The brand new Latitude festival takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk, from 14-16 July. Snow Patrol, Antony & The Johnsons, and Mogwai headline with The Lemonheads, The Zutons, Mercury Rev, Regina Spektor, Giant Drag, British Sea Power, Patti Smith and Jose Gonzalez also confirmed. Click here for the full lineup.
But Latitude aims to be much more than just 'bands on stages' with loads of weird and wonderful stuff going on over the weekend. Comedians, magicians, performance artists, interactive shows, burlesque areas, authors and thinkers are just a few of the ingredients you'll find - and unlike other festivals the madness will go on all through the night!
Organisers have now revealed full details of a revolutionary Film & Music Tent - probably the best programmed tents not following follow the basic back-to-back bands formual that VF has ever come across.
There will of course be music, but not in the traditional sense. Mystery Jets will perform a rare acoustic set, Absentee will play a score to their favourite film, and the Memory Band will re-soundtrack cult film The Wicker Man as the sun comes up - bound to be a highlight of the weekend.
Plus there will be a themed 'Bastille' night to celebrate the 'New French Revolution' of electronica, a 'monsters and geeks' party where artists and performers will be dressed up, and a closing bash featuring some truly alternative performances.
The venue will be a huge draw for music film buffs, with around half the weekend dedicated to films, rockumentaries and animation shorts. Subjects include The Libertines, Kasabian, UNKLE, the rise of grime, and the New Cross Scene.
If that's already enough to whet your appetite then snap up your tickets here. Otherwise read on for the full programme...
FILM AND MUSIC TENT
...presented by the Halloween Music And Film Club and Noise Of Art
Hotel Motel brings Mulholland Drive glamour and brandishing a love of classic, stylish pop and big synth sweeping torch songs to the tent.
Zan Lyons described as ‘the future of music’ re-soundtracks Ridley Scott’s, Blade Runner.
The Dirty Fan Mail show a collection of letters written to porn stars, described by Time Out as ‘hilarious, tragic and oddly moving’..
A whole day of short music documentaries highlighting the current creative surge in the UK music scene, interspersed by bands and performances connected with those films screening.
F*ck The Police (Anne McCloy) looking at The Libertines and Pete Doherty’s infamous Teesdale Road E2 house parties.
As Angry As Me (Tom Sheehan) an in depth look at anarchist art punks Selfish Cunt.
Clubfooted (Owen Oppenheimer) features Kasabian filming a video in Eastern Europe – like Spinal Tap never happened as the trials and tribulations of video-making is exposed in all it’s glory!
The Man From Unkle (Lucius Yeo / Belen Bueso Alberdi) looks at Hip Hop collective UNKLE and its founder James Lavelle.
On The Road With Mystery Jets (Sarah Sea / Fay Milton / Kai Fish) a mini-feature documenting the Eel Pie Revue Tour following Mystery Jets across five weeks in November and December 2005.
Rocklands parts one & two (Ben Blaine / Chris Blaine) a look at the New Cross indie explosion featuring early sitings of Bloc Party and Art Brut.
Thrown In & Spat Out (Lucia Helenka / Troy Miller) an epic overview and recent history of Hackney’s grime scene featuring Roll Deep, Dizzie Rascall and a host of newcomers.
Heavy Metal Jr (Chris Waitt) features mini-moshers forming a metal band, with Dad as manager - the real School of Rock!
SXSW (Sarah Sea / Fay Milton) a hot-off-the-press look at this year’s Texas music festival as our two filmmaker protagonists hot-foot it around town blagging into gigs and parties.
Rock n Roll Suicide (Nathan Evans) performer Nathan will be elsewhere at Latitude with his Puppetry of the Pops but you can see his very special David Bowie puppet video.
Christmas In Huddersfield (Peter Spence) is the little known but true story of The Sex Pistols performing live at a children’s party at Christmas 1977 – the last time the band with Sid Vicious performed on British soil.
Finisterre a beautifully shot and edited homage to London presented and scored by Saint Etienne.
The day long programme features performances from bands and artistes connected with the films on show, bringing to life what’s happening up there on the silver screen:
Mystery Jets playing a rare acoustic set.
Methodist Centre full time civil servants and part time punks signed to Selfish Cunt's label.
All In One one of East London’s fast rising rappers and former Roll Deep guest.
Bolt Action Five currently wowing the masses on the New Cross and Lewisham local scene.
Bastille Celebration of the 'New French Revolution'
Inspired by the vibrant electronic music scene in Paris, Noise of Art have decided to open their Latitude festivities with a celebration of what the dance music press is calling the New French Revolution. Sets come from Young Parisian beat-maker Sebastian, Ed banger labelmate DJ Feadz, Paris’ hot new female rapper Uffie, progressive rockers Kafka, French/German duo Noblesse Oblige, and DJ/music journalist extraordinaire Ben Osborne.
Underground and Psychedelia
A celebration of underground and leftfield music and the artistes and performers who’ve carried on against adversity to plough their way through barriers and problems to both critical acclaim but also often to obscurity.
The Devil and Daniel Johnson (Jeff Feuerzeig) is this year’s Sundance hit and box office smash that documents the troubled but genius life of singer songwriter Daniel Johnston, a favourite of Kurt Cobain.
Jandek On Corwood (Chad Freidrichs) documents the world's most reclusive musician who makes “JD Salinger look like Britney Spears”.
They'll Have To Catch Us First a screening looking at the promos made by Domino Records since their tenth anniversary in 2003, featuring Artic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Archie Bronson Outfit.
Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies join forces with visuals tour-de-force SeaBuzzard to create a big band audio-visual improvised set.
F’eatre presents Je T'Aime Serge Gainsborough an exploration of the life of the late, great Serge Gainsbourg, bringing to life his music and lyrical genius. The show features songs performed by a group of stunning musicians alongside a selection of film clips and videos.
Frank Turner former Million Dead man playing Billy Bragg inspired anti-folk.
The Former Bullies acoustic lo-fi sounds, faves of Evan Dando, Jeffrey Lewis and Scout Niblett.
Scary Monster and Super Geeks
Dancefloor mayhem with a proper line up of cutting edge electronic music, the artists will be rolling in with performers dressed as disco dancing werewolves, body popping vampires and test tube toting techno nerds. Performances will include live bands and DJs playing with films that range from 19th century reality TV, to mechanical biscuit factories and early horror films. Serious beats. Ridiculous fun. Acts confirmed are:
Cagedbaby will build the spire of Frankenstein’s castle whilst he plays!
Spektrum London kings of punk funk
Vector Lovers performing original live electronic music to films made 100 years ago by Mitchell and Kenyon.
DJ Adam Barry who’s supported the likes of Andy Smith (Portishead), Bentley Rhythm Ace and the Scratch Perverts takes to the decks.
Les Hommes Du Train body rocking disco punk.
Temposhark new electroclash show incorporating performance artist Ryan Syles, who has a habit of turning himself into a peacock!
Experiments and Animations
Pulling together a selection of musical and visual experiments.
The Memory Band featuring Adem reworking the soundtrack of cult classic The Wicker Man as the sun rises over Latitude.
Rowan & the Crops Failed Wicker Man-inspired power-folk three-piece. Think early Talking Heads with a nod towards Paul Simon.
Absentee play a set accompanying their chosen film – watch this space!
Little Neemo hymns to disaffection, drunkenness and lost love … a perfect tonic for a lazy Sunday.
15th February (Tim Webb) – post Valentine’s Day hatred
Cowboys(Phil Mulloy) – long before Brokeback Mountain came these cowboys!
Dad's Dead (Chris Shepherd) – Powerful story about growing up in 1970’s Liverpool.
Miles From Anywhere (Gary Carpenter) – textures and shapes from our pavements and pathways.
Perpetual Motion In The Land Of Milk And Honey (Al + Al) extreme CGI deconstructing everything from Britney Spears’ Toxic promo to Hollywood action films.
Rabbit (Run Wrake) a scary story using 1950’s children’s book stickers.
Who I Am And What I Want (Chris Shepherd / David Shrigley) followed by a retrospective of Shrigley’s other animated work including his groundbreaking videos for Blur and Bonnie Prince Billy.
In The Wake Of Deaddad (Andrew Kotting) a powerful reflection on the recent death of his father using colossal inflatable tombstone shaped structures.
Turning The Evening Pink!
Nathan Fake performs with specially commissioned live visuals.
A Man Called Adam performing their live music and visual work ‘Hooked On Classical’.
Crazy Girl rude, crude electronic rock & roll backed by self created animations.
Two Dollar Bash country, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll and swing.
Overlap performing visuals as well as collaborating with other acts throughout the weekend.
James Priestly vs Ben Osborne ten paces DJ duel off!
Then you might want to get some sleep!