Latitude returns to Henham Park for its 13th edition from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 July 2018 and with the spring weather starting to push through and the bank holiday weekend giving us a small taste of freedom, it’s only natural that thoughts wander to our favourite festival of the year.
Although still a good few months away the organisers have already given us enough to get excited about and we’re mentally packing our tents, power-packs and wellie boots in anticipation of what’s to come.
Musically, the line-up bears some resemblance to the 10th anniversary year of 2015 with Alt-J and Jon Hopkins both set to return for headline slots on the Obelisk and BBC Music stages respectively. Hit indie band The Killers are confirmed as Saturday Obelisk headliners with Solange taking the highly coveted slot on Friday evening. The Charlatans, Mogwai, Rag‘n’Bone, Man, James, IDLES and many more yet to be announced are all joining the fun over the weekend alongside many, carefully selected, up-and-coming artists.
With Latitude having always been billed as ‘more than just a music festival’, the art stages are equally as exciting as the music and just as busy to boot. Lyric Hammersmith will be celebrating their 10th year at the festival with an ambitious musical, How to Fail at Being Perfect; Recirquel Contemporary Circus will present a daring circus show, Paris De Nuit; Bryony Kimmings will preview her first solo show in 10 years and Scottish Dance Theatre presents Fleur Darkin: Velvet Petal. In the dance department, Sadler’s Wells is all set for its yearly takeover of The Waterfront stage although is keeping what it has in store mostly under its hat for the time being – if the previous ten years are anything to go by, however, what the bill actually contains is almost irrelevant as it’s bound to be good.
Among the usual stand-alone stand-up performances over in the Comedy Arena will be a Latitude specific presentation of QI Live. A festival first, the show will be captained by Alan Davies and will feature an array of hand-picked talent from the comedy line-up as panellists. Davies will also perform a solo gig, Marcus Brigstocke will grace the stage once again and Black Books comedian, Dylan Moran, is also set join the shenanigans.
With much more promised across the whole site, a game-upping new ‘street-food only’ motto to refuelling, and fun and frolics in the forest as always, Latitude 2018 certainly looks to be as eclectic as ever. We can’t wait.
Latitude returns to Henham Park, Suffolk from 12-15 July 2018. Tickets available at www.latitudefestival.com
Nicole Craft | Image: Danny North