The 405 Latitude 2011 Preview
Latitude Festival is the undisputed King of the ‘Alternative festival’. Entering its sixth year, the festival once again manages to successfully include an awe-inspiring lineup of music, theatre, literature, comedy, fashion, dance and poetry - it’s no wonder then that Latitude bills itself as ‘more than just a music festival’. After all, even from its infancy, Latitude has been heavily decorated for its diversity of performances, intimacy and billing of such world-class acts.
If you’re reading this then it would be fair to assume that it is the music that you are most interested in. Luckily Latitude’s musical lineup is one of the strongest of all the UK festivals. Blessed with a fantastic range of acts set across numerous genres and stages, Latitude should retain its trophy for showcasing both great new bands and established performers.
Top 5 things to See and Do At Latitude Festival
5) See Electric Hotel
I can safely say that the Electric Hotel performance is unlike any other. In an essence, the performance is an 'outdoor, fly-by-night hotel brought vividly to life through dance and sound' that is as bizarre as it is compelling.
4) Watch Dylan Moran
Everyone loves a sardonic, angry-at-the-world Irishmen right? I’m going to assume yes and luckily no one fits that bill better than Dylan Moran. If Moran's standup performance is anywhere as entertaining as his better known role as Bernard Black in Black Books, then it should be a standout comedy set.
3) Watch Grouplove
I championed Grouplove as my Top New Band to See at Latitude, so it’s only right they should be included in this list. Full of youthful energy, blissful harmonies and a strong pop sentiment, the LA five piece should give a great live performance.
2) Watch Deerhunter
Deerhunter are far from the typical indie-band. Their sound traverses countless genres and frontman Bradford Cox is even further from the archetypal frontman. Yet as a package it couldn't be more perfect and will undoubtedly provide a standout performance
1) Watch The National
After all, you’d be an idiot if you didn’t. Love them or not, few bands have a back-catalogue and live performance as impressive as the Nationals. They might be old and championed by the Guardian-crowd, but on stage they are as stimulating as their sound is powerful.
Location = Henham Park, Suffolk
Typical Genre = Folk, Alternative
Website = www.latitudefestival.co.uk
Dates = Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th July
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From 3rd December a limited number of pre-sale tickets will go on sale for sixth edition of Latitude which takes place on 14-17th July 2011 in the glorious setting of Henham Park Estate on Suffolk's Sunrise Coast. A limited number of adult and family weekend tickets for Latitude Festival 2011 will go on sale fro 9am on Friday December 3rd at 2010 prices! For more details visit: www.latitudefestival.co.uk [read more]