Preview: Latitude Festival 2009

By on Wednesday, 1st April 2009 at 4:00 pm

Pet Shop Boys (side)Latitude may be a mere four years young this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small deal. Oh no. The family friendly festival features not only some amazing musical talents, but also a variety of theatre, comedy and literary guests.

Normally we’d comment on the headliners for a festival and that would be that. However, with Latitude it is so much more than just some headlining bands and artists lower down the lists. With the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Simon Armitage joining Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, there is no clear highlight – it’s going to be a great weekend for both music fans and fans of the wider arts.

Along with the main Obelisk stage lineup, there are also some more left-field stages, such as The Lake Stage will be this year curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, providing a chance for budding young bands such as last year’s headliners Errors, Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds and The Wave Pictures to springboard from their early beginnings to great success. Joining the Lake Stage is the Uncut Arena, playing an eclectic line-up of alternative, leftfield music; a hotbed of genre-spanning artists all offering something unique, and the Sunrise Arena, the equivalent of a B Stage – home to tomorrow’s biggest stars.

Joining all of this will be the usual comedy, theatre, literature and family arenas providing something for everyone – and meaning you could have a whole weekend off from music by just going around every other arena if you wanted to.

Tickets are on sale now for Latitude 2009 – weekend tickets are £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 each plus booking fees. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping – day tickets include car parking only.

Top photo comes from John Appleyard’s flickr stream.

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