Latitude Festival announces more comedy and music, plus theatre and dance

Latitude Festival has unveiled a host of new names across the music and arts stages, joining headliners George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del Rey, Jason Manford and Michelle Wolf. The 14th edition of the festival takes place in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, across 18th–21st July 2019. Weekend and day tickets on sale here.

Prepare for a riotous summer weekend of big name comics and bright new talents as Latitude adds more incredible names to the Comedy Arena.  Comedy legend Frank Skinner becomes Latitude’s third comedy headliner, joining Michelle Wolf and Jason Manford. This is a unique opportunity to witness Skinner perform new material for the first time in five years. Since launching his career in 1987 Frank has toured extensively, hosted shows like The Frank Skinner Show and Room 101, and even written the iconic football anthem ‘Three Lions’. Frank’s award-winning Absolute Radio show attracts over one million listeners each week and saw him inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.

Frank Skinner said: ‘The last time I did Latitude, I saw Grace Jones live, hugged trees at 1.30 in the morning and had breakfast with Sir Peter Blake. The bar’s pretty high.’

Also joining the phenomenal comedy bill is Latitude regular and star of Live at the Apollo, and Have I Got News for You, Marcus Brigstocke, and Mock the Week regular and star of People Just Do Nothing, Tiff Stevenson. There’s also new talent galore in the shape of Police Cops, Phoebe Walsh, Tom Parry and many more.

With the involvement of the country’s theatre and dance companies, Latitude has established itself as one of the leading and most innovative performing arts festivals. This year’s exciting programme profiles the complexity of modern society, from gender identity to mental health, environmental activism to reclaiming history; on offer is a diverse range of programming to evoke surprise, joy and debate. Expect the unexpected!

Celebrating their 25th birthday, Frantic Assembly kick off festivities by headlining the Theatre Arena with new show Sometimes Thinking – a celebration of the hours invested in daydreaming – written by Phil Porter especially for Latitude. The show that rocked Edinburgh and started a thousand conversations also comes to Latitude; Daughter presented by Quiptake, The Theatre Centre and Pandemic Theatre, faces toxic masculinity head on, distilling it into the figure of one very funny, very engaging, very troubled man. Another theatre highlight is Historic Royal Palace’s riotous Long Live Queen James –a show which explores the extraordinary life of King James I: this historical tale of gender, identity, and sexuality is brought to life with a mix of storytelling, audience interaction and contemporary queer performances. Continuing the theme of reframing old narratives, Figs in Wigs present a work-in-progress performance of their apocalyptic feminist adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic in Little Wimmin. Theatre Re return to the festival with Birth, a poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece exploring the bond between three generations of women and their shared loss.

Latitude is renowned for breaking new ground and has long nurtured pioneering gig-theatre companies. This year is no exception with some phenomenal shows, showcasing the very best of the genre as it takes over The Town Hall. Get your rave on as Nabokov make an explosive return with Suitman Jungle performed by percussionist Marc Pell (Mount Kimbie, Micachu, and The Shapes). The show combines live drum ‘n’ bass, jungle beats and spoken word to tell the story of one man caught between the daily grind and his real passion – music. Roll up, Roll Up and Rock out as award-winning Not Too Tame also make a spectacular Latitude return, inviting the audience to experience their immersive work See How they Run, a helter-skelter piece inspired by characters from the songs of The Beatles. Hull’s most exciting theatre company Middle Child also return with their epic new show, The Canary and The Crow, a lyrical, semi-autobiographical piece from writer and performer Daniel Ward.

Latitude’s stunning Waterfront Stage is globally renowned for showcasing the best talent in dance productions and companies. This year the stage plays host to some stunning productions. Northern Ballet present celebrated choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple’s first work for the company, an intimate and moving portrait of Nannerl Mozart, the talented yet overshadowed sister of Wolfgang Mozart, in The Kingdom of Back. Sadler’s Wells return to the Waterfront Stage for the 12th year to present Jesus Carmona, a pioneer in flamenco’s evolution, Rambert, one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies that’ll return to Latitude with a brand-new work by French choreographer Marion Motin, and BBC Young Dancer finalists. Dance Umbrella present contemporary trailblazer Oona Doherty who performs Hope Hunt: an explosive and viscerally intense piece which dramatically unpicks male identity.  Another highlight is Boy Blue who return with REBEL, an exhilarating new dance and film production that captures the voices of young people with challenging questions around cultural identity.

On the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, Latitude celebrates the science behind our relationship with space. In the Music & Film Arena, The Cosmic Shambles Network are proud to present a rare event with Helen Sharman OBE, the first British person in space and the first British astronaut, in coordination with Robin Ince. Visit The Space Shed in The Faraway Forest for a weekend of programming inspired by humanity, the Moon and the climate crisis, including theatre, talks and workshops.

Latitude is celebrated for booking eclectic music talent and 2019 takes it to a whole new level with a diverse range of huge names and trailblazers just added.  With long-awaited part one of her album, LOVE dropping last week and part two FEAR to come at the end of the month, MARINA joins The Obelisk Arena bringing her piano and keyboard driven songs that vary from melancholic ballads to out-and-out glam pop. Also added to The Obelisk Arena are atmospheric alt Rockers Palace, the hyped-up London three-piece whose second album ‘Life After’ will be released just in time for a huge Latitude performance. The self-taught pianist Grace Carter will perform on the BBC Sounds Stage, a 21-year old Londoner who is already armed with emotionally exposing ballads and came third in the 2019 BBC’s Sound Of poll.

Adding to The Sunrise Arena and Latitude’s worldwide talent offerings, is the Nigerian born Adekunle Gold whose debut album ‘Gold’, debuted at No.7 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (PIGSx7 for short) who will be bringing their acid rock, psych metal, and stoner influences, and trailblazing traditional music The Local Honeys have been added to The Sunrise Arena to bring a fresh take to the realm of old-time, Appalachian music, fusing the best of the past with new age sass.

Elsewhere, Ben Folds and A Piano will play a unique Waterfront Stage performance, pulling at the heartstrings of festival goers with tracks such as ‘The Luckiest’, ‘Landed’, and ‘Still Fighting It’. And in the Music & Film Arena there’ll be a rare live appearance from psychedelic pop group Whyte Horses with special guests, a moving performance from Penguin Cafe in aide of Greenpeace’s ‘Support the Arctic Campaign’, Rising R&B star Joel Culpepper (think Leon Bridges meets Childish Gambino), and many more. The fun doesn’t stop there: Late Night at The Comedy Arena will see the return of Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco, The Massaoke Band, and Rave Karaoke.

Handpicked by BBC Radio 1’s ultimate taste maker Huw Stephens, The Lake Stage showcases the very best in new talent. This year’s superbly curated bill includes headliners Liverpool four-piece She Drew The Gun whose debut album ‘Revolution of The Mind’ was one of BBC 6 Music’s Albums of 2018, and County Durham indie-punks Martha whose much anticipated album ‘Love Keeps Kicking is out this week. Across the weekend they are joined by a plethora of cutting edge acts including Another Sky, Art School Girlfriend, Black Country, New Road, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Celeste, Chappaqua Wrestling, Childcare, Easy Life, Fling, Indoor Pets, Queen Zee, Self Esteem, Squid, Working Men’s Club, and Zuzu.

Huw Stephens commented: ‘I am thrilled with the line-up for this year’s Lake stage at Latitude. It’s been such a joy to see artists including Idles, The 1975, Cate Le Bon, The xx, Slaves and Sam Smith play the stage, among so many other incredible music makers. Programming the Lake Stage is an absolute joy, as those at Latitude always are keen to hear something new and special. This year’s line-up brings a diverse and thrilling line-up to the Lake Stage, including Self Esteem, Indoor Pets, Martha and Celeste.’

The Alcove Stage, nestled within the Latitude woods, is the place for the freshest new artists and this year’s line-up is a scorcher. Headlining the stage are Tennessee-based folk rockers Judah & The Lion who are gearing up to release their third studio album Pep Talks in May, and BBC 6 Music backed colourful, jazz four-piece Low Island. They are joined by a host of magnificent misfits including Los Bitchos, Tamzene, Arlo Day, Dry Cleaning, Gently Tender, Ebi Soda, JC Stewart, Joy Crookes, Monty Taft, and Project Karnak.