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Latitude Festival 2008

In 1953, Henham Hall—a spacious Georgian mansion on Suffolk's Sunrise Coast—was demolished by its owner, the 4th Earl of Stradbroke. This July, its extensive grounds will come to life again for the third annual Latitude Festival. Billed as 'more than just a music festival', Latitude 2008 will be a celebration of music, drama, comedy and poetry—here's what to expect . . .

Having earned its reputation as the real festival-goer's festival in '06 and '07, Latitude's musical line-up for '08 is the best yet. Headlining in the music arena are Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Interpol, with Death Cab for Cutie, Elbow and The Mars Volta providing a nice selection among the main acts. Nick Cave will be making an appearance with his new project Grinderman, as will The Go! Team, The Breeders and Seasick Steve. Not to be outdone, the poetry arena will feature famous names such as Simon Armitage and Adrian Mitchell next to avant-garde antics from the likes of Project Adorno, with up-and-coming performance poets such as Luke Wright and Dockers MC adding some energy to the proceedings.

At the comedy stages, particularly popular last year, Simon Amstell will be joined by his Never Mind the Buzzocks comrades Bill Bailey and Phill Jupitus, along with Mock the Week's Russell Howard, the renowned Australian comic Tim Minchin, and many others. Former Buzzcocks host Mark Lamarr will also be putting in an appearance at the film and music arena, along with a selection of DJs and cabaret acts spread across the festival's three main days. For a more chilled-out, intellectual vibe, the literary arena will play host to novelists Iain Banks, Hanif Kureishi and A.L. Kennedy, along with the gritty Scotsman Irvine Welsh and former K.L.F. member Bill Drummond, famous for the art piece in which he burned one million pounds in cash on a beach in the Inner Hebrides.

The festival will take place from the 17th to the 20th of July and, if the weather holds, promises to be one of the true musical and artistic highlights of the year. Day tickets cost £55 each, with weekend camping tickets clocking in at a not unreasonable £130—they are available from, via the Latitude website, and are expected to sell out.

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