Festival ready to mark 10 years of music and arts

Photos from the Inbetweener's Stage at Latitude Festival 2014. Photos by Steve Hunt.

Photos from the Inbetweener's Stage at Latitude Festival 2014. Photos by Steve Hunt. - Credit: Archant

The stages are being erected, the bands have been lined up and the sheep are being painted.

The Latitude Festival 2014 at Henham Park.Picture: James Bass

The Latitude Festival 2014 at Henham Park.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Which means it is time for Latitude Festival to take over Henham Park once again.

The festival has gone from strength to strength and this year celebrates its 10th staging next week with a stellar line-up of arts and music.

This year will feature the likes of the legendary Noel Gallagher and Portishead as well as newly-risen stars like art rockers Alt-J and The Vaccines.

Other musical maestros include Badly Drawn Boy, performing his album The Hour of Bewilderbeast in full, Manic Street Preachers, The Vaccines and Jon Hopkins.

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Warning over legal highs - Credit: James Bass

Natasha Haddad, music curator, said: 'We are so lucky here that the audience are up for discovering new things.

'Portishead are a big deal for us as we have been wanting them to come for so many years.

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'Alt-J will be really nice as well because they have grown up through the festival.

'If I was to recommend one act to go and see it would be Leah Bridges.

'She is a soul singer who is up-and-coming at the moment.

'She is just so heartwarming and happy.'

Over the past decade the festival, held at Henham Park, near Southwold, has become known for the breadth of its arts offering and this here will be a variety of theatre, dance and comedy acts to cater for every taste.

Heading the comedy bill are Jason Manford, Jon Richardson and David O'Doherty. They will be joined by Shappi Khorsandi, Alan Davies and Marcus Brigstocke.

In the poetry arena there will be performances from children's favourite Michael Rosen as well as punk poet John Cooper Clarke and Simon Armitage.

Other highlights include Cornish theatre company Kneehigh, Paines Plough and a live performance from the National Theatre.

While the festival has attracted some of the biggest bands around to Suffolk it is also renowned for bringing some of the top academics and speakers to the festival.

This year will see left-wing writer Owen Jones, musician Frank Turner, director Richard Curtis and comedian Ruby Wax all give talks.

There will also be a series of discussions on neuroscience, philosophy and nature presented by the Wellcome Trust.

These include talks titled Finding Great Things in Dark Places, Depression: Nature, Nurture and Genetics and Richer Poorer. Festival arts curator Tania Harrison said: 'I think each year we have to come up with something new and progress.

'There are just so many art forms.

'I think this year one of the things I am excited about are the Wellcome Trust talks which were such a success last year.

'I think it is a big deal to do things like that at a festival and I think that it is only at Latitude that we can do that.'

Latitude Festival starts on Thursday, July 16, and runs until Sunday, July 19.

For the full line-up and more information visit http://www.latitudefestival.com/line-up

For 15 bands not to miss at Latitude see tomorrow's Event section

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