Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals will be headlining the 3 day festival along with sets from The Maccabees, Hot Chip, Alt J, Jessie Ware, James Blake, Calexico, Laura Muvula and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. These are just a few of the amazing bands that will be playing throughout the weekend of the 18th-21st July at Latitude Festival 2013 and one of you could win your wedding there……………yes really, your whole wedding! That’s not a bad line up for your evening entertainment is it!?
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On Tuesday night Festival Brides was invited to the launch party of Latitude Festival 2013 held at the iconic BBC Maida Vale studios in London. Not only was the night broadcasting live on BBC 6 Music and hosted by DJ legend Steve Lamacq but it was also the night that Festival Republic were announcing their line up for 2013. A line up that you and your guests could be rocking, dancing, singing, screaming, laughing and jumping too if you enter our competition to Win Your Wedding at Latitude Festival!
As you can imagine, Kelly and I rocked up feeling a little bit excited (ahem – ok maybe alot!) I’d like to say we were both cool as a cucumber about the whole thing but lets face it, that would be a lie! Being huge fans of music, visiting Maida Vale Studios was a bit of a special moment for us and I for one was in awe of it’s 1960’s retro style and shiny appearance! When Steve Mason began to play his short but inspirational set I really began to understand the magic of Maida Vale and felt very privileged to be there.
Melvin Benn, Founder and Creator of Latitude Festival said ‘Latitude is the festival to copy’ and with an eclectic bill of not just music but theatre, art, poetry, film, dance and comedy….we have to agree with him!
“As it enters the eighth edition, Latitude is now firmly established as the most artistically ambitious event in the UK summer calendar, with a line-up that goes from strength to strength each year. We’re delighted to welcome the forefathers of electronic music, Kraftwerk, to Latitude with their 3-D show who, along with Bloc Party and Foals, will headline an incredibly strong music programme that already includes some of 2013’s hottest acts. As always, however, music is just part of the experience, and our eleven arts arenas will play host to a selection of comedians, theatre companies, poets, writers and other performers that really do make Latitude much more than a music festival.”
Bloc Party, Kraftwerk (with their highly celebrated 3-D concert – you will all get 3D glasses!) and Foals will be headlining Latitude’s infamous main stage, the Obelisk Arena. Other special appearances across the music stages include exclusive UK festival performances from the heroes of the Tex-Mex sound Calexico, the sonically adventurous sister act, CocoRosie, and the only 2013 UK live show from dancefloor favourites Hot Chip and Mark Lanegan Band. Joining them with Latitude exclusive performances will be band of the moment, Rhye, whose slinky, sensual R&B pop is currently bewitching tastemakers, the transfixing The Tallest Man on Earth, one of 2013’s most intriguing and sort after electronic acts Sohn, Brooklyn garage-maestros Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ever-evolving indie legends Yo La Tengo.
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In addition to these exclusives will be unmissable sets from Grammy-nominated Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate, Brighton indie darlings and NME Award Best Album winners The Maccabees, 2013 Brit nominee Jessie Ware, cult-status chanteuse Cat Power and electronic auteur James Blake.
This year Latitude will also be entering into an exciting new partnership with BBC Radio 6 Music, naming the second stage as the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage. 6 Music are the godfathers of alternative music so this is where I am going to be for most of the weekend! Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House; Portland’s greatest musical exports, indie-rock stalwarts Modest Mouse; and Mercury Prize-winning Alt-J are all headlining. Other acts set to play include math-rock maestros Everything Everything, the girl currently on everyone’s lips, soul singer Laura Mvula, plus visually theatrical Swedish synth-pop duo IAMAMIWHOAMI and garage-rock perfection from White Denim both with UK festival exclusive performances; along with adventurous folk artistry from Villagers and much, much more.
But as Melvin said, music is just half the story! In addition to the music bill, Latitude offers an unrivalled selection of innovative arts programming, with a line-up that reads like a virtual walk through the culture pages of a Sunday newspaper. Eleven dedicated arts arenas, stages and spaces will offer performances from a spectacular mix of artists across comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature, poetry and cabaret.
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Daniel Kitson will bring six performances spread over four different shows to Latitude 2013. Writer and performer Kitson will be appearing across Latitude’s arts arenas throughout the weekend. In the Theatre Arena he will present two performances of his current tour show After the Beginning. Before the End. The same venue will also play host to the first previews of a brand new theatrical work. Meanwhile, the Poetry Arena will see Kitson joining forces with big balled mega legend musician Gavin Osborn for a one off performance of Lucinda Ding and the Monstrous Thing, a forty five minute adventure ballad poem ballad from the long-time collaborators. Finally, the Film & Music Arena will host the first ever public screening of It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later, a concert film of the show by the same name recorded last summer in Manchester and followed here by a Q&A session with Kitson and the film maker, Ewan Jones Morris.
If you love theatre, literary, dance, performance and poetry then Latitude’s 2013 line up will blow you away!
The legendary Germaine Greer will be presenting a discussion on The Disappearing Woman and Jonathan Cainer will show exactly why he remains one of the world’s most popular astrologers, expect to be riveted! Co-creator of The League of Gentlemen Jeremy Dyson (are you local at all!!?) and Robert Ince (with his much loved Book Club) will also be appearing.
One of my all time favourite playwrights and poets, Carol Ann Duffy will be appearing in the Poetry Arena alongside Murray Lachlan Young, Scottish Poet Laureate Liz Lochhead and Sonic youth songwriter and poet Thurston Moore. In the Theatre Arena, The National Theatre Wales’ and Neon Neon will be presenting Praxis Makes Perfect – an exciting and unique collaboration set to blur the boundaries between pop gig and theatre perfromance. On the stunning Waterfront Stage, Sadlers Wells present the first full length dance show ever to be taken to a festival from award-winning flamenco dancer, and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Rocío Molina. Rocio Molina has quickly established herself as one of the most important choreographers and performers at the forefront of flamenco so this dance show is something you will not want to miss.
Latitude’s Cabaret and Live Art line-up will offer up a feast of delights for lovers of the alternative arts, with a menu that runs from raucous fun to thought-provoking and daring performance. Carnesky’s Tarot Drome will be specially recreated in new form leading Latitude’s decadent Saturday night extravaganza. Leading London comedy and variety club Boom Tish Cabaret will curate their own programme of small but beautifully formed performance and the irreverent, fabulous and multi-talented Boogaloo Stu asks the audience to record a pop song, make a badge or play a parlour game. Fancy Chance will be hanging around in a red light booth that walks and hanging by her hair and Flabbergast Theatre will bring their sell-out Smash Boris and Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure to the Literary Salon, featuring bunraku puppetry, character comedy and improvisation of the highest calibre.
The first confirmed Late Night DJs are Guilty Pleasures for Friday night. Buttoned Down Disco, the largest indie dance party in the UK, coming to Latitude from Koko to rock the Saturday night, armed with ace music and glitter cannons! Trans-party collective Sink The Pink will be channelling some trendy East London realness at Latitude this year and Pandora’s Playground wouldn’t be the same without Festival Brides favourite DJ Disco Shed pumping out big tunes until the small hours.
I could go on and on about all the amazing performances that will be taking place at Latitude Festival 2013 but I think I may actually burst! Festival Republic have quite literally pulled together the crème de la crème of the music and arts industry and placed them all in Henham Park for a weekend of amazing entertainment!
All tastes in music and the arts have been catered for and I guess that’s why it couldn’t be more perfect for a couple to celebrate their wedding day – there is so much for you and your guests to explore! If your guests want to rock out to some amazing bands they can! If they would prefer to listen to poetry or watch some amazing dance performance they can! It will be the best wedding entertainment EVER! Whoever enters our competition to Win Their Wedding at Latitude Festival could be having a festival wedding that’s going to be a fantastic assault on all their senses!
Click here for full details on all the acts that will performing at Latitude Festival 2013
If you would like to see all these acts, get married in Latitude’s woodland, receive 20 FREE VIP tickets and have the following amazing suppliers providing aspects of your wedding then click here to enter our Latitude Wedding Competition!
- A personalised wedding ceremony by One Life Weddings in the woods
- Wedding reception, party and camping in a private area at Latitude
- Photography by award winning wedding photographer Chris Barber
- Bespoke wedding cake by Brighton chocolatier Choccywoccydoodah
- Bouquets and floral installations by East London florist to the stars Rebel Rebel
- Videography by Super 8mm geniuses Shutterbox Films
- 20 free VIP weekend tickets to Latitude (additional guests will be able to upgrade to VIP tickets for the price of standard)
- Plus many more to be confirmed!!
This prize is EPIC people!!!! We can’t wait to chose a winner and make their dream festival wedding a reality!
For more information on how to enter please click here
For information on Latitude Festival Tickets click here.
Happy Festival Friday!
Festival Brides xx