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Latitude Festival 2007

The people behind the Latitude Festival issue the longest press release known to man. Pour yourself a glass of merlot, put up your feet and wade through it here! (Y'know, real people organise events like this. It must be dead complicated.)

LATITUDE FESTIVAL

July 12th – 15th 2007
Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

The award-winning and ground-breaking Latitude Festival is returning to the sunrise coast of Suffolk for it’s amazing second year. Hosted once again in the breathtaking grounds of Henham Park Estate, Southwold, organisers Mean Fiddler are promising an even more spectacular event.
Latitude’s arrival last year re-wrote the rulebook on traditional festivals and provided a well-needed breath of fresh air. On one of the hottest weekends in history, Latitude shimmered and glittered in the sunshine, providing a relaxing weekend break in the countryside. Bursting with weird and wonderful sights and experiences, it embraced and showcased an eclectic array of art, entertainment and attractions for all generations.

The concept of Latitude is for visitors to sample all the varied aspects of the arts world in one place; to be able to wander from books, to music, to film and theatre, to be able to discover new and exciting things whilst surrounded by beautiful countryside. It’s unrivalled in this country.

The brainchild of Mean Fiddler boss, Melvin Benn, Latitude’s huge success last year surpassed expectation and as Melvin explains: “…with Latitude I wanted to re-format festivals and break the mould which I successfully did and provided a fresh angle that the public responded to. Due to the success of last year, artists and performers are now approaching us to be involved. For example; Rob de Bank asked to DJ at this year’s festival which is such a great honour as, not only is he a great DJ, but he runs his own festival (Bestival) which I’m very fond of and respect, so it’s a great feeling to have that appreciation from him. Also the Chief Executive of BAFTA came last year and having seen the Music and Film Tent wanted to participate in some way this year, so we’re very pleased to announce their involvement.

“Having read comments on the message boards and forums from happy festival goers it’s clear that a lot of people found their festival home in Latitude which is fantastic and something really positive that we can keep building on year on year.”

THE SITE

Nestled in the grounds of the historic Henham Park Estate, the look of Latitude is a real sight to behold. The experience of discovering for the first time is both exhilarating and exciting. Winding down a country path from the campsite to the main arena you’ll see secret pathways leading into the fairytale woods, pastel-coloured sheep grazing lazily, and a wooden ‘floating’ bridge crossing the lake. During the day this is a perfect place to explore the trees and woodland, take a gondola ride down the lake or soak in the sun while relaxing in deckchairs. At night; see the old oak trees lit up in greens and purples and become mesmerised by the dancing, sparkling lights bobbing in the lake. As night falls the woods become a whole new world; following the sounds and cheers you’ll find hidden late night parties, DJ sets with happy ravers hanging from tree branches. When most festivals wrap up for the day, Latitude keeps going, offering as much for the night owls as the early birds.

As you cross the bridge and enter the main arena the ground’s natural beauty is brought to life with the hustle and bustle of the many boutique clothes stalls, the numerous bars (some of which offer waiter service), tasty food stalls and, of course, the many stages and tents all offering something different, something out of the ordinary and something completely special.

Confirmed for the festival so far are:

MUSIC ARENAS

*DAMIEN RICE* *THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN*
*ARCADE FIRE*

*WILCO* *CSS* *THE RAPTURE* *THE NATIONAL* *THE MAGIC NUMBERS* *CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH* *MIDLAKE* *THE GOTAN PROJECT* *EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY*

The main arena boasts three main stages; The Obelisk, The Uncut and Lake stages, all showcasing an eclectic range of alternative, leftfield music spread over the three days. The music is specifically hand-picked for the festival; bands and artists chosen with the essence of Latitude in mind. Older, more established bands playing in harmony alongside Britain’s freshest new acts.

Headlining this year’s event on the main Obelisk Stage, Latitude are pleased to announce Dublin born global phenenom, Damien Rice who has sold out almost every UK show he has played since the release of his debut masterpiece ‘O’. He is presently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed second album ‘9’ and will bring his moving, powerful and sometimes heart-wrenching odes to the Friday night. The Damon Albarn-fronted and super-cool The Good, The Bad And The Queen with The Clash’s Paul Simonon on bass head up the Saturday night playing tracks from their self-titled gold-selling debut. And with the epic, euphoric and undisputed geniuses Arcade Fire closing the festival on Sunday night, once again, Latitude offers an exciting, varied and spell-bounding musical experience that will soundcheck the perfect holiday weekend.

The following are also confirmed performers for Latitude:

Laid back Chicago boys Wilco performing some new tracks as well as hits from their country tinged Grammy award winning ‘A Ghost is Born’ album.

Already causing a stir this year after performing on the NME Indie Rave tour, Brazilian 6-piece CSS will be bringing their synth driven indie pop to Latitude and they will be in good company with American indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who will make you do just that. The Magic Numbers sold out the Kentish Town Forum on the back of one single back in 2005. Two top 20 albums later and with a new album on the horizon the family 4-piece consisting of 2 sets of brothers and sisters will be performing their folk indie at Latitude 2007.

Jon Dunn who is curating the music stages says:

“'The festival last year was inspiring, from the brilliance of Antony & The Johnsons, the unique Camille, the fervour of Larrikin Love, and the legend that is Patti Smith, not to mention great new artists such as Scott Matthews, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Paolo Nutini..

The success of the first year has led to a combination of confidence and trust from artists, agents and public that this year will strive to be even better, I’m very pleased with our headliners, and I’m looking forward to curating a mix of genuinely talented artists across many musical genres over the three stages.”

The Lake Stage

This year will also see the return of the Lake Stage. Last year the stage featured up and coming acts and emerging artists such as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Euros Childs, M.Craft, Rory McVicor, Richard James, Darren Hayman, Le Voices, Mugstar, George, Nalle, Jakokoyak, Soft Hearted Scientists and Jim Elden.

The stage is exclusively curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens who is thrilled to be part of things again saying:

“I'm chuffed to be part of Latitude again this year, and looking forward to bringing a whole load of ace new, unsigned and emerging artists to the festival again this year through curating the Lake Stage. The line-up is shaping up nicely! And I look forward to being in the luscious Latitude site again”

But of course, Latitude is so much more than a music festival…

Full to the brim with authors, poets, dancers, filmmakers, actors, DJs, and artists performing all day and all night providing brand new and exciting experiences and activities you never thought even existed. Or you could just sit back soaking up the fun and atmosphere, laughing at the passersby, and relax at the waiter-service bars, sipping a beer or even a glass of champagne. Latitude has everything you may desire.

And more…

Tania Harrison, at Mean Fiddler in charge of curating the comedy, cabaret, poetry, music and film, literature and theatre arenas at Latitude says:

“Latitude combines so many cultural genres in one incredibly beautiful space. One would have to visit several festivals to see as many performers, authors, and poets as you can see at Latitude over the course of one weekend. The feedback we got was incredible from both audience and performers alike. The artists loved the fact that they could express themselves creatively in several arenas. Patti Smith is a prime example; last year she performed a storming set in the Obelisk Arena then gave a moving and inspirational reading of her poetry in the poetry arena later in the day. The huge choice of exciting things to do at Latitude makes it a fantastic cultural adventure, going from sexy cabaret or charleston dance class to an intense book reading. The poetry tent was hugely popular and we had the best in contemporary performance poets including the witty and acerbic Luke Wright, poet-actor-rapper Saul Williams and the dynamic El Crisis. There are a huge number of interesting and exciting acts lined up for all the arenas this year and there's definitely something for everyone!”

Expect the unexpected…

MUSIC & FILM ARENA

*BAFTA* *HALLOWEEN MUSIC AND FILM CLUB*

Last year The Music and Film Tent successfully fused the alternative world of film and documentaries with live performances and incredible visuals that transported you into a parallel world of sight and sound stimulation. Once again, the tent will open its doors to the Halloween Music And Film Club which provide a full schedule of specifically chosen shorts, art and silent films and visuals, accompanied by live music, videos, dancers and DJ’s. This year the Music and Film Arena will have a more jazz club feel to it with small tables and lamps with velvet drapes. There will be filmmakers, award winning shorts, directors’ question and answer sessions, films set to new and original scores and a nostalgic look at the 1950's jazz and blues era.

Latitude is delighted to announce BAFTA's involvement with the festival this year.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts exists to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the viewing public. Amanda Berry Chief Executive of BAFTA says of their debut at Latitude:

"BAFTA is very excited to be teaming up with Latitude. Although a very important part of BAFTA's remit is the award ceremonies for which we're so well known, the awards are just the tip of the iceberg. We have an extensive events and screenings programme in the English Regions, and our involvement at Latitude will be an extension of this. BAFTA in the Regions is all about taking the very best film and programme making standards to as wide an audience as possible. I was bowled over by the imagination and thought that went into the events at Latitude last year and believe it is the perfect festival for BAFTA to be involved with. Over the weekend we're planning an ambitious range of thought-provoking events to stimulate, surprise and inspire the festival audience."

COMEDY ARENA

*ALAN CARR* *STEWART LEE* *MARK STEEL* *RUSSELL HOWARD
*THE EARLY EDITION* *JASON MANFORD* * RUSSELL KANE*
*MICHAEL MCINTYRE* *MIKE WILMOT* *SHAPPI KHORSANDI*
*KEVIN DAY* *COLE PARKER*
*GUILTY PLEASURES*

With many more acts still to be announced….!

Side-splitting, belly-aching, outrageously entertaining cutting edge comedians provide the continuous laughs at Latitude Festival. This year we have a stellar line-up and the best surreal, original, chaotic, enthusiastic, and hilariously funny comedy on the current circuit.

Since winning the BBC ‘New Comedian Of The Year Award’ Alan Carr has shot to superstardom and now makes regular appearances on ‘FAQ U’ and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and hosts the Friday Night Project alongside Justin Lee Collins. Alan will be bringing his unique talent to Latitudes comedy tent and he is not short of good company.

Award winning stand-up comedian Stewart Lee has written for radio, television, newspapers and magazines and a novel, ‘The Perfect Fool’. He has taken his comedy stylings all over the world. Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up since 1983 and his work for BBC Radio 4, where he wrote and performed four series of both The Mark Steel Solution and The Mark Steel Lecture have proved very popular. Growing up Mark’s anger and frustration at society's injustices has helped give his shows a uniquely political edge. Recently he has discussed the French revolution from a comic viewpoint and made his debut on the BBC Radio 5 sports-comedy programme Fighting Talk. Russell Howard has put a firm stamp on the British comedy circuit making Zoo magazine’s top 10 list of ‘Britain’s Funniest Comics’ in 2005 and won Chortle’s ‘Best Compare’ award only last year. Howard has become renowned for his sell-out shows and was nominated for an ‘if.comeddie Award’ in 2006 for his Edinburgh show, ‘Wandering’.

The Late Edition boys return to Latitude this year with latest offering ‘The Early Edition’ once again starring Marcus Brigstocke from just about every other TV show and arguably the voice of Radio 4! Brigstocke’s recent stand-up includes ‘Planet Corduroy’ and was in the brilliant BBC2 programme ‘Excuse My French’. Staring along side Marcus is Andre Vincent from the award-winning ‘Hurrah for Cancer’ making this a very special guests this performance is not one to miss!

Winner of the prestigious ‘North West Comedian of the Year Award’, (previously won by Caroline Aherne, Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay) Jason Manford brings his naturally funny, and wry observations to the comedy tent. It took Russell Kane ten years to muster the courage (and Imodium supply) to walk out on stage and perform the ego equivalent of a bungee jump. He finally exploded onto the scene in autumn 2003 and has enjoyed a meteoric introduction to the London and national comedy scene. 2003s ‘Perrier Newcomer’ nominee, Michael McIntyre is set to cause a storm in the Comedy Arena. Although unfortunately not a magician, this stand-up comedian is a relative newcomer, McIntyre has quickly acquired the ability to build up an easy rapport with his audience, chatting amiably but confidently to get his material across.

The comedy continues with Mike Wilmot who became a regular on the UK comedy circuit in 1998. In only a few short years he won Time Out’s ‘Comedy Award’ followed by a Barry award in 2003. Shappi Khorsandi (also known as Shaparak Khorsandi) was a noted performer at Joe Wilson's ‘Comedy Madhouse’ and has since gone on to appear in 'Quote... Unquote', 'Loose Ends', 'You and Your and The News Quiz'. Kevin Day is one of the few comics who can still call themselves topical, his material covers a variety of subjects including powerful political asides, but also the occasional silly joke... however Kevin would describe this as mature comedy for mature audiences….., Cole Parker has a certain brash South London charm, and has the cocky stance to steamroller his material through unresponsive, or even slightly hostile, crowds. It’s something of a backhanded compliment, but he'll no doubt get everyone rolling with laughter in the grass at Latitude!

GUILTY PLEASURES

After hours the stage is given away to the ultimate in feel good fun, the internationally famous Guilty Pleasures. Cheerleaders, mascots and G.A.Y-esque dance troupes in silver and purple lycra jump along to such killer tunes as Chicago's ‘If You Leave Me Now’, and ELO'S ‘Sweet Talkin' Woman’. It’s addictive, irresistible fun, fun, fun and somehow at 1am you really don’t feel so guilty as you throw yourself into an epic guitar solo on your knees.

POETRY ARENA

*ROGER MCGOUGH* *JOHN HEGLEY* *MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG*
*LUKE WRIGHT* *AISLE16* *CRISIS*
*POLAR BEAR* *JOHN BERKAVITCH* *INUA ELLAMS* *CLARE POLLARD*
*NIALL O’SULLIVAN* *JOHN OSBOURNE* *YANNY MAC & PIKEY PADDY* *JOE DUNTHORNE* *TIM CLARE* *JENNY LYNDSAY* *STEVE LARKIN* *BYRON VINCENT* *FRANCESCA BEARD* *KAT FRANCOIS*

Showcasing the very best in contemporary performance poets, The Poetry Arena was hugely popular last year, changing many people's perceptions as to how poetry readings could be. Comedy sketches alongside Hip Hop, slam poets, raconteurs, spoken word, lyricism, storytelling, rappers and much much more made this tent a roaring success for punters and performers alike. So much so that some of the funniest, satirical, hard-hitting, absurd, bizarre, and witty poets are returning for this year’s event.

The patron saint of poetry Roger McGough C.B.E. (who was recently honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool) brings his autobiographical ‘Said & Done’ to Latitiude in his first appearance at the festival! Poet & stand-up John Hegley showcasing his “fabulously funny” Uncut Confetti will take you on a journey of emotions with some of his most personal and philosophical work to date. Hegley was the presenter of the television series ‘Word of Mouth’ and the BBC radio series ‘Hearing with Hegley’. In 2000 The University of Luton awarded him an honorary LL.D. Not content with only being a performance poet John is also a musician, songwriter and surely an act not to be missed!

Murray Lachlan Young is often tagged as the million pound poet after he was the first poet to sign a big money deal with EMI back in 1997. 10 years on Young is still performing after stints in films and a solo album. On the back of an entertaining performance at last years Latitude, Young provides provocative commentary on some bizarre social issues. Funny but thought-provoking his dark satirical verse includes classics like Simply Everyone’s Taking Cocaine.

Luke Wright brings his critically and commercially successful debut solo show, Luke Wright, Poet Laureate to Latitude; his verbal and visual gags colliding with his trademark acerbic verse. Aside from his successful solo career, Wright will perform with his live poetry collective Aisle16 who have become one of the most sought after live acts in the country.

We are delighted to welcome Crisis with his unique style of poetry and performance, a hypnotic mixture of rap, spoken word, power and chant. Beat-boxing veteran of the spoken word scene and slam poetry champion John Berkavitch. Singer. Inua 'Phaze' Ellams whose influences range from Shakespeare and John Keats to Doze Green, Saul Williams and Mos. Poet and writer Clare Pollard who manages to capture the pain and anxiety of a generation to make her one of the poets of the 21st century.

Irish born poet, writer and promoter Niall O’Sullivan with his original voice, with a keen eye for comic irony. Birmingham’s excitable slam poet laureate Polar Bear. British newcomer and ‘window shopper’ John Osborne. Malaysian born, London-based and international spoken word poet Francesca Beard. Published author and poet and local boy Joe Dunthorne. Fiction Crew member Tim Clare. The spoken word/performance poetry cabaret power house of Jenny Lindsay covering topics such as employment and relationships with vibrant energy and humour. And the performance poetry of Byron Vincent whose subversive brand of barking doggerel has taken the UK slam poetry scene by storm.

The lively energetic performer poet, comedian and rapper Steve Larkin, and Norwich's very own chav poets in love Yanny Mac & Pikey Paddy all making their festival debut. Kat Francois has a strong reputation as a fearsome performer. The poets talent saw her become the first winner of the BBC 3 'TV Slam Poets' show held in October 2004. You may know Kat from her established monthly shows 'WORD4WORD' and 'WORD-UP'.
With so many more acts to be announced Latitude’s Stand-up Poetry Tent is once again looking to be the hot spot of the festival.

LITERATURE ARENA

*ROBIN INCE’S BOOK CLUB* *VOX’N’ROLL*
* BOOK SLAM* *LOUIS DE BERNIERES* *CHILDRENS BOOK AT BEDTIME*
*HORROR FICTION HALF HOUR* *EWEN’S GHOST STORIES*

One of the most talked about and successful aspects of Latitude last year was the Literature Tent. The cosy ‘library’ with its over-sized book by the entrance enticed passers-by into the hub of laughter and discussion inside. Many who popped in for a quick break from the sun found themselves leaving many hours later, lost in the flights of fancy and comic genius of these book readings with a difference.

The Book Club returns under the tutelage of Robin Ince - Winner of Time Out magazine’s Outstanding Achievement in Comedy 2006 Award - with even more bizarre and ridiculous comedy, tap dancing, accordion orchestras and dramatized Mills and Boon book readings. A huge hit in London and Edinburgh, Time Out Outstanding Achievement Winner and Chortle Best Compere, Robin Ince’s Book Club gathers together the most exciting comedians on the International circuit including Stewart Lee (Olivier Award Winner), Simon Munnery (Attention Scum), Josie Long (if.comedy Best Newcomer, BBC Best Newcomer), Jo Neary (Perrier nominee), and many more. Each day brings together the carefully prepared and the haphazardly thrown together, with nights of terrifying horror, beautiful love and all ending up on the final night with a glamorous and glittery Christmas Special.

“A new phenomenon…the shot in the arm the stand up scene has been crying out for” Daily Telegraph

The Book Club has been nominated for Best Stage Show at the British Comedy Awards and won Best Innovation at the Chortle Awards and Most innovative Club from The Observer.

A sparkling and entertaining show of poetry, classical / traditional music and badinage. The well-known writer Louis de Bernieres ( “ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, “Birds without Wings” ) reads his own and other people’s poetry and plays an amazing variety of instruments together with The Ilonious Players: flautists Ilone Antonius-Jones and Tina Gandy. Rated as “ unmissable “ in 2005 by Edinburgh Fringe critics their exciting and unusual mix has delighted audiences across the UK and abroad. Through a thoughtful choice of repertoire and charming stage presence they bring tears of laughter and emotion, with every conceivable mood in between.

Showcasing the very best in contemporary authors and guest speakers the hippest and coolest literary event in the country Vox ’n’ Roll also returns for a second year. Readings from big name authors plus rock n roll writers combined with music provide alternative takes on literature with forums and discussions on music, albums, gigs, and the industry at large over the festival weekend.

At 7pm each night kids can snuggle up crossed legged on the carpet in their pyjamas and settle down to the Children’s Book at Bedtime session; old and new favourites guaranteed to send the little nippers off into dreamland. Sleepy adults also welcome!

If its vampires, ghosts and werewolves that take your fancy though, don’t miss the late night Horror Fiction Half Hour. Bone shaking, mind twisting, head rambling, spine shivering tales from the depths of minds which will be sure to leave your neck hairs standing on end. In the candlelight with the dark forest and the deep lake very close by, it’ll be enough to make your flesh crawl! Don’t forget your blanket and torch.

Joining in the fun, writer Patrick Neate’s legendary Book Slam comes to Latitude with their first class crew of top writers and the finest live music lyricists. Their guests have included the likes of Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Plan B, Nick Hornby, Kate Nash and many more.

After a day of fun, enjoy some late night scares with Ewen’s Ghost Stories! Ewen MacIntosh (Keith from The Office) brings his hit Edinburgh show down South. Join Ewen and some very special guests as they attempt to put the heebie jeebies up you with some spooky tales. Not for the faint hearted!

THEATRE ARENA

*ROYAL COURT THEATRE* *NABOKOV THEATRE COMPANY*
*THE PAPER BIRDS* *SMALL CHANGE THEATRE* *LIZZIE ROPER*
*FAT TONGUE* *COLIN & FERGUS* *MOUTH TO MOUTH*

Latitude Festival will be home to some of the country’s very best in contemporary, performance, physical, classical and local theatre. Short plays written and commissioned exclusively for the festival and every opportunity for audience participation, the Theatre Tent at Latitude has something for everyone.

So with a full schedule of plays, performances, workshops and much, much more running over the whole weekend; either sit back and be entertained or get yourself involved in the buzzing Theatre Tent.

Royal Court Theatre brought their – Angry Now Show - Exclusive to Latitude last year. Writers were invited to submit a 5-minute play about what makes them angry with diverse themes range from child poverty and disillusionment with New Labour to dodgy drivers and sexual impotence. This year “The Royal Court Theatre returns to Latitude with a series of short sharp plays about town and country – five windows on the world, five minutes each. The world famous Royal Court has been at the forefront of British theatre for the past 50 years. Dedicated to producing new, contemporary and provocative plays that address the key issues of our time, the Royal Court is responsible for unearthing some of our greatest writing talents/creative minds” Diane Borger, RCT

Nabokov is a new writing theatre company dedicated to commissioning, developing and producing backlash theatre - new work for the stage that offers an antagonistic response to contemporary agendas, trends and events. They return to Latitude with their innovative ‘Shorts’ – a forum where new writers have the opportunity to test new work in front of an audience and receive constructive feedback with a cultural mix of theatre, comedy, music, film and poetry to keep it interesting.

Fat Tongue are Sophie Black (London International Playwrights Festival), Seb (Best Producer for the Fuji Film Scholarship Cardinal) and Dustin Demri-Burns (nominated for a Scottish BAFTA) and their profile is rising rapidly. They write and perform a unique brand of sketch comedy that has caused an unexpected stir on the London circuit. Their material boasts originality and spark as they bring bizarre situations to life. They create a warped world in which Hollywood stars glass each other on holiday in Faliraki, public school backpackers travel round Middle Earth on their gap year and designer couples adopt babies with hues to compliment their wardrobes. Fun and surreal, but clever and original.
If it’s experimental theatre that takes your fancy - an exciting physical, musical and visual show exploring beds is brought to Latitude by the female-only Paper Birds Theatre Company. ‘40 Feathered Winks’ follows the stories of 8 people’s relationships in, on and with their beds. It explores the bed as a universal and personal place in which we spend a third of our entire life. In or on a bed people are born, people die, we rest, we cry, we jump, we make love, we hide, we eat, we wet ourselves, we strip bare, we sleep, we dream and in amongst the wet and warmth we shut out the rest of the world and experience some of the most profound human emotions and happenings from sleepovers to hangovers, orgasms to clinical depression. “A visual symphony of image and movement”. The Big Issue. May’05

Something for everyone, the Small Change Theatre Company brings new performances of the highest quality that will appeal to a wide audience. With previous work being described as “A triumph of the imagination” by The Sunday Times, the young company is dedicated to accessible, entertaining and thought provoking theatre accompanied by imaginative design and an evocative soundtrack. This year’s production, Quicksleeve’s Pledge, is a short comic piece (approximately half an hour) that follows a sad DJ who attempts to create friends through a crap request show. It continues Small Change’s creation of intimate, hilarious and politically charged work that allows an audiences space to think, laugh and cry.

Revel in the raunchy and wild world of the amazingly funny Lizzie Roper as she reveals the fetishes and naughtiest secrets of real people and delves into the nations views on sex in her documentary comedy. The acclaimed comedian fills the stage with characters as varied as an internet sex addict, a celibate therapist and a part-time dominatrix. This is truly a brilliant one-woman show which wowed audiences and critics alike at the Edinburgh festival.

Colin and Fergus are one of the country’s most hotly-tipped double-acts. Their shows combine an eclectic mixture of acutely observed sketches and amusingly warped recurring characters. They made their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 to rave reviews winning the Writers’ Guild Award For Comedy and returned in the following two years with outstanding new shows. They have had two series of their radio show, ‘Colin and Fergus’ Digi Radio’ on BBC7, appeared as regulars on both series of ‘Out To Lunch’ on Radio 2 and have made numerous guest appearances for TV including BBC3’s ‘Comedy Shuffle’.

Down by the lake is one of the most beautiful settings there is for outdoor theatre. Local theatre group Mouth To Mouth have been sprinkling Shakespeare on the beautiful Suffolk landscape, in locations such as Framlingham Castle, Leiston Abbey and even Ipswich Town Hall steps (Julius Caesar of course!) This summer they park up at Latitude with their Midsummers Night Dream performance “Stunning physical Shakespeare …If I could award six stars I would.” Eastern Daily Press

CABARET ARENA

*MOULIN ROUGE CABARET**BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASSES*
*MUSICAL SHOW STARS KARAOKE* PUPPETRY OF THE POPS*
*MEN'S BURLESQUE WORKSHOPS*

This quirky little cabaret house entices you in and changes you for life. Well, once you've learnt to be a Burlesque striptease artist there's no going back! Pure outrageous fun is the emphasis here. Free yourself from inhibitions and satisfy all those urges and fancies you've been harbouring. This surreal bordello of surprises and spectacular stage shows is visually rich, beautiful and bizarre, the shows titillate, torment and amuse in equal measures.

Who could forget Elephant Elvis and his amazing Vegas Style Wedding Chapel, The Fire Tusk Painproof circus featuring the infamous Lucifire and her pain proof beau Dave Fire Tusk and the twisted live cartoon puppet shows from Gawk-A-Go-Go. This year learn the art of seduction through the shake of the hips and pose of your hands in the fantastic Bollywood Dance Classes. Adorn the bright colours, the veils, and jewels and become the next Shilpa Shetty!

Or exercise your vocal chords and announce; "Tonight Matthew..." at the Musical Show Stars Karaoke. You could belt out 'It's a Hard-Knock Life', 'The Sound Of Music' or the 'Time Warp', or all three - it's entirely up to you.

You can see how the Can-can is supposed to be done with the Moulin Rouge Cabaret, sing along to The Smith at the Spoof Top of the Pops or learn how about the craft of puppetry at the Puppet Workshop and if that's not enough for you why not watch a male friends embarrass himself by learning to dance and wear a corset at the Men's Burlesque Workshop.

Anything is possible in the Cabaret Tent.

THE ‘IN THE WOODS’ STAGE

Small, hidden and tucked away. The joy of finding it, the joy of experiencing it.

In 2006 it was late night only. In 2007 it becomes a stage to be found in the day and the night. Hosting the intimate and surreal in the daylight hours and partying dance in the night, this amazing little stage will be a festival of its own

Radio 1’s Rob De Bank will headline the Saturday night ‘In The Woods’.

Much more to be announced…

AND…. IN THE WOODS GENERALLY

*INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS*

Returning to Latitude this year is Dialogue Artist Karl James and his Listening Shed deep in the woods, where you can sit quietly and listen to a series of private conversations made public; tenderly edited and often set to music.

The conversations themselves are moving and disarmingly honest, on topics most people find too hard to talk about openly, like fear, pain and conflict.

The voices you hear belong to people with first hand experience of these issues: a self-harming girl, a dominatrix, a priest, a philosopher, 5 year olds and a young man called Anjelo who (on listening back to his dialogue with Karl) said:

“You captured my words in a way that almost allows people to feel what I felt.” (Anjelo was the victim of a fire-bomb attack in London and talks about what it’s like to see yourself on fire.)

And….of course, the wonderful art exhibitions and art trails that were such a feature as you wandered or hunted for that little piece of treasure at the end of the trail.

CHILDREN

As if Latitude wasn’t different enough from the other festivals, its facilities for children are second to none. With a designated Children’s area brought together by Sharon Reuben with swings and slides and all manner of things to climb over, children are never short of entertainment. Join in the fun with clay modelling, finger-painting, even a treasure hunt through the beautiful woods and between 7pm and 9pm each night, a special childrens ‘Book at Bedtime’

With all this and mountains more to be confirmed its no wonder the event has won Best Festival, Best Alternative Festival and Best Festival Facilities on Digital Radio station BBC 6 Music.

Latitude’s broad appeal naturally garnered praise from across the board; from book critics at The Times to music lovers at the NME, from the Late Edition on Radio 4 to specialist shows on XFM. With literally something for everyone, Latitude is the perfect working holiday. Who can complain when whilst doing work there’s sun, scenery, first class entertainment and a waiter bringing you champagne?

With all this and mountains more to be confirmed its no wonder the event has won Best Festival, Best Alternative Festival and Best Festival Facilities on Digital Radio station BBC 6 Music.

Latitude’s broad appeal naturally garnered praise from across the board; from book critics at The Times to music lovers at the NME, from the Late Edition on Radio 4 to specialist shows on XFM. With literally something for everyone, Latitude is the perfect weekend away.

Ticket Information

Weekend tickets £112 plus booking fees, Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £45 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAID

“Latitude reaches the parts other festivals don’t even know existed.” Observer

“The site, the lake, the woods, the deckchairs, the punting in the gondolas all added to an extraordinary weekend for me. I haven’t come down from it yet.” NME

“What a fantastic weekend.” Evening Standard

“I had a first class time. It was easily the best festival I’ve ever attended.” Howard Marks

“This is the first festival I’ve been to that has made a real effort to bring quality theatre into the equation.” Times On-Line.

“I think it was a superb event…the detail and planning was inspiring.” Sam Steele –Radio 1

UNCUT

'Uncut is thrilled to be involved again with the Latitude festival, as part of our 10th anniversary year. The sheer scope and diversity of the festival and the quality of its line-up make it a unique event that we are delighted to be part of and we look forward this year to catching a host of fantastic bands on the Uncut stage and elsewhere over what promises to be an unforgettable weekend for live music and the fans who will be there to enjoy it.'

BBC RADIO 4

For the second year running BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends will be coming from the Latitude Festival where there will be another chance be part of the audience for the award winning programme with it's eclectic mix of live music, stand-up comedy and conversation.
Roger McGough will be presenting two editions of BBC Radio 4's popular poetry request programme Poetry Please from the festival stage (requests for favourite poems to poetry.please@bbc.co.uk in advance of the Festival) and five Festival authors take to the stage to read specially commissioned new short stories for broadcast on Radio 4.

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