Within deep forests filled with enchantment, meadows grazed by brightly colored sheep, giant flowers towering over walk ways, and the splashes of children playing wildly in a nearby lake. . . Latitude festival is more than just a music festival, it is temporary wonderland- a psychedelic Garden of Eden, if you will.
Notice: Latitude Festival 2020 is cancelled
Latitude Festival Lineup
As one of the United Kingdom’s favorite festivals, Latitude encompasses and delights all the senses for one weekend every year (July 16th-19th for 2020) in Henham Park near Southwold in Suffolk, England.
Latitude Festival is most highly regarded for it’s ability to secure many musical geniuses such as Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J, Snow Patrol, Florence and the Machine, and Portishead.
Their fine selection of crowd-pleasing musicians combined with their marvelously displayed stages make for an outstanding musical experience.
Latitude Festival Lineup 2019
The 2019 has brought in a myriad of quality names to their list. From Snow Patrol to George Ezra, the list is long, sow have a look below for the list yourself:
Latitude Festival Lineup 2018
The 2018 festival in Henham Park has some top music headliners such as The Killers, Solange, Alt J. More headliners include: Rag’N’Bone Man, The Vaccines, and more in the list below. Other lineups not involving music can be found in the Latitude Festival website.
More than another UK Music Festival
Having won the UK Festival award for Best Line-up (2013), it isn’t just musical extraordinaires that Latitude impressively and continuously brings to the table; Latitude Festival brings in top-notch poets, comedians, authors, and artists. They have featured comedians like Bill Bailey and best-selling authors like Irvine Welsh.
With tons of different workshops, meditations, inspirational talks, yoga, and much more, there will always be something to peak your curiosity. All of this in combination with the beautiful natural surroundings gives Latitude Festival the ability to also be a very relaxing, and meditative festival (unlike most music festivals we know of).
A Family Friendly Festival
Did we mention that Latitude is family friendly? Complete with a fun-packed kids area and outstanding family camping, both Mumsnet and The Telegraph voted it #1 in Best Family Festivals- a Neverland for dreamers of all ages!
A Top July Music Festival in the UK
Besides, where else you are going to be able to see brightly colored, rainbow sheep in 2018? Latitude is an other worldly creation of the imagination and spirit; it is sure to provide you with an experience of a lifetime, and spoon feed you more fun than you will know what to do with.
See your dreams come alive this summer in a temporary Wonderland- Latitude Festival.
If you wish to camp in a less crowded, more tranquil area, you can ask the staff at the gate upon entering where to go and they will point you in a less-populated direction.
All of the campsites come with toilets, watering holes, and fire towers, but If you are in need of an evening shower, there are showers in the family campsite open 24 hours. Also, it is recommended to tie a flag or something memorable to your tent- it’s not uncommon to drunkenly wander into the wrong tent (at the wrong time).
2# The Loo
Aside from normal toilet advice, like to bring hand sanitizer and protective footwear, it is often advised to invest in your experience. Although Latitude Festival is great at attending their bathrooms (once every hour and half, which is fantastic), they also provide the option to pay for pristine, exclusive toilets that are promised to be light, clean, and refreshing.
3# Bringing Kids
Many parents underestimate the vastness of the park and highly regret not preparing for the amount of walking they will inevitably have to do. For this, many spend their final day of the festival nursing their aching back from carrying children. The best advice here is to bring a buggie, stroller, or even a little wagon to pull the little tots around in; save your back for the dance floor!
What to Do
If you are deciding on whether or not to stay in the Suffolk Coast area for a while longer than the festival, you should; there are a good number of things to see and do.
If you are still craving some fun and adventure, you can check out Pleasurewood Hills theme park. On a more peaceful hand, you can unwind at the Outney Meadow Reserve Campsite, or, if you are interested in history and culture, you can visit either the Aldeburgh Museum or the beautiful St. Edmond’s church.
Where to Stay
Tens of thousands of people attend Latitude Festival every year, so it is important to plan out where you are going to stay ahead of time since accommodations tend to fill up.
The most popular place to stay at the festival is at the festival itself! Latitude Festival is known for it’s fantastic forest camping. There are several different camping styles to choose from, and you can purchase a camping permit right along with your ticket.
If you would like to get away during the night and stay somewhere superb and comfortable, you can find and book many great places near Henham Park.
If you find yourself peckish within the festival, there are many choices to choose from. However, it is festive to get a taste of the local food;
in 2017, they are bringing you a collective of local street vendors called Feast on the Street, where you can find an abundance of local food, such as cheese croquettes at England’s very own Blixen.
If you are looking for food outside of the festival, delectable fish and chips can be found at The Little Fish and Chip Shop in Southwold, or, you can check out the meaty sausage roll with chutney at No. Fifty One Cafe (also in Southwold) comes highly recommended.
How to Get There
Norwich International Airport is going to be the closest airport to the action, and there are even flights from major cities in the United Kingdom.
From the airport, you can take taxi (quick 20 minute trip) to Norwich city; from there, you can take a number of different means of public transportation to the Southwold area.
Since Latitude Festival is so great, they have arranged stress-free coach pick ups (via Big Green Coach) from over 25 different locations around England (such as Brighton, London, Bristol, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Manchester, end even Norwich).
They will pick you up from your location on Thursday, and drop you back off on Monday, so you can day drink and continue the party without having to worry about driving (hooray!).
Another great thing about Latitude is that they provide Festival Transfer Buses that run to and from both train stations on a regular basis. You can either ride using Diss or Halesworth stations.
Rest assured; if you are renting a car or driving your own, weekend and daytime parking is included in the price of your ticket (however, this is different from campsite permits).
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If you are camping, make sure you know which gate you need to enter through, Red or Green. Henham Park lives between A12 and A145 north of Blythburgh.
From there, you will find many festival signs to help guide you along the way. Make sure to take your potty breaks beforehand, because there is no stopping on the A12 and A145.
A Wee Bit Of Latitude Festival History
Latitude has been one of Europe’s favorite festivals for 10 years running (almost 11). Their first ever event was held in July 2006 with headliners Snow Patrol and Mogwai, and run by Festival Republic (a team with a great reputation, who have also run the Glastonbury Festival).
With four different main music stages (The BBC Radio 6, The i Arena, The Obelisk, and the Huw Stephens Lake Stage) and impressive, crowd-pleasing line-ups throughout all these years, Latitude Festival has continued to gain popularity and has remained a music festival that went far beyond just music- always comprising of comedy, art, theater, poetry, dance, and much, much more.