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Pink sheep at Latitude Festival

LATITUDE FESTIVAL

For one summer weekend every year, Henham Estate on The Suffolk Coast welcomes tens of thousands of people to one of the UK’s most popular festivals: Latitude. Set in acres of gorgeous parkland centred round a spectacular lake, Latitude Festival comprises the music of Glastonbury, the comedy of Edinburgh and the literature of Hay-on-Wye; and all without a muddy field or leafleter in sight.
Expect secret gigs in the forest and much more at Latitude Festival
Photo (c) Victor Frankowski
Now in its 11th year, Latitude Festival has built a solid reputation for putting on stellar line-ups. International stars like Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, and Michael McIntyre have all graced the comedy arena in previous years, and bestsellers such as Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks, and Sebastian Faulks have appeared in the literature tent. Alongside all this you can find Europe’s largest poetry event, film showings, theatre productions, art installations, and areas especially for children and teenagers.
 
With competition like that it would be very easy for the musicians to be overshadowed, which is why Latitude has always secured giants like Snow Patrol, Kraftwerk, Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J, Foals, The Pet Shop Boys, Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, Florence and the Machine, and Suede. In 2013 and 2015, Latitude’s stellar and eclectic line-up caught the nation’s attention, and the festival was awarded with the UK Festival Award for Best Line-Up, the top prize in the festival industry. 
Portishead were just one of the stellar acts on Latitude's 10th birthday bill
Photo (c) Dan Medhurst
Of course, if the whim takes you, you could ignore the hundreds of performances and just enjoy relaxing by the lakeside as sunny days fade into long warm evenings; because even more than the acts, what sets the Latitude Festival apart is the atmosphere. Ask a Latituder to describe the event in one word and you’d get “relaxed”. The event has always had a friendly, inclusive atmosphere, which has helped propel it to the peak of popularity.
 
Alongside the traditional festival camping there’s a family campsite area, with special early-morning entertainment for children; or a sophisticated sanctuary for those who prefer a more luxurious camping experience. Or why not stay in nearby Southwold, where you’ll find all the creature comforts you could want and experience a taste of local life?
The arts are just as important as the music at Latitude Festival
Photo (c) Victor Frankowski
You can find out more about Latitude Festival 2016 and book your tickets at www.latitudefestival.com, and don’t forget to tell us all about your festival experience via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!