the unexplored, the unexplained and the unknown. Under wraps,under canvas and under the night sky it will be all the more surprising for the fact thatTheatre503 are keeping the details a closely guarded secret. “All I’ll say is that it’s going to besomething you wouldn’t expect to see at a festival” Theatre503’s joint artistic director TimRoseman explains, “and very different from what we are usually able to programme atTheatre503, but with our trademark approach to creating fearless work with the best newwriting talent around”. This year you can expect something truly unique and vital from thisleading new writing theatre company. (Theatre Arena)The miniature festival within a festival, Forest Fringe is coming to Latitude’s Theatre Arenabringing both ‘Travelling Sounds Library’ and ‘Motor Vehicle Sundown’. The unique library wasborn out of a desire to celebrate audio experiences created by artists, bringing together adiverse array of independent audio shows into a satisfyingly rich and exciting collection. Thelibrary exists as a series of hollowed-out hard back books, each containing an mp3 player and alittle programme detailing the work available to listen to. A librarian is on hand to recommendspecific pieces meaning you simply pick up a book and immediately find yourself in a world ofbeguiling audio encounters. Already a number of artists have contributed to the library,including Stan’s Café, Blast Theory, Unlimited Theatre and SHUNT’s Mischa Twitchin. The librarywill continue to grow and new pieces are currently being created by Duncan Speakman, Coneyand Chris Thorpe. (Pandora’s Playground)‘Motor Vehicle Sundown’ by Forest Fringe is a self-contained audio installation for two peopleat a time in a parked car. The two audience members decide who will be driver and who will bepassenger and then take their seats. The car is littered with coke cans and cigarette packets. Aminiature street corner sits on the dashboard. A crackling radio plays an old song. A recordedvoice tells them that they are sitting in the last car left in the world and that this is their chanceto experience what it must have really been like to drive a car. Through breathless descriptionsfrom this hidden narrator they are transported to quiet suburban driveways and long emptyhighways; to drive-ins and teenage romance. They take the steering wheel. They play their part.Quickly though things begin to fall apart. It becomes clear that a crash is coming. Thisexperience is an attempt to explore the relationship between America and the car. How thehistory of the two is so intertwined. And how much longing we have for those dreams of wideopen spaces and roaring engines. For a world that is coming to a crashing end, if it ever reallyexisted. (Theatre Arena)Tangled Feet’s reputation stems from a will to keep their performances fresh with the use ofphysical improvisation and developing their material depending on the reactions of theaudience. Their production ‘Undercover’ is based around bedtime. A man and a woman wrestlea duvet into submission. In a highly-charged physical romp, tangled feet explore the darklycomic territory between domesticity and fantasy, and sex and death. (Theatre Arena)Following the success of last year’s Latitude hit Anthropology, Bad Physics returns with a brandnew comic romp of casual sex, domestic disputes, backstabbing and drunken revelations. Set ata music festival in Suffolk, ‘Pitching In’ is an in-tents soap opera for the stage packed withexplosive water-cooler moments and tantalising cliff hangers, and performed with live soundeffects and hilarious barefaced cheek. Tune in as the plot develops across the course of theweekend, then on Sunday night catch up on the action so far with the omnibus and theclimactic end of the series. (Theatre Arena)HighTide present ‘The Theatre EP’, three short boutique musicals with an extra special bonustrack, made for bespoke Latitude sites written by Dominic Mitchell and created by NatalieIbu. Go Into The Woods and experience tracks for the theatre that take your preconceptionsabout musical theatre and turn them on their head. Experience the one-on-one intimacy of aMusical for One, play both Ian McKellen and Whitney Houston in Karaoke Musical, choose yourown ‘MixTape’ soundtrack to silent plays, or for a very special festival experience book ourbonus track: ‘Made to Order’ – a custom made musical experience for and about you (only 5available). HighTide produce an annual new writing theatre festival based in Halesworth at TheCut Theatre and their work has transferred nationally with the National Theatre, The Old Vicand Bush Theatre as well as internationally. (The Faraway Forest)The National Student Drama Festival comes to Latitude with their fantastic version of theclassic tale ‘The Wind In The Willows’ showcasing the most exceptional emerging artists NSDFhas seen in the last 12 months. The NSDF gives ambitious students, writers, directors and actorsa chance to produce their own work and take part at the festival based in Scarborough. Withtheatre, live performance, discussions and special events, NSDF unearths the country’s buddingnew stars. (Outdoor Theatre)Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale forest and be enticed by the sounds of the orchestralcabaret-pop brilliance of London’s Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra drifting through the trees.With numbers ranging from 12 to 24, and sounding like a perfect mix of Bonzo Dog Doo-DahBand meets Scott Walker, with a bit of Kurt Weill and The Beatles thrown in; The MFMO are alarge ensemble with flutes, big brass and a full string section, including a harp. And without anyamplification their fantastically incongruous mix of over-orchestrated comedy songs, eccentricinstrumentals and lovely ballads, some with original lyrics, some taken from old poems, will fillLatitude’s woodland with a unique take on the traditional orchestra set-up – a showcase ofstaggering musical talent not to be missed. (The Faraway Forest)Pick of the Pleasance is, as the name suggests, the choice selections of the Edinburgh basedPleasance Theatre Trust. With two theatre locations in their hometown and one in Islington inLondon, each venue plays host to resident theatre companies as well as bringing comic heroessuch as Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Eddie Izzard and Paul Merton to a wider audience.Established in 1985 as a venue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the arts collective and theatreshave grown into a highly respected organisation with a glowing programme of events everyyear. Hence, we are glad to have them bringing their favourite performances to Latitude’sCabaret Arena in 2010. Amongst the performances are:The Suitcase Royale, a rag n’ bone band from Melbourne, will be performing their latest “tinpan alley opera”, ‘The Ballad of Backbone Joe’. Utilising lighting, physical theatre, film, their“junkyard aesthetic” and music, this Australian trio tell a story of the murder of a town’sabattoir owner and boxing emporium set in pre-war Australia. This musical carnival will be arickshaw ride through The Suitcase Royale’s imagination. Comic duo Mackenzie and McGuirewill be bringing their latest show ‘Radio Hoohah’ to the Cabaret Arena courtesy of thePleasance. With a host of radio personalities and shows – from Leonara Velvety Constable-Wheeler’s pugs and Shakespeare spiel to What’s New and its coverage of the latest literature,film and political discourse – there is bound to be satirical and silly laughs aplenty. (CabaretArena)A hen party spiralling out of control; a funeral riddled with tension and in-fighting. PerennialTheatre Company presents the culmination of its 18-month training and rehearsal period witha show that asks what happens when celebration and grief clash by night. Perennial TheatreCompany is a growing ensemble of theatre artists committed to functioning as a permanenttheatre company. Premiering at Latitude 2010, ‘The Show of the Night’ brings to the stage lifein all its inherent theatricality. Expect a frenzy of costume malfunctions, missed cues, stagingdisasters and cat fights. (Theatre Arena)Eyebrow Productions are performing their new piece ‘In An Instant’ for our sunny OutdoorTheatre. He should have walked away. She should have stayed indoors. A chance encounter. Asudden impact. A moment when everything changed. Come and witness these life-changingexperiences… Because nothing stays the same forever. Eyebrow Productions brings you anhour of captivating short plays by writers including Jack Thorne, James Graham and MatthewDunster, brought together for Latitude. Accompanied by live music from Dave Tither speciallycommissioned for the festival, ‘In An Instant’ captures those sudden, unexpected moments thatleave you floored. (Outdoor Theatre)~ FILM & MUSIC ARENA ~~ The Passion of Joan of Arc with live score from Adrian Utley and Will Gregory ~~ BAFTA presents: Screening of Four Lions with Chris Morris Q&A ~~ BAFTA: Q&A with Paul Greengrass ~~ BAFTA presents: Damon Beesley and cast members from The Inbetweeners Q&A ~~ Mark Lamarr presents God’s Jukebox with Geno Washington,The Jim Jones Revue, The Skatroniks, Noel McKoy and The Mummers ~~ The Rime of The Modern Mariner with live score by Anthony Rossomando, Didz Hammond,Rose Elinor Dougall and special guests ~~ Future Cinema presents: The Blues Brothers with Kitty, Daisy and Lewis plus special guests ~~ Riz MC MICroscope ~ Joby Talbot ~ Martin Creed ~~ Screening of Oil City Confidential and Q&A with Julien Temple ~ James Rhodes ~ Amiina ~~ Adam Buxton: BUG ~ Popcorn Comedy ~ Modern Toss ~~ TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM plus Panel Discussion: ‘DON’T PANIC, WE’REISLAMIC!’ and The Kominas ~~ Aldeburgh Music’s Faster Than Sound featuring: Mira Calix, Larry Goves, Simon FisherTurner and the London Contemporary Orchestra ~ Noise Of Art ~ Soulboy ~~ Screening of The Doors: When You’re Strange ~A heady mix of visual and aural pleasure, the Film & Music Arena is home to some of thefestival’s most mesmerising performances. Bringing together the worlds of alternative cinemaand music, the arena will showcase a jam-packed programme of award-winning films,documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions and discussions alongside musical treats andthrilling visuals.Providing a beautiful yet chilling score to an all-time classic silent film, Portishead’s Adrian Utleyand Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory have created a cinematic masterpiece with the 1928 film ThePassion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc). Essentially a passion play which sees thetrial, imprisonment, torture and execution of the martyr and Catholic saint, it’s renowned for itslingering camera work on the actors’ facial expressions and dramatic close-up. Utley andGregory’s score – which includes an ensemble of electric guitars, voices, synthesisers, brass,harp and percussion – amplifies the horrific details of the film and enhances the viewer’sexperience of the film’s menace and cinematic triumphs. Don’t miss this amazing and dramaticperformance in the Film and Music Arena.Headlining the Film & Music Arena for the fourth year running, the British Academy of Film andTelevision Arts brings a storming line-up of screen talent to Latitude 2010. Paul Greengrass,Chris Morris and the cast and crew of E4’s The Inbetweeners will join BAFTA for a fantasticseries of events at the festival. These events form part of BAFTA’s year-round, UK-wide Learning& Events programme, giving the public access to the cream of creative talent in the film and TVindustries.On Friday, BAFTA is delighted to welcome controversial comedy genius Chris Morris to thefestival. Following a screening of his hit film, ‘Four Lions’, the audience will be given a very rareopportunity to pose their questions to the four-time BAFTA-nominated writer/director, as wellas seeing clips and hearing him talk about his massive cult hit shows Brass Eye, The Day Today,Nathan Barley and Jam. On Saturday, BAFTA is honoured to welcome multi-award-winningwriter/director Paul Greengrass to the Latitude stage. From BAFTA-winning television work withOmagh and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence to major film credits including ‘BourneUltimatum’ and ‘Bourne Supremacy’, ‘United 93’ and ‘Green Zone’, Greengrass is one of themost dynamic and inspiring filmmakers working in the industry today. On Sunday, BAFTA goesback to school with writer Damon Beesley and selected cast members from E4’s BAFTAnominatedhit series The Inbetweeners. Fresh from filming the third series, Beesley, who hasalso written Flight of the Conchords, and the boys will reveal some of their favourite momentsas well as revealing exactly how autobiographical the show is.Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “It is a joy partnering with Latitude and bringingthe best UK film and television talent to such a receptive audience. Our Awards aside, last yearapproximately 30,000 people took advantage of our year-round, UK-wide events programme,which aims to share the knowledge of Britain’s most talented industry creatives with as wide anaudience as possible. We will also be filming the BAFTA events at Latitude for our website, andadd them to our growing library of webcasts making industry expertise available to anyone withan internet connection.”The Film & Music Arena will be home to some of the best retro music around courtesy of radioDJ, presenter and all-round music aficionado Mark Lamarr. Presenting his renowned Saturdaynight Radio 2 show – God’s Jukebox – Lamarr will be DJ-ing an eclectic mix of his top tunes fromsoul, ska, reggae, country, gospel and rap as well as introducing five specially selected bandsand performers to the Film & Music Arena. The first to be announced are: legendary AmericanR&B singer Geno Washington and punk rock ‘n’ rollers The Jim Jones Revue, Lamarr is excitedto announce that The Skatroniks, Noel McKoy and The Mummers are joining in the fun.Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band rose to fame in the sixties with two of the biggestselling UK albums of the decade. ‘Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live’ was in thealbum charts for 48 weeks of the year in 1966 and was only out-sold by The Sound of Music andBridge Over Troubled Water. Immortalised by Dexy’s Midnight Runners in their 80’s hit Geno -his high energy live performances were, and still are to this day the stuff of legends.The Jim Jones Revue are an epiphany of velvet waistcoats, sideburns, quiffs and great shoes –and wouldn’t be out of place in a Tombstone gin joint. Melding the best of old school traditionalforms with the fire of punk, they create an exciting hybrid referencing Jerry Lee’s 50’s blueprintand the crash-clatter chaos of The Cramps, MC5 and The Birthday Party.Rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Jazz Jamaica Allstars big band (Radio3’s “Best Band of 2002″) come The Skatroniks featuring ASWAD’s Clifton Bigga Morrison. Therhythm section is a blend of reggae, jazz, ska, mentoe and electronica, mixing technology withlive instruments including a full horn section. With a broad repertoire, drawn from the five JazzJamaica albums as well as new Skatroniks material, the extended line up and guest musiciansand DJ’s are set to bring hours of pure ska and reggae to Suffolk this summer. The Skatroniksblend the old and the new of Jamaican and Caribbean dance music, with quality jazzimprovisation – get your dancing shoes ready!As the frontman of 80’s acid-jazz pioneers James Taylor Quartet, and with a career at the frontline of the British soul scene dueting with Mica Paris, Juliet Roberts, Beverley Knight andVanessa Simon, Noel McKoy is the genuine godfather of British soul. Now an acclaimed singersongwriterwith a voice like honey, whose long and distinguished career has seen him workingwith some of the biggest names within his chosen genre, he has recently released his debutalbum ‘Brighter Day’ to rave reviews. On it, McKoy draws on a host of influences from MarvinGaye and Stevie Wonder to Chaka Khan and The Beatles as he weaves an impressive collectionof soul, gospel, funk and northern soul into a cohesve masterpiece.The Mummers is the brainchild of Raissa Khan-Panni and together with her troupe ofmusicians, they return to the stage this summer with brand new sounds. Born out of thetreehouse studio, their critically acclaimed album ‘Tale to Tell’ is a unique sound-clash ofcarnival and marching bands, tumbling in a haze of colourful orchestration akin to Want-eraRufus Wainwright. Amongst the swirling flamboyance, Raissa’s intoxicating, quixotic vocal andstorytelling qualities single her out to be one of the UK’s most intriguing singer-songwriters inyears. The fantasy of The Mummers has already created a spectacle of wonderment, and live,Raissa and band drip magic on a breathless audience all revelling in those important momentsof escapism. In the world of make believe, you need to use your own imagination. In the worldof The Mummers, your imagination tells the tale.What is the depth of relationship between a nation and a state? Can a way of life, howeverancient, survive the force of globalised trade? ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is a journeythrough lost communities, rediscovered pirates, colonial fortresses and the spindrift of folkloreand legend. Following a successful debut at the East End Film Festival in April, Latitude is veryexcited to announce that ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’ is to get a special repeatperformance at Latitude. Written and directed by Mark Donne and narrated by Carl Barat (TheLibertines), the two will introduce this documentary to Latitude’s Film & Music Arena, completewith live score composed and performed by Anthony Rossomando (Dirty Pretty Things/Klaxons). This showing will have a very special guest sound and orchestral band featuring DidzHammond of Dirty Pretty Things, Rose Elinor Dougall ex-Pipettes, as well as others to beannounced, stay on the lookout for further updates. The adventurous score is completed with atrio of string players to weave the score’s melodic tentacles around the rhythm of the film. Itutilises the sound of ship engines and a real dynamic aural expression of the nautical themes,threaded with nostalgia, for a truly unique musical experience. With the accompaniment fromthe assembled indie-rock collective – all performing for one night only – there will never be amore exciting time to see this intriguing and fascinating history of the original shipping heart ofLondon than in the comfort of the Film & Music Arena.Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema, bring you the most dangerous combination sincenitro and glycerin – ‘Blues Brothers’, the live film experience, featuring very special guestsKitty, Daisy and Lewis. Come down to the Palais Hotel Ballroom in the Film & Music Arena,where you’ll be welcomed by representatives of Illinois’s Law Enforcement Community, for anall-singing, all-dancing celebration of John Landis’ 80’s classic. With live music from real-lifeBlues Brothers and Sisters Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, DJs and very special guests, come see theworld of the film brought to life. Expect massive singalong performances that will electrify inthis one chance to see this classic music movie as a multi-dimensional extravaganza.Hailed as a conceptual event which includes music, a bit of theatre and a whole lot of hype, fansof Riz MC will unite as the legendary MC/Actor does what he does best, entertain a crowd.MICroscope promises to be a mad ‘immersive and interactive gig experience’ – think audienceparticipation, improvisation, and some experimental lyrical gymnastics. Riz Ahmed shot to famewith his hip hop debut single ‘The Post 9/11 Blues’ causing controversy across TV, radio andnewsprint. Since then he has been championed by BBC Radio 1, toured the USA, and playedshows from Fabric to the Royal Festival Hall with the likes of Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney,Dizzee Rascal, and Mos Def. As an actor his screen credits include, the multi award winning‘Road to Guantanamo’, BAFTA nominated ‘Dead Set’, and the BAFTA winning and Emmynominated ‘Britz’. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2008 BIFA Awards for hisperformance in the title role in ‘Shifty’ opposite Jason Flemyng and Daniel Mays. Forthcomingscreen appearances include Sally Potter’s ‘RAGE’ alongside Jude Law and Judy Dench,‘Centurion’ with Michael Fassbender and Dominic West.Famed composer and classical arranger Joby Talbot will be performing his incredible score tothe 1917 silent film ‘The Dying Swan’ in Latitude’s Film & Music Arena. A profoundly emotionalpiece of music – The Dying Swan – Music for 1-7 Players is an intimate series of modern dayclassical music at its best, from one of the nation’s highly regarded talents. Talbot is knownequally for his work with Jack White, The Divine Comedy and his TV and film scores thatinclude, The League Gentlemen, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow.Scottish artist Martin Creed is to present us with one of his conceptual pieces of work inconcert at Latitude. He won the notorious Turner Prize in 2001 for his minimal, self explanatorywork entitled ‘Work No. 227, the lights going on and off’. With such straightforward titling,Creed is likely to continue his hallmark tendency to subvert the ordinary by making it art. Aswith his Turner Prize winning piece, this will be a talking point for the entire weekend.Julien Temple’s ‘Oil City Confidential’ is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970’s,a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in ‘The Filth & The Fury’and Joe Strummer in ‘The Future Is Unwritten’. Using the music as a prism to examine the socialand cultural conditions of the times with his characteristic cinematic language – an irreverentand anarchic, archive and fictive montage – Temples focus is on Dr. Feelgood, who played avital role in creating the conditions for that cultural explosion and is a story as yet untold.James Rhodes is known as the classical pianist with a rock-star attitude. His second eagerlyawaitedalbum ‘Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside – Bach Busoni Beethoven’ hasrecently been released on the award-winning independent classical label Signum Classics. “Thecentrepiece of this recital, a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E major Op109..stands comparison with the finest on record and knocks those of more self-consciouslyhighbrow pianists into a cocked hat.” The Telegraph. Rhodes will be in the Film & Music Arenato invite you to join him in an evening of Bach, Beethoven and banter. For classical junkies,virgins and everyone in between. “Bursting through the era of political correctness in a haze ofByronic romanticism, James Rhodes, is swiftly making himself a name as the wild man of thekeyboard.” Classical Music magazine.Icelandic string group Amiina (best known for their collaborations with Sigur Ròs) perform theiroriginal live accompaniment to three 1930’s fairytale animations by pioneering Germanfilmmaker Lotte Reiniger. Bringing together the magic of old and new, Branchage InternationalFilm Festival originally commissioned the live soundtracks to Reiniger’s intricate marionetteanimations of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to be performed at the 2009 festival. In 2010,Latitude has commissioned a third soundtrack to Aladdin to complete the set. Following anoverwhelming response to Amiina’s haunting, resonant accompaniment to these rare, beautifulfilms, the trio are making a very special trip to Latitude and looking forward to performing theexclusive premiere of Aladdin. Amiina use both traditional and non-traditional instruments(from violins to wine glasses to saws) to create their captivating soundscapes and explore themystery and darkness at the heart of the original fairytales; themes that Reiniger brought to lifenearly a century ago.Feast your eyes – and, of course, your ears – as comedian, writer, video director and generalmusic video enthusiast, Adam Buxton brings a special edition of BUG to Latitude’s Film & MusicArena. BUG promises to bring you a programme of the weird, the wonderful and the truly greatmusic videos from around the world this year. This special edition of BUG promises moreoutstanding clips rarely seen on a big screen (or even a TV screen) and some incredible onlinediscoveries – with insightful and hilarious contributions from Adam.Popcorn Comedy is a comedy show created by Jon Petrie and Holly Walsh in January 2009. Itpresents some of the strongest, sharpest and funniest videos online. The show also features thecountry’s best comedians as they showcase their own short comedy films. Previous liveperformers have included Peter Serafinowicz, Tim Key, Adam Buxton, Josie Long, RobertPopper, David Cross and Graham Linehan. The Film & Music Arena is the perfect rostrum foryou to enjoy this creative revolution and laugh until you fall over. Popcorn Comedy is a TimeOut ‘Critics’ Choice’ and has been featured on the BBC’s Culture Show.The hilariously foul-mouthed Modern Toss present groundbreaking work featuring a newlyrecorded narration and a freshly tailored soundtrack to enhance specially-edited highlights oftheir two Channel 4 animation series, featuring sweary signwriter Mr Tourette, Drive-byAbuser, Space Argument and Alan. Jon Link and Mick Bunnage are the writers, cartoonists andanimators behind the stylish and hilarious cult comic Modern Toss and the TV series of thesame name. A mixture of blunt-talking, animated characters with bizarre and surreal live action,their two series of the Modern Toss cartoon sketch show were broadcast on Channel 4 andnominated for a Rose D’Or award in 2009. The second series was broadcast in the U.S in 2009.TAQWACORE: The Birth Of Punk Islam will be screened in the Film & Music Arena at Latitudethis year followed by a panel discussion chaired by UK filmmaker and Journalist Hammad Khanentitled DON’T PANIC, WE’RE ISLAMIC! following the screening, which will include journalistKaleem Aftab and more to be confirmed, discussing issues raised in the film.Boston’s The Kominas belt out an anthem for a new generation of young Muslims in abasement of a decrepit Chicago punkhouse, with a mob of like-minded Islamic misfits sneeringalong. In the summer of 2007 these Pakistani punkers have arrived at the last stop of their U.S.tour and are celebrating with tourmates and fellow bands: Vote Hezbollah featuring an Iraniankid from San Antonio; the all-girl Secret Trial Five featuring a Pakistani lesbian from Vancouver;Al-Thawra who pound heavy metal beats into Arabic drones, plus East London’s own Riz MCwho gives his Taqwacore support. At the centre, pumping his fists in the air and shouting, is awhite American convert named Michael Muhammad Knight; the Islamic punk music scenewould never have existed if it weren’t for his 2003 novel, The Taqwacores, in which Michaelimagined a community of Muslim radicals such as Mohawked Sufis, riot grrrls in burqas, andskinhead Shi’as. Although the book and its characters were entirely fictional, the movementthey inspired is very real. The film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits on their firstU.S. tour, where they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at the largest Muslim gathering in NorthAmerica, then travels with them to Pakistan where The Kominas, bring punk to the streets ofLahore.Straight from Boston, Massachusetts to Henham Park, Suffolk, The Kominas will be playing livein 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 debutalbum ‘Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay’ in 2008 causing the mainstream media to sit up andlisten with their provocative and suggestive music and lyrics. With songs such as ‘Suicide BombThe Gap’ and ‘Rumi Was A Homo’ they push boundaries and challenge stereotypes makingthem an important tour de force.The band take a starring role as the film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits, TheKominas, on their first U.S. tour. Taqwacore observes as they incite a riot of young hijabi girls atthe largest Muslim gathering in North America, then travels with them to Pakistan where TheKominas, bring punk to the streets of Lahore. The band will be playing in the Film & MusicArena after the showing of Taqwacore’s film creating a truly spectacular visual delight,submerging the audience in a full surround sound experience. A panel discussion on music inIran and the film will take place after the performance so be sure to stay around and get fullyinvolved in all of the interactive elements.Faster Than Sound continues a long tradition at Aldeburgh of giving artists the space andopportunity to experiment and work in new ways. It explores possibilities for forging innovativecollaborations between the worlds of classical and electronic music, players and composers andnew technologies. For Latitude they have put together a unique showcase with some of themost exciting talent in contemporary classical and electronic music. London ContemporaryOrchestra will collaborate with Simon Fisher Turner, a self-confessed ‘extreme sound freak’ andacclaimed composer. They will also premiere two Faster Than Sound co-commissioned workswritten in collaboration by composers Mira Calix and Larry Goves as part of their “exchange andreturn” project performed by players from LCO. A unique score-based programme includingJohn Woolrich, Claude Vivier and John Adams performed by the LCO conducted by Hugh Bruntwill form the centerpiece of this performance. The groundbreaking 2008 commissioned AVpiece “Natures” by Quayola and Mira Calix will be screened throughout the event. Faster ThanSound is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.30 years after the UK’s most famous UFO incident, Noise of Art and Town Hall Galleries,Ipswich are bringing the extraterrestrials back to Suffolk for Latitude Festival. Based on thespectacular UFO sightings at a US Airforce base in Suffolk in December 1980, the originalincident was reported to the MOD by Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt, deputy commander ofthe base. His personal involvement in the second night of the sightings has given the casecredibility. 30 years on it remains a mystery. Noise of Art’s 30th anniversary event features liveextraterrestrial disco music, surround visuals, costumed aliens, space freaks, rare Cosmonautand space film, mobile projectionists, interactive performance, an alien artefact hunt (offeringfestival goers the chance to take a work of art home with them) and space disco dancing, while360 degree surround visual pieces by Your Mum and Overlap will change the look and feel ofFilm and Music Arena. The music will feature a one-off cosmic disco super group and two ofLondon’s leading DJs. Although the full line-up is yet to be revealed, amongst those on stagewill be members of established disco, techno, prog and punk funk bands, a rising star concertpianist and a contemporary classical string section. The main DJs will be Italo Disco maestroSeverino, of Horse Meat Disco fame, and Ben Osborne, founder of Noise of Art and SlippedDisco’s UFO.Latitude is excited to announce that upcoming British film Soulboy, written by Jeff Williams anddirected by Shimmy Marcus who has produced a gritty and exciting film featuring a castincluding Martin Compston, Nichola Burley, Felicity Jones, Alfie Allen and Pat Shortt, will bescreened in the Film & Music Arena. Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on thefootball terraces, Joe McCain (Compston), is bored of a life that’s going nowhere. Enter hairdresserJane (Burley). Blonde, brassy, and moving to the beat of a whole new world of sound,movement and all nighter dancing at The Wigan Casino – the home of Northern Soul. Mandy(Jones), a cute and spunky artist, is eager to help Joe become the cool ‘soul boy’ he wants to be.Mandy falls for Joe and a love triangle develops with Jane and Mandy, and Joe has to decidewho he really wants in his life.Following successful showings at both the Sundance and the Santa Barbara Film Festivals, theJohnny Depp narrated archival documentary film ‘The Doors – When You’re Strange‘ is to bescreened at Latitude. The Tom Dicillo directed feature uses previously unseen footage of theband stretching from their 1965 formation to the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971.Depp said: “What an honour to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I haveever done.”~ LITERARY ARENA ~Robin Ince’s Book Club with Kevin Eldon, Jo Neary, Robyn Hitchcock,Josie Long & Gavin Osborn ~~ WordTheatre presents: Brian Cox, Juliet Stevenson, Chris McDonald, Nicole Ansari, GrahamHamilton, Ian Hart, John Schwab, Sally Hawkins, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, David Soul, DavidCross, Ben Miller, Edi Gathegi and Amber Tamblyn ~~ 5×15: with Zoe Margolis, Tristram Stuart, Craig Brown,Gavin Pretor Pinney and Michaela Wrong ~~ Sebastian Faulks ~ Bret Easton Ellis ~ Hanif Kureishi ~~ Adam Foulds ~ The Mark Thomas Community Pub Quiz ~~ Peter Hook ~ Natasha Walter ~ Jon Ronson ~~ Kristin Hersh ~ Julie Burchill and Garry Mulholland ~ Jim Bob~Arthur Smith ~ Jon McGregor ~ Samantha Harvey ~~ Philippa Perry ~ Jackie Kay ~ David Aaronovitch ~Miles Irving ~ Peter Owen-Jones ~ Robert Forster ~~ Scarlett Thomas ~ China Miéville ~ D. J. Taylor ~ Rachel Trezise ~~ Steven Machat ~ Mike Gayle & Jojo Moyes ~Olly Hicks ~ Jane Bussmann ~~ Anthony Cartwright ~ Louise Stern ~ Katharine Hibbert ~~ Pappy’s ~ The School of Life ~The best literary event of the summer, Latitude’s Literary Arena celebrates the written word inall its fabulous glory. For both book worms and casual readers, the best authors and specialguests will all congregate under the canopy of the arena and take you on a journey to the farreaches of your imagination. Stories are told, books are dissected, discussions are had anddebates fought over; these are book readings with a difference so sit back and enjoy Latitude’sfun-filled library by the sea.Latitude’s literary regular and house master of the written word, Robin Ince reprises the BookClub for Latitude’s Literary Arena, with specially created shows featuring incredible guests fromthe worlds of comedy, literature and science. A comic genius Robin succeeds in bringing bothgood and bad books to life, dissecting the themes, narratives and storytelling with hilariousobservations and analysis. Joining Robin Ince this year are: the supremely versatile actor andcomic Kevin Eldon whose instantly recognisable wide eyed, malleable and quizzical face hasbeen a feature on shows such as Brass Eye, Big Train, I’m Alan Partridge and Jam; BrightonbasedBritish comic, writer and actress Jo Neary whose solo, character-based stage shows wonher a Perrier Best Newcomer Award nomination in 2004; singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcockwho has risen to legendary cult status with his surreal and comedic songs of English eccentricsand melancholy depictions of everyday life; British comic and winner of the Best Newcomer inthe if.comeddies Awards for her solo Edinburgh debut, Josie Long will be dissecting books inbetween her show in the Comedy Arena and finally, taking time out from his performance withDaniel Kitson on The Waterfront Stage, Gavin Osborn will bring his unique musical talent forfunny yet heart-rending songs to these book readings with a difference.WordTheatre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping the love of language andliterature alive through the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Since its inception in 2003,WordTheatre has been creating, producing and recording live events featuring literary worksperformed by world-class authors and actors at their salons in Los Angeles, New York andLondon. For Latitude, WordTheatre presents ‘Tales of Love, Sex and All the Rest’ in the LiteraryArena featuring Short Stories from the Sunday Times Magazine, The Pushcart Prize: Best of theSmall presses and More. Performed by a star-studded International cast and directed byCedering Fox.Thursday – ‘Love’ features Chris McDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream)performing Ron Carlson (Pushcart Prize, Ploughshares Cohen Prize), Nicole Ansari (TomStoppards Rock n Roll) performing Rachel Seiffert (PEN David T.K. Wong Award), GrahamHamilton (currently Hamlet at Washington DCs Folger Shakespeare Theatre) performing EtgarKeret (Israeli Oscar Award winning screenwriter), Ian Hart (Harry Potter’s Professor QuirinusQuirrell)performing Aimee Bender (Pushcart Prize, Los Angeles Times Pick of the Year), JohnSchwab (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare) performing Dan Chaon (Pushcart Prize,O. Henry Prize), Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity) performing John Edgar Wideman(Macarthur Genius Grant) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife)performing Ali Smith (Whitbread Award).Friday – ‘Sex’ features Pushcart Prize winning stories with Belinda Stewart-Wilson (Primeval,Inbetweeners) performing Marilyn Chin, Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity)performing Marvin Cohen, Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) performing Janice Eudis, IanHart (Harry Potter’s Professor Quirinus Quirrell) performing David St. John and David Soul(Starsky and Hutch) performing Umberto Eco.Saturday – All the Rest’ will be introduced by Cathy Galvin, The Sunday Times Magazine DeputyEditor and founder of the biggest prize for a short story in the world: The Sunday Times EFGShort Story Award. A star-studded international cast will perform Paul Therouxs 14 part story,”Voices of Love”, (a Sunday Times Short Story selection) including Amber Tamblyn (TheSisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Joan of Arcadia), Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller), BelindaStewart-Wilson (Primeval, Inbetweeners) Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Bourne Identity), ChrisMcDonald (Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream), David Cross (Eternal Sunshine of theSpotless Mind, Year One), David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, Jerry Springer the Opera)), the Twilightsagas Edi Gathegi, Ian Hart (Harry Potter’s Professor Quirinus Quirrell), John Schwab (TheComplete Works of William Shakespeare), Nicole Ansari (Tom Stoppards Rock n Roll). Inaddition, Amber Tamblyn will also perform a story by Sara Lenzen (Sunday Times MagazineShort Story selection), David Cross will perform a short story by David Galef (HenfieldFoundation grant) and the Twilight sagas Edi Gathegi will perform John Edgar Wideman(MacArthur Genius Grant). Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox and please note all actsare subject to change.5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to enlighten, entertain and inspire, as they tellthe story behind their personal histories, most innovative ideas, grandest achievements, anddeepest obsessions – all in just 15 minutes. This is non-fiction story telling at its best -completely unscripted and PowerPoint free. 5×15 launched earlier this year in London to ravereviews and packed out auditoriums and is the brain-child of Eleanor O’Keeffe, Rosie Boycottand Daisy Leitch. This is mind-expanding entertainment that gets you thinking about far-rangingtopics from unusual perspectives. Without doubt those fifteen minutes will be informative,lively and packed full of thought-provoking sound. Confirmed so far are:Speaking candidly about sex and women, Zoe Margolis is a Girl With A One Track Mind.Based on her hugely popular sex blog, Abby Lee’s ‘Girl With a One Track Mind’ was a publishingphenomenon. Unfortunately for Abby, her true identity was revealed shortly after publicationand her private life – now public – was thrown into disarray. Suddenly all her friends, family andcolleagues knew her most shockingly intimate secrets. In her follow up book she details howshe coped once the whole world knew she was Britain’s most famous sex diarist, and revealsher attempts to lead a satisfying sex life once more.Tristram Stuart lifts the lid on the amount of produce that ends up in landfills around the worldwith is award-winning book, ‘Waste And The Global Food Scandal’. With shortages, volatileprices, environmental disasters and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a foodproblem – or thinks it does. Combining front-line investigation with startling new data, Stuart’swork shows how the way we live now has created a global food crisis – and what we can do tofix it.The legendary Private Eye satirist Craig Brown, most well known for his mock-celebrity diaryentries in the popular satirical magazine, has also written comedy TV shows and radio shows, aswell as contributing to publications from The Spectator to the Guardian; Brown will treat us tohis Literary Festival in 15 minutes; Gavin Pretor-Pinney famous for wave watching, takes us toseventh heaven for some cloud spotting. We’re also thrilled to announce a first timer to 5×15,the foreign correspondent and author Michela Wrong ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ tells us a story ofcorruption and a Kenyan whistleblower. Come and join the Literary Arena for some mindexpandingentertainment that gets you thinking about far ranging topics from unusualperspectives.Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks joins the literary luminaries at Latitude this year. He is theauthor of several novels including ‘Human Traces’, ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Engleby’. His books have soldseveral million copies in the UK. His most recent book ‘A Week in December’ is a major SundayTimes bestseller, set in contemporary London and dealing with many aspects of life in the citytoday. It is currently being developed as four-part drama for Channel 4. He will be talking abouthis latest novel ‘A Week in December’ at Latitude, but Sebastian will be happy to answerquestions on his other books as well.Latitude is delighted to welcome notorious modern day American novelist Bret Easton Ellis fora reading and discussion of his brand new novel, ‘Imperial Bedrooms’. In his own inimitablestyle the characters from the successful and highly acclaimed debut ‘Less Than Zero’ arebrought into the present day – 25 years later. Bringing the vivid and brittle disaffection ofmiddle age into the picture, art imitating life won’t be far from the passionately inscribedwords. Bret Easton Ellis gained notoriety after the murderous pulp fiction of 80’s satire novel‘American Psycho’, a novel that has since become a cult classic as well as a cherished moviestarring Christian Bale. ‘Imperial Bedrooms’ follows 2005’s ‘Lunar Park’, an excellent pasticheesqueriff on autobiographical fiction, which only fuelled intrigue about this spectacular talent.Oscar nominated and Whitbread Prize winner Hanif Kureishi will be reading from his first novel,‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ with musical accompaniment from Lola Perrin. The novel is a tour deforce of comic invention, a bizarre, often hilarious and totally original picture of the life of ayoung Pakistani growing up in 1970s Britain. Karim lives with his Mum and Dad in a suburb ofsouth London and dreams of making his escape to the bright lights of the big city. But his fatheris no ordinary Dad, he is ‘the buddha of suburbia’, a strange and compelling figure whosepowers of meditation hold a circle of would-be mystics spellbound with the fascinations of theEast. Among his disciples is the glamorous and ambitious Eva, and when ‘the buddha ofsuburbia’ runs off with her to a crumbling flat in Barons Court, Karim’s life becomes changed inways that even he had never dreamed of. ‘The Buddha of Surburbia’ was dramatised by theBBC in 1993. Kureishi has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and isthe prolific author of novels, story collections, plays, screenplays and essay collections.With his debut novel ‘The Truth About These Strange Times’, Adam Foulds won a Betty Traskaward and was made Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2007. For the follow up Adamcrafted a narrative poem entitled ‘The Broken Word’ (2008), which detailed fictional eventsduring the Mau Mau Uprising and again gained several accolades. Last year’s ‘The QuickeningMaze’ saw a return to standard prose, this time focusing on the Victorian mental asylum wherethe poet John Clare was held. This work was nominated for the Booker Prize. With anundeniable pedigree arising from such a small body of work so far, you shouldn’t miss theopportunity to see this amazing talent.Sometimes there’s no finer way to spend an evening than pitching your knowledge of triviaagainst that of complete strangers in a truly competitive pub quiz. Delving deep into yourmemory banks to remember where those lyrics came from, which film won that Oscar and whodid what in that year, funny man/political activist Mark Thomas will be hosting this GreatBritish pastime with his very own Community Pub Quiz. Having just won £1200 compensationafter being illegally stopped and searched by the Metropolitan Police at an anti-arms rally in2007, Thomas is on a roll. Will you be a winner in Latitude’s Literary Arena?Now added to the line up is renowned Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook. Back in1982, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook along with the rest of New Order and Factory Records owner TonyWilson opened the infamous nightclub the Haçienda, the birthplace of the acid house andMadchester scenes, as well as countless gigs and parties that are now the stuff of legend.However, with the free party spirit came the gangs, the drugs, the violence and the police; theclub slipped into a long a painfully expensive decline, it constantly lost money and finally cameto an unceremonious end in 1997. In his frank and hilarious book ‘How Not To Run A Club’,‘Hooky’ recounts the successes, the fun, the history, the parties as well as the badmanagement, the stupid deals and eventual bankruptcy that have shaped this glorious story ofwhat not to do. Hook will also be interviewed by Keith Allen.Writer and campaigner Natasha Walter will be presenting readings from her new book ‘LivingDolls: The Return of Sexism’ which is out this Spring. The follow-up to the inspirational andcritically applauded book ‘The New Feminism’ which came out in 1998, Walter examinestoday’s society and shines a light on the way the dreams of young women are being restrictedby our hypersexual culture and by the resurgence of biological determinism. Reviewer,columnist and feature writer at the Independent, the Observer and the Guardian, Walter is alsoa regular broadcaster particularly on BBC2’s Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.She has been a judge on many literary prizes, including the Booker Prize in 1999, is a passionateadvocate for the rights of women and children who seek asylum in the UK, and in 2006 shefounded the charity Women for Refugee Women.Not afraid to breach journalistic boundaries, or indeed those of common sense, Jon Ronson willbe sharing snippets of his latest work before its publication next year. Jon Ronson unveils hisnew book, a work in progress called ‘The Psychopath Test’, or maybe called ‘The Right Sort ofMadness’. For the past few years, ever since he published his last book ‘The Men Who Stare AtGoats’ (which was recently adapted into a George Clooney movie) and quit his Guardiancolumn, Jon has been quietly undertaking strange, funny, mysterious adventures in the world ofpsychopaths. And those who treat them. And those who make good money out of them. Thebook isn’t quite finished yet (it will be published in 2011) but he will be sharing parts of it at thisyear’s Latitude.Kristin Hersh is a songwriter, guitarist and the founder of seminal art-rock band, ThrowingMuses. Over the course of her two-decade career as a musician, she has released over twentycritically acclaimed albums, including nine solo albums and three with her newest project,50FootWave. In what is being called “a publishing first”, Kristin is releasing her new album‘Crooked’ as a book – an “album book” to be precise. The book contains art photos, lyrics andessays – all wrapped up in a hard-covered 60 pages, about the size of a standard paperback.Further, the ‘Crooked’ book includes access codes unlocking a media-rich online platformloaded with music and other interactive content. The publication date is June 11, 2010. Thisyear will also see the publication by Atlantic Books of Kristin’s memoir, ‘ParadoxicalUndressing’. The story of a particularly intense and significant year in the life of a youngwoman. Be sure to make sure you see Kristin doing her reading in the Literary Arena, as well asseeing her perform at The Word Arena on Sunday.Two of the nations most revered and feared writers and journalists join the Literary Arena bill.Julie Burchill and Garry Mulholland come together to share a wealth of stories, talk about theirlong and illustrious careers and of course share their opinions on anything and everything to dowith popular culture.Julie Burchill, ‘the Queen of the Croucho Club’ in the 80’s and 90’s made her name writing forthe NME about the emerging punk movement. Since then her freelance work has led her towrite candidly and often contentiously about politics, film, drugs, society, fashion and religionfor publications including The Times, Guardian and Mail On Sunday. She is also a best-sellingnovelist with her 2004 lesbian-themed novel for teenagers ‘Sugar Rush’ made into a TVprogramme aired on Channel 4.Author of the acclaimed ‘This Is Uncool, Fear Of Music’ and his most recent book‘Popcorn’, Garry Mulholland is a leading writer on music and film. Contributing frequently tothe Observer and Time Out, he is known for his witty and insightful reviews and enthusiasm forwhat is good rather than what is deemed fashionable. ‘Popcorn: Fifty Years Of Rock ‘n’ Rollmovies’ delves into this strange world of rock ‘n’ roll films, from Blackboard Jungle toQuadrophenia, from 8 Mile to Abba: the Movie. Find a spot in the arena, get comfortable andlisten to two literary legends deftly dissect, divulge, discuss and dismiss.Ex-Carter USM frontman and solo artist Jim Bob, famed for his clever, pun-tastic lyrics hasturned his attention to novel writing and for this, his first major book he wonders; where doold pop stars go to die? His answer in ‘Storage Stories’ is they go to work in self-storage, wherethey meet interesting people and make new friends. Friends who look like French movie starJuliette Binoche and others who look like criminals and perform horrific surgery procedures onthemselves. ‘Storage Stories’ is a darkly comic rollercoaster ride full of thrills and spills. Afictional autobiographical novel and collection of short stories told in words and pictures that, ifnothing else, finally solves the mystery of what happened to all those long-forgotten boybands.“My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In whichcase, I’m Daphne Fairfax” has been Arthur Smith’s opening line at hundreds of his legendarystand-up comedy performances and provides the title of his hilarious new autobiography ‘AnEvening with Daphne Fairfax’. He reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kidon the bombsites of Bermondsey, a wild-haired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an Englishteacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient whohas been told never to drink again. As he guides us through his eventful memoirs, expect talesof turning down a Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award and losing a bet to writer Tony Hawkswhich resulted in him having to sing the Moldovan National Anthem naked on Balham HighRoad. A life less ordinary will make for an excellent storytime listen.Famed author Jon McGregor joins the line-up in the Literary Arena this year reading from andtalking about his acclaimed new novel ‘Even The Dogs’ which is an intimate exploration of life atthe edges of society. Centred on a man found dead, alone, one cold day between Christmas andNew Year, McGregor takes us on a journey into the underclass of British society. Intense,exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, it is littered with love, loss, despair and aglimpse of redemption. Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘If Nobody Speaksof Remarkable Things’ and ‘So Many Ways to Begin’. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prizeand the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.‘Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has.’Colum McCannA well travelled writer – having lived in New Zealand and taught in Japan – and co- founder ofan environmental charity, Samantha Harvey garnered prizes and praise for her debut novel‘The Wilderness’ last year. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award and the OrangePrize for Fiction as well as winning the AMI Literature and Betty Trask awards. This sensitiveportrayal of a man with Alzheimer’s and his struggles to keep his life together makes for acompelling, poignant read.Trained psychotherapist Philippa Perry will bring her thoroughly original debut to Henham Parkfor reading and discussion. ‘Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy’ is a witty, fly-onthe-wall novel based around a psychotherapy case study with fantastic cartoons that fullyillustrate the workings inside a consulting room. The novel brings together the thoughts anddialogues of both the therapist and the patient James; handsome and successful yet hestruggles to cope when his girlfriend refuses to move in with him. It is only by confronting thereality of his past and admitting his insecurities through therapy that he can move on with hislife. A thought-provoking story which both entertains and educates, Couch Fiction exploresseveral difficult themes and reveals how therapeutic change takes place by looking at the innerthoughts of both the therapist and the client.Jackie Kay is known and loved for her fiction consisting of a novel, and short stories as well asfor her poetry and her plays. In this revelatory and redemptive book, ‘Red Dust Road’, withcharacteristic generosity and humour, she tells the most inspirational of stories: her own. ‘Whatmakes us who we are? My adoption is a story that has happened to me. I couldn’t make it up.’From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from thatof her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highlandmother and her Nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in ‘Red Dust Road’ is fullof unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book shining with warmth, humour andcompassion, she discovers that inheritance is much more than genes: that we are shaped bysongs as much as by cells, and that our internal landscapes are as important as those throughwhich we move. Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, ‘Red Dust Road’ isrevelatory, redemptive and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach. It is aheart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs,biology and destiny, and love. Kay is a poet, playwright, novelist and writer of short stories andhas enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel ‘Trumpet’ wonthe Guardian Fiction Prize and she has published two collections of stories with Picador, ‘WhyDon’t You Stop Talking?’ and ‘Wish I Was Here’.Regular Times columnist and past winner of the Orwell prize for political journalism, DavidAaronovitch will be joining Latitude’s Literary Arena. As well as his journalistic and broadcastingbackground, Aaronovitch has also written two factual books, ‘Paddling to Jerusalem: An AquaticTour of Our Small Country’ (2000) and last year’s ‘Voodoo Histories: the role of ConspiracyTheory in Modern History’. Strongly opinionated and occasionally controversial, Aaronovitch isan exciting addition to the Literary Arena’s already bulging line-up.Miles Irving, author of ‘The Forager’s Handbook’ and seasoned pro at providing foragingworkshops will be at Latitude in The Faraway Forest. Irving is an expert on wild food and whereexactly to find the very best grown naturally in our countryside and cities. With an unrivalledknowledge on how to recognise, find and use the edible wild plants of Britain, Irving will betreating festival goers to a masterclass on the wild fruits of the forest located all around theLatitude site. Grab a basket and look at Latitude’s foliage in a completely different light as youpick up tips, hints and a dinner unlike any other you’ll have over the weekend!Joining the Literary Arena bill is renowned clergyman, author and TV presenter Reverend PeterOwen-Jones who will be bringing his words of wisdom to the Literary Arena. His latest book’Letters Form An Extreme Pilgrim: Reflections On Love, Life and the Soul’ details the letters thathe wrote during his 40 days and nights in a hermit’s cell in the Egyptian desert. His most recenttelevision programme was the documentary series Around the World in 80 Faiths on BBC 2accompanied by the book of the same name. Prepare to be enlightened.Australian singer songwriter, one half of The Go-Betweens and famed music critic, RobertForster comes to Latitude’s Literary Arena with his book ‘The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll’.Respected music critic for the acclaimed publications including ‘The monthly’ his book ‘The 10Rules of Rock and Roll’, is a collection of his work taking readers on an exhilarating trip throughthe past and present of popular music – from Bob Dylan, AC/DC and Nana Mouskouri throughto Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand and … Delta Goodrem. He also lists ’10 Rules’ in which to liveby and the 10 bands he wishes he’d been in, as well as a reflection on The Velvet Underground,a short story about Normie Rowe and a moving tribute to fellow Go-Between member GrantMcLennan. Funny and illuminating, his book shows a great critic at work.Named as one of the Top 20 Best Young Writers by The Independent back in 2001, ScarlettThomas has definitely fulfilled that promise. Having delivered the heady scientific and spiritualrush of ‘The End Of Mr Y’ four years ago, Thomas is due a return with her new novel ‘Our TragicUniverse’. Expect more of the sublime narrative, flawed personalities and head-scratching plotswhich she excels in.China Miéville lives and works in London. He is the only person to have been awarded theArthur C Clarke Award three times, most recently for ‘The City & The City’. It also won thisyear’s BSFA award for best novel and has been shortlisted for the Nebula and a Hugo. China’slatest novel, ‘Kraken’, begins deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum, withthe impossible disappearance of a perfectly preserved, giant squid. It’s the start of a headlongpitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic and assassins.Novelist and biographer D. J. Taylor is probably best known for his impressive biography ofGeorge Orwell ‘Orwell: The Life’ which garnered him the Whitbread Biography Award in 2003.Taylor’s works on the histories of individuals are highly respected but not to the detriment ofthe praise for his traditional Victorian-Edwardian style novels, such as last year’s ‘Ask Alice’.Welsh author Rachel Trezise has in the past been described as ‘the new face of literature’ byHarpers & Queen magazine only a year after her debut novel ‘In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl’.More recently, she also won the Dylan Thomas Prize for a book of short stories entitled ‘FreshApples’ which dealt with life in mining communities in South Wales. She has also compiled aselection of work inspired by the New York noise band Sonic Youth as well as writing about herown experiences in rock band Midasuno. Her next novel, ‘Sixteen Shades of Crazy’, is naturallyhighly anticipated and we hope to hear snippets of this soon-to-be-published work when shearrives at Henham Park.Drawing on his experiences following his dad into a career as a showbiz lawyer, Steven Machathas dished the dirt in his book ‘Gods, Gangsters & Honour’. With 30 years in the business, hehas dealt with a horde of stars from Seal to Suge Knight. With extraordinary true tales of nearcareer-killing mistakes and huge money deals, Steven brings new light to an often shady side ofthe industry. His stories will amuse and surprise in equal measure.Freelance journalist, former features editor and agony aunt for ‘Just Seventeen’ and ‘Bliss’,Mike Gayle will be reading from his 10th book ‘The Importance of Being A Batchelor’. It’s acomic look at three brothers all enjoying life but failing to achieve the love goals they’ve setthemselves. This follows last year’s non-fiction offering ‘The To Do List’, where Mike ticked offthings that would get his life in order after falling the wrong side of 35. Joining Gayle will beJojo Moyes, author of ‘Foreign Fruit’, the Romantic Novelist’s Association Romantic Novel ofthe Year 2004. The former Independent staff writer will be reading extracts of her latest novel‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’, a book set both in 1960 and the present day. JoJo’s ‘weepie’style will be in full force so be sure to pack some extra tissues for this taster of her next title.Olly Hicks will recount tales from the high seas where he has spent 2.2% of his life alone in asmall rowing boat. In 2005 he became the youngest person to row any ocean solo as well asthe first person to row solo from America to England after 124 stormy days on the NorthAtlantic. More recently he attempted to row around the world. After three months at sea,making the first crossing of the Tasman Sea, the voyage had to be suspended due to problemswith the boat. Using slides and video clips Hicks will share stories from his rowing voyagesaround the world.Hollywood showbiz reporter turned author Jane Bussmann brings readings from her hit novel‘Worst Date Ever’ – the true story of the past six years of Bussmann’s life where she developeda crush on conflict negotiator John Prendergast and followed him to Uganda. A darkly comicmemoir, ‘Worst Date Ever’, is gonzo journalism at its best – straddling the divide of wry humourand inappropriateness perfectly, creating a piece of satire condemning account of the failure toapprehend Joseph Kony, The Ugandan terrorist who has led his army of child soldiers on a 20year campaign of hostage-taking, exploitation and murder. Bussmann is a comedian and writerwho has written for television and radio including The Fast Show, Smack The Pony, Brass Eye,Jam and South Park.In ‘Heartland’ Anthony Cartwright brings together the ingrained English threads of politics andfootball to a backdrop of the England vs Argentina World Cup match in 2002. Set in the WestMidlands Cartwright explores the complex plot of a game of football alongside the grass-rootspolitics and the rise of the BNP in the footholds of this working class, multicultural and raciallycharged area. Laced with resonance and experience, it is a mature and vital second novel.Anthony’s debut ‘The Afterglow’ was released in 2004 and won a Betty Trask Award. He’scurrently working on his third for Tindal Street Press, while teaching English in Nottinghamshire.London-based American writer Louise Stern will be coming to Latitude with readings from herbook ‘Chattering: Stories’. Centred on a group of brave young girls, out to party, travel theworld, and go a little bit wild, they communicate with the outside world via a complicatedmixture of sign language, lip-reading, note-scribbling, guesswork and instinct. Yet they are fullof daring, ready for adventures that take them into unfamiliar places and strange, cockeyedrelationships with people whose actions they observe, but never wholly understand.Journalist Katharine Hibbert took the extraordinary step of ridding herself of all moderntrappings, including her house, and gave it all up to attempt to live in London without a job orhome address for an entire year. The experiences are all detailed in ‘Free: Adventures On TheMargins of a Wasteful Society’. Almost a squatting and survival guide, Hibbert also details hershock and anger at the astounding amount of squandering she sees. The impact it had is clear inthe book and will no doubt be discussed during her spot in the Literary Arena.”The funniest sketch troupe on the Fringe” (The Scotsman) Pappy’s will be providing themadcap fun in the Literary Arena. Pappy’s is a comedy team made up of trio Ben, Matthew andTom – a tour de force of fun and laughter. Formerly a four piece, Pappy’s have steadily risen tofame since 2007 receiving nominations for Chortle’s Best Newcomer and for the If.ComedyAwards at the Edinburgh Festival. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, garnered further criticalpraise, and during early 2009 they toured Britain and Ireland with the hit show. This year seesthem embark on their largest ever tour to date including Latitude so expect wall to wallsketches and non-stop entertainment with this trio of comedic talent.~ LITERARY SALON ~~ The School Of Life ~~ Raindance Film Festival Workshops ~New to last year’s festival, the Literary Salon is the noisy little sister of the Literary Arena thatencourages you to get involved. A hub of interactive workshops, open discussions and widerangingdebates all ready to get stuck into – it is a place to air your opinions, learn a brand newskill, discover new and exciting things and explore your inner most interests.This year Latitude welcomes The School of Life back to the Sunrise Coast to present a newselection of innovative events which provide fresh perspective and inspire new thinking oneveryday living. Firm believers in the potential of meaningful conversation to affirm and evenchange lives; The School of Life invite you to join them for a very special feast of food, wine,ideas and great conversation as they re-stage the ultimate drinking and thinking party, Plato’sSymposium, in the Faraway Forest. Toga’s are strictly optional. A ground-breaking socialenterprise and school like no other, members of The School of Life’s extraordinary faculty willalso be running mind-expanding workshops on ‘How to Read’, ‘How to Play’ and ‘How to beCool’.For budding filmmakers, directors, writers, producers and anyone fascinated with the workingsof the film industry, the Literary Salon will play host to the Raindance Film Festival, who will belaying down a challenge: can you shoot a short at Latitude that’s good enough to be screened atEurope’s largest independent film festival? The filmmaking classes in the Literary Salon willshow you how to make a film even if your only camera is on your mobile phone. Raindance willalso be hosting daily drop-in sessions to give advice on the making of your masterpiece. Thebest films will be shown on Sunday with the winner getting the chance to screen their film atthe 18th Raindance Film Festival in the West End of London in October.~ THE WATERFRONT STAGE ~~ Sadler’s Wells presents: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Act II, BalletBoyz theTALENT ~ ZooYouth ~ Faun ~~ Hair the Musical ~~ Daniel Kitson & Gavin Osborn: Stories For The Starlit Sky ~~ Derevo – Wolves’ Tango ~ Ballet Black ~ DryWrite ~Latitude’s stunning floating platform will once again stage some staggering dance productionsover the weekend.Continuing with their dedication to bringing the most exciting and thrilling dance to LatitudeFestival, leading dance theatre Sadler’s Wells return to the picturesque Waterfront Stage with aspecial double bill of work for both Saturday and Sunday. Previously, Sadler’s Wells havebrought us an all female show by Hofesh Shechter, a ballet excerpt from Swan Lake andfreestyle hip hop from Psycho Stylez as well as running a dance club to help any buddingdancers learn a few steps. Once again the UK’s number one venue for dance, will dazzle anddelight with a diverse range of performances many of which have involved exciting crossartformcollaborations and have broadened our perception of what dance can truly be.Sadler’s Wells present Matthew Bourne’s celebrated production of Swan Lake Act II is amodern-day classic that has delighted audiences worldwide for 15 years. Without a tutu orpointe in sight, this Swan Lake, with its legendary menacing male swans and Lez Brotherston’siconic costumes is a Swan Lake for the 21st century. The duet between The Swan and ThePrince in Act II brilliantly renders the emotional intensity of their relationship and perfectlycaptures the conflict between the freedom of The Swan and the desperate yearning of ThePrince to escape his passionless life. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has amassed more than 30international theatre awards, including three Tonys. This short extract is just a taste of aproduction that blends humour, pathos and spectacle.Under the direction of artistic directors Michael Nunn & William Trevitt, the company willperform a thrilling re-working of the critically acclaimed ‘Torsion’, choreographed by RussellMaliphant and created by Nunn & Trevitt in 2003. Performed at Latitude by six dancers,‘Torsion’ is a beautifully crafted study on balance, precision, grace and strength. Balletboyz wascreated in 2001 by Nunn & Trevitt (both leading dancers with The Royal Ballet) as George PiperDances and has since become one of the UK’s leading dance companies, touring all over theworld.Pioneering UK dance company ZooNation will be bringing their incredible ZooYouth troupe ofHip Hoppers to Latitude’s Waterfront Stage. Founded in 2006, ZooYouth is comprised of someof the best young hip hop dancers in the UK with ages ranging from 7 years old through to 16.These outstanding athletes will leave the audience awestruck with fantastic body-popping andrhythmic moves. Make sure you secure your place on the banks of the lake for some superbshows. ZooNation was founded in London in 2002 by director and choreographer Kate Princeand the company has won awards for their five star show ‘Into The Hoods’ which was the firstever Hip Hop show to transfer to the West End.Adding to what will be a simply stunning showcase of dance; Sadler’s Wells present Sidi LarbiCherkaoui and his fantastic production ‘Faun’ at Latitude’s beautiful Waterfront Stage.Commissioned as part of a tribute to the ground-breaking Sergei Diaghilev and Les BalletRusses, Cherkaoui examines the animalistic nature of human movement and the power ofmythology in Faun. A brand new duet, created for two of his company dancers, ‘Faun’ takes analternative look at the eponymous creature from Stéphane Mallermé’s poem, Claude Débussy’smusic and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography. With additional music by Nitin Sawhney, costumesby leading fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and Latitude’s backdrop of forest scenery withchanging light – this is unmissable.New York and Broadway come to Latitude’s beautiful floating stage this year with a 30 minuteexcerpt of the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR, featuring the 2009 Tony-Awardwinning cast direct from Broadway. A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionatecry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage,including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’. HAIR is about a group ofyoung New Yorkers in the 60’s struggling to balance their lives and loves, rebelling and rejectingthe lifestyles of their conservative parents. Infectious, outlandish and exuberant, HAIR hasgained iconic status since erupting onto the stage in 1967 and the messages of HAIR are asrelevant today as they have ever been. This fantastic production returns to London at theGielgud Theatre this April, and Latitude is thrilled to have this amazing piece of musical theatreat the Waterfront Stage.Latitude is bursting with excitement to proudly announce that Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osbornwill be performing their trilogy of shows, ‘Stories for the Starlit Sky’, across all three nights ofthe weekend. Three separate, but interlinked stories for three separate summer nights, eachone starting at midnight and lasting a little over an hour. Voices will soar from between trees topaint tears on the face of the moon, words, like fire in the night, laughter exploding through thedark. The day not done, not yet, the air thick with magic on the cusp of tomorrow. The skyalight with stories of love, stories of hope and stories of the night.There is just one trifling concern.Will anybody actually come to The Waterfront Stage, at midnight, for an hour, to listen to astory?Daniel Kitson (Comedian, Loves Snorkelling) and Gavin Osborn (Musician, Owns Wellies) arepowerful agents of art in their own right, but when combined the pair become an unstoppable,mind-blowing juggernaut of whimsical glory. For what will be your only chance to catch the pairthis year make sure you head along to The Waterfront Stage at midnight on either, or indeed allof, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for your own bedtime story under the Starlit Sky.Derevo – It’s fantasy and freedom. The breathtaking ‘Wolves‘ Tango’ by Derevo will alsofeature atop the floating stage on the lake. Wolves’ Tango is always surprising for the audienceas well as for dancers themselves. Though it appears unpredictable, Derevo’s dance action isalways based on their perfect body control, as well as on their well-trained ability to feel theflow of their partners’ and audience’s desires and emotions. Inspired by Butoh by using thediverse range of techniques, movements and activities for dance performance; multi awardwinning,Russian-German 21 strong dance collective let the atmosphere and feelings lead theaction. It’s always Here and Now. It’s always unique. It’s this very moment and that very place.This time it’s 17th of July 2010 at Latitude Festival.Ballet Black is a modern ballet company, dedicated to diversifying classical ballet. The companyis made up of six international dancers of black and Asian descent and recently won the Critics’Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company. The company’s entirely originalrepertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporarypieces. Since 2001, it has built a varied repertoire from some of the country’s leadingchoreographers including Liam Scarlett, Christopher Hampson, Martin Lawrance, Will Tuckettand Richard Alston. Ballet Black are very excited to be appearing at Latitude and will beperforming a selection of their favourite repertoire, including the most recent ballet, thecritically acclaimed ‘Da Gamba’ by Henri Oguike and ‘Indigo Children’ by rising Royal Ballet star,Liam Scarlett.The DryWrite theatre company has struck upon a novel idea. In order to prevent sterility in thework of accomplished playwrights, they present their innovative works anonymously; a list ofwriters will exist, but no names are attributed to a single piece. This way the writers are able toavoid sticking to the same groove to please an audience. Dance:Radio collaborates withinternationally-acclaimed choreographer Ann Yee to form radio plays based on her dances.Listen and watch as the inspiration is juxtaposed with the creative results.~ POETRY ARENA ~~ Wendy Cope ~ John Cooper Clarke ~~ Blake Morrison ~ Luke Wright ~ Jacob Polley ~~ Martin Newell ~ John Stammers ~~ Spoken Word All Stars ~ WordTheatre presents David Soul and Amber Tamblyn ~~ Eddie Argos ~ Daljit Nagra ~ Laura Dockrill and The Word Orchestra ~~ THePETEBOX ~ Psycho Poetica ~ Angry Sam ~ Brigitte Aphrodite ~ Byron Vincent ~ ChrisHicks ~ Clare Pollard ~ Dean Parkin ~ Hannah Walker ~ Helen Mort ~ Inua Ellams ~ RhianEdwards ~ Joe Dunthorne ~ John Osborne ~ Kate Tempest ~ Richard Tyrone Jones ~ KrissFoster ~ Martin Figura ~ Molly Naylor ~ Musa Okwonga ~~ Niall O Sullivan ~ Paul Lyalls ~ The Dead Poets ~ El Crisis ~ Joel Stickley ~ Josh Idehen ~ MattHarvey ~ Ross Sutherland ~ Steve Larkin ~ Tim Clare ~ Tim Turnbull ~~ NEW VOICES: Sabrina Mahfouz ~ Heather Phillipson ~~ Alex Gwyther ~ Hollie McNish ~ Michelle Madsen ~ Anna Freeman ~ Will Averill ~~ Simon Mole ~ Rosy Carrick ~ Sam Riviere ~Over the past four years, the Poetry Arena at Latitude has grown into one of Europe’s leadingpoetry events in its own right, boasting the hottest slam poets, spoken word, storytelling,comedy sketches, rappers and much, much more. The Poetry Arena lures in passers by withcomfy bean-bags and cushions which entice you to stay all day transfixed by the magnificenceof the raconteurs on stage. Laugh, cry and become enlightened in Latitude’s now famousPoetry Arena.In an ambience akin to a cosy fireside reading one of England’s most accomplished poets,Wendy Cope, charms and amuses her audience with her wry, ironic poetry. At times sharp andpunchy, at times soft and contemplative, Wendy moves through her compilation of 25 yearswork ‘Two Cures For Love’ connecting with her audience with ease and carefully crafting a wellrounded and poised set. And beside the irony there’s plenty of life celebration too…With thebackground to each creation explained and the technical difficulties deftly touched on, herreadings bring both great enjoyment and inspiration to her audiences. She has won severalawards, notably the Cholmondeley Award (1987) and the Michael Braude Award for Light Versefrom the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1995), as well as a nomination for theWhitbread Poetry Award for ‘If I Don’t Know’ (2001).The bard of Salford and the fore father of punk poetry, John Cooper Clarke will be bringing hisrenowned satirical, political and extremely entertaining verse to Latitude, delivered in histrademark rapid-fire performance style. Rising to fame in the late ‘70’s supporting punk bandsSex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division he has continued to be as reverent and relevanttoday as ever, writing new and vital poetry and being regularly seen and heard on TV, radio, infilms and music. See a true legend in action at Latitude’s Poetry Arena.Poet and author Blake Morrison has been a subtle guiding force in British poetry since his firstbook ‘The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s’ (1980). This was followed by coediting‘The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry’ (1982) with last year’s distinguishedPoetry Arena guest Andrew Motion. He has written several collections of poetry including‘Ballad of the Yorskhire Ripper’ – written throughout with a Yorkshire dialect – and his debut‘Dark Glasses’. He began his career as a journalist and poetry critic and was made Professor ofCreative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College in 2003. His most recent novel ‘South of theBorder’ is being made into a TV series while his J.R. Ackerly Prize-winning autobiography ‘AndWhen Did You Last See Your Father?’ (1993) was made into a feature film in 2007.Latitude favourite Luke Wright is a poet and spoken word performer whose quirky blend ofanecdotal humour and verse assures a livewire performance. This Essex via Hackney lad formedperformance collective Aisle16 in 2000, which has since taken several shows to the EdinburghFringe and toured around the country to critical acclaim. From the dark comic lecturing of‘Poetry Boyband’ (which won a Time Out Critics’ Choice Award in 2005) to ‘Services to Poetry’,a tour to find poetic inspiration at service stations across the UK, Aisle16’s output has beenlauded and celebrated. Since 2006 Luke has launched his own curve-ball bid to become PoetLaureate and has become the newest poet-in-residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. In 2009he took contemporary poetry onto primetime TV, writing all the poetry for Channel 4’s TheSeven Ages of Love, a 30 minute documentary that gained ‘pick of the day’ in eight nationalpublications and was broadcast to over a million people.Jacob Polley, novelist and poet, has released two sets of poetry – ‘The Brink’ (2003) and ‘LittleGods’ (2006) – and a novel – ‘Talk of the Town’ (2009), awarded 5/5 by the Independent onSunday. His work has been praised by the Guardian as “the kind of poetry that imbues theeveryday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent” and hasoften been shortlisted for prestigious awards including a nomination for the Forward Prize forBest Poem (‘The Cheapjack’, 2006). In 2002 Jacob won an Eric Gregory Award and the Radio4/Arts Council ‘First Verse’ Award. Jacob was selected as one of the Next Generation of Britishpoets by the Poetry Book Society in 2004.The Wildman of Wivenhoe AKA Martin Newell is a musician and poet who has packed a lot intohis life. From cassette only albums to jazz vocal records, to TV shows and writing, his talentsand independent spirit are renowned. He contributes poems to The Sunday Times every weekas well as writing a weekly column for the East Anglian Daily Times, has released recordings ofhis own poetry readings and often guest presents on the BBC. His last novel ‘A Prospect ofWivenhoe: Snapshots of an English Town’ was an inspired anecdotal history of his hometown.Award winning poet John Stammers joins the Poetry Arena line-up. With his first collection‘Panoramic Lounge-bar’ winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2001 he has sincebeen shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2005 for hissecond book ‘Stolen Love Behaviour’ and won third place in the 2009 National PoetryCompetition. His poetry of love and romance is full of plaintive, self-mocking with a lilt andsheen that has won him many fans including August Kleinzahler declaring that Stammers writes,“some of the most memorable love poetry of his generation”.Poet in the City, working with Apples & Snakes, has created a Spoken Word All Stars event,featuring some of the best spoken word artists in the UK in a fabulous live show.The poets, OneNess, El Crisis, Kat Francois, Chris ‘Ventriloquist’ Redmond and musician, JasonYarde will create a show of wall-to-wall words with an unflagging backbeat. Expect a seamlessflow of poetry, improvised and otherwise, jousting with jazzy rhythms and forging a hip-hopskip-and-jump of its very own. Poet in the City is a registered charity committed to attractingnew audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry. Apples & Snakes is England’sleading organisation for performance poetry, working with emerging artists, producing newwork and putting poets in education. It works extensively with schools, prisons and libraries todevelop literacy, communication skills, motivation and self-esteem through high qualityperformance poetry workshops.In the Poetry Arena, WordTheatre presents, on Saturday afternoon, American actress and poetAmber Tamblyn from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reading from her highly acclaimedbook of poetry ‘Bang Ditto’. Later on Saturday, David Soul (Starsky and Hutch, Jerry Springerthe Opera) will be reading Pablo Neruda accompanied by classical guitarist Hugh Burns.Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox and please note all acts are subject to change.Eddie Argos is the lead singer of the bands Art Brut and Everybody Was In The FrenchResistance. Argos can write songs about subjects most rock stars don’t even understandand his frank, humorous lyrics have made him a cult hero both here and in Europe and America.Argos has also received acclaim for having “the best eyebrows in rock and roll”. At Latitude hewill be performing a stripped down acoustic set that will show off the full genius of hiswordsmithery to the Poetry Arena faithful.The award winning poet Daljit Nagra will bring a uniquely interactive show to Latitude. In aone-hour extravaganza, Daljit and his glamorous assistant, Laura Limerick, will invite theaudience to participate in a series of fun poetry games. It’s a Poetry Knockout! will include newevents such as Poetry Mastermind, Poetry Bingo, Poetry Maths Challenge and Poetry BlanketyBlank. The audience can participate by being on stage or from the comfort of where they’reseated. The show promises to be a fun-packed fast-paced show for people of all ages and of allinterests!After persuading 900 poetry virgins to the splendid world of words poet and author LauraDockrill, author of ‘Mistakes In The Background’ and ‘Ugly Shy Girl’, Phill Jupitus and her allfemaleword orchestra now embark on their brand new and exciting show, Echoes. Hear storiesas you have never heard them before, as the cast spit language with sensational delivery andcharismatic technique which is uplifting and unique, whilst at the same time remaining poetic inits substance and doing justice to the nature of its craft. Dockrill is a firm favourite at Latitudeand her new show should not be missed.Radio 1 Beatbox Champion and Channel 4 Talent Award Winner THePETEBOX is one of theword’s finest human beatboxers, crafting a whole new approach using his skills to make music.Creating each layer of his tracks live using a loop pedal THePETEBOX’s shows lead the audiencethrough a journey of real time music production which builds up and delivers a full frequencyspectrum of sound, from deep bass, to high pitched trumpets, to multiple vocal harmonies – allmade with his mouth. His breathtaking ability to create many styles of music such as hip-hop,drum ’n’ bass, jazz, house, garage and rock, have led him to support legends such asGrandmaster Flash, Will Smith, Pendulum, The Automatic, Grooverider and Tim Westwood toname a few.To mark the 50th anniversary of Hitchcock’s iconic film ‘Psycho’, poet Simon Barraclough hascreated a fantastic poetic homage, called Psycho Poetica. Twelve acclaimed poets have carvedup the film between them to create a new poetic version. Read in sequence, with no intros andno titles, the poems create a faithful distortion of Psycho: chilling and moving by turns. Allpoets involved come to Latitude to treat audiences to the poetic movie marathon. Sit back andenjoy: Simon Barraclough, Annie Freud, Matthew Welton, Emily Berry, Isobel Dixon, DzifaBenson, Chris McCabe, Luke Heeley, Heather Phillipson, Joe Dunthorne, Jane Draycott andRichard Price. The performance also features string quartet Bleeding Heart Narrative playingtheir homage to Bernard Herrmann, ‘Cop Shy’.Performance poet Angry Sam more than lives up to his stage name with his intellectual rantsand raves delivered in fiercely acerbic verse. As the London Area Co-ordinator of Spoken Wordand Slam event, Hammer and Tongue, “the best poetry gig in Europe, hands-down”, he’s nostranger to commanding the stage and his audience. Witness this rising poetry star in action atLatitude this summer.Treading the line between genius and madness perfectly is the quirky, glittery, fun BrigitteAphrodite. Her one woman show combining music comedy and poetry entitled ‘BrigitteAphrodite in Suburban Hell’ is a fantastical biographical view of her life so far,. Her utterlybizarre thoughts and experiences are woven together to form a heart warming yet explosivefirework of a show. This David-Bowie-meets-Tinkerbell hybrid with a unique and sensationalvoice has audiences wrapped round her glittery finger.With poems such as ‘Kevin’s an ‘Erbert’ and ‘Never Buy Drugs At A Festival’ amongst hisrepertoire, Byron Vincent’s subversive brand of barking doggerel has taken the UK poetryscene by storm. His poetry veers between humorous and moving confessional tales topassionate observational studies of contemporary counterculture. It’s a winning formula thatmakes him a highlight of the Poetry Arena line-up.A founding member of aisle16 and part of the creative team behind London’s East End LiveLiterary show-case Homework, Chris Hicks comes to Latitude this year with some poems thatare definitely significantly better than some of the other ones you’ve heard and read. If youcome and see him, you will probably have some sort of experience. Experiences are important.They are good for festivals. They are also good for other things, but we’re not talking aboutthose. Let’s try to stay focused.Leading female poet and recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2000 Clare Pollard comes toLatitude. Clare was born in Bolton in 1978 and currently lives in East London. Her firstcollection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and herfourth, Changeling will be published by Bloodaxe next year. Her play The Weather premiered atthe Royal Court Theatre. Clare’s documentary for radio, ‘My Male Muse’, was a Radio 4 Pick ofthe Year. She has just co-edited an anthology for Bloodaxe with James Byrne, entitled ‘VoiceRecognition: 21 poets for the 21st Century’.Experienced poet Dean Parkin must be the first poet to appear on television reading a poem onthe loo as well as have a piece of work featuring pubic hair, nestling nicely between Ruth Padeland Tom Paulin in the Forward Anthology. Winner of an Escalator Live Literature Award in2009/10 to develop a one man show called ‘Ducks, Trains & Other Tracks’; he has givenreadings at festivals, colleges, pubs and has run workshops in prisons, schools and on a NATObase in Germany. More recently he has been working in collaboration with LondonSinfonietta on the Surf N Turf Project in two schools in Suffolk, generating words and poems tobe set to music.Longlisted for the Bridport prize in 2006 Hannah Walker has an acerbic, cerebral style to herpoetry which has been published in New Writer, Fuselit, Lota, The Ugly Tree and Nth Position.Hosting a range of literary events in Newcastle and Norwich she is currently working towardsher first collection called ‘You Interrupt My Brain Sweetheart’ excerpts of which will bepresented at Latitude’s Poetry Arena.Winner of Foyle’s Young Poet of the Year Award on five occasions between 1997 and 2004,hailing from Sheffield Helen Mort is an emerging poet. She has published two pamphlets withtall-lighthouse press: ‘the shape of every box’ received an Eric Gregory award in 2007 and ‘apint for the ghost’ was a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of theFoyle prize for young poets, she received the Manchester Young Writer award in 2008. In 2008,she was also selected to take part in the ‘Escalator’ scheme for talented performers. Her latestpublication is a limited edition chapbook, ‘Parallax (for Justin)’ with Forest Publications,Edinburgh.Inua Ellams is a poet and spoken word artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classicliterature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a boundless love for rhythmand language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling withcontemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme. Making his fourth appearance at the LatitudeFestival, he will be performing a few poems from his critically acclaimed first poetry pamphlet:‘The Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’, but mainly from his forth coming new book ‘Candy CoatedUnicorns and Converse All Stars’.Rhian Edwards returns to Latitude with more of her inspired, passionate poetry. In recent yearsEdward’s has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 3 and a one-woman poetryshow for Battersea Arts Centre. Her first pamphlet of poems from 2008 ‘Parade the Fib’ wasmade Poetry Society Book of Choice in that year. Having racked up 200 plus performances inher six years of providing poetry for willing audiences, Edward’s experience will make for amemorable performance once again.Literary heavyweight Joe Dunthorne is no stranger to Latitude’s Poetry Arena and his hilariouscomic prose has won him critical and commercial acclaim over the past few years. His debutnovel, ‘Submarine’ won the Curtis Brown Prize and was shortlisted for the Bollinger WodehousePrize for comic fiction. His poetry has been published in various magazines, including PoetryReview, New Welsh Review and Magma, and he has written for The Independent and theGuardian.John Osborne is a writer based in Norwich. His first book ‘Radio Head’ was broadcast as Radio4’s Book of the Week and described as ‘captivating’ by The Guardian and ‘funny, perceptive andcharming’ by The Daily Telegraph. His second book, ‘The Newsagent’s Window’ was publishedby Simon&Schuster in 2010. He has performed at the numerous festivals and is a member ofpoetry collective Aisle16. His first collection of poetry, ‘What if men burst in wearingbalaclavas?’ was published earlier this year by Nasty Little Press.Kate Tempest is a rapper, poet and playwright and has performed consistently andcomprehensively since she began competing in battles at 16. Since then she has continued todevelop her skills as a writer and a performer, and has made a name for herself in the UK hiphop, spoken word and live music scenes. Renowned for her passionate delivery and intelligentcontent, her work is influenced equally by a love of hip hop and a love of great literature; herheroes include William Blake and Gza from the Wu-Tang Clan. She has played with her bandSound of Rum all over London, from the Jazz Café to Brixton’s Jamm, as well as gigs in Bristol,Brighton and Liverpool.A wide-ranging and versatile poet, writer, host, workshop leader and literary event organiser,Richard Tyrone Jones’ material ranges from the downright daft, through to the witheringly selfdeprecatingto the poignant and formal, always cut through by a strong vein of sardonichumour, a strident voice and a deft touch. He recently staged his own funeral, inviting friendsand family to attend and present eulogies, organising a bamboo coffin, picking the music andbeing carried off to his own wake. Expect more bold leaps of imagination from this madcappoet.Kriss Foster is a performer from Lancaster armed with an acoustic guitar and a leopard suit. Hiscatalogue of catchy comedy songs has left audiences bemused, intrigued and consistentlyhysterical. Whether it’s feral children, train stations, hammer attacks or fizzy Vimto, Kriss Fosterhas sung about it, he even has a song about Dale Winton.He’s performed with Bear Suit, Misty’s Big Adventure, Nizlopi and Arthur Smith.A scouser who reached the rank of Major in the army before sacking it all off to become aphotographer and poet, Martin Figura is an acclaimed master of words and visuals. He workspart-time at the Writers’ Centre, Norwich and is also as a photographer and writer and is anApples & Snakes associate. A spoken word version of his new collection Whistle (Arrowhead)begins touring in July. Nasty Little Press is publishing a pamphlet of his amusing poems MoreWords for Toilet in November. He is Chair of the Café Writers Live Lit event. Here is every daylife with a tweak and a twist and what might be a blade or a dangerously sharp lollipop stick.Molly Naylor is a poet, puppeteer, scriptwriter and educator. Her poems have been featuredon BBC Radio and she has performed at a variety of festivals and events in the UK andinternationally. She is taking her new solo spoken word show ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I ThinkOf You’ on a nationwide tour which, luckily for us, also includes the Poetry Arena at LatitudeFestival.Oxford graduate, lawyer, poet and football fanatic Musa Okwonga is an emerging literarygenius who has won the Junior Bridport Prize for fiction in 1994, for poetry in 1995 and the WHSmith Young Writers competition in 1996. His recent book ‘A Cultured Left Foot’ is an insightfuland amusing study into the finer points of the world’s favourite game. With testimony fromacross the world of football, from players to managers, pundits to some of the Greatsthemselves, Musa Okwonga isolates and discusses the key virtues that, when combined, createthe perfect player.Irish born poet, writer and promoter Niall O’Sullivan, with his original voice and a keen eye forcomic irony, has become a 20th Century poetry bestseller with his collections. Niall is probablybest known to many Londoners as the current host of Poetry Unplugged, London’s biggestweekly open mic at Covent Garden’s Poetry Cafe.Niall O’Sullivan has released two collections of poetry, ‘You’re Not Singing Anymore’ and‘Ventriloquism for Monkeys’, with Flipped Eye. He has performed poetry around UK and Europefor over ten years. In 2009, Niall featured on BBC Radio and Television during his residency atthe 2009 Wimbledon Championships. In the same year Niall was Highly Commended by theForward Prize judges and published in 2009’s Forward Book of Poetry. Before going full timewith his poetry, he worked for over a decade as a gardener. He runs London’s premier openmic, Poetry Unplugged, every Tuesday at the Poetry Café.Star of BBC2’s/CBBC’s ‘Big Slam poetry House’ Paul Lyalls is a funny, fast-moving, hip,accessible, rhythmic and clever poet who has performed at the new Wembley Stadium. His newfull collection ‘Catching the cascade’ is out now and his children’s collection ‘Are we nearlythere yet?’ is on its 3rd reprint. In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent(London’s 5th coolest Borough). He has 2 poems in the new Penguin’s A-Z of Childrens poetry.Paul has also performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury’s and on a 73Bus, which made the and finally…bit of the 6pm national news. Paul has worked & performedwith a huge variety of people such as Michael Rosen, The Libertines, George Best, Jean BintaBreeze, Will Self, John Hegley, Benjamin Zepphaniah & Andrea Leavy to name but a few. Hispoetry and live shows are rich in humour, barbed and beautiful, be sure to be a part of thiswhen he performs in the Poetry Arena.The Dead Poets Poetry Band breathes new life into the words of dead poets through original,melodic composition, often sung in three-part harmony, always performed with an ear towardexposing something in the poetry that you may not have heard before. And if you’ve neverheard The Dead Poets in performance, you’re in for a treat. They’ve done Wordsworth’s‘Daffodils’ as a doo-wop a cappella; Plath’s ‘Mirro’r as a polka, Wilcox’s ‘Solitude’ as a bossanova, and Longfellow’s ‘Snow-Flakes’ as a haunting ballad. Poetry as you’ve never experiencedbefore – this is a must see.El Crisis’ style of poetry and performance is truly unique. He combines an hypnotic mixture ofrap, spoken word, song and chant, speaking from a height, the knowledge of an ancient wisdomand a spiritual connection with his ancestors that can be felt among his audiences. Rapping,singing, chanting and reciting spoken word poetry Crisis relates to his experiences and storieswith a street style philosophy of the world and society today. Combined with an angelic voice ofstaggering range and depth, Crisis’ performances are enlightening, extraordinary andunforgettable.A regular on the poetry circuit, Joel Stickley is an acclaimed writer and performer. He hasappeared all over UK radio and television as well as at a clutch of festivals and is the co-authorof the book ‘Who Writes This Crap?’ with Luke Wright which the Guardian described as “aninspired piece of parody.” He blogs at How To Write Badly Well (”A must-read” – Metro.co.uk)and teaches the Advanced Creative Writing course at the Open University.Joshua Idehen is a lively and mercurial poet, founder of the highly acclaimed poetry group APoem Between People and leader of ‘fro-funk band Benin City – a new project inspired by awide range of folk artists such as Grizzly Bear, Jono McCleery and My Brightest Diamond. With amore intimate sound and subject matter, think Rufus Wainwright meets Roots Manuva andyou’re on the right track. He has performed his spoken word at many prestigious events such asOnetaste, Poetry N Motion, The Cellar, Shortfuse and the John Betjeman Festival in Cornwall, toname a few, and will this year add Latitude to that list.Poet, performer, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey is a veteran of thepoetry circuit performing his hilarious yet tender and truthful poetry up and down the countryat festivals, cabarets, conferences and colleges. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s SaturdayLive he has also written the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian for the past two years. He isalso the creator of Empath Man – a contemporary superhero with advanced listening skills andthe ability to stay open and vulnerable in a tight situation – and who recently had a mini-serieson Radio 4. “Very funny, very satirical” The Times.Aisle16 co-founder Ross Sutherland will be bringing his quick-wit and free-wheeling lyricism tothe Poetry Arena. Included in The Times’ list of Top Ten Literary Stars in 2008, Ross has cowritteneight live literature productions, including the critically acclaimed Poetry Boyband (TimeOut Critic’s Choice of the Year 2005). Last year he had four productions touring throughout theyear: ‘Found in Translation’, ‘Infinite Lives’, ‘The Dead That Never Lived’ and ‘The ShallowingShovel’. He also found time to publish his debut solo collection, ‘Things To Do Before You LeaveTown’ to critical acclaim.Steve Larkin is a rare talent. He is best described as a poet though he is invariably described asa comedian or a rapper. A lively and energetic performer who has to be experienced live to fullyappreciate his extraordinary ability of expressing political and philosophical concepts oropinions, whilst being hugely entertaining. He has been described as: “Leeds’ hybrid answer toSpike Millighan and Eminem…” by Vanguard-Online and as “a poet-philosopher disguised asclub entertainer. Lacing profundity with profanities, deep tracks with cheap gags.” Jim Thomas(The Ecologist)Fellow Aisle16 member, Tim Clare is a writer, stand-up poet and musician. His filthyhyperkinetic doggerel continues to baffle and appal audiences all over the UK. Hisautobiographical book about thwarted ambition and growing up, ‘We Can’t All Be Astronauts’,came out last year to much acclaim with The Bookseller rating him as “A fantastic writer—hisprose contains both the bumbling charm of Jon Ronson and the splenetic bile of CharlieBrooker.”Ex-lumberjack turned poetic genius Tim Turnbull has wowed audiences around the country.Turnbull has received critical praise with the release of his collection called ‘Caligula on Ice andother poems’ – a unique theatrical experience that blends sublimely crafted poetry, causticcomedy, a ghost story, a skewed take on the folk song, a raucous music hall turn, parody,pastiche and bitingly accurate satire. He also released the fantastic Extended Play Pop CompactDisc, “A-side, B-side, Seaside” with Scarborough absurdists Mormonhead.The following NEW VOICES have been also been added to the poetry line-up:Described as both “energetic and smart” by The Economist, Sabrina Mahfouz is a rising talent inpoetry and playwriting. She has debuted work on Radio 1/1 Xtra, has been nominated for Poetof the Year by the Erotic Awards and her latest short play has been shortlisted for Soho TheatreWestminster Prize.Rising star Heather Phillipson is an acclaimed poet whose poems have appeared widely inmagazines and anthologies, across the BBC. She has won several awards, including an EricGregory Award in 2008 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. Her pamphlet is published byFaber & Faber. Alongside her poetry, Heather Phillipson is also an internationally exhibitingartist. She has received awards, commissions and residencies for her short films, with recentscreenings and shows in London, Paris and New York.Surrey based wordsmith, Alex Gwyther’s hip-hop influenced poetical prose is “reminiscent ofBraintax and The Streets with a wit that recalls that of Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner, whichwould be more of a compliment to Turner”. Weaving extraordinary tales of modern life inBritain, Gwyther has become a regular on London’s spoken word scene, whose highlightsinclude the only poet to perform in London’s Week of Peace in front of 4,000 people.Winner of last year’s UK Slam Farrago Championships, Hollie McNish’s adrenaline-pumpedperformances have wowed her audiences. Having performed with street/break/traditionaldancer Sarah Baker, she’s a thoroughly modern poet with themes ranging from love and politicsto pure comic asides.Michelle Madsen is the founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, a key component ofthe UK’s poetry slam circuit. Her own style embraces everything from satire to her hometownlandscapes and she continues to play an important part in bringing poetry to life in the capitaland now to a field in Suffolk!Anna Freeman, who refers to herself as the Ginger Poet on her Myspace, is as singular a talentas that nickname suggests. She’s consistently wowed audiences, whether at shows or onYouTube judging from new converts and their comments, and her fast-paced, irreverent stylewill continue to garner her new fans.American born Will Averill is a multi-talented poet currently calling Norwich home. He has cofoundedtheatre companies in both the US and the UK, written and performed in his own worksas well as conjuring poetry and performing his mix of comedy and wordplay around thecountry.Simon Mole is an emcee and spoken word artist whose writing and performance foregroundsthe unseen and the unheard, the forgotten and the yet to occur. He makes passionate andhonest music exploring concepts and ideas from outside the standard spectrum of hip-hopcontent, and his poems are shared with listeners in a way that pushes them to make their ownmeanings and connections. Mole has recently been commissioned by the poetry magazineApples and Snakes to write a spoken word theatre show, which he performed for the first timeat The Albany in March.Described on her own website as “surreal, sensual and decidedly left-field”, Rosy Carrick is alsocurrently the host of Hammer and Tongue Brighton. Quite apart from her own excellentperformances and work, she also encourages newcomers as a UK approved youth slam coachas well as talent spotting for the annual UK Schools Slam Poetry Championships.Sam Riviere began to write poems while at the Norwich School of Art and Design. His work hasappeared in various publications and competitions; he co-edits the anthology series ‘StopSharpening Your Knives’, and was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award. Faber & Faberpublished his pamphlet this year as part of their New Poets scheme.~ CABARET ARENA ~~ Duckie ~ The Razzle presented by Christopher Green ~The Crack presents: Miss Behave, Phil Kay, Paul Morocco, Paul Zenon, Kalki HulaGirl, Raymond and Mr. Timpkins, Tom Flanagan and Jon Hicks ~~ Rich Fulcher ~ Laura Solon ~~ Idiots of Ants ~ The Al Pitcher Picture Show ~ Jonny Sweet ~ Colin Hoult: Carnival OfMonsters ~ Cardinal Burns ~ Frisky & Mannish ~ Golden Lizard ~~ Showstopper! ‘The Improvised Musical’ ~ Deadcat Bounce ~~ Deborah Frances-White ~ Pros From Dover ~ Richard Dedomenici ~ Tom Basden ~~ The la de dahs ~ Midnight Beast ~ Jimmy McGhie ~ Fergus Craig ~ Chris Ramsey ~~ Funny Women Awards Showcase ~~ Lee Kern ~ Elis James ~ Rosie Wilby ~~ Ward and White’s Karaoke Circus ~~ Sounds Familiar Music Quiz ~ Musical Bingo ~Latitude’s veritable den of mischief and mayhem, the Cabaret Arena is sumptuously tantalising,seductively tempting and always exceedingly teasing. Enticing you in with the powers ofseduction, curiosity and intrigue, once inside you will find an elaborate mix of comedy sketchshows, freak, burlesque and drag shows together with illusionists, puppetry and goodol’fashioned sing-a-longs. Leave your inhibitions at the door!London pop and performance peddlers Duckie stage a rock’n’roll masked ball for the bigSaturday late night party. Join DJs Readers Wives, hostess Amy Lamé and their crew of modernshow starlets including Ida Barr, Ursula Martinez and others. If you haven’t packed a mask inyour rucksack, visit the Duckie pop-up mask workshop and craft one in the style of quirky retropop cultural icons. A big late night show, a big indie dance den, a few mollies and a lot ofwearing of paper bags over your head.Christopher Green’s homage to the working man’s club comes to the unlikely surrounds of theCabaret Stage. For one night only you are invited to party like it’s 1979 at the premiere nitespotin town, The Razzle Club. With a stereotypically northern feel, The Razzle provides clichédentertainment revelling in Green’s unique comical panache. Joined by a heap of guestsincluding Barbara Nice and an appearance of his very own stage hypnotist and magiciancharacter Derek Diamond (formally trading as Baz Vegas, but no longer allowed to performunder that moniker for reasons that would be sub judice to explain). Derek Diamond runs atight ship where entertainment is the ocean and all you have to do is ride it like a dusty donkeyon bracing beach. Throughout the night there are various interactive activities including a meatraffle, karaoke, and tombola. This quirky subversion of expectation will delight and surprise inequal measure.Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live and Miss Behave present: ‘The Crack – A variety of Comedy’an explosive combination of stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performance. Anarchic,chaotic, and fun-filled. For the finale of your festival what better way to celebrate than with abunch of crazy clowns and comedians ready to blow the roof off Latitudes Cabaret tent. ExpectTequila, Laughs, and the Unexpected Killer line up. An edgy comedy show mixing shit hot safebets with risky geniuses. The line-up includes:Celebrating all that is funny, diverse and truly original in live comic entertainment and broughtto you by crowd dominatrix and Guinness World Record holder Miss Behave, who is part of theteam behind Olivier Award-winning sensation La Clique (Best Entertainment 2009), will bereigning in the chaos with trademark sass and sparkle, and spectacular stunts. This show willhave you amazed and entertained with an absolutely stellar cast of comic geniuses and varietyvirtuosos.Multi-award winning, legendary Scotsman, Phil Kay, the original comic brave-heart, will also beonboard. This effervescent comedy troubadour darts around the room powered by far-outphilosophic ramblings, delivered as fun-sized brain filth.Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue stings of music with hilarious visual and verbal gags at rapidfire, these guys are the best in musical comedy.The international award winning Paul Morocco is a mad Casablancan and musical comedygenius.Lounge wizard and snake-oil salesman Paul Zenon is the UK’s leading comedy magician, withperformances in around thirty countries and appearances as presenter and pundit on overthree hundred television shows. Whether it’s onstage to a bunch of drunks, as a guest oncountdown or hosting one of his own TV specials, this man will have you howling with laughterand wondering how on earth he did that.Star of The Tom Tom Club and Circus Oz, Tom Flanagan is a crazy acrobatic who will dazzle youwith breathtaking stunts and have you in stitches with his knockabout slapstick.Variety’s answer to Picasso, Jon Hicks will enthrall with a high-skill repertoire of artisticoddities, including his legendary rapid fire, outsized paintings. Delivered with incredibledexterity, bad-boy attitude and immaculate timing and all to a killer soundtrack. Seeing isbelieving in this unique ‘Painting Beyond Numbers’ act performed with stylish aplomb by a truevariety master.Naughty, nice and very highly skilled, hula-hooping sensation Kalki is at turns both comic andabsurdly sexy with her hilarious take on rock star attitude. A lesson in entertainment multitasking,she does things with hula hoops, and a bottle of vodka that will have you crying withlaughter and whooping for more.Comedian Rich Fulcher – famed for his Boosh characters Bob Fossil, Kodiak Jack andcheesehead Tommy Nooka and co-star of the cult sketch show Snuff Box – presents ‘An Eveningwith Eleanor: The Tour Whore’, a one ‘woman’ show to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. Selfprofessedrock and roll ‘tour whore’ who recently appeared as Howard’s lover in The MightyBoosh, Eleanor has lived a life most people scream about. Now the woman who claimed tomake Neil ‘young’ and put the ‘wood’ in Woodstock – tells all through poetry, song, dance andconfessional monologues that have been known to leave the audience feeling freshly molested.Prepare to get a pounding like you’re yesterday’s beef!Direct from her run at London’s Soho Theatre, Perrier Award Winner Laura Solon (BBC 1’s Harryand Paul, Radio 4’s Talking and Not Talking) returns with her first show since 2005: the multicharacternarrative comedy and sell out hit at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, ‘Rabbit Faced StorySoup’. So…It’s all gone tits down at Black Publishing. Tepid-shot publisher Diana Lewis isscrambled to find a writer to finish a book and save the company from crisis. Her obstaclesinclude an American Super Agent, a lightly tanned boss, a call centre worker, a diversity officer,The French and a dead rabbit called Ian.“An adventurous and hilarious masterclass” Sunday TimesFormed in 2007 and after a sell-out Edinburgh Festival debut, Idiots of Ants have gone on toperform all over the UK. Winners of the Chortle Award 2010 for Best Sketch or Character ActIdiots of Ants; Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, James Wrighton and Benjamin Wilson, will bebringing their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy to the festival’s Cabaret Arena – aperformance that will no doubt be jam packed with intelligent wit and wonderfully timedobservational comedy. Following three sell-out Edinburgh Festivals, an Edinburgh ComedyAward nomination (formerly Perrier) and hot off the heels of the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’Festival the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) bring their unique blend of fast-paced sketch comedy tothe Latitude Festival.Al Pitcher views a lot of ordinary things in an extraordinary way. His mission is to show peoplehis way of seeing the world, inviting them to escape the monotony of their everyday lives underthe banner ‘The Al Pitcher Picture Show’. Usually before the day of his show Al will venture intothe city he is performing armed with a digital camera to capture the world as he sees it. Posingthe question, what hilarities will he bring to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena? (Cabaret Arena)Jonny Sweet is a talented actor who won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award for BestNewcomer for his show ‘Mostly About Arthur’ (directed by Stefan Golaszewski), which NicaBurns of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards described as: “a delicious hour of charactercomedy…unexpected, highly original, very funny. Watch out for him.” He also appeared in TomBasden’s new play ‘Party’ at the Edinburgh Festival which won a Fringe First award. He recentlyappeared as a young David Cameron in ‘When Boris Met Dave’ which recently aired on More 4.Writers’ Guild Award winner and Chortle Nominee Colin Hoult invites you to a truly originaltragic-comic character show that will shock, tickle and appal. Playing with environment,atmosphere and storytelling, the Carnival Of Monsters is an experience unlike any other you’llfind over the weekend; a macabre freak show that provides a through-line for Hoult’s collectionof comedy sketches and theatrical vignettes. A revamped version of the critically acclaimed,sell out Edinburgh Festival 2009 hit featuring characters and stories both old and new. Createdwith new company Wheelie Man Crow (Kat Nugent, Stephen Evans, Dan Snelgrove and ZoeGardner.)Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns will be bringingtheir imaginatively daft sketches to the Cabaret Arena this year. They have performed to sellout audiences across the country, from their critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Fringe,(**** Irresistable-The Guardian) to a total sell-out run at London’s Soho Theatre. Their uniqueblend of sketch comedy has already marked Cardinal Burns as one of the most exiting live actsto emerge in recent years. If you are a fan of comedic preposterous stereotypes this double actwill be right up your street!Twisted pop cabaret comes to Latitude courtesy of the Austrian born duo, Frisky & Mannishwho were brought up in the travelling community and united at a German music college. Atleast that’s the story, as Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones tell it. Frisky & Mannish have beengarnering comedy awards nominations all this year thanks to their amusing music hall numbersand outrageous delivery.Comedy’s future is in good hands with a fantastic new breed of comic stars emerging from theunderground. Hotly-tipped turns Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker – alongside the sketchcollective Superclump of which they are members – are leading the pack. Wozniak won anIf.Comedy Best Newcomer nomination in 2008, with Paker’s aloof stand-up persona winninghim the 2008 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Together, they recently wowed at theLeicester Comedy Festival taking home the ‘Best New Show’ award in 2010 with their hilariousplay ‘Golden Lizard’, directed by Matt Peover. Who is Floyd Vernon? Two award winningcomedians deliver a clutch of bizarre characters, bogus science and scrambled mystery; afantastically funny play that they are bringing to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena.Showstopper! ‘The Improvised Musical’ does exactly what it says on the tin! A brand newmusical created nightly: this sell-out, award-winning show makes its Latitude debut! Our writerhas just one hour to create a hit musical. Stuck for inspiration, he asks for audience suggestions- and the all-singing, all-dancing cast creates a musical from scratch based around those ideas.Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuringdazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singingall the way home.Deadcat Bounce, the award-winning (Time Out Jury Prize at Sydney Comedy Festival 2010),exuberant Irish comedy rock supergroup make their first appearance at Latitude. Expect smokemachines, screaming guitar solos and everything from hip-hop slow jams to 80’s stadiumanthems. Brace yourself for an unrelenting hour unlike anything else you’ll see at the festival.British comic, writer and personal skills expert Deborah Frances-White will be gracingLatitude’s Cabaret Arena with her sell out show, ‘How to get almost anyone to want to sleepwith you’. The stand-up show that leaves you ready to pull tonight is here!Deborah’s hilarious self-help comedy show will give you the secrets of sexy and leave youfeeling like the sexiest person in the bar who could ask anyone out. (Cabaret Arena)The Pros From Dover’s surreal sketch show encompasses diverse scenarios where brilliancesometimes teeters off the edge of offence. We will witness the downward spiral of severalcharacters in carefully crafted pieces masterfully delivered in a humorous manner. A cleversketch show giving the performers a great vehicle for their talents. (Cabaret Arena)Richard Dedomenici delivers an entertaining and educational illustrated talk about the problemof intellectual copyright theft in the creative industries. He cites a rich and eclectic variety ofcase studies from the music, entertainment and art worlds, encompassing The Pussycat Dolls,Apple Computers and Damien Hirst, as well as countless regrettable examples from his ownartistic practice. (Cabaret Arena)British actor, comedy writer and member of sketch group Cowards, Tom Basden will be makinghis way to the Cabaret Arena. His ‘Tom Basden Won’t Say Anything’ won the if.comedy Awardfor Best Newcomer in 2007 and you can expect his one man show to make some serious wavesat this year’s Latitude festival. (Cabaret Arena)The la de dahs are twee, fun and quintessentially English girls who will be performing in theCabaret Arena and will charm you with delightful harmonies, surprising songs and wiggling hips.The girls entertain all – be they in the Spring or Winter of life, tubbies or sveltes, hip hop fiendsor classical junkies. If you love both Cole Porter and Eminem, come and lend your ear to thesethree gals. There are no gimmicks, no instruments, no recorded sounds and the girls arrange allof the music themselves. The la de dahs make you feel better- like a hot mug of tea and acrumpet. Lovely.Midnight Beast is a group of three London boys living and exposing the lifestyle of today’syouth. Writing songs with a slick sense of humour, members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely andAshley Horne are making waves with their unique sound and “take the p**s outta pop culture”routine. With their videos notching up millions of views, their recent street gig at Brightonbeach caused something of a riot. Expect to see the trio busting their trademark moves whilstreciting the rhymes which have every teen in the country glued to their screen. Look out forthe crowds in the Cabaret Arena; the Midnight Beast will have arrived!Jimmy McGhie is one of the fastest rising young comics on the comedy circuit today. After onlyten gigs, he reached the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, the semi finals ofthe BBC New Talent competition and the final of the Amused Moose Star Search (2005). As anassured storyteller with a distinct turn of phrase and no small amount of agitation in his soul, hehas “one to watch” practically stamped on his forehead. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)Last year’s Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Fergus Craig is performing his successful solostand up after several years in his double act with Colin Hoult. With his theatrical take onaccents, delivery and mannerisms as well as a healthy taste for self-deprecation, his set isbound to ensnare and enrapture those lucky enough to be in the vicinity.When Chris Ramsey strides onto the stage you immediately know you are in safe hands; hishigh-energy delivery, hugely engaging manner and off-the-cuff style have made him one of themost exciting new acts to hit the circuit in recent years. Upbeat and lightning fast, hecommands the stage with the tenacity of a comic with twice his experience. As well asperforming in comedy clubs, Chris has supported the likes of Russell Kane, Ben Amos and AlMurray. (Compering in the Cabaret Arena)Funny Women is at the vanguard of nurturing and promoting female comedy talent, both newand established. Its annual talent competition, the Funny Women Awards, has introducedmany new performers on to the comedy scene. Now in its eighth year, the Awards make theirdebut at Latitude. The show will be hosted by Carrie Quinlan and feature a line up of new actscompeting for a place at this year’s prestigious national final in London at the Leicester SquareTheatre on Monday 20th September. See the future of female comedy with the FunnyWomen’s Awards Showcase in Latitude’s Cabaret Arena. (Cabaret Arena)One of the hottest up and coming comics around, Lee Kern brings his unique, experimentalcomedy stand-up to the Cabaret Arena. Famed as a documentary maker Kern began makingquirky documentary films in the last decade, including his A-Z of Love and the most mainstreamof these, Big Brother: What the Housemates Did Next, which amusingly tracked theunderwhelming post-reality show careers of the BB stars. With his tongue firmly lodged incheek, Kern’s hilarious take on the absurd means his routines are often highly anticipated andhe’s one to catch at Latitude this year.Bilingual Welsh comedian Elis James brings his comic personality, honed on Rhod Gilbert’s BBCRadio Wales show, to the Cabaret Arena. Following stints on Radio 1 and hosting 2008’sComedy Zone, Elis came to wider attention with his 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show The MostCautious Boy In Wales, which was also his debut solo stand-up performance. Gathering wordof-mouth plaudits for his modest approach and brilliant observations as a shy boy making hisway in the world, no doubt he’ll continue to bring even more kudos to the ever-growing andwealthy state of Welsh comedy with his Latitude set.Funny Women Finalist 2006 Rosie Wilby has presented three solo shows at Edinburgh Fringeand comedy festivals across the UK – including the Fringe Report Award winning ‘The ScienceOf Sex’. She has worked as an MC on the Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury Festival and in theprestigious Comedy Tent at Edinburgh Fringe Sunday. Rosie regularly performs around the UKand headlined a sold out female comedy night in March 2009 as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. Shehas appeared on numerous radio shows and also presents on Resonance FM.For karaoke with a difference, pitch up to Latitude’s Cabaret Arena for Ward and White’sKaraoke Circus. This live karaoke show features a live band including comedians Danielle Wardon bass (Mock the Week, Newswipe) and Martin White on accordion and piano. In additionsome very special, top drawer comedians will be giving it their all performing karaoke for youand there will be open slots available for the audience to join in the fun. Previous comics totake part have included Robin Ince, Pappy’s, Richard Herring, Phill Jupitus, Josie Long, JeremyHardy and Dave Gorman. Resident judges, Daniel Maier and The Baron, will pick the winnerfrom the evening’s performances.Anything but a mere music quiz, the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz hosted by compere DJ Al andquizmaster MC Quizzical will be rounding up the eager punters for a few rounds including ‘DoesLiking This Record Make Me Uncool?’ and ‘This is What’s Wrong With Silly Love Songs’. Thishighly sought after outfit use live mash-ups and a damned fine sense of humour to keep theattendees consistently amused and challenged.Musical Bingo brings its insanely addictive competition to Latitude Festival’s Cabaret Arena.Join American hostess Jess Indeedy and the Bring & Share DJs Rapture, Helix and JonnyUnknown as they test your musical knowledge with retro, current and future classics. Mark thesongs off your bingo card as you hear them and compete with the entire arena to win somevery fabulous prizes!~ THE FARAWAY FOREST ~~ Royal Opera House ~~ The School of Life ~ Les Enfants Terribles – The Masked Ball ~~ Bacchanalian party hosted by Johnny Blue Eyes ~~ The Dialogue Project ~ HighTide ~ Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra ~~ Harp For Hangovers ~In its fifth year Latitude unveils The Faraway Forest; a sumptuous home for the festival’s richand decadent side. At sundown this secret place will transform into a den of magical intrigue.Indulge your darkest desires and set free any inhibitions as you lose yourself in the depths ofThe Faraway Forest.We are delighted to announce the Royal Opera House presents performances of its latestcommission ‘Pleasure’s Progress’ by director and choreographer Will Tuckett. A fusion ofdance, opera and music, Pleasure’s Progress explores the vistas and vision of the Englishpainter, printmaker and satirist William Hogarth (1696 – 1764). Tuckett brings Hogarth’s darkpictorial narratives right up the current day, drawing on material from some of his mostcelebrated work including – A Rake’s Progress, Marriage à la mode, A Harlot’s Progress, FourStages of Cruelty and Beer Street and Gin Lane, combining a vivid slice of historical CoventGarden with contemporary urban life. With a cast of dancers, singers and musicians, a wittylibretto by Alasdair Middleton, beautiful music by Paul Englishby and contemporary designs byJon Bausor this new production promises wit and wonder, fun and frolics and an irreverent takeon the darker side of society and will be performed in The Faraway Forest, the perfect place forsuch a magnificent addition to the bill.Asking one of the greatest questions in life, “How do we know what we know?” The School ofLife will be developing the budding philosopher in you by hosting a dinner party based onPlato’s Symposium. Relating to the philosophical text of the genesis, purpose and nature oflove, you can deliver an encomium of love or literally become a lover of wisdom. Tickets to bean honoured guest at the dining table will be available to lucky festival goers over the weekend.In conjunction with the premiere of their brand new macabre musical ‘The Vaudevillains’;award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles bring their unique darkness, theatricalityand twisted wit to an exclusive masked ball deep within the woods. The doors of the Empiremusic hall will open as the band play on into the night. Mingle with the acts from the show;from sexy Siamese striplets to nervy knife-throwers to psychotic ventriloquists as well as a fewother special guests. Dress to impress and join us deep in the dark forest if you dare for a nightyou’ll never forget.You are cordially invited to Latitude’s very first Bacchanalian party hosted by fashion designerand stylist to the stars Johnny Blue Eyes. Last year, Johnny shocked and inspired crowds withLatitude’s first fashion show on The Waterfront Stage. Fusing the worlds of fashion and rock ‘n’roll, the catwalk show was fierce, fabulous and fun with a heart-pumping soundtrack andstunning outfits. For this party with a difference, expect more elaborate garments ranging fromfull attire to the skimpiest of outfits depending on how you feel! The theme is whatever youfancy, whatever you desire and whatever you dare!HighTide present ‘The Theatre EP’, three short boutique musicals with an extra special bonustrack, made for bespoke Latitude sites. Go Into The Woods and experience tracks for thetheatre that take your preconceptions about musical theatre and turn them on their head.Experience the one-on-one intimacy of a Musical for One, play both Ian McEllan and WhitneyHouston in Karaoke Musical, choose your own ‘MixTape’ soundtrack to silent plays, or for a veryspecial festival experience book our bonus track: ‘Made to Order’ – a custom made musicalexperience for and about you (only 5 available). HighTide produce an annual new writingtheatre festival based in Halesworth at The Cut Theatre and their work has transferrednationally with the National Theatre, The Old Vic and Bush Theatre as well as internationally.For the last five years, Karl James and his unique collective The Dialogue Project havepremiered their beautiful, tender and sensitively crafted audio experiences here at Latitude.And this year is no different – except it’s going deeper. In recent years, Karl has exploredsubjects like Pain, Friendship, Honesty and Loneliness. And this year, he’s going more deeplythan ever before into the world of intimacy, exploring the subject that people find hardest of allto be honest and open about: sex. Karl has talked to some amazing people in the last twelvemonths; people who’ve experienced things not many of us have. And you can be the first tohear their secrets, their fears, their hopes and sometimes even their confessions. Some of thisyear’s edits might move you to tears. Some might move you to smile. Some may even move youto walk back out of the woods wanting to talk to someone differently; someone you’ve known;or wanted to know. So forget salacious journalism and feel the love. Get up in the morning anddiscover The Dialogue Project’s work, deeper than ever before, in the heart of The FarawayForest.Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale forest and be enticed by the sounds of the orchestralcabaret-pop brilliance of London’s Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra drifting through the trees.With numbers ranging from 12 to 24, and sounding like a perfect mix of Bonzo Dog Doo-DahBand meets Scott Walker, with a bit of Kurt Weill and The Beatles thrown in; The MFMO are alarge ensemble with flutes, big brass and a full string section, including a harp. And without anyamplification their fantastically incongruous mix of over-orchestrated comedy songs, eccentricinstrumentals and lovely ballads, some with original lyrics, some taken from old poems, will fillLatitude’s woodland with a unique take on the traditional orchestra set-up – a showcase ofstaggering musical talent not to be missed.For those with a heavy hangover or a heavy heart alike, London-based duo Harp For Hangoversis the answer to your ills, arranging current and classic rock, pop and indie anthems on a 29-string harp with female vocals. Mark and Jenny have chilled out audiences across the UK withtheir harped-up versions of everything from Michael Jackson to Metallica. So whether you’rehaving a coffee and a bacon sandwich or your ninth beer of the day, treat yourself to thesoothing pleasures of Harp For Hangovers in the shade of the atmospheric Faraway Forest.~ PANDORA’S PLAYGROUND ~~ Red Shift Theatre Company ~~ Faery Cruise ~ Nathan Evans ~Whilst Latitude’s extensive line-up is an incredible assortment of riches that can keep youentertained all weekend, there is also a treasure trove of unexpected pleasures that lie throughthe festival’s magical woods and beyond. Pandora’s Playground is where anything andeverything can happen. A mini festival of its own, this quirky corner of the Latitude site featuresside shows, games, interactive art, dance troupes, theatre and an all night disco shed. This isthe place for pure, unadulterated playtime in all its childish and fun-filled glory.Discover the incredible ‘Invisible Show’ presented by Red Shift Theatre Company – a livetheatre event embedded in the crowd audible via wireless headphones. Conceived, writtenand directed by Jonathan Holloway, The Invisible Show is a live theatre event embedded in thecrowd, almost invisible, but audible via wireless headphones. It’s a celebration of frailty, areassurance that we’re all rubbish at this thing called life. The dialogue is uncompromising asan estranged father and son duo meet, a couple discuss separation, lovers squirm sexed-up anddesperate for privacy, a sick mother worries into her phone and ex-partners eye one-anotherwith curiosity. Except for the smallest tell-tales the crowd is ignorant of these eddies ofemotion.… unless they have the headphones, and then the live soundscape reveals itself.Search it out or just listen. The Invisible Show will be performed once a day over all four days ofthe Festival. Will you see it?Lurking deep within the forest hidden under a canopy of lush green woodland and a canvas ofdarkness, unsuspecting festival goers will enter an enchanted Faery Cruising area. A world offlattery and fancy, the faeries will be sprinkling their faery dust on un-witting participants whoenter the zone. Using owl hoots and bird calls the faeries will communicate and locate the preywho they might ‘fancy’ and then close in, en masse, with licentious surreptitiousness, beforeengaging in an intimate liaison of shameless empowerment! Twit-ing and twoo-ing, they willsmother their prey with compliments about their good looks, how amazing they are, how ‘theyhope they’re not lost’, how ‘they hope they’re having a great time’ or ‘are they okay?’Whispered, flattering, flirtatious comments take place before the group passionately engage ina group hug of encouragement and warm empathy. Showering their prey in golden confetti,lovely sweets and words of affirmation, the deviants will then disappear once again in to thedarkness of the woods to find another unsuspecting passer-by, leaving the innocent party,pleasantly panting and beautifully bewildered.Nathan Evans, writer, director, performer and filmmaker amongst other such talents, will be atLatitude for a blitz on comic and musical art and an undoubtedly colourful performance with his‘Art Tour’. Having kept himself busy with puppetry (Wow!, Punch and Jude, Rock ‘n’ RollSuicide), musicals (Alienathan) and cultural commentary and subversion (Rather Be Dead ThanGay), his enormous work rate-to-hit ratio will ensure another triumph and excellent addition toour amazing line-up.~ DJs ~~ Guilty Pleasures ~ Smash & Grab ~ Swap-A-Rama ~~ Goldierocks ~~ Club de Fromage ~ Beef Warehouse ~ Cosmic Underground ~~ White Wedding DJs ~ The Vinyl Vendettas ~ Moshi Moshi ~The annual Guilty Pleasures pop spectacular returns to Latitude for a whirl around thedancefloor to a soundtrack of pop brilliance. Created by broadcaster Sean Rowley, in five shortyears it has become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene. When thelights go down at Latitude, Guilty Pleasures is the place to be, as our troupe of DJs and dancersextraordinaire take to the stage for a euphoric rollercoaster of a show, making the most cynicalof feet dancing to our rhythm. Join us for a non-stop celebration of the wonderful world of pop!Smash & Grab is all about kissing and dancing. Smash & Grab is the perfect place for all ofLatitudes hot young singletons to find a partner, and, it is where Queens of Noize and (veryspecial) guests will take you to the next level of Ultimate Party Fever!!!! The Queens will beplaying love inspired party classics, which we can guarantee will leave you screaming for MORE,MORE, MORE! Expect to hear 80’s anthems, 90’s hip hop, house and pop classics we can allreminisce to, fun and cool sounds from the last decade with a bit of 60’s and 70’s rock, soul,disco and pop! The Queens will be laying down plenty of SLOW DANCES giving you the perfectopportunity to approach the girl or guy of your dreams….As the day’s festivities draw to a close and the night’s adventures unveil themselves, don yourbest worst outfit and make your way to the Comedy Arena for the musical chairs of club nights:Swap-A-Rama. The concept is simple. Go dressed to impress and dance the night away to thebest disco and club anthems. When the music stops, you swap an item of clothing withwhoever you’re next to and then carry on busting your best dance moves until the klaxonsounds. You could start the night with a perfectly matching 60’s inspired mini-skirt and bootsand end the night in a wedding dress with wellies. Who knows! Who cares! It’s the funniest,craziest club night around and a must for all fancy-dress, fashion fans at the festival.~ In The Woods ~Exploring the winding pathways that lead through Latitude’s stunning woodland you canencounter a myriad of magical wonder and delight. With art adorning the old oak trees, hiddenshacks of art installations, ad hoc performances and fairy lights decorating the branches thereare treats and surprises at every turn. By day, the little stage will host a diverse range ofintimate performances whilst by night DJs will help you party the night away. Hosting the kindof parties everybody claims to have been at, In The Woods is the place to be for late-night partypeople in the know. With its big bad sound system filling a stunning woodland setting, thesefour nights of great music and non-stop dancing are where you’ll find the DJ’s like the crowd -hands in the air & loving it! There are no stuffy DJ egos here – it’s all about good times.DJ, presenter & producer Goldierocks is gaining a worldwide reputation for her energised DJappearances as well as her debauched glamourpuss all-guns-blazing rock n roll style, and wejust love her. Anyone who caught her ‘Woods’ debut last year will know what all the fuss isabout…. catch her before she goes stellar!Club de Fromage is London’s top weekly fancy dress & pop hotspot. Darlings of the socialpages, always playing to a packed house, they’ll be bringing their crowd pleasing night of nonstopclassic belters, air guitar, big tunes and even bigger DJ’s…don’t miss the meat pie raffle!Beef Warehouse caused Latitude’s one and only faux-barrier crush last year, playing “Killing inthe Name Of” …a year later that track was the Christmas Number 1. Co-incidence?..we thinknot. One’s hairy, one’s lairy, who better to host our PG-rated 5th birthday party than thisgloriously inappropriate and erratic duo.Cosmic Underground DJ’s have been hosting great parties since before Latitude was born!With deep dirty electro & penetrating bass lines overlaying the unexpected, the whole danceparty will be at the mercy of this Mexican wrestling tag team!~ The Lake Stage ~After the bands pack up for the day The Lake Stage transforms into a nightclub under the starswith revellers partying well into the night. Presenting the veritable cream of disc-spinners, TheLake Stage will host:White Wedding DJs who have pristine blanco equipment upon which their blend of cheese andnostalgia imitates the finest celebratory hoe down you can imagine. Anyone who joined in theconga magic last year will be heading straight back for this hilarious party night with celeb DJsfrocked up in their best wedding garb.The Vinyl Vendettas meanwhile are a quintet of female style and taste makers. They reach intothe dusty archives and the shiny metallic disc boxes of the future playing everything from MC5and The Slits to Les Savy Fav and Metronomy. They’re also Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff’s residentSaturday night DJs.Moshi Moshi will also be providing the festival soundtrack. The cutting edge label that hasbrought us Slow Club, James Yuill, Silver Columns and Florence + The Machine of late, alongwith the excellent selections from their legendary Singles Club, will be dishing out the tunesthey feel represent the last decade or so of quality. There won’t be a duff track amongst them,unless of course they’re taking requests.LATITUDE CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION &£10,000 LCA AWARDLatitude Festival is extremely proud to announce the launch of the Latitude Contemporary ArtExhibition (LCA) and the LCA Award at this year’s sold out 5th Edition of the festival.The LCA Exhibition will continue Latitude Festival’s enormous devotion to the arts with amyriad of new and existing contemporary art works on display In The Woods, a stunningwoodland setting and one of the most intriguing areas of the magnificent Latitude site. For theinaugural LCA Exhibition, six key artists have been specially commissioned by the LCA to craftnew works for the 2010 launch: Tim Etchells, Susan Collis, Graham Hudson, Chosil Kil, GraemeMiller and David Blandy.The LCA comprises the Creator of Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic MelvinBenn, Independent arts writer Louise Gray, Tate Modern curator Ben Borthwick,curator/deputy editor of ‘The Wire’ Anne Hilde Neset and Managing Director of Lavish AmiJade Cadillac.The LCA Award of £10,000 will be presented to one of the artists providing new work for theexhibition, chosen by the LCA panel of judges. The prize will cover research, development,production costs and artist fees for a new piece to be debuted for the LCA Exhibition atLatitude 2011.Selecting the 2010 LCA Award winner will be a prestigious panel of LCA judges – Creator ofLatitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin Benn, broadcaster, journalist andpresenter on Radio 4’s World At One and BBC2’s The Review Show Martha Kearney and YoungBritish Artist Gavin Turk. The panel will select the winner on Saturday 17th July following a tourof the new works, with an official announcement and presentation of the LCA Award in theLavish Lounge on the Latitude site.Melvin Benn has always intended contemporary art to be an integral part of Latitude Festival.He says:“It was always my intention that contemporary art would be a key element of the programmeat Latitude. We have always had some spectacular works displayed throughout the site and InThe Woods. This year, in Latitude’s fifth edition, I am thrilled to expand this side of theprogramme by introducing the Latitude Contemporary Art Exhibition and the LCA Award,which will bring some exceptional talent to Latitude this year and help create something veryspecial for next year as well.”Martha Kearney says:”I have always enjoyed Latitude for its unique setting and breadth as a festival, encompassingso much more than music. The new arts prize is an exciting development and I am lookingforward to seeing the new work in the beautiful woodland setting.”Running in parallel with the LCA selected artists, additional artists that have appeared atLatitude previously are creating new works to be exhibited as part of the LCA; Mode 2, JohnnyCole and James Rueben.Also exhibiting as part of LCA will be:A large group of artists showing existing works; David Blandy, Caroline Wright, Jake Clarke,Luke Losey, Tim Simmons, Paul Burgess, Louise Colbourne, Dryden Goodwin, Jenny Baines,Zoë Brown, Jim Hobbs, Matt Hulse, Kate Street, Semiconductor and Vicki Thornton.A sound gallery playing existing works by artists including Stephen O’Malley, Carsten Nicolaiand Pauline Oliveros as well as a film gallery showing films by artists including Ruth Proctor,Martin Soto Climent and Guido van der Werve.~ CHILDREN’S ARENA ~Sharon Reuben ~ Children’s Arena Booker, says:“Surrounded by woodland, colourful sheep and lake-skimming dragonflies, the Children’s Arenais its own little festival, offering a world of art & crafts, drama workshops, theatre & puppetshows, literary tales and creative fun. We have activities for young wildlife explorers, buddingchefs and circus performers plus the chance to join Latitude’s own Glee Club! Local children’sorganisations are at the heart of the area, catering for everyone from babies to teens. Thefamily campsite will feature activities for early risers while the children’s arena guarantees towear out the toughest of infants! ”~ TICKET INFORMATION ~ALL TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!For a full list of national and regional outlets please visit http://www.latitudefestival.co.ukJulie’s Bicycle combines research with practical support to help creative companies buildclimate responsible businesses.Festival Republic is working towards Industry Green status for Latitude. The Industry Greenprogramme is a reflection of our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions and improve ourenvironmental sustainability.We are also working with Julie’s Bicycle to support 10:10 – the national carbon reductioncampaign – at the festival this year.~ MEDIA PARTNERS AND SPONSORS ~EDITOR OF THE WORD MARK ELLEN says: “The Word are beyond thrilled to be an official mediapartner of this year’s Latitude Festival. It’s got precisely the mix of music, comedy and arts thatwe cover – plus psychedelic sheep and exceptional pies. We’re proud to be associated with a6,000-capacity music arena and are even planning a few events of our own in the LiteraryArena.”www.wordmagazine.co.ukHometime DJ Geoff Lloyd is popping his Latitude cherry and setting up camp at Henham Park tobring listeners all the action from this year’s festival. Whether you’re in a tent looking throughthe set list or in your garden battling with the BBQ, it’s our moral duty to provide some qualitytunes and make sure you’re always at the heart of the action.Front of stage, backstage, on-air and online… share your summer festival experience withAbsolute Radio. Be part of it by tuning in on 105.8FM in London and the South East, nationallyon DAB or 1215AM and online at http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk.Tuborg, the Official Beer of LatitudeAfter three successful years, we are very excited to be back as Official Beer of Latitude this July.The festival is such a fantastic music event and is a perfect fit for Tuborg, the Official Beer of livemusic. We are looking forward to working closely with Festival Republic again this year atLatitude, Reading and Leeds and are very excited about the summer ahead.To find out more about Tuborg and live music visit http://www.tuborg.co.ukGet ‘Lost in the Orchard’ with Gaymers cider at LatitudeGaymers is delighted to once again be the official cider of Latitude. Along with pouring morethan 150,000 pints of refreshment over the course of this great weekend, Gaymers is bringingits new ‘Lost in the Orchard’ experience to festival fans in Suffolk this summer. Visit Gaymers‘Lost in the Orchard’ and enter a musical wonderland filled with the quirky and unusual, wherethe familiar and the intriguing meet. It’s a magical area for festival goers to chill out to thesounds of some truly unexpected music and enjoy a crisp and refreshing pint of cider!For more information visit http://www.gaymersmusic.comPepsi are proud to be the Official Cola partner of Latitude and look forward to refreshingfestival goers and helping them to Max their experience across the festival.www.pepsi.co.uk~ PRESS REVIEWS FROM LATITUDE 2009 ~”Top-class performers, multi-coloured sheep, an exquisite lake setting and soil so porous noshowers could muddy it. Latitude is becoming a fine alternative to Glastonbury.”Observer”In four years Latitude has established itself as a big stop on the summer festival circuit.” TheTimes”Latitude is about the atmosphere, it is about the families, it is about that inviting patch ofmatting in the poetry tent for the man who has had no sleep.”The Independent”Latitude in Suffolk last weekend was something of a triumph…this could be a serious, evenunmissable date in the literary calendar.”The Daily Telegraph”Once again they’ve given us the perfect festival.”Uncut”The Latitude Festival is fast becoming the place to showcase innovative theatre to a previouslyuntapped audience (including) a rostrum of new-writing talent that would make Edinburgh alittle green with envy.”The Stage“An elegant and eclectic affair for the discerning festival goer.”Clash MagazineFor further Press info contact: 020 7792 9400Charlie Caplowe: charlie@presscounselpr.comDani Cotter: dani@presscounselpr.comAnthea: anthea@presscounselpr.comDan Griffiths: griff@presscounselpr.comFor further TV and Radio info contact: 0121 224 7453Margaret Murray: margaret@fmguk.com

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