Preview: Latitude 2013

Latitude 2012From Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July at Henham Park in Suffolk, there will be a well revered event going on that usually sells out in the first month of ticket announcements. Now that the full line-up has been announced for Latitude 2013 via BBC Radio 6 on the Steve Lamacq show, the festival is expected to sell out as soon as possible!

But, have no fear, even now while you’re reading this there are families, couples, groups of mates and long lost family members rekindling their relationship, all sat around a computer screen purchasing tickets for one of the highest demanded festival in the UK. Latitude isn’t just any regular festival though, it boasts 15 arenas of the best performers, with over 500 to choose from, showcasing talent you just wouldn’t find in the same place on a regular weekend. As well as the musical arenas, there are comedy tents, theatre and dance venues, and other places dedicated to artists, spoken word performers and written literature. Latitude is the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival, and winner of the 2012 Best Family Festival Award after eight years of establishment and it is now recognised as one of the most friendly, welcoming and chilled festival out there. It’s one for you and your mates, you and your family or just you. On your own. In a tent. Actually on second thoughts, take a friend.

The line-up, of course, is massive. The thing about it being such a diverse and culture orientated festival is that it takes pride in catering for everyone’s taste and enough things to see or do that you won’t run out of ideas in any hurry.

In terms of music, first to headline Latitude’s Obelisk Arena on the Friday will be Bloc Party, whose recent triumphant return to form has been welcomed by fans and critics alike. On Saturday evening German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will take to the stage, and this performance will be a rare chance for you to witness one of the most influential bands of all time performing their highly celebrated 3D concert. Oxford quintet Foals have proven themselves to be one of the UK’s most dynamic and accomplished bands of recent times, supported by their Mercury Music Prize nominations and NME Award Best Song gongs. Known for creative precision, Foals are preparing a closing show to be remembered for years to come. Now that Latitude have created an exciting partnership with BBC Radio 6, naming the second stage as the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage and this year the stage will host exciting musical treats including headline sets from Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House in a UK festival exclusive; Portland’s greatest musical exports, indie-rock stalwarts Modest Mouse; and Mercury Prize-winning Alt-J, whom are all going to be putting on incredible shows that you won’t forget in a rush.

Don’t forget though! It’s not just about the music… There’s plenty more to see if no one from the fantastic musical line-up doesn’t catch your eye, for instance; eleven dedicated arts arenas, stages and spaces will offer performances from a spectacular mix of artists across comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature, poetry and cabaret.

Latitude’s Comedy line-up will play host to all manner of big-name comics. Heading up the stellar comedy line-up will be offbeat Irish stand-up Dylan Moran, best known for co-writing and starring in ‘Black Books’, which has twice won the BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Situation Comedy’, Brighton’s finest motor-mouth Seann Walsh, the multi-talented poet, film maker and comic Tim Key and South London tearaway and man of the moment Lee Nelson with his qwaliteeee jokes, games and banter. Also appearing will be one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit, Josh Widdicombe and comedian, author and sports pundit Mark Watson and the award-winning Marcus Brigstocke’s new show ‘Policy Unit’ will be making a stand in Henham Park.

In literature Daniel Kitson will bring six performances spread over four different shows to Latitude 2013. Kitson (Writer, Performer, Keen Home Cook) will be appearing across Latitude’s arts arenas throughout the weekend like a self-important, pie fingering, genre straddling behemoth. In the Theatre Arena he will present two performances of his current tour show ‘After the Beginning. Before the End’. The same venue will also play host to the first previews of a brand new theatrical work. Meanwhile, The Poetry Arena will see Kitson joining forces with big balled mega legend musician Gavin Osborn for a one off performance of Lucinda Ding and the Monstrous Thing, a forty five minute adventure poem ballad thing from the long-time collaborators. Finally, the Film & Music Arena will host the first ever public screening of ‘It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later’, a concert film of the show by the same name recorded last summer in Manchester and followed here by a Q&A session with Kitson and the filmmaker, Ewan Jones Morris.

There are also enough to choose between theatre acts as The Theatre Arena will serve up a whole host of dramatic performances including the National Theatre Wales’ and Neon Neon Praxis Make Perfect. An exciting and unique collaboration, set to blur the boundaries between pop gig and theatre performance. On the stunning Waterfront Stage Sadler’s Wells present the first full length dance show ever to be taken to a festival from award-winning flamenco dancer, and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Rocío Molina, who has quickly established herself as one of the most important choreographers and performers at the forefront of flamenco.

Alongside this there’s enough renowned artists for 2013. David Shrigley, whose instantly recognisable naive style has elevated him into the world of fine art, will be making a very rare appearance and presenting from his work ‘How Are You Feeling?’ One of the most influential comic book writers of all time, the man behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta; Alan Moore will be discussing the making of his short film, ‘Jimmy’s End’ along with director Mitch Jenkins allowing Latitude goers to get into the minds of the creators. One of the world’s leading fashion photographers, Tim Walker, will also be taking to the stage for a rare and intimate ‘in conversation’ appearance. The National Gallery invites the audience to immerse themselves in great art by Renaissance master Titian, the mobile cinema offers a National Gallery festival experience celebrating Diana and Callisto, a painting recently acquired for the nation. In The Faraway Forest London-based artist David Shillinglaw will be painting a mural based on this year’s ‘Neuroscience Vs Sex’ theme where you can submit suggestions for words or phrases to be included in the final painting.

As you can probably tell, there’s going to be a hell of a lot going on in Henham Park in Suffolk, and there’s so much more that we just don’t have the space on a HTML to list, so we urge you to get your tickets as soon as possible.

In terms of pricing, below is a simple listing of all options.

  • Weekend adult tickets: £182.50
  • Weekend accompanied teen (13-15 years): £132.50
  • Weekend child (5-12 years): £5.00
  • Adult day tickets Fri, Sat or Sun: £77.50
  • Child (5-12 years) day tickets Fri, Sat or Sun: £5.00
  • Campervan Permit: £40-80 (dependent on size)
  • Locker: £16.00


The SoapBox team intends to be there, taking photos along the way and writing a post-festival review, so make sure you keep checking in with us for updates!

The full line-up stands so far as:


Bloc Party, Kraftwerk 3D, Foals, Calexico, CocoRosie, iamamiwhoami, Mark Lanegan, Rhye, SOHN, The Tallest Man On Earth, White Denim, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, Alt-J, Beach House, The Maccabees, Hot Chip, Cat Power, Local Natives, I Am Kloot, Steve Mason, Efterklang, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, James Blake, Villagers, Disclosure, Beth Orton, Akron Family, Willy Mason, Everything Everything, Daughter, Matthew E. White, mum, Laura Mvula, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Bo Ningen, Cat Power, Chvrches, Clean Bandit, Dan Croll, Dark Dark Dark, Drenge, Fimber Bravo, Friends, Hookworms, I Am Kloot, Jagwar Ma, Japandroids, Jessie Ware, Josephine, King Creosote, Malcolm Middleton, Marika Hackman, Mikhael Paskalev, Moon Duo, Purity Ring, Rachel Zeffira, Serafina Steer, Sinkane, Stealing Sheep, Sweet Baboo, Swim Deep, Tamikrest, Temples, The 1975, The Bots, Veronica Falls, Wave Machines, Widowspeak, Willy Mason, Young Wonder, Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco, Sink The Pink, Disco Shed.


Dylan Moran, Daniel Kitson, Tim Key, Seann Walsh, Mark Watson, Lee Nelson, Marcus Brigstocke, Josh Widdicombe, Charlie Baker, The Horne Section, Jamie Kilstein, Kerry Godliman, Katherine Ryan, Simon Evans, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Brett Goldstein, Marcel Lucont, Romesh Ranganathan, Elis James, The Noise Next Door, Tiffany Stevenson, Idiots Of Ants, Hennessy & Friends, Loretta Maine, The Sunday Assembly, Holly Walsh, Luisa Omielan, Ed Aczel, Sheeps, Bryony Kimmings, Daniel Simonsen, Vikki Stone, McNeil and Pamphilon, Alfie Brown, Sam Fletcher, Pat Cahill, Mae Martin, Lucy Beaumont, Rich & Andy, Ben Target, Andrew Ryan, Nish Kumar, Chris Kendall, David Trent, Jenny Fawcett, Holly Burn, John Robins, Suzy Bennett, Aisling Bea, Tom Deacon, Ed Gamble, Rob Beckett, Joe Lycett, Matt Rees, Austentatious, Chortle Student Awards, Monster Comedy Shed.


Germaine Greer, Jonathan Cainer, Jeremy Dyson, Wordtheatre, Robin Ince’s ‘Dirty Book Club’, Salon London, The Last Tuesday Society, Tracey Thorn, Will Storr, John Taylor, Matt Haig, Dawn O’Porter, Ian Robertson, Before They Were Famous, Festival Of The Spoken Nerd with Helen Arney And Steve Mould, Selfmade Hero: Graphic Novel discussion with Glyn Dillon, Joff Winterhart, Corban Wilkin, Toby Litt.

Theatre & Dance:

National Theatre Wales And Neon Neon, Sadler’s Wells Present ‘Rocío Molina’, Daniel Kitson, Royal Exchange Theatre, Ockham’s Razor, National Youth Theatre, BAC, Made In China, Forest Fringe, Clean Break, The Wrong Crowd, Peep, Drywrite, Curious Directive, The Pleasance, Fuel, ARWC, Dance East, Dirty Protest, Daniel Bye, Boo Dwyer, Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre And Latitude Present Rash Dash, Tangled Feet, Pin The Tale, Pins & Needles.


David Shrigley, Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, Tim Walker, The National Gallery Presents: ‘Titian On Tour’, David Shillinglaw.


Daniel Kitson film Plus Q&A, Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain, ICA Present Bowiefest, Reverend Billy & The Church Of Stop Shopping, Snarky Puppy, Crook And Flail, Ultimate Bowie, Gavin Osborn, Total Film Q&A.

Poetry Arena:

Carol Ann Duffy, Murray Lachlan-Young, Liz Lochhead, Thurston Moore, Daniel Kitson & Gavin Osborn, Don Paterson, Michael Rosen, Luke Wright, Ross Sutherland, Tim Clare, The Islanders, John Osborne, Steve Roggenbuck, Apples & Snakes, Dead Poets, Katie Bonna, Poejazzi, Byron Vincent, Intensi-T, Tim Turnbull, Caroline Bird, Hollie McNish, William Letford, Jo Bell, Mike Garry.


Carnesky’s Tarot Drome, Boom Tish Cabaret, Boogaloo Stu, Fancy Chance, Boris & Sergey, Swing Patrol, Artwank, Eggs Collective, Richard Dedomenici, Brian Lobel.


Written By Max Necus (@MaxNecus)

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