Latitude 2009 just gets better…

By on Thursday, 25th June 2009 at 4:00 pm

Mew (side)I’ve ranted and raved about just how good Latitude 2009 is looking (here and here), and quite honestly I thought that that would be the last of it, announcements wise. Oh no.

Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame) was announced to be playing at midday on the Sunday a few weeks back, and now they’ve announced Red Light Company, Phoenix, The Gaslight Anthem, Rumble Strips and Mika, alongside some huuuuuuge names from the world of comedy (Jo Brand? Dave Gorman? Ed Byrne?), books and theatre. This is on top of the already announced ace lineup featuring Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Editors, Doves, and although they may be a bit lower down the bill, Danish guys Mew, who I simply adore.

Much like Hydro Connect had one of the best lineups of the summer last year, quite honestly, I think that in the absence of Connect that Latitude has the best lineup of all the festivals this summer.

After the jump: read an interview with Mew’s Jonas Bjerre about the festival. 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.

Mew – Jonas Bjerre (singer)

1. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Latitude festival across the Arenas (Obelisk, Uncut, Comedy, Theatre, Literary and Poetry, Film & Music) and why?
I hope to get to see Bat For Lashes among others. There’s a bunch of bands playing that I am not familiar with, so I hope there’s time to walk around and take the music in.

2. What aspect of Latitude Festival interests you the most and why?
I like the fact that it offers more than music, I have been to festivals that have other things on their bills, like art, spoken word, etc. but never to this extent. I’m looking forward to taking it all in!

3. What can people expect you to bring to the festival and do you have anything special planned?
We’re a quite visually oriented band, in the past we’ve brought animations for projections and things of that nature. This time will be even more elaborate as we’re working with some really skilful directors like Martin DeThurah, designers and artists, some friends of ours that are helping us take our show further than before. However, it all depends on logistics, and on what time of day we are playing (of which I am not certain) as projections become irrelevant when daylight is on. But in any case it’s going to be a hell of a show!

4. If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
I would probably have gone back to Copenhagen to pack some clean clothes before we leave for the states the day after!

5. What do you always bring to a festival?
Clean clothes. I don’t bring mosquito-repellent because scratching the bites brings such pleasure!

6. Have you been to Latitude before, and if so, what has your favourite performance been?
I have not, I am looking forward to my first time.

7. Do you have any festival tips for those in attendance at Latitude?
Bring mosquito-repellant. Because after a while the scratching gets kinda old.

8. What is your favourite colour Sheep?
I don’t know, but I don’t like those goats that have wavy lines for pupils in their eyes… scary stuff!

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