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On 14th – 17th July in the sumptuous surrounds of the Suffolk countryside, the welcoming daisy-adorned gates will open for the 6th edition of the magical and fantastical Latitude Festival.
Bigger and better for 2011, Latitude has an increased arena size but with no capacity increase, allowing festival goers to roam the site freely while keeping its intimate and cosy feel; and there is also a second bridge across the lake from which crowds can
enjoy spectacular light and visual displays and ad hoc performances.
With an unrivalled programme of music and arts scheduled all weekend long, Latitude will continue to inspire and innovate, enlighten and engage with another incredible event promised for 2011.
See www.latitudefestival.co.uk/2011 for more details.
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Alan Carr is one of Britain's most successful and treasured comedians. His unique humour and effortless stage presence have earned him a catalogue of awards. His hit Channel 4 chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man is firmly established as one of the nation's favourite entertainment TV shows. Alan's unique warm hospitality and infectious personality have won audiences hearts, ensuring he is the perfect chat show host as he invites his A-list guests to a tipple of their choice, to let their hair down (which they often do), and most importantly have fun. 'A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up' (The Independent) 'An absolute natural on stage… a born storyteller, sheer entertainment' (London Evening Standard). Alan Carr was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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An award-winning burger van owner and regular on the BBC's Shooting Stars, AKA comedian Dan Skinner.
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Considered by some to be a female Nick Cave, scored for an imaginary Hitchock soundtrack, Anna Calvi's blend of dark atmospheric romantic pop saw her nominated for the Mercury Music Prize with her 2011 eponymous debut for the Domino label. Meanwhile her intense mesmerising live performances showcase her fiercely provocative and mastery electric guitar work, haunting vocals and hypnotic stage presence with striking torch songs. 2013 saw the release of her follow-up album 'One Breath', described by The Independent as “an LP that rumbles with lusty insistence, swoons with bliss, luxuriates in cinematic style and nudges Calvi’s emotive voice to fresh operatic heights.”
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This Los Angeles five-piece are indie noisemakers who just might've arrived in the wrong decade. Their sound captures elements of 90's heroes Modest Mouse, Pavement, the Breeders, Pixies or perhaps Sonic Youth at their most tuneful. "Like Dinosaur Jr meeting the Moldy Peaches in a secret cove at sundown" - The Guardian. Please show them your love!
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'Mesirow’s father is a member of the Blue Man Group, while her mother played with Human Sexual Response in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She grew up listening to Motown and new wave, but in her teens she discovered punk, grunge, and ska. By the time she was in her twenties, Mesirow felt ready to make her own music, and inspired by a vision she had of a figure hovering over water, her nom de musique became Glasser. She crafted GarageBand demos that pitted her delicate, swooping vocals over spare electronic rhythms and circular melodies that evoked avant-garde music and global folk at the same time. These tracks made their way to the labels True Panther and Young Turks, which released the Apply EP in 2009 and the Tremel single in 2010. Glasser toured with the xx and Sigur Rós' Jónsi with a rotating cast of supporting players including producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who worked with her on her debut album.'
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Oxford trio Trophy Wife's sound and aesthetic is informed by influences as diverse as Studio, Polmo Polpo, The Notwist, Hank Marvin and Tortoise. These influences can not only be heard in the bands music and production, but also echoed in their artwork, photography and videos – all facets of which the three band members contribute to equally.
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Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England. The company is one of the top ten UK producing theatres, and was described in The Guardian as '... an egalitarian, project based group of artists, technicians and support staff that has aggressively forged a new identity for regional theatre in the 21st century. Not so much a rep as a total theatre machine'.
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Linton Kwesi Johnson
Powerful critiques on modern Britain, from the world's first reggae poet, he uses politics as an organising principle for his message and sound.
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Will trained at the Oxford School of Drama and started gaining acclaim on stage in 1999. He has since alternated between TV roles and theatre.
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Co-host of XFM's hugely successful and genre-defining show and clubnight, The Remix, where dance meets rock. His Remix night at Cargo in London has hosted the likes of Freq Nasty, Lemon Jelly, Coldcut and The Audio Bullys. Eddy also runs the Kill All Hippies night and presents shows for MTV2 and ITV1.
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Bouncy and delightful indie from Manchester with some jaunty rock thrown in. Straddling the new wave line with a big bucket of songs and distinctive vocals, their songs have the ability to get stuck in your head and stay there.
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Named after an Ed Ruscha painting of the same name - the Talking Heads famously used the image for the cover of their Sand in the Vaseline compilation – Various Cruelties is based around Liam O'Donnell. Born in London to Scottish father and an Irish mother (a distant relative of Oscar Wilde) he spent his youth singing at Leeds blues parties and squat run pirate radio stations where he discovered the Clash, The Specials, Etta James, Devendra Banhart and Otis Redding.
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American indie rock quintet emerged from Brooklyn in the early 2000s. Amidst the garage rock revival at the time, they distinguished themselved with their much wider range of influences, merging elements of alternative country-rock, Americana, and chamber pop as well as post-punk into their moody, crafted indie rock. More two decades on they are selling out arenas and headlining festivals across the world.
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It has been on an incredible journey for Paolo since his 2006 debut album 'These Streets' established the young Scotsman as a leading light of singer-songwriters. His extraordinary follow up, 'Sunny Side Up', as well as his reputation for blistering, crowd rousing live performances continues to reinforce his success around the world.
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Suede kick-started the Brit pop revolution of the '90s, bringing English indie pop/rock music away from the swirling layers of shoegazing and dance-pop fusions of Madchester, and reinstating such conventions of British pop as mystique and the three-minute single. Nearly three decades later, during which they had a 7 year hiatus, Suede are as formdiable as ever in spite of their advancing years.
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Bombay Bicycle Club
London Indie four-piece named after a (now defunct) chain of Indian restaurants, Bombay Bicycle Club spiced up the music scene with their arrival in 2005. Their profile and success grew with every release, notching up three top 10 albums including 2014's no.1 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'. After a three-year hiatus, the boys returned in 2019 and are still very much hot (Bombay) potatoes.
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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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While their biggest success came in the mid 90s with the singles 'Novocaine For The Soul' and 'Susan's House', Eels (aka Mark Oliver Everett) has continued to be a highly prolific project with a total of 12 studio albums, not to mention numerous live albums and compilations. Always brimming with ideas and songs of personal tragedies and highs, Eels remain a critically adored band.
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