Rufus Wainwright joins Latitude 2012 bill

Multi-talented singer-songwriter for Suffolk festival

Photographer:Al De Perez

Rebecca Laurence - 13 April 2012

Canadian composer and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Rufus Wainwright has been added to the Latitude 2012 bill.

He will take the coveted Sunday afternoon slot in the Obelisk Arena, this year at the slightly later time of 1.00pm. This is to allow for world-famous concert pianist Lang Lang to perform at 12.00pm on the floating Waterfront Lake Stage. It means each performer can play with no competition from any other artist.

Celebrated musician Rufus Wainwright was born into a musical dynasty, the son of folk singer, Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. Learning to play the piano from the age of six, Rufus began touring with his mother and aunt's group, The McGarrigle Sisters & Family from the age of 13. The group also featured his sister, Martha Wainwright, also now an established solo artist.

Rufus Wainwright has released several critically-acclaimed albums, including 'Poses', 'Want One' and 'Want Two'. His new album, 'Out Of the Game' is set to take a pop-infused turn. It is produced by Mark Ronson and will be released on May 1.

Previous acts to play the Sunday afternoon slot at Latitude include Thom Yorke, Joanna Newsom, Tom Jones and Scala and Kolacny Brothers.

Watch Rufus Wainwright play 'The Art Teacher' live:


Latitude 2012 will be headlined by Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller. The line-up also features Metronomy, Janelle Monae, White Lies, Laura Marling, Richard Hawley, Bat For Lashes, Wild Beasts, The Horrors, Simple Minds, Explosions In The Sky, M83, Lana Del Rey, Alabama Shakes, SBTRKT and Yeasayer.

Latitude 2012 will be held at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk on 13-15th July 2012.

Check out the full Latitude line-up.

Standard campsite ticket: £175 + £8 booking fee. Weekend child ticket (5-12 years): £5 + £1.50 booking fee.

Click here to buy Latitude tickets.


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