Festival season is in full flow and, here at The Reviews Hub,we’re tents pitched and wellies washed for our return to Suffolk’s Latitude Festival. With so much happening across Henham Park it can be hard to choose what to see. Our cheeky Latitude Lowdown series offers you the chance to hear about some of the offerings to be had. Glen Pearce spoke to the Anarchist Cook himself, George Egg.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Comedian cooks three-course meal on appliances you’d find in a hotel room, OR, an hour-long illustrated lecture in divergent thinking and adaptation that smells amazing.
Is this your first visit to the Latitude Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
I’ve been to Latitude three times before so perhaps I’m the teller of tales now. I’d say expect surprisingly civilised audiences and don’t forget your swimming trunks.
How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have arts programming alongside the music acts?
It’s vital! Music is all well and good but personally I’m far more interested in the fringes where you’re likely to see something unusual and original and Latitude has a reputation for putting on a hugely diverse programme, so ignore the big bands and get lost in something you’ve never heard of before.
How have you been preparing for festival life?
I’m extremely keen on camping and cooking outside and all that garb, so preparation for me is cleaning off the portable hob, stashing away some choice ingredients that’ll keep in any temperature and remembering my earplugs.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Latitude offerings?
Well, I believe I’m the only act who’s cooking a three-course meal using only the appliances you’ll find in a hotel room!
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?
I’m a huge fan of musical satirists Jonny and The Baptists so I’ll make sure I’m watching them as long as our shows don’t coincide.
Are you camping at Latitude and if so what is your one top camping tip?
Yes, I am. Top tip – treat yourself to a Trangia cooker. They’re not cheap but they’re light and efficient and you’ll save a fortune making your own food. And Lidl has got a good deal on vac-packed fried potatoes onions and bacon that is surprisingly good with a couple of boiled eggs. Oh, my favourite festival emergency snack is an avocado with a jar of cockles. It really works.
Wellies or fancy footwear– and why?
Define ‘fancy’? Wellies are horrible when it’s hot. I’d go for stout all-terrain sandals. Or maybe one ski and one stilt, just to be different.
Arnarchist Cookwill be performed on Saturday, 15 July at 21:30 at The Little House (Theatre Arena) at this year’s Latitude Festival, which runs 14-17 July 2016