What's new, who's playing and why this year is set to be the biggest yet...
Round up, round up, Latitude Festival is almost here and is set to be one of their biggest (and best) years yet – a mean feat considering last year Ed Sheeran and Tom Yorke from Radiohead went head to head with secret gigs in separate parts of the forest.
This year will see big name acts like The Macabees, New Order and Chvrches join forces with a new breed of talent including Chet Faker, Father John Misty and Laura Mvula for a music extravaganza bound to take you to your happy place.
The stunning Theatre Arena line-up will also see more premieres, previews, works-in-progress and commissions than ever before, with highlights including extraordinary performances from Circa, Gob Squad, Improbable & Blind Summit, Opera North, Les Enfants Terrible, Mark Thomas, as well as the Lyric who are bringing a work-in-progress performance of their forthcoming production, The Importance of Being Earnest starring The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc.
Meanwhile, the stellar line-up in the Comedy Arena is set to be headlined by the hugely popular Russell Howard, who will be joined by UK comedy trailblazer Josh Widdicombe, internationally renowned beatboxer Reggie Watts, plus Paul Merton, one of the UK’s most popular comedians, together with his highly renowned Impro Chums.
The mind blowing line-up doesn’t end there either. This year will include events with the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (coming to the festival for the first time), Wellcome Book Prize 2016 (including Suzanne O’Sullivan, Alex Pheby, Sarah Moss, Cathy Rentzenbrink), Ben MacIntyre, Sara Pascoe, Mark Watson, David Quantick, Madeleine Shaw, Poet in the City with Jack Monroe and Scotland’s new national poet, Jackie Kay.
And to top it all off, much of this year’s programme will explore the theme ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ – a subject that has dominated the headlines, from the refugee crisis in Calais to the protests against gentrification in Brixton last year.
So if you haven’t bought tickets yet, you better get cracking, because Latitude Festival this year is going to be huge!