Countdown to Latitude

The UK's newest summer festival, the Latitude Festival at Henham Park, near Southwold, which has attracted a mouthwatering list of names, including Snow Patrol, the Zutons, Antony and the Johnsons, Mogwai, Mercury Rev, Gomez, Nicky Wire and Tom Verlaine, heads our way from Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16.

The UK's newest summer festival, the Latitude Festival at Henham Park, near Southwold, which has attracted a mouthwatering list of names, including Snow Patrol, the Zutons, Antony and the Johnsons, Mogwai, Mercury Rev, Gomez, Nicky Wire and Tom Verlaine, heads our way from Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16.

Next Friday (July 14), the main music stage features a headlining appearance from Irish band Snow Patrol who will be performing songs from their chart-topping new album, Eyes Open. It's over two years since their unforgettable anthem Run was released, reaching number five in the UK charts and propelling their last album Final Straw to number three and to sales of four-times platinum. The success for singer and chief songwriter Gary Lightbody and the band came after 10 years together and was a culmination of years of faith and hard work. Critics have hailed the band's fourth studio album Eyes Open as Snow Patrol's best to date. The album features the recent top 10 single You're All I Have.

Joining Snow Patrol on the main stage are Merseyside sax-rock band the Zutons who have achieved massive chart success over the last three years with their debut album, Who Killed the Zutons, which sold more than 600,000 copies in the UK and spawned five top 40 singles - Pressure Point, You Will You Won't, Remember Me, Don't Ever Think and Confusion and their latest top ten album, Tired of Hanging Around, which has already produced the hit singles, Why Won't You Give Me Your Love? and Valerie.

Also appearing on the main stage will be Norwich band Cord who have just charted with their latest single, Winter through Island Records. The band will be playing songs from their debut album which is being prepared for release later this year.


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The main stage line-up is completed by American indie heroes the Lemonheads who will be performing old favourites such as Shame About Ray, Into Your Arms and Mrs Robinson, as well as songs from their forthcoming album, singer/songwriter Stephen Fretwell and indie band the Crimea.

There are two more live music arenas, with a packed programme featuring the very best in original and innovative bands, hand-picked specifically to fit in with Latitude's edgy, alternative slant.

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Artists appearing on the Uncut arena stage two include polka-dot princesses the Pipettes (who release their debut album We Are the Pipettes on July 17 - which features top 40 single Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me), celebrated slam poet Saul Williams who will be performing his rock/hip hop Rick Rubin-produced songs, American band the Colour, whose energy has been likened to the early Rolling Stones and LA-born singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny who is no stranger to this area of the world as she chose the calm and tranquillity of the Norfolk countryside to record her second and critically-acclaimed album, Film School and Declan O'Rouke.

Music Arena 3 will feature music from psychedelic rockers from Scotland the Aliens, London's Noisettes, indie-pop singer-songwriter Iain Archer, indie band the Organ and BC Camplight.

As well as the three music arenas there is also a comedy tent featuring a host of great comedy, music and film tent and theatre and literary tent.

Weekend tickets are £95 plus booking fees, day tickets £40 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets prices include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only. Credit card line: 0870 060 3775 or online at www.meanfiddler.co.uk or at www.seetickets.com

t Full preview of bands and artists appearing at Latitude on the Saturday and Sunday next week.

HOW TO GET THERE - AND BACK

t Organisers Mean Fiddler are asking festival-goers to respect the environment and neighbours of the festival site. These arrangements are for those travelling privately or by public transport.

t There are special See Tickets coach services running direct to the site. 0870 060 3775 or visit www.seetickets.com or www.latitudefestival.co.uk Combined coach/festival tickets are also available at Mean Fiddler venues.

t Shuttle bus services will run to and from the park and Halesworth railway station. For information visit www.latitudefestival.co.uk or 0208 963 0940 or rail services visit www.thetrainline.com or 08457 484950

t Those taking a car are urged to consider using the lift share scheme. If you have spare spaces in your car or you do not have to use your own car, visit www.latitudefestival.co.uk for more information.

t Cycle racks will be available at the site at Green Gate 1 on the A145 Beccles-Blythburgh road and Yellow Gate 1 on the A12. Day ticket holders arriving by bike should use Green Gate 1.

t Day ticket holders wanting to use public transport after the main entertainment are advised to plan their return journey ahead. There are no train services from Halesworth at that time of night, so the shuttle bus will not be running. Taxi firms should be asked to enter the site via Green Gate 1 on the A145 to pick up day ticket holders.

t Any day ticket holder having difficulty planning their journey home can contact hblake@meanfiddler.co.uk or 020 8963 0940 for advice.

t Routes to the festival will be well signposted. All motorists are warned that the A12 and A145 roads are likely to be busy with visitors heading towards Henham Park for the festival.

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