Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
17th July 2014

Festival Information
The Latitude festival is an awesome annual music event that has been running since 2006, it is packed full with music, comedy, literature, dance and a great deal more. With bands from across-the-board, Latitude supplies the best acts for your delicate ears. From the critically acclaimed Florence and The Machine to top indie group Vampire Weekend, a list of acts longer than your arm have taken to the main stage in the previous years. With about seventeen stages, there isn’t one thing that can’t be found at Latitude festival.

Latitude festival is held at the peaceful Henham Park in Beccles, Suffolk, the village is brought to life with the loud music and the heap of entertainment. Managed by Festival Republic, which also has Reading and Leeds festivals under their belt, you can be sure this festival is going to be a world away from your normal weekend routine. It’s time to reward yourself for your hard work so book Thursday the 17th to Sunday the 20th of July off this year and have the experience of a lifetime at the Latitude festival.

To help you fully appreciate Latitude festival and understand the awesomeness it obtains, we’ve gathered some high quality information about previous events and performers. So whether you’ve been lucky enough to go to this festival before, or if you’re wondering what it’s really like, check this out. Latitude was born in 2006 and said to imitate other European festivals due to its’ diverse selection of entertainment and performers. Although it was only its year of birth, there were some pretty big acts performing at the event. Some of the acts at Latitude festival included; Snow Patrol, The Zutons and Paulo Nutini.

In 2007 the Latitude festival advanced and the number of acts and artists performing increased. Unfortunately 2007 saw a number of thefts occur whereby festival organisers stated that the number of security personnel would be increased for the next festival. From then on, security and safety at the festival has become a number one priority and increased sufficiently over the years. Some of the acts that performed in 2007 were; Damien Rice, New Young Pony Club, Arcade Fire, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Friendly Fires, Kate Nash, Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Russell Howard, Lee Mack and many more at Latitude festival.

Then at the 2008 Latitude festival there was an even bigger intake of artists and attendees at the festival. Acts included the likes of; British Sea Power, Crystal Castles, Errors, Franz Ferdinand, Seasick Steve, Sigur Ros, The Coral, Noah and the Whale, Glasvegas, Blondie and Interpol. Famous comedians that appeared were; Russell Howard, Bill Bailey, Rufus Hound, Frankie Boyle, Lee Mack and others performed live at the Latitude festival.

The 2009 Latitude festival was covered by BBC Radio and there were 25,000 festival lovers flocking to the event. There was an awesome collaboration of acts performing at the event that year, ranging from The Pet Shop Boys to Little Boots. Other acts included; The Pretenders, The Temper Trap, Bat for Lashes, White Lies, Doves, Paloma Faith, Mika, Newton Faulkner, Passion Pit, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Gossip and many more all played a set at Latitude festival.

At the 2010 Latitude festival attendance was increased to 35,000 people. The event got loads of publicity and popularity and featured some fantastic artists and acts. These included the likes of; Florence and the Machine, Girls, Corinne Bailey Rae, Frank Turner, Crystal Castles, The Maccabees, The XX, Tom Jones, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend and Darwin Deez.

Full to the brim with iconic acts, the 2011 festival saw some big names including, The Vaccines, James Blake, Poalo Nutini, The Waterboys, Ed Sheeran, Lanegan and much more, giving the 2014 festival a big name to live up to.

Latitude Festival: Stages

Although there are 17 stages and arenas at the Latitude festival, there are only four main stages of musical entertainment. These are the Obelisk Stage, the Word Arena, Sunrise Arena and the Lake Stage.

Obelisk Stage – Set with an awe inspiring backdrop overlooking the rest of the festival, the Obelisk stage holds the biggest and best names in pop. With chart toppers and newcomers, this stage will provide you with an exciting mixture of familiar names and legendary faces. Guaranteed to have a line up full of top artists, the Obelisk stage is where it all happens. Damon Albarn, Two Door Cinema Club and The Black Keys are this year's big headliners.

BBC Radio 6 Music Arena - Second only to the Obelisk stage in terms of big name acts, this stage named after the BBC Radio 6 Music station has a wide variety of alternative acts for the more discerning music fan. Acts to take to the stage in 2014 include Mogwai, James Vincent McMorrow and Roysopp.

 I Arena – Hosting the stars of the future, the newly named I Arena was created for uprising bands to perform. For the next big thing in music, check out this stage for a dynamic setting and an intimate performance. With acts such as Darwin Deez to Tokyo Police Club having played before, 2014 has Eagulls, James Holden and more in store.

The Lake Stage – The place for new stars to get recognised, The Lake Stage is the hub of all hubs. In an open air space, this astonishing stage features tomorrow’s music. Discover upcoming acts before anyone has a chance to and get the full experience of watching them live in the festival atmosphere. If the name doesn’t quite make sense yet, when you’re there make sure you check out the stunning view behind the stage. The sparkling lake is a breathtaking sight with a soundtrack of music to match.

Latitude Festival: Entertainment

Across the weekend of Latitude festival you will discover more than just music at the event; you are about to enter a whole world of fun. With comedy to make you laugh until you cry and films to get away from the madness of the festival, there are plenty of attractions to keep your boredom levels down. With soothing poetry to relax you and music to dance along to, our many stages are packed with top artists, acts and bands ready to perform for your viewing as well as listening pleasure. This is a weekend for you to hang up your inhibitions and delve into the superlative fun that is being handed to you on a plate by Latitude festival.

Grab a slice of theatre entertainment at Latitude festival that is sure to whet your appetite, or why not enter Pandora’s playground which is kept away from the rest of the event. This little piece of heaven is where you will unearth amusing games, creative art and a disco hut. With more than you bargained for, this side of Latitude is the place where you can let your imagination run riot. Guaranteed to bring out your creativity, let it loose at Latitude festival in the hands of Pandora’s playground.

At Latitude festival there is a wide selection of entertainment outlets for you to make use of and enjoy this year, such as; the many music stages, dance tents, comedy, cabaret, theatre, poetry, literary and children’s arenas, The Faraway Forest, playground and in the woods area. There’s so much to do you’ll never be bored and we can guarantee that you will absolutely love this music event. From top music to short films, Latitude festival is an enchanting event that will captivate your soul the moment you step foot onto the grounds.

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Festival Information

Ticket Prices

The festival provides a variety of Latitude tickets for you to choose from, so that there really will be something for everyone. So whatever your personal preference is, we can guarantee that there will be a suitable ticket for you. Tickets are already on sale so make sure you get your Latitude festival tickets before they are all gone.

Weekend Ticket Standard Campsite: This allows you to have access to the standard campsites for the entire weekend and also gives you access to the festival site where you can see the main events and all the action. Car parking is also included in this price. These Latitude tickets typically cost £195.50.

Weekend Ticket Family Campsite: This allows you to have access to the family campsite if you have children that are 16 years or under with you. Each member of the family will require one of these tickets. In this campsite there will only be other families or single adults with children 16 or under. Any child who is 13 or over will need to have an adult ticket. These Latitude tickets cost £195.50.

Child Tickets:
All children ages 5-12 years old are allowed access to the festival if accompanied by an adult. Each child tickets costs £8.

Day Tickets:
Day pass Latitude tickets are available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are usually priced at around £84.50 each. It doesn’t include camping and only allows access to the arena. (Children aged 5-12 years old are also eligible for £5 day tickets too).

Campervan and Caravan Permits Standard: You still need to purchase a full weekend ticket as this ticket will only allow access for the vehicle. If you want to use your vehicle as accommodation for the weekend then you’ll need to get a campervan supplement to assure your place in the actual site. You cannot stay in this vehicle in the car park and there are no vehicles permitted on the normal campsite. Permits cost from £40 and up, depending on the size of your vehicle.

Campervan and Caravan Permits Family: In this case you will have needed to purchase family weekend Latitude tickets for each person aged 13 and over. The same rules apply as for the standard permits and the cost is also the same.

Latitude Tickets: Where To Buy

As always we strongly encourage you to go through the official festival website to purchase your Latitude tickets. If you go onto the site you will be able to select the ticket of your choice and then be directed to the partner site, which at the moment is

Some of the other main Latitude tickets outlets to consider are: Ticketmaster, Ticketweb, Ticketline, Gigantic, Stargreen, Ticket Queen, Eventim, The Ticket Factory, Billetto and

If you miss out on the chance to get tickets we suggest you go to Viagogo where the option of fan to fan ticket exchange is possible. It’s a designated area for ticket holders who wish to sell their tickets to others for whatever reason. It’s a safe, reliable and an official method of purchasing official Latitude tickets when others are unavailable. You’re guaranteed reasonable prices and are certain to receive your ticket before the event and all elements are legitimate.

When purchasing Latitude tickets we ask you to keep in mind the likelihood of some websites providing fake tickets. There are hundreds of ticket outlets that will sell you unofficial tickets and if you purchase one of these you will NOT be allowed access to the festival.

Check out the Latitude festival official website for a list of unauthorised Latitude tickets outlets and touts. As with most festivals once you purchase your tickets it will take a while for them to be sent to you. However, you should receive your tickets a few weeks before the event and if there are any problems you should contact the specific outlet that you booked your tickets with.

Latitude Tickets: Opening Times

The main campsite opens on the 17th July at 2pm and closes on Monday 21st July at 5pm. This is an advantage of the Latitude festival as it gives campers that little bit longer to pack up and relax as they depart the site. The arena opening times are Thursday at about 5pm, Friday morning at 10am, Saturday morning at 10am and Sunday morning at 10am. The arena closes at approximately 3am each night. Sunday is the last day of the music festival and so the arena will not be open on Monday.

Entertainment will run late into the night, which is one of the main reasons why Latitude tickets are providing a family campsite area for those who may require earlier nights, or a bit of quiet time to rest their heads. Children aged 12 years and under are allowed £5 entry and so this festival does cater for younger festival lovers! We ask that you respect these younger families and children and urge you to abide by the rules if you camp in the family area.

Latitude Tickets: Accommodation

You obviously have the main option of camping in the official festival campsite and the choice of the standard camp or family camp with the correct Latitude tickets. You are also welcome to purchase a campervan or caravan permit allowing you to camp in the campervan site. You have also got the choice of camping in the Pink Moon area with the other various options of luxurious camping. The Latitude festival in Suffolk also offers plenty of alternative accommodation for you to consider. Below is a list of possible hotels, B&Bs and other types of accommodation:
  • Swan Hotel (Southwold)
  • Sutherland House Hotel and Restaurant (Southwold)
  • Heathland Beach Touring and Camping Park (Lowestoft)
  • Kessingland Beach Holiday Park (Kessingland)
  • Honeysuckle Cottage (Southwold)
  • Kingfisher & Swallows at Rumburgh Farm (Halesworth)
  • Barnstaple Cottage (Lowestoft)
  • Suffolk Secrets (Southwold)
  • 20 St James Green (Southwold)
  • Bankside Bed and Breakfast (Southwold)
For more information check out the website Visit Sunrise Coast for lots of details on official areas to stay. There is a huge range of choices for you to consider and so we suggest that you take a look on the internet to search for local accommodation after you have bought your Latitude tickets. We sincerely hope that this information is of use to you and that wherever you decide to stay for the Latitude festival weekend is the best choice for you.

Campsite Information

The campsite at the Latitude festival is divided into four different coloured areas; Yellow, Red, Blue and Green. There will be an additional family zone which will be clearly marked. Each specific area has its own toilet and water facilities. On arrival it may seem as if all of the campsites are full; never fear, as there is specific stewards on hand to direct you to the free pitches.

All of the campsites are around the same size so you won’t be at a disadvantage if you’re in one particular colour. Green and Blue camp have the advantage of being closer to the car parks, but Red and Yellow are closer to The Village and arenas. Whichever camp you decide to stay in will have benefits and it’s important that you just look for the positives and enjoy every minute of your festival experience.

The Latitude campsites are all pretty big and contain all the necessities required to survive a weekend at a festival. Latitude festival cares about kids which is why there’s a designated family camping area equipped with Boutique babysitting facilities. The family campsite also has private showers and toilets available for use only by those staying in this campsite. You can’t book a pitch on a particular site, unless you get a space in the Pink Moon area, which is a site where your accommodation is a tad more luxury. This is why we suggest being on time and avoid being late if you want to have any choice on where you stay.

There are 12 stages or tents at the Latitude festival as well as other areas of entertainment. The main arenas are as follows; the Obelisk Arena which is where the main headliners perform and this arena overlooks the entire festival site. The BBC Radio 6 Music Arena hosts a fantastic selection of eclectic alternative, leftfield music, so for entertainment with a kick, head over to this arena.

The I Arena is located in the woods and is where some of the best upcoming artists showcase their talents. The Lake Stage is a stage of discovery where new acts perform that are picked out by a radio one DJ - this year is Huw Stephens. The Comedy, Cabaret and Theatre Arena, speak for themselves as they offer alternative forms of entertainment and expression of some of the most popular arts. The Dance On The Waterfront Stage allows you to enjoy music in a fantastic open air environment and also lets you feel at peace with nature.

Check out the Film, Poetry and Literary Arenas to kick back and relax with some culture and creativity. Latitude also takes care of your little ones by providing the awesome Children’s Arena. There are various bars and food stalls located all over the arena and so much available that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Check out the official festival website for further information about the main arena at the Latitude festival.

The facilities available at the Latitude festival truly are incredible. They’ve got everything covered and so you won’t have to worry about a thing during your time there. There are loads of bars, food stalls, merchandise tents, toilets and other facilities to help you out. Please respect the facilities if you wish to continue using them and remain at the festival.

At various points all over the arena you will see a selection of merchandise stands, supermarkets and the official Latitude tuck shop. We can guarantee that there will be at least one area in the festival site where you will be able to get any essentials.

There are loads of toilets all over the festival site. You will find a set of toilets in each and every campsite as well as a number of them in the arena area. The toilets are cleaned but due to the increased amount of excessive use they may not be spotless. We ask that you keep it as clean as possible and respect the facilities as if they were your own. There are also luxury toilets for those that pay a little extra.

There are shower blocks located in the Village which is at the entrance to all of the campsites. The family camping area also has its own private showers and toilet blocks which are only accessible for those who obtain a family camping ticket. There will be queues and so we suggest trying to use the showers earlier and avoid peak times if you want to avoid the chaos.

There are lots of food stalls all over the arena areas and a huge variety of cuisine for you to choose from. Food can be purchased from the shops and the bars will also serve snacks for you. Try something new at a festival with the awesome array of food you can take your pick from. You’ll never go hungry as long as you take our advice and don’t be fussy.

There will be free drinking water points all over the festival to ensure that you’re all kept fully hydrated. In every campsite there is a specific water point where you can fill up your bottles and containers with fresh water for free. These will be located next to the toilet blocks and will be easy to see. If there are any faults or damages to these facilities you should inform a steward immediately. There will also be frequent water points inside the arena and these will also be free and fresh.

As the Latitude festival is mainly a fully open air non seated event we advise you to be prepared for standing for the majority of the event. There are picnic benches inside the arena which you can make use of and a variety of deckchairs near the lake.

There are numerous cash points located all around the arena which all charge £2.50 per use. They will close when the arena is closed, so don’t leave it until the early hours of the morning to get your money out, because you won’t be able to! There are also cash points open in the Village which are available for 24 hours and the supermarket accepts credit and debit cards anyway. Please be careful with your money and your cards at all times.

Festival Line Up

The Latitude festival takes place in the wonderful Henham Park in Suffolk. Like few other festivals in the United Kingdom, this one really does take advantage of its setting thanks to an awesome Latitude line up planned for 2014. Appreciating nature and the surrounding environment is one of the many perks you will receive at the Latitude festival.

This event boasts a fantastic festival site with tons of stages and tents providing the best alternative entertainment. To give you a break from the musical madness in the Latitude line up, check out all of the other awesome things available. There are tents presenting comedy, poets, literary, theatre and so much more. The Latitude festival prides itself on catering for everyone, there are facilities and areas perfectly created for your kids and whatever your mood, we guarantee it’ll have something to suit it.

Latitude Line Up: Who’s On

Inside the festival arena there are five main music stages and areas which host the wonderful Latitude line up. These include; The Obelisk Arena, I Arena, BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The Lake Stage and The Waterfront Stage. Across all five of these stages there is a fantastic selection and variety of music and acts, guaranteeing that there will be something you love.

2014's big acts include:
  • Damon Albarn
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • The Black Keys
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Tame Impala
  • Kelis
  • Mogwai
The Latitude line up is proud to have presented an amazing collection of acts over the years. Some of these include; Florence and the Machine, Frank Turner, The Maccabees, Crystal Castles, Belle and Sebastian, The Temper Trap, Vampire Weekend, Darwin Deez and so many more.

Latitude Line Up: What’s On

Other entertainment this year includes comedians such as Simon Amstell, Dara O' Briain & Kevin Bridges, theatre performances from Forced Entertainment and The Royal Shakespeare Company, poetry from Scroobius Pip and DJ sets from Simian Mobiloe Disco and lots more!

As you can see Latitude line up ensures you have the best performances around whether it’s music or theatre. But this isn’t all that Latitude are offering, no, they also have many other attractions for you to indulge in when at this festival. Check below to see what other events they have going on for you this year.

Kids Area and Campsite Activities: This area is the perfect place for any child! Full of bright colours and fun activities you can be sure that your child will have a whole festival of their own. There is so much going on in this area, from charm making to head dresses ensuring kids can make the most out of their time. They also create and put on productions whilst having their face painted! There is so much fun going on at the Kids Area it gives you even more reason to attend this awesome festival.

The Inbetweeners Teen Area (12 Years and Over): At this area teens can enjoy loads of activities including den building, learning survival skills, shelter building an much more. Also, this area has a digital workshop space where teens can use state of the art equipment to produce their own work and they may even work long side pros in the industry to create their own comic book designs, animation, beat boxing, music productions or even photography.

So if you are heading to Latitude this year, make sure you indulge in some of the extra treats they have for you!

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