The Verse’s Rachel Bray Previews Latitude Festival, taking place in Henham Park on the 13th to 15th of July 2018
Latitude Festival is a relatively new festival having begun in 2006, where the lineup included acts such as Snow Patrol and Kate Nash. Differing from other festivals such as Reading and Leeds, as alongside the variety of musicians and bands, there is also comedy, art and literature perfomances.
The 2018 music lineup for Latitude features Solange, sister of Beyonce Knowles, as well as Alt-j and Rag’n’Bone Man. Personally, I can’t wait to see how many people belt along to The Killers headlining on Saturday at the Obelisk stage. Besides music, on the comedy stage we have Harry Hill, Angela Barnes and Mo Gillingham, who has gained popularity recently from his co hosting of The Big Narstie Show. If you would like to get some culture into your weekend, there are talks and panels on topics such as the future of healthcare.
Travel and Camping
Located in Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude is attended annually by festival goers from all over the country. In order to cater to this demand there are plenty of travel options, as well as parking available. There are also shuttle buses from the local train station, as well as coaches that collect people from 18 locations around the country, starting at around £30 return. For those who aren’t a huge fan of trying to figure out how to put up a tent for half an hour, you have the option to hire out a pre pitched tent. Or, if glamping is more your thing, sleeping “pods” are also available.
Liftshare is a scheme set up for attendees to share cars together to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint. Their environmentally friendly approach also includes a plastic resell scheme – perfect to make some extra money to pay for food or merch.
As far as reviews go, the festival overall is very popular, with the only big concern being the price of food and drinks – which is expected at any festival – so it may be worth investing in a trangia and a few cans of beans. For extra peace of mind, Latitude has their own security team to ensure everyone’s safety, and they are also working closely with Suffolk police to maximise security. If you look at the website for Latitude, they give you plenty of tips on tricks on how to keep yourself well while enjoying the weekend, which is definitely worth a read if it is your first festival.
The festival is fully accessible, with wheelchair areas and paths, staff to help with getting around the festival effectively, and certain sets with a British Sign Language interpreter, which they have a set list of which available. Tickets available for those with disabilities let them bring two friends for help and support, and a staff member will be assigned to provide an equally enjoyable experience as everyone else.