Search

Latitude success a tribute to east coast

PUBLISHED: 10:48 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:57 05 July 2010

THE man behind the UK's biggest music events has given the Sunrise Coast a shot in arm after praising the setting of his newest festival.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, said despite its short life of only three years the Latitude Festival, held at Henham Park, near Southwold, was already influencing existing events and spurning copycats.

THE man behind the UK's biggest music events has given the Sunrise Coast a shot in arm after praising the setting of his newest festival.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, said despite its short life of only three years the Latitude Festival, held at Henham Park, near Southwold, was already influencing existing events and spurning copycats.

Mr Benn, who is responsible for both the Leeds and Reading weekends, heaped plaudits on the festival as details were revealed, on Wednesday, of this year's line-up which include all three stars of the comedy panel series Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

“Edition three of Latitude. I cannot wait. It has so much more in store that July 17 cannot come quickly enough for me. Latitude has, as I hoped, re written the rule book of what a festival might be.

“I am hardly surprised except that it happened so quickly. The real true festival of musical harmony, artistic and creative beauty is on the Sunrise Coast and is Latitude”

The ground-breaking festival, which draws together an eclectic mix of art, attractions and entertainment, will take place from Thursday to Sunday, July 17 to 20, and visitors to the estate will be treated to an innovative experience with individual arenas dedicated to film, theatre, poetry, literature, cabaret, comedy and music.

One arena will also be dedicated to BBC Radio Four with special guest veteran presenter Nicholas Parsons and the Just a Minute team.

Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand will headline the three day spectacular on the Friday night, while Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros, are the top act on the Saturday.

Their most famous song Hoppipolla, will be known by many around the world for its inclusion in BBC1 programme Planet Earth and Clive Owen film Children of Men. Sunday in the Obelisk Arena will be headlined by New York titans Interpol.

The Lake Stage will be introduced by Radio One DJ Huw Stephens, while the Uncut and Sunrise Arena will also welcome a host of star performers.

Inside the Pimms Comedy Arena, the whole team of Never Mind the Buzzcocks will come together as Bill Bailey, Simon Amstell and Phill Jupitus take the stage alongside deadpan comic Rich Hall and Ross Noble.

Ex Buzzocks presenter Mark Lamarr will headline the music and film arena, while Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, chick lit writer Jenny Colgan and Southwold regular Esther Freud are at the literary arena.

Robin Ince's Book Club will return, along with storytelling magic by WordTheatre and Marcus Brigstocke and the Early Edition will present a witty daily digest of current affairs over the weekend.

With 40 acts announced for the poetry arena and more to come, Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Mitchell, John Hegley and Keith Moore are just some flocking to Latitude, while in the theatre arena the Royal Court Theatre again dominate proceedings.

VauxhallVille cabaret, described as a spit and sawdust show from south London have been confirmed for the cabaret arena, while for the first time Sadler's Wells, a dance theatre venue will present work on a specially designed stage at sunset on the lake at Latitude as well as a 12-piece orchestra entitled The Irrepressibles.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £130 for a full weekend ticket. Children under 13 are free. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday are priced at £55 for adults.

To book call 0870 060 3775 or go online to www.festivalrepublic.com , www.seetickets.com , or www.latitudefestival.co.uk

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists