Latitude festival announces line up for 15th edition

Following sell out success in 2019, the multi-award-winning Latitude Festival returns to celebrate its 15th year in the glorious grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 16th-19th July 2020 with HAIM, Liam Gallagher, and The Chemical Brothers, plus Bill Bailey, topping a diverse bill where music meets the arts in a full on cultural explosion. Weekend tickets are on sale Friday 6th December at 9am.

HAIM made their explosive Latitude debut back in 2014, and this year they return as headliners for the first time in their UK history. The trio’s LA energy, sass and blistering exuberance make them one of the most exciting live bands around. HAIM are showcasing a new power and urgency in their songwriting with new releases including ‘Summer Girl’, BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record’ ‘Now I’m In It’, and the emotional ‘Hallelujah’. With themes of sisterhood and strength, HAIM’s joyous, harmonised guitar pop rock couldn’t be a more perfect fit for idyllic Latitude summer evening.

HAIM said: ‘Latitude has always been one of our favourite festivals to play, now we are so excited to come back and headline.’

Liam Gallagher was unveiled as Latitude’s secret act in 2018 where the British icon gave a legendary performance, and 2020 will see the Rockstar give an unforgettable headline performance. Liam’s rise has been stratospheric in the past 12 months; his documentary As It Was, a second solo album Why Me? Why Not, and a triumphant sold out UK tour. His Latitude performance promises to be biblical!

Liam said: ‘Yes brothers and sisters, I’m glad to announce I’ll be headlining Latitude Festival next Summer.’

For over twenty years The Chemical Brothers have redefined the concept of live electronic music. In that time, their live show has evolved from underground nightclubs into the most in-demand festival headline sets. To this day they remain pioneers and recent album No Geography (which has 3 Grammy nominations, in addition to the 4 they have previously won) is packed with Latitude-ready festival classics. The band’s recent arena tour received widespread acclaim for its spellbinding, multi-sensory experience – lasers, walls of strobes, gigantic moving robots, dazzling graphics and special effects. Masters of the late-night party The Chemical Brothers will provide the ultimate finale to this year’s Latitude.

Off the back of their new album III released in September, The Lumineers have been announced for Latitude Festival 2020 for a very special performance. With three Top 10 UK albums, multi-platinum sales, and sold out arenas across the world, the audacious band are a much welcome addition to the line up.

British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka returns to Latitude Festival following the release of KIWANUKA last month, his third album which reached No.2 in the UK charts, and timeless soulful voice has grabbed the attention of numerous honours, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards, and he won the BBC’s Sound of 2012.

Reuniting this year since their hiatus in 2013, Keane is back with brand new album Cause And Effect and are heading to Latitude. As well as new hits ‘Stupid Things’ and ‘The Way I Feel’, expect nostalgic singalongs to ‘Everybody’s Changing’, ‘A Bad Dream’, ‘Spiralling’ and more from their four No.1 albums.

Keane said: ‘Latitude is one of our favourite festivals to attend. We’ve seen some brilliant gigs there, from Portishead to Kraftwerk – just to name a couple. We can’t wait to be on the bill next summer.’

Experimental pop Queen Charli XCX is set to headline the BBC Sounds Stage. Her third album Charli was released just a few months ago which includes hit singles ‘1999’ and ‘Blame It On Your Love’, plus other much loved tracks ‘Boys’, ‘Boom Clap’ and ‘Warm’ which features headliners HAIM.

Charli XCX who headlines BBC Sounds Stage said: ‘I can’t wait to headline the BBC sound stage at Latitude next year – my show is gonna be the most iconic party you’ve ever been to – swear on my life.’

Latitude is renowned for booking an exceptional array of musical talent and 2020 takes it up a notch yet again. This year’s line up is erupting with a diverse range of huge names, and trailblazers. The music stages will be buzzing to the eclectic sounds of Local Natives, James Vincent McMorrow, Kawala, Ibibio Sound Machine, Phoebe Bridgers, The Futureheads, Girl Ray, Marika Hackman, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Joy Crookes, Velvet Negroni, and Inhaler.

Latitude has never been just about the music – it’s a culturally inspiring experience and this year’s comedy, theatre, and arts bill are set to be the festival’s most diverse yet. Today’s preview of the arts line-up shows attendees can expect the biggest names on the comedy circuit, cultural visionaries, poets, podcasters, and performance artists in an arts bill without boundaries, with many more names to be announced.

Our first Comedy Arena headliner is the legendary Bill Bailey whose eccentric style of comedy has made him renowned as an internationally acclaimed standup comedian, as well as for his trademark intelligence and wit on the likes of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and QI. Get down early for what will be a packed-out performance of laughter and wonderment.

Bill Bailey said: ‘Last time I played Latitude it wasn’t too bad so I’m quite looking forward to headlining in 2020.’

Latitude favourite Dr John Cooper Clarke will take a break from writing his forthcoming autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours, to make a welcome return to the festival. Cooper Clarke’s status as the Emperor of Punk Poetry is undeniable as is his reputation as a brilliant versifier, a poet of vicious wit and a razor-sharp social satirist. Effortlessly immediate and contemporary, full of hard-won wisdom and expert blindsiding, it’s easy to see why the good Doctor has continued to inspire several new generations of performers from Alex Turner to Plan B. As well as an electric live show, festival goer’s have the chance to see Jonny Green interview Dr John Cooper Clarke, in an exclusive retrospective.

We are thrilled that artist Charlie Mackesy is coming to Latitude. Charlie’s first book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is the simple and profound tale of four unlikely friends discovering their most important life lessons. The book is a The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller and recently won Waterstones Book of The Year. Charlie will join us at Latitude for an hour of drawing and conversation, as he brings his characters into life, live on stage.

Charlie said: ‘Latitude has always felt free, and open and kind, and it seems to transcend the ages. I never crossed my mind that one day I would actually be performing; telling the story of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse while I draw.’

Last year Glastonbury headliner and voice of a generation, Stormzy launched #Merky Books – his own publishing imprint with Penguin Random House – for a new generation of voices. The imprint goes beyond books showcasing music, art, spoken word and film as well as new writing, Latitude audience members will get a taste of the new writers changing literature as we know it, with special guests to be announced

Women’s Prize for Fiction return to Latitude for a fourth year with an exceptional panel of inspiring women including prize co-founder and bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, as do Salon London who will present the brightest and boldest ideas from experts, authors and academics.