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Latitude Festival: What to watch, what to eat and where to explore at this year's event

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Nestled within the Suffolk coast, in the surrounds of Henham Park, Latitude Festival is not one to miss.

From music, dance, comedy, family activities and wellness, there really is something for everyone. Whether you go full-on festival diva, or prefer to stick to the sidelines, Latitude is the festival for you.

But what is there to do at the popular festival? Where should you eat? Where should you get your douse of comedy on the weekend of July 21?

Latitude returns this month
Latitude returns this month

Here is all you need to know ahead of the event.

What to watch?

An extensive and excellent line-up is headlined by Lewis Capaldi, Foals and Snow Patrol.

Scotsman Capaldi will take to the Obelisk Arena stage on Friday night, with Indie band Foals headlining the Saturday night slot. It is not the first time Foals have played Latitude, having previously featured in 2013.

Snow Patrol will close the festival on Sunday night, following in the footsteps of Bastille and The Chemical Brothers.

Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi

Elsewhere in Henham Park, Example, who will release his eighth studio album later this year, and James Arthur will both be playing the Obelisk Arena on Saturday.

Popular Indie band Fontaines D.C. will be playing the BBC Music Introducing Stage on Sunday.

Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has been dedicated to discovering and supporting new artists.

Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol

Providing budding artists with the opportunity to perform at major festivals, it is not one to miss.

Another artist featuring on the BBC Sounds Stage is ‘writer, talker, thinker, daughter’, Bessie Turner.

Bessie is a singer-songwriter based in East Anglia who has been attending Latitude since she was 13, before headlining the festival in 2018.

Influenced by artists such as Lauryn Hill and Dionne Warwick, Bessie’s style is eclectic and distinctive. It is this uniqueness - in both her personality and her style - that sets her apart and makes her the perfect headliner for the BBC Sounds Stage.

Latitude Festival in Henham Park. Picture: Festival Republic
Latitude Festival in Henham Park. Picture: Festival Republic

What to eat?

The Hothouse is an al fresco restaurant tucked under a reconstructed polytunnel, re-imagined as a French Brocante.

The Hothouse offers table service and an extensive menu sourced from five local producers.

Julia’s Lobster Truck: Irish seafood is at the heart of the little blue truck, with Julia cooking delicious food, to order, in front of her customers.

Alpine Pizza: The Alpine Pizza Company takes pride in its freshly made passata, hand-stretched dough and locally sourced produce - all of which are enhanced even further by being stone-baked in their wood-fired oven.

Ceylon and Beyond: Renowned for their Sri Lankan favourites, Ceylon and Beyond believe that food is medicine, both for the body and the soul.

Lilith’s: Born from a passion for vegan food and grown from their small market stall, Lilith’s offers up plant-based spin-offs of our nation’s favourites.

That Mexican Stall: Offers a spin on the classic burrito, served alongside nachos enlivened with hot salsa and fresh chillies.

Latitude has also teamed up with Street Feast, so expect a huge range of options from a variety of exciting and diverse traders.

The food at Latitude Festival is worth the wait. Picture: Festival Republic
The food at Latitude Festival is worth the wait. Picture: Festival Republic

Where to explore?

Paddleboard Yoga

If you have ever been intrigued by paddle boarding, what better place to give it a go than in the beautiful surroundings of Latitude.

Island Feather Paddleboard Yoga & Mindfulness involves performing a sequence of yoga poses on a 10-foot paddle board to reap the rewards of feeling totally free.

Practising yoga on one of Henham’s most picturesque lakes will not only engage your mind, but also your core - a must if you want to be dancing into the night.

Whilst flowing through yoga poses - from downward-facing dog to child’s pose - the session will take you through the sounds around you and the sensation of breathing, helping you to let go of any negative thoughts to create space for a clear and calm mind, ensuring the best festival experience possible.

Lake swimming

Weekend ticket holders will be able to book a morning adventure swim before the main acts take to the stage.

SwimTrek are offering lake swimming packages, for the fully supported 2km adventure lake swims each morning.

While all swimming abilities are welcomed, they recommend a wetsuit for those not used to lake swimming in less than 17°C.

Latitude Festival takes place between July 21 and July 24. Picture: Festival Republic
Latitude Festival takes place between July 21 and July 24. Picture: Festival Republic

Where to have a laugh?

The Comedy Arena

With one of the biggest comedy line ups in the UK, the Comedy Arena is guaranteed to add to your festival experience.

Taking the headline slot is critically acclaimed comedian Russell Howard, who stops off at Latitude fresh from his world tour.

In a brand new partnership with the UK’s longest-running comedy contest, 'So You Think You’re Funny', Latitude will also showcase 2021 winner Omar Badawy, as well as many more well-known comedians such as Lily Phillips and Live at the Apollo star Maisie Adam.

There will be plenty to enjoy for festival-goers. Picture: Emily Marcovecchio/Festival Republic
There will be plenty to enjoy for festival-goers. Picture: Emily Marcovecchio/Festival Republic

Reporting by Zoe Hardy