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How would you describe your set in one sentence?

A man standing up and talking about water for an hour.

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 a few times and people always tell me to look out for Roy Cropper from Coronation Street but I’ve never seen him.

How do festival audiences compare to other audiences?

More of them are half dressed and laying on top of one another. The audience turnover is higher at a festival as there always lots of other things going on.

How important is it for festivals such as Latitude to have poetryprogramming alongside the music acts?

Ithink it is important to have other things on apart from music. Some of my favourite memories from festivals are from when I have stumbled across something that isn’t music.

How have you been preparing for festival life?

I have invested in a new tent. The last one got thoroughly destroyed in Wales. I quite like sleeping in a tent. Hearing all the people around you trying to imagine what they look like.

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

It is an hour long show about water.

What’s the one act that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Latitude (apart from your own!)?

I would like to see Young Fathers.

Wellies or fancy footwear for the festival?

I will be taking Wellies and some shoes I think.

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

Air beds have transformed my sleeping experience at festivals from not sleeping to really sleeping. I cannot recommend a cheap air bed enough. It depends what you want to get out of a festival I guess. Spiced Rum is also comfortable.

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

One that needs water to live and wants to talk to people about that fact. What type of animal that is I’m not sure. A Yorkshire one.


Rob Auton will be appearing in the poetry arena at Latitude

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

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