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LATITUDE LOWDOWN: Nick Field – Be My Friend

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A one to one performance that explores the negotiations and complications of friendship in a world of fractured selves, with potential for cake, beer and dancing.

Is this your first visit to the Latitude Festival, if so what interesting tales have you beentold about what to expect?

It’s my second time performing at Latitude, I’m looking forward to coming back because I loved it the first time. If it is someone’s first time, I’d advise checking out what’s going on in the Faraway Forest; it’s completely bonkers and wonderful.

How has the show developed on the way to Latitude?

This will be the first time I’ll be unleashing the show upon the world, so I’ve been busy putting it all together, but the beauty of the show is that it’s all about the moment.

How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have arts programming alongside themusic acts?

It’s really important I think, it shows the diversity of incredible arts talent from around the world working in the UK, and gives people the chance to experience different forms of arts that perhaps they wouldn’t normally and make new discoveries. I’ve been going to festivals for years and I always find new acts or artists that I end up loving.

How have you been preparing for festival life?

I’m pretty much a throw everything in a bag and hope for the best kind of person. I’m also ridiculously optimistic about festival weather, although a few calamitous knee-high mud experiences at Glastonbury have taught me well, I always bring boots.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?

Well…I don’t think there will be anything else like it. When else can you take part in a show, while seeing a show? Be My Friend is created for festivals, and very much about a shared one-off experience. You get to choose something to see with me from the festival programme, and we create the piece together around that. It will be a unique experience just for you, different each time. My work tends to be fun, lyrical and thought-provoking, and this will be very much in that vein. There’s only limited places so I’d advise signing up at the Forest Fringe tent quickly!

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from yourown!)?

I love me some Sh!t Theatre, so I will be certainly checking them out.

Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival?

I actually have quite fancy wellies.

Are you camping at Latitude and if so what’s your one top camping tip?

Yes, and Doughnuts. They are the essential camping festival fuel. Get them hot straight out of the fryer, cover them in sugar and if you’re feeling adventurous maybe some cinnamon, and it’s just the right combo of stodge and lard to keep you going all weekend and bung you up good and proper.

Latitude is famous for its multi-coloured sheep – if your show was an animal what type of animal would it be?

A puffin; intriguing, a little odd and rare.

Nick Field will be performing Be My Friend at Latitude on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July. Slots are limited and can be booked at the Forest Fringe Tent in the Faraway Forest.

For more information visit www.latitudefestival.com or www.nickfieldpoetic.co.uk


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