Latitude Launch

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The Latitude Festival has announced its headliners for this year’s event – Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller.

Trooper that he is, Paul Golder once again volunteereed to attended the festival launch party again on behalf of the station, and spoke to Melvin Benn, the organiser and creator of the festival. Apart from the usual festival goings on, Melvin talks about two new features this year – the monthly Longitude club nights and the Tour de Latitude, charity bike rides in aid of two very worthy charities, Kenyan Orphan Project and Julie’s Bicycle.

As usual there will be hundreds of bands, comedy, film/TV, poetry and literary performers taking part over the four days. Other musical acts will be Bat For Lashes, Metronomy, Laura Marling, Richard Hawley and Janelle Morae.

Classical pianist Lang Lang will be making his first outdoor festival appearance, on the waterfront at 12pm on Sunday, while Professor Brian Cox presents his The Infinite Monkey Cage programme live.

Comedy acts include Robert Ince, Al Murray Jack Dee, Tim Minchin and Reginald D Hunter. As well as new bands there are a number of 80s acts making an appearance including Simple Minds, Thomas Dolby and Dexy’s.

Appearing in the literary tent are Scottish author Iain Banks, graphic novel writer Alan Moore and punk-poet John Cooper Clarke.

The festival takes place from 12 to 15 July at Henham Park, near Southwold. Tickets are available from the official festival site at