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Oh I do iLiKETRAiNS by the Seaside

The pioneering, award-winning Latitude Festival returns to England’s Sunrise Coast for another spectacular year. Taking place on 16th – 19th July, near Suffolk’s stunning seaside town of Southwold, organisers Festival Republic are promising Latitude will be the perfect British summer destination.

The open-air Obelisk Arena has been the stage for some epic performances over the past three years and the line up for Latitude 2009 will continue in this success. Lay out your picnic blanket, bask in the sunshine and get down to some of the best music around.

Equipped with matching red tracksuits, over-sized sunglasses and a party attitude, Norwegian duo Datarock are the future of electro rock. The funky choruses that fill the dancefloors have earned them comparisons with the likes of Devo and Talking Heads. Ones not to miss, Datarock bring their ‘computer generated fun’ and explosive live set to the Obelisk Arena.

The impressive structure of the tented Uncut Arena houses a line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique. This year will once again host a myriad of musical musts from the fields of folk, world, experimental, electronica, rock, indie and any other musical style you can think of. It’s all on offer at the Uncut Arena.

Marnie Stern is causing quite a stir over in America, nominated last year for Best Female Act and Best Punk Album for her debut ‘In Advance Of The Broken Arm’ at the Plug Music Awards. And now her wonderful noise is making itself heard over here. Hailing from New York, Stern’s fret board wizardry mixes the guitar virtuosity of heavy metal with raw primitive rock, creating a unique and exciting combination.

Leeds’ multimedia live act iLiKETRAiNS have a sound that is an amazing combination of melancholic vocals, concept songs and orchestral guitars. Dark but dreamy and full of hope, their epic tunes made Drowned in Sound describe them as ‘If David Bowie had discovered the intricacies of spacious, epic post-rock… it may have sounded like this.’

Swedish husband and wife Wildbirds and Peacedrums offer an exhilarating mix of expressive vocals and superb percussion. Jazzy beats and introspective lyrics make the unlikely blend of strength and vulnerability work in an inspiring and intimate live show.

Take a stroll through Latitude’s fairytale woods with art exhibited within the trees and dappled sunlight shining through the leaves and you will stumble across the most exquisite space of all; the Sunrise Arena, home to tomorrow’s biggest stars. With a full schedule still to be announced, this cosy and cherished arena is the place to find the most exciting new talent. Discover the next big thing at Latitude’s stunning Sunrise Arena.

65 Days Of Static are an instrumental post-rock band from Sheffield. Orchestral keyboards and hypnotic guitars fused with electronic beats have seen them receive acclaim from fellow musicians - including The Cure who they supported in the US - and rise to a cult status. They released a live album ‘Escape From New York’ last month showcasing the thrilling live shows that they stage. Their slot on the intimate Sunrise Arena will no doubt be very special.

Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan and his incredible band The Mojos bring their beguiling bluesy acoustic-edged rock to the Sunrise Arena. The voice of what could be considered the lost love child of Janis Joplin and Robert Plant leads through 60’s danceable jazzy rock with a touch of modernity and inspiring lyrics.

Elsewhere, the very best in film, theatre, comedy, literature, poetry, dance, art and cabaret will be pitching up at the fourth edition of Latitude Festival. LateNightTales will be presenting some fabulous live performances from an eclectic set of bands in the Film & Music Arena; Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House will be showcasing stunning performances on The Waterfront Stage; Royal Shakespeare Company, The Bush, National Theatre, Paines Plough, and nabokov plus more will all be coming to the Theatre Arena along with the English Touring Theatre presenting Latitude’s first musical ‘Been So Long’. Also for the first time is the dynamic orchestral brilliance of Britten Sinfonia performing in Latitude’s outdoor spaces. The Literary Arena is packed full of top authors including Blake Morrison, Geoff Dyer and Robin Ince’s Book Club as well as workshops from The School Of Life and Guerilla Science; plus stellar poets Andrew Motion, Brian Patten, Jackie Kay and Simon Armitage will be in the Poetry Arena. The Cabaret Arena welcomes Zimbani, Deborah Frances-White, Jessica Delfino, Cardinal Burns and Watson and Oliver plus plenty more exciting performances to announce.

With a quite astonishing comedy line-up to be announced and much, much more across all of the arenas, Latitude 2009 is once again a perfect slice of cultural heaven by the sea.

Weekend tickets £150 plus booking fees • Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £60 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping • Days include car parking only.

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