The multi-award-winning Latitude festival returns to the picturesque grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 22nd-25th July 2021 with headliners Wolf Alice Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, Jo Brand Reginald D. Hunter and Simon Amstell topping a diverse bill where music meets the arts in a full on cultural explosion.
Last week cinch presents Latitude announced it would be the first major festival to take place in 2021 and continues to add world-class music and arts names to the bill. Celebrating creativity, diversity and inspirational talent, Latitude Festival adds yet more names to the arts and music stages, transforming Henham Park into the ultimate playground of artistic expression. Weekend and day tickets are on sale from today here.
Joining the jam-packed comedy bill is comedian and presenter Joel Dommett. One of the UK’s most exciting and energetic comedians, Dommett first received critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows and has since been a regular face on TV on shows including I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Extra Camp and the critically acclaimed Comedy Central show Joel and Nish vs the World. Dommett is the co-host of new dating show Singletown and is the presenter of the international smash The Masked Singer.
Joel is joined by Tik Tok star and comedy genius Ania Magliano (one of the writers on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Newsjack and The Now Show), exciting young comedian Bella Hull, Funny Women Awards winner Laura Smyth, New Comedian of the Year and BBC New Comedy Award winner Mamoun Elagab and bearded funny man Raj Poojara who tells tales of his Indian upbringing and life as a British Indian. Across the weekend Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson perform as comedy duo Britney and Rob Carter reveals his hilarious bespectacled author alter ego Christopher Bliss. Co-host of the (one million downloads a week) podcast My Therapist Ghosted Me, the irreverent Joanne McNally also performs stand-up on the hallowed Latitude Comedy stage as does observational and no-nonsense comic Scott Bennett and the ever-popular Arabs Are Not Funny!
cinch presents Latitude’s stunning Waterfront Stage is globally renowned for showcasing the best talent in dance productions and companies. This year marks the beginning of a powerful partnership as Dance East return to the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival to present a diverse programme of world-class dance in all its forms. Here Joseph Toonga presents his new outdoor door dance piece Born to Protest which aims to dismantle presumptions about the Black male figure. James Wilton Dance will also preview The Four Seasons, a stunning dance duet which will link the four seasons of the musical composition of Recomposed by acclaimed pianist and composer Max Richter to the four stages of the universe. Across the festival on the Waterfront stage Tribe // present RISE a piece featuring 5 daring female dancers inspired by the powerful and defiant poem by Maya Angelou, and James Cousins Company present The Secret of Having It All performed by George Frampton and set to a stunning score by Torben Lars Sylvest and spoken word by Sabrina Mahfouz. Arts Canteen celebrates the emotion, drama and passion of flamenco with guitarist Ramón Ruiz and flamenco dancer Lourdes Fernández Menayo who join forces with Attab Haddad and his Ensemble.
Warping the conventions of traditional theatre, Latitude presents an exhilarating theatre programme without boundaries. Mixing humour with parkour, b-boying, tricking, hand-to-hand acrobatics, Cyr wheel and more, Barely Methodical Troupe’s Bromance explores male companionship and its limits. Theatre highlights across the weekend include Belarus Free Theatre, the executive arm of Ministry of Counterculture who will present a workshop, documentary and discussion, highlighting internationalism, and social justice, Silent Faces Theatre who explore permission, patriarchy and pop music in Godot Is A Woman and In Bed With My Brother who present their audaciously anarchic Tricky Second Album live. Mark Thomas also debuts his new show 50 Things About Us combining his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, and mischief to pick through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities. Festival favourites Dash Arts return to the Faraway Forest to present their Forum.
This year cinch presents Latitude is on a mission to get more people drawing, making, connecting and engaging with art with a stunning visual arts programme. At this year’s festival Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith show designers for The Chemical Brothers for over 25 years discuss how they turn audio tracks into an immersive visual experience and renowned artist Darren John whose geometric artworks celebrate the colours & forms of childhood creativity creates an exclusive installation. Across the weekend, cutting-edge ceramic artist Alice Mara hosts a pottery throwing workshop and Edith Pritchett, aka Edith Cartoonist in-house cartoonist for online news channel Tortoise, will teach Latitude audiences how to sketch and London Drawing Group teach us how to get creative.
cinch presents Latitude recently introduced The Listening Post; a whole new stage dedicated to the diverse and creative art form that is podcasts, it became a standout success and returns in 2021 with some of the hottest podcasters around. Here comic, illustrator, former Harry Potter actor and general creative polymath Jessie Cave and actor sister, Bebe, helm a live version of their podcast We Can’t Talk About That Right Now that’s all about speaking their minds and Annie McGrath, is joined by a fellow Latitude comedian-cum-artist draw as they draw or paint together while holding meandering conversations about art, comedy and much else in a live version of Secret Artists.
A rabble-rousing range of established wordsmiths and podcasters who all recognise the power of language to change the world also join the bill. Across the weekend, festival attendees can expect a clarion call to action from Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England, Amelia Womack MP and listen to members of the cross-party Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee as they present findings from their report into The Future Of UK Music Festivals.
Physicist, writer and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski will host a range of events as The Cosmic Shambles Network returns to Latitude, presenting a panel on mental health with Dean Burnett, doctor of neuroscience, and the author of The Happy Brain and British psychologist and epidemiologist Suzi Gage, while Yadvinder Malhi Professor of Ecosystem Science and University of Oxford and Tamsin Edwards, a British climate scientist and lecturer at King’s College London will speak on what we need to do to protect our planet for the future.
Adam Buxton, BUG’s indispensable host, celebrates a return to Latitude with a Supergrass special featuring awe-inspiring music videos and hilariously unbalanced YouTube comments and Mark Thomas presents stories, facts, updates and behind the scenes gossip from the groundbreaking Mark Thomas Comedy Product.
cinch presents Latitude is celebrated for booking eclectic music talent and 2021 takes it to a whole new level with an eclectic range of huge names and trailblazers just added. Scottish foursome The Snuts continue their new music stampede with a Latitude debut on the Sunrise Arena stage. Following a tense chart battle with Demi Lovato, The Snuts recently became the first Scottish band to achieve a UK Number 1 for 14 years with their powerful debut album ‘W.L.’. Expect big noises and a raw, uninhibited, sweat-drenched live performance.
BBC Suffolk have also picked 3 special Introducing Acts to play on the Alcove stage. 18 year old singer songwriter Gaby Rivers is a rising star and brings her upbeat indie pop style music to the festival. She is joined by EL–Emcee, a profound Hip-Hop artist with a chilled, laid back approach to his music and the psychedelic Kyanos.
After dark, cinch presents Latitude comes alive with back to back late night DJs. Nestled deep in the heart of the neon lit Sunrise Arena is a hedonistic line-up of mind blowing electronic talent from across the globe including Alicia, DJ Storm, Riz La Teef, Bailey Ibbs, re:ni, Oneman, Changsie, Eclair Fifi, Eliza Rose, Mr Redley, Slump Sounds, and Ill Evans b2b Noah Tucker. In the Woods also boasts Club de Fromage, Radio 1 and MTV DJ Jack Saunders, Mikey Snooze x Twisted Time Machine and Millie Cotton .
Upping its electronic game even further, cinch presents Latitude adds 3D to the bill. 3D is a collective of iconic producers/DJs Danny Howells, Darren Emerson and Dave Seaman delivering the best in deep house, tech house, techno and everything in between in one massive B2B set.
Now, more than ever, is the time to reconnect with arts and music, reunite with family and friends and recharge with nature, making this year’s festival the most important edition in our 15-year history.