Big names, big laughs at Latitude

Simon ParkinA host of top names from the world of comedy, including Perrier-Award nominee Ed Byrnehave been lined up to appear alongside big names in music at this summer's Latitude.Click: More information on LatitudeSimon Parkin

A host of top names from the world of comedy have been lined up to appear alongside big names in music at this summer's Latitude festival.

Irish Perrier-Award nominee Ed Byrne is a familiar face on the comedy circuit, he will be joined by political activist, stand-up comic and author Mark Thomas and Antipodean comic Adam Hills who has achieved international acclaim as one of the world's best stand up comics and one of the UK's most highly acclaimed and original comedians.

Marcus Brigstocke hosts The Early Edition - a bit like BBC 4's Late Edition... but earlier. The morning papers, comedy, and special guests take to the stage to wake you up with a start!

Irish comic, writer, actor and all-round funny-man, Sean Hughes will be bringing his fantastically dark, acerbic stand-up to Latitude along with the UK's best kept comedy secret (but not for long) Andrew Lawrence, the quick witted comic and TV presenter Rufus Hound.

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Hard-working award-winning Jon Richardson, the 'twisted human cartoon' Russell Kane, Chortle's best breakthrough nominee Shappi Khorsandi, controversial American songwriter and comic Jessica Delfino, the spontaneous and unmistakeable Dan Atkinson, Carl Donnelly who is an expert on transforming mundane situations into comedy.

The winner of last year's Chortle Best Newcomer Award Holly Walsh, winner of Funniest Joke On The Fringe Zoe Lyons, charming and razor-sharp Rob Deering and US comic Dave Fulton.

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Plus the excuse to get smashed and rip clothes off strangers, the maniacal mayhem of Swap-A-Rama pitches up at the Comedy Arena along with Jack Whitehall hosting the Latitude New Act Of The Year - the search for the next comic genius. Six finalists will perform on Saturday morning in front of the Latitude crowd who'll be given the power to choose the winner.

Music acts already confirmed for the event include headliners Grace Jones and the Pet Shop Boys and indie rock bands Doves and Editors.

t Weekend tickets cost �150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are �60 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only. To book tickets call the credit card line on 0871 231 0821 or visit or

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