Mark Ravenhill, Julien Temple, Deap Vally, Splashh, Mick Flannery and The Staves all head to LatitiudeLatitude festival have announced more confirmations for the festival tha brings music, fashion, cabaret, art, dance and theatre to Henham Park this July.
Joining the previously announced Bon Iver, Paul Weller, Elbow, Lana Del Rey, Laura Marling, White Lies, Bat For Lashes and many more are:
Chilly Gonzales who will appear in the Film & Music Arena, Van Dyke Parks and Britten Sinfonia will be performing a special show to coincide with the long-awaited reissue of three of Van Dyke Parks' most visionary albums.
Mark Lamarr is presenting his God’s Jukebox hosting a selection of the finest artists from the worlds of Soul, Ska, Reggae, Country, Gospel and Rap. The first of four fabulous additions to the God’s Jukebox bill is Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly. Los Angeles singer Gizzelle, London rocksteady crew The Delegators, and perennial party starters Big Boss Man.
Stalwarts of the leftfield electronic scene Demdike Stare will also take to the stage in this arena. The duo are known for combining experimental techno, drone and ambient and a range of unusual samples.
Experimental English rockers Sweet Billy Pilgrim will be also be making a welcome debut in the arena tinkering about somewhere between the earthy and the ethereal.
Appearing on the Obelisk Arena will be Irishman Mick Flannery, seven-piece instrumental alchemists Revere, California girls Deap Vally, London’s hottest new band Splashh, The Staves – three sisters from Watford whose gorgeous songs feature sublime vocal harmonies. Twin Shadow and Gross Magic, the alter-ego of spectral newcomer, Sam McGarrigle.
On Friday 13 July, the Film & Music Arena will play host to cast and crew from the hit Olympic-themed mockumentary series Twenty Twelve. Also on the Friday, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan (White Girl, Shame, The Iron Lady) will discuss her career with Edith Bowman in the Literary Salon. On Saturday 14 July, cast and crew from Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat will share their favourite moments from the first series of the popular show. On Sunday 15 July, BAFTA presents a screening of Ill Manors, a British urban musical written and directed by Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B). Innovative short films, including this year’s BAFTA award-winning shorts will screen throughout the festival.
In the first theatre collaboration between Sadler’s Wells, Kneehigh and Theatre Royal Stratford East, extracts from new British Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls! will be performed on the stunning The Waterfront Stage. Also joining the Sadler's Wells line-up is French hip-hop dance crew Serial Stepperz, who showcase house dance, a newer hip-hop dance style, devised from the dance floor and born out of club culture. The popular Graduate Fashion Show is all set to return to Latitude’s waterfront and this year it will be hosted by the ultimate “party boy” Jamie Laing. Mike Viry, one of the main dancers in Street Dance 2 has also been added to the Flash Mob set to ignite on Latitude’s floating stage.
In the Theatre Arena The Gate is proud to present 29 year old Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour's utterly original play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Each new performance of this drama is performed unrehearsed by a single actor, making it a thrilling and unrepeatable experience*.
Joining the line-up for Latitude’s Literary Arena is legendary performance artist, Penny Arcade. At Latitude she will present a revival of Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! the hit show which is equal parts erotic go-go dancing and political provocation.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is coming to Latitude to present what promises to be an unmissable debate, the question will be raised, Theatre: A Place for Protest? Join internationally-acclaimed and RSC Playwright in Residence Mark Ravenhill and former Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Dr Giles Fraser for a lively debate about all things protest.
Meanwhile artist, polymath and genius Leonardo Da Vinci will feature in the Literary Arena as cardiothoracic surgeon Francis Wells will take an in-depth look at his Anatomical drawings. The Wellcome Trust will present curator and author of the Wellcome Trust’s exhibition Marius Kwint, who will discuss the exhibition and book Brains; The Mind As Matter in conversation with Hannah McGill.
Journalist and broadcaster, John McCarthy, Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon during the country’s civil war, returns to the subject of the Middle East with a discussion of his new book You Can’t Hide The Sun: A Journey Through Israel And Palestine.
Chris Thorpe, a founding member of Unlimited Theatre and part of the performance company Third Angel, will bring to his show Inventory to Latitude, a story about the chain of circumstances that led to his house burning down. It's a true story that follows the thoughts and lives of some of the people involved in those events.
And after-hours, joining the line-up for Robin Ince’s Late Night Revolution will be satirical musicians Jonny & The Baptists. Intelligent Life and Psychologies magazine will host a discussion regarding the impact of Facebook, raising the question “Is Facebook doing more harm than good?” Karl James will be at the event to interview the author Tim Lott in the Literary Arena. As director of The Dialogue Project most of Karl’s time is spent helping people think together, negotiating and facilitating conversations when the stakes are high.
In the Comedy Arena Perrier Award-winning Irish stand-up comedian David O'Doherty will be keeping the crowds amused with his new stand-up comedy show Seize The David O'Doherty.
The Film & Music Arena will be screening Don’t Think, a concert film of dance legends The Chemical Brothers’ latest album of the same name. Legendary director of Glastonbury and The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, Julien Temple, brings his time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown London: The Modern Babylon, an epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.
Chris Shepherd is a BAFTA nominated director who, for Latitude will be presenting and showing some short films. East End Film Festival will present El Último Elvis, a film about a delusional Elvis impersonator in Buenos Aires, who sacrifices happiness with his wife and daughter in his unstoppable quest for fame plus an introduction from the Director. Rounding off the weekend’s festivities will be Chinese Elvis.
Latitude’s 2012 theme of Pagan To Occupy will come to unforgettable life in the Pagan Parade as it snakes from The Faraway Forest to the Lake, honouring the Sun God. Created for Latitude by theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, it will abound in fire, flesh and freaks as a tongue-speaking minister leads the way, culminating in the ritual burning of the Wicker-Man upon the lake. The exploration of magic and spiritual worlds will also continue with Silver Sisters and the Silver Threads of Home, The Spirit, The Sorceress and The Soul: three unique women dedicated to answering questions about the greater meaning of life.
Revellers at the Saturday night Hoedown in will also be in for a treat from the history of the Wild West, as the privileged task of decorating The Faraway Forest has been awarded to none other than the latter day alter ego of Annie ‘Get Your Gun’ Oakley Phoebe Ann Moses. Searching for Boudica is the story of the renegade warrior queen Boudica and her defiance in the face of the Roman oppressors has captured the public imagination for two thousand years. Her refusal to be bullied by the decadent ruling class made her a folk heroine in her own time, could she now be a symbol of hope in ours? An audio exploration in The Faraway Forest presented by Art Assembly.
Stylist David Hawkins will be creating one-off stunning couture designs especially for Latitude which will be displayed eerily around the trees in the forest inspired by modern day media witch hunting. Artitude is a collective of artists with a wide range of creative skills. With a passion for Art, expression and education they will be sculpting a Goddess out of willow with the help of festival goers, awaiting Latitude’s devotion.
Dave Arthur will tell stories of mythical folklore for all ages in perfect setting of The Outdoor Theatre. Swing Patrol Tea Dance will get revellers strutting their stuff with Lindy Hop and the like.
After theatrical performances have ended for the day the party continues in The Outdoor Theatre with The Ceilidh Liberation Front who present The Revolution for the Hoedown. Featuring musicians, the CLF combines music dance and a good old sprinkling of theatricals to bring this unique experience to the world. DJ Cowboy Mouth and DJ Danni Rock who will be featuring as part of the Country Fayre. Also appearing will be Sun Of Cash capturing the spirit and sound of the young Johnny Cash when he recorded for “Sun Records” in Memphis - hence the name.
Radio 4 joins the Literary Salon where you can be part of the audience in the recording of BBC Audio Drama North’s new comedy thriller A Little Bit of Latitude. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the writer, cast and crew.
Working With Pinter directed by Harry Burton was made for Channel 4 and is an intimate portrait of Nobel Prize-winning British dramatist Harold Pinter, in which Pinter discusses his life and art with Henry Woolf, his oldest friend and collaborator.
Torycore will be appearing in the Literary Salon, providing festival goers with an interesting combination of politics and death metal. Inspired by a chance meeting with one of the pioneers of Death Metal, this new piece involves a live and loud band, a pounding nihilistic muddy blurring uncoordinated brutal subverbal deathgrowl and George Osborne’s budget speech 2012.
A music beyond protest: Torycore. Do you believe there are no new classic books? Do you think the best sex is literary? Join Emerald Street and Stylist to talk it out in the Literary Salon who will be teaming up with Emma B’s Table Talks to host an evening in the Literary Salon on Thursday. The evening will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming speakers from the literary world plus member of the Stylist and Emerald Street teams.
The latest additions to the line-up for Pandora’s Playground see the brand new graduates of Circus Space present a spectacular demonstration of their newly-honed skills, with juggling, tumbling and trapeze a-plenty. Further mayhem will come from The Bureau of Silly Ideas, who will bring the inspired madness and controlled chaos they create in the UK’s public spaces to Latitude. In the Steampunk world of Clockwork Watch Victorian values collide with anachronistic technology in an immersive story and participatory experience. The narrative is played out across two graphic novels, interactive promenade theatre and live action role-play.
BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction will be bringing a selection of artists for your enjoymentin the Lavish Lounge. On Friday Bristol-based outfit Get the Blessing prove that jazz-rock is no longer a dirty word, Kazakh-born contemporary classical violinist Aisha Orazbayeva performs music for violin and tape including works by Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis and her own collaboration with composer Peter Zinovieff; and Congolese rapper Baloji presents his unique hi-energy blend of hip hop and soukous.
Saturday features Trio Tekke from Cyprus, who fuse traditional rebetika with reggae into a raw style they call reggetika; from the Appalachians of West Virginia via Brooklyn, Black Twig Pickers with their take on the old-time string tradition; and Sam Lee of London’s Magpie Nest collective brings his six-piece band to perform his own highly imaginative interpretations of English folksong. On Sunday there will be a rare solo set from Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier; AU are a virtuosic avant-pop duo from Portland Oregon and recent signing to the Leaf Label.
Latitude - Thursday 12th July – Sunday 15th July 2012 - Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk