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Recently named 'Best Family Festival', Latitude returns for a spectacular eighth edition, taking place between 18th - 21st July 2013.
Latitude sits at the heart of the summer, with its innovative programming and stunning site design creating a spectacular weekend for 35,000 people in the beautiful surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk. Latitude is unequalled in the diversity and quality of the artists it hosts. It also leads the way among summer festivals in using the natural landscape of the site to elevate and inform artists’ performances.
Revellers can be sure that their ticket will guarantee them access to a huge and diverse selection of music. Whether they want debuts or exclusive performances, classical or dance, the popular or the obscure, Latitude really does have it all. Over the past seven years Latitude has witnessed some truly remarkable musical moments; who can forget Florence + The Machine’s emotional first ever festival headline appearance on the Obelisk Arena, Thom Yorke’s spellbinding Sunday noon solo set and Elbow’s climatic crowd sing-a-long on Saturday this year. These are just some of the highlights from Latitude’s illustrious past line-ups with 2013 set to be no exception.
Brighton's Maccabees have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut top 30 album 'Colour It In' in 2007. Their brand of slightly off-kilter British art-rock has seen them compared to the likes of Wire, Blur, Magazine, Futureheads and XTC. Their frenzied live shows have generated stage invasions and riotous crowds buzzing to the sounds of already classic anthems like 'About Your Dress' and 'Toothpaste Kisses'. After 14 years together, in 2016 the guys announced they had decided to call it a day, and will play their farewell shows in 2017.
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Tucson, Arizona's finest return to the UK to blow away your preconceptions of country music with their astonishing live show. Catering for your everyday demands for eerie desert rock and mashed-up Tex Mex party anthems.
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Dark Dark Dark
Dark Dark Dark revel in the world around us. The chamber-folk sextet creates a stirring reminder to seek out the wonder and magic to be found in the everyday. Their sound sets Nona Marie Invie's soaring, haunting voice against an array of acoustic instruments, all the while leaving room for the listener to nestle themselves inside and take part.
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Matthew E. White
Virgina's Matthew E. White has wowed the critics with his debut album 'Big Inner', a collection of smooth modern-day soul and funk with a 70's vibe, Brazilian tropicalia and country rock combined with the hallmarks of classic singer-songwriters like Randy Newman (White's personal musical hero).
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Nick Mulvey is key founding member of Portico Quartet, touring the world with them and picking up a wealth of international acclaim, including a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their debut album 'Knee-deep In The North Sea'. Nick creates beautiful music inspired from around the world, with a particular focus on Africa and Congolese guitar styles. Drawing from a range of influences and experiences from Congolese 'soukous' and Malian blues to Flamenco and minimalism, his is a rare cross-cultural musical expression that blends both song and groove.
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The Family Rain
Playing in various groups before coming together as a three-piece at the start of 2011 are Twins (Timothy Water and William Water) and elder brother (Ollie Water). Prepare for love, for hate, for past, for present. Prepare for a story of persistence, resistance and a bond too strong to break. Prepare for the Family, prepare for Rain.
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New York singer-songwriter Willy Mason was just 19 when his first album was released back in 2004, a record that propelled him to critical acclaim and spawning the UK top 30 single 'Oxygen'. His music showed a young man with a tremendous, broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom way beyond his years. Now in his 30s, Mason continues to capture the spirit of a time, a place and a generation with his captivating brand of folky blues-country.
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The Perrier Award winner has had huge success as both a writer and performer. He received a BAFTA and a Bronze Rose of Montreux for his Channel 4 sitcom Black Books. His film career has included the smash hit Rom-Com-Zom Shaun Of The Dead, Run Fat Boy Run and A Film With Me In It. His stand up shows have sold out across the world. Throughout the US, Europe and Australasia Monster, Like Totally and What It Is have cemented this unkempt wordsmith's reputation as one of the foremost comics of his generation earning him the label of 'The Oscar Wilde of Comedy'. 'Jokes as sharp as barbed wire and a comedy brain quicker than a steel trap... Rarely have the rafters of the Playhouse shook so dangerously to the sound of laughter' (The Scotsman) 'A supremely confident performer, his timing for delivering punchlines is something special' (The Daily Telegraph) 'It didn't falter for a moment. This is stand-up comedy of the first order... there's scarcely a word wasted... seriously good fun' (The Times).
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Cardiff-based stand-up comedian. A versatile comic actor whose character creation 'Rex' is a regular feature on Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show, Elis' profile has been boosted with frequent appearances on BBC Radio One Wales, two critically acclaimed Edinburgh solo shows (The Most Cautious Little Boy in Wales – 2009, and Daytripper – 2010) plus numerous appearances on the UK comedy circuit including tour support act for Rhod Gilbert. Paired with comedian John Robins, Ellis also presents a weekly show on Radio X. In addition, their podcast, The Elis James and John Robins’ Show, has become cult listening – gaining them a devoted following, over 14-million downloads and a regular fixture in the podcast charts – and the pair have even written a book together! 'He hypnotises the audience into loving him. There's also a laugh every ten seconds or so which overall makes it a complete joy' (Time Out) 'An intensely likable performer, he manages to get the audience to share in the heat of his unlikely passion, and you'll be rooting for him throughout his various misadventures' (The Guardian).
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TV's comedy guerilla with his own shrewd take on governmental and corporate exploitation. Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. “One of Britain's greatest storytellers…beautifully-paced and structured…a passionate humanity that surpasses most other work at the Fringe" (The Scotsman). 'A brand of comedy that carries a far weightier purpose than to simply generate laughs.. Cuckooed leaves a lasting impression' (Sunday Herald) 'A clever, funny and angry show... an excoriating, heartfelt monologue...Thomas the polemicist deploys the comedian's eye for a situation's dark absurdities' (The Guardian) 'Thomas's show ruefully tots up the cost of personal betrayal' (Sunday Times) 'Bracing, brilliant and necessary... Mark Thomas is the most intelligent of the modern leftist stand-ups... an unmissable hour' (Theatre Cat). Mark Thomas was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians 2017 and 2016.
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'I'm a maker of theatre. Sometimes I write, sometimes I direct, sometimes I perform. My work is immediate, playful, surprising and engaged with the world we all live in' (Daniel Bye).
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National Theatre Wales
Cenedl Cymru yw ein Llwyfan. The nation of Wales is our stage.
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A brilliantly quick comic mind coupled with scorching improvisation makes Daniel a regular at the top London clubs and on TV. Nominee for the Perrier Award 2001 and the winner in 2002. His hilarious, charming and filthy comedy is unafraid to be different and happily avoids the latest fashions and trends. A must see comedian.
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Carol Ann Duffy
Appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009, Carol has also won many awards including the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the TS Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender and violence, in an accessible language that has made them particularly popular in schools.
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Born in North Yorkshire, Tim Turnbull worked in forestry for many years before moving to London to become a fixture on the slam and live poetry circuit. He now lives and works in Scotland. Tim has two collections Caligula on Ice and Other Poems and Stranded in Sub-Atomica (Donut Press) and has created two acclaimed stage shows, Tim Turnbull's Tales of Terror and Caligula on Ice. His shows combine accomplished poetry of great formal dexterity with a dynamic stage presence and he has entertained audiences across Britain for over fifteen years. Winner of The Contenders Performance Poetry Fellowship in 2006, Tim has also been nominated for first collection and best poem categories in the Forward Prizes. 'Darkly seductive, Turnbull pulls the audience into a world where everything is slightly askew' (Fest Magazine) '...a wonderful showman' (Broadway Baby).
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The distinguished antipodean Shakespearean professor and champion of feminism who regularly appears on TV and radio. She can, and will, discuss any subject under the sun in her own distinctive and combative style. Her books include 'The Female Eunuch' and 'The Whole Woman' and she never fails to entertain.
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Guilty Pleasures DJs
Sean Rowley and Terry Hall's famous club night playing the likes of Olivia Newton John, E.L.O. to Hall & Oates and Dolly Parton.
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DJ from Phituristix and Sick Trumpet playing broken beat, garage, grime and dub.
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Reared on a diet of pop culture and good music, Bloc Party met through the small ads of the music press to create a band who went on to make the headlines. After a short hiatus in 2013, Kele Okereke returned refreshed in 2015 with a new line-up: original guitarist Russell Lissack joined by new recruits Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle (drums) Ask them their influences, and they say they've been influenced by it all. Live, Bloc Party '...rip through new classics...like they've written them 20 minutes before the gig - the ferocity and adrenaline of youth shines through the angular rhythms and layers of effects.' (bbc.co.uk). They also play regular DJ slots up and down the country.
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The German Gods of electronic music, Kraftwerk have been electronica pioneers and flag-bearers since the late 70s and show no signs of slowing down. Songs like 'The Model' (a no 1 UK single), 'Trans-Europe Express', 'The Robots' and 'Tour De France' inspired a generation of bedroom pioneers to pick up their keyboards and play. Without them, modern dance music (ambient, techno and trance) would be a far darker place - if it were there at all.
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From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. Since forming in 2005 they’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
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