Latitude Festival 2018 is just a mere few weeks away and ahead of it we’ve taken a look at why the event is more than just a music festival.
Based in the beautiful setting of Suffolk’s Henham Park, Latitude has been leading a new age of festival experience since it launched in 2006. In a similar vein to Kendal Calling and Festival No.6,this is an event which isn’t content with showcasing some of music’s biggest names, but instead aims to offer its merrymakers a smorgasbord of delights.
There’s comedy, the arts, something for the foodies to feast on, a clear consideration for families with young children, and you can even get a spa treatment or two if you like.
Henham Park is a great location to explore too with the tranquil setting being just as important as the acts which perform there.
Latitude bills itself as being an ideal event for those who’ve grown tired of the angsty mud pits at festivals occupied by crowds not long out of their infancy. Although, in some respects this is a much more mature festival, don’t be mistaken, Latitude knows how to party and its impressive 2018 line up is testament to that.
Topping the music bill this year we find The Killers, Solange and Alt-J, with the likes of Wolf Alice, The Vaccines, Mogwai and Jessie Ware also featuring across the four day lineup. Of course, you’ll probably find a late night rave or two hidden on the grounds of the colorful woodland site.
It is fair to say, the calibre of its comic talent is regarded just as highly at Latitude as their music bookings, with Adam Buxton, Harry Hill, Dylan Moran and David O’Doherty being some of the household names you’ll see at Henham Park this year with the tongue-firmly-in-cheek ‘Brexit: The Gameshow’ sure to be a treat too.
For those looking to delve a little deeper you’ll find areas of the festival where you can witness some of your favourite podcasts being recorded, you can also catch some theatre, indulge your inner film geek by seeing the cult movie reviewer Mark Kermode and there will be interesting talks and debates on more serious matters which affect our health and wellbeing.
One of the things which ultimately sets Latitude Festival apart from some of its rivals is the opportunity visitors have to go and enjoy a little adventure. The aforementioned grounds really are something to behold with ticketholers even having the chance take a dip and go lake swimming – just don’t forget to bring your costume unless you are feeling particularly adventurous!
The Solas area is sure be a highlight of the Latitude weekend. It is a sanctuary escape nestled in the trees of Henham Park. In the day, you’ll find relaxing yoga, installations and folk music while in the evening the immersive environment will combine slow-motion visuals and ambient soundscapes to become something rather splendid.
It would also be wise to keep an ear to the ground over the weekend, with organisers teasing a secret set from an ‘iconic’ artist. Previous secret sets have come from Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Tom Jones and Radiohead’s Thom York.
Words by Craig Jones
Latitude Festival 2018 will run at Henham Park between July 12 and 15. Weekend and day tickets are still available. You can get them and find out more about the event by visiting latitudefestival.com.