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Preview: Latitude

Tuesday 09 July 2013
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A festival like Latitude deserves its position as one of the leading greats of the UK’s festival scene. 2013 celebrates Latitude’s eighth year, with such a knock-out line up it puts most other festivals to shame.

As a treat for you, this year Latitude boasts performances from Bloc Party, James Blake, Bobby Womack, Cat Power, Texas, Alt-J, Foals, as well as 3D eyeball popping delight fest from krautrock gods, Kraftwerk. There are also Latitude-only exclusive performances in the UK from CocoRosie, Yo La Tengo, The Tallest Man On Earth, Beach House and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Not content with just providing music to keep your wellied-up feet tapping, Latitude plan on dazzling all your senses by creating eleven spectacular dedicated arts arenas, including ones spanning literature, comedy, poetry, film, cabaret and dance.  Here you can pick from a menu of artistic delights and sample à la carte dishes of creative fantasy. Why not have the BAFTA award winning Dylan Moran keep your stomach in chronic stiches, debate the natures of human sexuality with ArtWank! or see Luisa Omielan perform her smash hit show ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?’? There is such a vast array of things to see and do here, you cannot possibly be disappointed.

Check out the official Latitude trailer to see what other frivolous fun you can get up to. And remember to keep an eye out for the multi coloured sheep!

Here’s Spindle’s list of top five things you need to see at Latitude this year:

1. Rhye: Delicately soft romantic lyrics oozing with erotic overtones

2. Bowiefest – a celebration of the musical genius with screenings, talks and live performances, with a handful of special guests thrown in..

3. The Last Tuesday Society – a series of talks and performances celebrating ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,’ where audience members will be psychoanalysed, drink cough syrup cocktails and burn up the corridors in wheelchair races.

4. Marika Hackman – The new British Princess of Folk

5. From The Sea To The Land Beyond: British Seapower – British Sea Power perform a live score to Penny Woolcock’s film which uses BFI archived footage to form a lyrical interpretation of our relationship to the coast

Click here to buy tickets to this year’s Latitude at Henham Park, Suffolk on 18th-21st July. Here’s a few photos of past Latitude’s to give you a sneaky taste of what’s in store:

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