Preview: Latitude 2010

By on Wednesday, 7th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Believe it or not, the beloved summer season is just around the corner. This usually means a lot to most people. For music and art lovers, it’s a significant time to embrace such wonderful mediums, and this year’s Latitude Festival is looking to be loveable. Now is a good time to start scrutinizing that budget of yours. Those pennies you save will indeed be worth the oozing joy you’ll feel July 15-18 at Henham Park.

Having entered its fifth season, the Latitude Festival sure knows how to pack a mighty punch. If eclectic styles have been a festival highlight in years past, than this season will go beyond satiation. Ears will be filled with wonder, eyes will be filled with curiosity and mouths will be filled with, umm… food of course.

As in years past, Latitude will take place across four stages: The Obelisk Arena, The Uncut Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage. Some wonderful elements of comedy, poetry, theatre, literature and cabaret will supply culture and enlightenment to festival goes. Perhaps the most exciting feature, however, is the excellent line-up of performing musical acts.

Do we really need to justify our excitement that Florence and The Machine will be a headliner? And how about indie “twee” (yes, sorry, it is an outdated label) Belle and Sebastian also showing up as a headliner? This will prove to be an indisputable treat, given that a new album is in the works with this Scottish band. Now, come to find out, this will all be topped off with the generally loved Vampire Weekend. Sounds like a heavenly day to me, despite what the weather forecast has in store.

The plethora of excellent music doesn’t stop there, either. Fronted by the bald headed Tim Booth, Mancunian indie heroes, James, will be making an appearance. They’ll no doubt awe festival goers with their stand by classics like “Sit Down” and “Laid” but also probably pull some new songs from one of their upcoming mini albums, The Night Before.

Several American bands will also be wowing the crowds, like the rockers from deep down in Texas, Spoon; former jazz students, Midlake; the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors; and the universally adored Yeasayer. I ask how could you really say nay to any of these groups? Let it be known that I’m just scratching the surface of some bands performing at Latitude, by the way. Many other spectacular bands and artists are filling the Latitude slots as I type.

As mentioned above, there are other venues of interest to behold at the three day festival. There will be poetry reading by popular authors like Wendy Cope and John Cooper, while comedians such as Ardal O’Hanlon and Emo Phillips will provide a laugh fest. Still, those interested in theatre and dance productions should take notice that productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House will grace the stages with their extraordinary skill and talent.

The list of great acts, from music legends to film experts, literally go on and on. Check out the ongoing list if you’re still not convinced that Latitude will again delight just about everyone this year.

Tickets are selling out rapidly, but there are a few still on sale priced at £155 for a weekend ticket with camping.

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