About This Festival
The Latitude Festival is an award-winning event showcasing the very best performers from music and the arts. Set amongst the rolling hills of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside, festivalgoers will delight in this wonderfully creative, family-friendly festival. Through woods lit with fairy lights to a gondola-filled lake, there is so much on offer, from film to music, comedy to literature and theatre to poetry. There's all sorts of hidden gems to discover.
Held every year since 2006, Latitude hosts a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four main stages: The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Lake Stage, Obelisk Arena and the i Arena. Latitude stays true to its name, by mixing mainstream with the obscure, experimental and eccentric.
With a mix of mainstream and local music acts, comedians, authors and poets, Latitude has gained the reputation of being Britain's "middle class" festival. Run by Festival Republic, which also runs the Reading and Leeds festivals, Latitude attracts a diverse crowd, priding itself in offering something a little different from the majority of UK festivals.
Latitude has attracted a wide range of local and international musical acts throughout the years including Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Disclosure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grace Jones and Pet Shop Boys, to name but a few of the headline performers. There is a broad base of artists and musical genres in their lineups, from the funky house beats to the down and dirty guitar solos and everything in between. It also has a full spectrum of art in its cultural program which is housed across ten separate arts arenas, making use of the natural surrounds, featuring comics, filmmakers, visual artists, poets, authors, actors, directors and dancers.
Latitude is much more than your average festival—with the fields of multicolored sheep (achieved through vegetable dye and PETA approved), hidden DJ performances in the woods and opera by the lake, it really is the cultural highlight of the summer festival season. It isn't just about music and colorful sheep either—in fact, this kaleidoscope of unscheduled surprises is a fresh of breath air in what can often turn out to be festival predictability at other events.
Each year, a theme is chosen to underscore the Latitude Festival's literature and arts program. The 2015 theme was "For Richer, For Poorer, For Better, For Worse," which explored how individuals and their communities conduct their private, public, and political relationships.
Latitude Festival - Fun for the Whole Family
Latitude is fantastic for families. There is a dedicated family campsite that is only open to families that have children 16 or under with them. It has its own toilets, showers, bathrooms, and special morning entertainment for the early-risers. In the family campsite, there are separate male, female, and children’s bathroom blocks, staffed with 24-hour security and service attendants for that added peace of mind. Children aged 5-15 are eligible for discounted tickets while toddlers under 5 can attend for free and do not need a ticket.
Those of you considering camping out in a campervan, caravan, motorhome, or trailer tent will need to pre-purchase one of four different permits depending on the type of camper you are bringing. This assures you a spot in either the public, family, disabled, or guest campervan areas.
The children's arena is a mini-festival in itself; there's an incredible selection of activities and entertainment for the younger ones including art and craft workshops, theatre and puppet shows and workshops for budding chefs. There is even a baby and toddler chill out tent with a soft play area, free sunscreen, baby changing, and food warming facilities and more. The Inbetweeners Area is a dedicated section for tweens who want their own space, featuring music, media and technology workshops, bushcraft skills, and games. Additional, general logistic information about the Latitude Festival is available.
Throughout its history, the festival has grown both in variety and size. In 2010, capacity for the event was increased substantially to 35,000 people, yet it still manages to sell out. Unfortunately it hasn't all been smooth sailing, and there have been some security concerns over the years, most notably in 2007 when the festival was marred by a spate of thefts. A large number of tents were burgled along with a number of other thefts with the organizers being criticized for the lack of security measures in place at the time. The following year, promoters assured the public that security was substantially increased.
Promoters have confirmed that they are planning a new sister event called Longitude in Ireland, which will run over the same weekend as Latitude.