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A taste of summer festival fun

PUBLISHED: 08:46 24 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:26 03 July 2010

Festival talent: Disco diva Grace Jones.

Festival talent: Disco diva Grace Jones.

FESTIVAL-goers, it is time to dust off the floral wellies and check the tent for leaks.

The line-up for the Latitude festival was revealed last night and this summer's event will have an electronic Eighties vibe, with headliners Grace Jones and the Pet Shop Boys set to perform on the Henham estate between Beccles and Southwold.

FESTIVAL-goers, it is time to dust off the floral wellies and check the tent for leaks.

The line-up for the Latitude festival was revealed last night and this summer's event will have an electronic Eighties vibe, with headliners Grace Jones and the Pet Shop Boys set to perform on the Henham estate between Beccles and Southwold.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are also top of the bill.

Organisers confirmed that indie rock bands Editors and Doves would also play, although there was no mention of them on the official billing. Indie songwriter Bat For Lashes is also expected to join them.

Over the last few years the event has garnered a reputation as one of the best places to see cutting-edge music, comedy, poetry and theatre.

Tickets for the festival went on sale last night and more than 100 more artists are expected to be announced over the coming months ahead of the event which runs from July 16-19.

Eighties disco icon Grace Jones and electronic dance pioneers the Pet Shop Boys, famous for hits such as It's A Sin, Heart, West End Girls and Always On My Mind,.

And with a full programme of performances from the worlds of poetry, theatre, comedy and literature, Latitude promises to offer much more than just music.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's band of strolling players will be at the festival with a specially commissioned event which will see festival goers able to join them in creating a portrait of William Shakespeare using daisies, dandelions and buttercups while a group of minstrels and actors recite sonnets. The completed 30m portrait will be picked up and floated on the lake on Saturday afternoon.

The National Theatre and The Bush Theatre will also be in attendance, as will The Young Vic and English Touring Theatre which are joining forces to bring to Latitude a new musical by famed playwright Che Walker.

Some of the world's leading companies and choreographers will also be showcasing contemporary, modern dance at the festival.

Hofesh Shechter from Sadler's Wells will be bringing his new piece, The Art of Not Looking Back, and there will also be an outlet for budding dancers to try some moves out for themselves. One of Europe's most dynamic orchestras, the Britten Sinfonia, will also be taking to the stage.

There will be a host of authors and special guests scheduled for the weekend in the literary arena.

The School of Life, a new social enterprise providing good ideas for everyday living, will be bringing specially selected workshops designed to help people live life to the full.

Robin Ince and Stewart Lee are among the comics set to perform and will be joined by the Guardian's Bad Science columnist Ben Goldacre, along with Jo Neary, and Michael Legge.

Also joining the line-up is radio DJ, television presenter and critic Stuart Maconie. Festival goers are invited to enjoy afternoon tea with him and a few of his friends as he discusses and debates the themes of his current book, Adventures On The High Teas in Search of Middle England.

Big names from the world of poetry will also be in attendance. Poet laureate Andrew Motion has been confirmed and will be reading from The Cinder Path and a collection of essays, Ways of Life: On Places, Painters and Poets.

He will be joined by poets such as Brian Patten, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi and Luke Wright.

In the music and film arena, radio DJ and presenter Mark Lamarr will be presenting his BBC Radio 2 show God's Jukebox and writer and documentary film-maker Jon Ronson will be showing film clips and hosting a question and answer session on Stanley Kubrick's Boxes and Ronson's book The Men Who Stare At Goats.

There will also be a cabaret arena and a children's arena where youngsters can enjoy books, art, music and theatre.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Latitude festival organisers Festival Republic, said: “Latitude festival really is a focal point of the summer calendar now, and it's only in its fourth edition. The level of success is fantastic and it never fails to please me that people have embraced it as much as they have.

“Being able to bring together all the different aspects of the music and arts world is a fabulous achievement and it's a commitment that sets Latitude apart from the other festivals around. This year we are excited to announce the involvement of some truly incredible performers and companies that inspire, innovate and entertain. I, for one, cannot wait.”

Tickets for Latitude festival are now on sale. Weekend tickets cost £150 plus booking fees. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £60 plus booking fee. Weekend tickets include car parking and camping. Day tickets include car parking only.

To book, call the credit card line on 0871 231 0821 or visit www.festivalrepublic.com, www.seetickets.com or www.latitudefestival.co.uk

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