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Latitude festival music additions

| On 28, Mar 2011

Friday and Sunday’s headliners for the Word Arena revealed

Bombay Bicycle Club and Eels

On 14th – 17th July in the sumptuous surrounds of the Suffolk countryside, the welcoming daisy-adorned gates will open for the 6th edition of the magical and fantastical Latitude Festival.

With four bespoke arenas dedicated to music, Latitude offers an incredible array of sonic brilliance, bands and artists hand-picked and carefully selected to create the perfect soundtrack to the perfect weekend. Whether it’s the hottest new band or the once in a life-time chance to see a legend perform; if it’s rock or pop, folk or blues, electro or dance, Latitude’s music arenas have it all. With The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede headlining the Obelisk Arena and a wealth of musical talent playing across the three other music arenas, Latitude once again boasts an exciting and unique line-up.

And whilst the best bands play throughout the weekend, Latitude’s unrivalled arts programme featuring the very best from the worlds of theatre, poetry, literary, comedy, cabaret, dance, art, fashion and film all come together to create one spectacular weekend. Visually stunning, sonically inspiring and mind expanding – Latitude Festival just gets better and better.


The Word Arena’s large canopy stands proud at the top of the hill and looks out over the beautiful Latitude site. The arena plays host to a veritable smorgasbord of musical pleasures and once inside, crowds are transfixed by an eclectic line-up that crosses genre boundaries effortlessly. Foals are already confirmed as headliners and with another stellar line-up currently being confirmed – this really is the place to witness something truly special.

Joining Foals as a headliner for the Word Arena on the Friday is Bombay Bicycle Club.  Despite just coming out of their teens, Bombay Bicycle Club are a creative force to be reckoned with. Since their early gigging days in 2006 and the growing popularity from debut album ‘I had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ released in 2008, they’ve been a regular touring spectacle. Since the release of last year’s ‘Flaws’, a far more understated, folk-inspired and soulful effort, and the relatively instant standing ovation it received from critics and record buyers alike, the band have leapt from strength to strength. Invigorated by recent success, they’re set to release their third album – drifting back to the electric guitars prominent on the first album – in the summer before the second stage headline performance at Latitude 2011.

Sunday’s Word Arena headliner is the incredible Eels. Mark Oliver Everett, often abbreviated to E, is the brainchild, creative energy and emotional core of Eels. Through family tragedy, heartbreak and personal problems, E has carved out a rich, illustrious body of work spanning fifteen years. Commercial hits include ‘Novocaine For The Soul’ and ‘Mr E’s Beautiful Blues’ but it is the recent glorious, and challenging, trilogy of albums ‘Hombre Lobo’, ‘End Times’ and ‘Good Morning’ that have seen Eels hit their creative peak.  Marrying sombre subject matters to pretty and timeless melodies create music that is loaded with pop suss, melancholy hooks and some eclectic experimentation. The live shows are inexhaustibly unexpected, from tropical re-arrangements of old classics to playing with a full orchestra; there’s no telling what E will decide to give you. As a most deserving headliner of the second stage, one of the USA’s most exceptional talents will give a performance to be remembered at Latitude this year.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend, festival goers can enjoy readings from leading poets and authors including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jo Shapcott, Simon Armitage, Sarah Dunant, Dave Gorman and Alexei Sayle; top comics Omid Djalili, Jason Byrne and Phill Jupitus; exciting theatre and dance productions presented by Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet to name but a few, cabaret performances from Will Adamsdale, Bourgeois and Maurice; and BAFTA return to the Film & Music Arena with a fantastic programme of Q&As, discussions and workshops including comedy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon discussing their hilarious work on Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Trip’.

With DJ’s, a Winter’s Ball and late night parties found throughout the site, it is a unique and special weekend of fun, culture and entertainment. An intimate world away from reality waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


Weekend tickets £170.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee

Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £70.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee

Child ticket (5-12 years) £5.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee

Campervan Permit £30.00

Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping

Day tickets include car parking only

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