I’ve been body-popping in front of the bathroom mirror today because I’ve just discovered we have tickets to review Latitude Festival next week. Starting next Thursday 13th July until 16th July and set in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk.
I’ve been to Latitude a few times in the past, for work and pleasure, and although I’m sure the festival has changed somewhat since my last visit, I’m certain it will still offer up a fabulous mix of wildly creative goings on.
This was me (right) and one of my Droogs five summers ago:
The thing I’ve always loved about this particular festival is its slant on culture, wellbeing and the arts. This year there are 750 acts across 15 stages. I’m slightly intimidated by the choice.
If like me you also want a bit more mileage from a festival, then this one’s for you. Here are a few highlights, things I’m looking forward to. If you’re into music, literary talks, poetry readings and wellbeing events, you’re in the right place. Here’s just a few things to keep your eyes peeled for this year:
Mainstream Music Highlights & Must Sees
- Some of the key music acts include Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Suns, Placebo and Fat Boy Slim.
- A couple of acts to look out for include Dan Owen who is headlining the DIY Presents stage on Saturday, and Catherine McGrath who is also opening the same stage on Friday.
- Just to give you a little more information on them, the Shrewsbury singer Dan Owen (pictured at the end of this section) is signed to Atlantic Records and has released his first single ‘Moonlight’ through the label. It’s been receiving support from Radio 1 and Radio X and has received high profile press support from the likes of Shortlist, Wonderland, TMRW, London In Stereo and more. He was also a prominent figure in the tips for 2017 at both The Independent and Metro, and among others too. He’s clocked up over 8 MILLION plays on Spotify and sells out headline shows across the UK and Europe.
- Meanwhile Catherine McGrath is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland, signed to Warners and building up a lot of interest ahead of her new single next month. She’s had two EPs out in the past six months, which have chalked up seven consecutive New Music Fridays on Spotify across various tracks. She’s toured with The Shires, Picture This and Una Healy and was a “must see” at The Great Escape.
- However, possibly most exciting of all for us is that the Head and the Heart are playing this year. This is our favourite band as a couple. My other half introduced me to this American Indie folk band over four years ago when we got together. Since then, we’ve been lucky to win tickets to a special performance at Union Chapel in Kings Cross (awesome venue!). They’re playing at Latitude on the Friday night!
The Quirky, The Literary, The Poetic
- There will be many debates, discussions, literary and poetry events all under one roof in The Speakeasy, including Simon Armitage and Linton Kwesie Johnson.
- Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year of Marvellous Ways will be at The SpeakEasy to preview her highly anticipated new novel Tin Man, in conversation with The Bookseller’s Sarah Shaffi.
- Recent Ted Hughes Award winner for Nobody Told Me, which is a poetic memoir about becoming a parent, Hollie McNish will be at Latitude to discuss her latest anthology. A personal favourite as I’m currently reading her book and also writing my own debut poetry collection, some of which is about motherhood.
- There’s a talk that Dr Tony Goldstone and Dr Samantha Scholtz will be having with comedian Marcus Brigstocke on Gut Hormones in Addiction.
- There will also be a talk on Immunity and the Health Revolution, which will be chaired by comedian and actor Robin Ince.
- Poet and professional forager, Richard Osmond (The Useful Verse) will be taking audiences on a poetic foraging walk starting in Latitude’s stunning Faraway Forest on the Saturday.
- There will also be yoga classes run by Disco Yoga made up of Disco Divas Sarah Hunt and DJ Darlo to revive your spirits with yoga moves to disco grooves.
PHEWY! It’s going to be virtually impossible to split my time accordingly.
Day tickets for the Saturday have sold out but there are still weekend tickets available or Friday and Sunday Day tickets!! Tickets can still be booked online here and they won’t be posted but will be available for collection at the Box Office on site.
Adult Weekend tickets £197.50 face value + £8 booking fee per ticket
Accompanied Teen Weekend tickets (13-15 years) £132.50 + £8 booking fee per ticket
Child Weekend tickets – £10