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Latitude 2018: Solange, The Killers, alt-J and Harry Hill among 2018 festival headliners

PUBLISHED: 12:49 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 20 February 2018

Solange. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Solange. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Solange will perform her first ever headline slot at this year’s Latitude, a UK festival exclusive.

The Grammy winning Cranes in the Sky singer was one of several key acts revealed today.

The Killers and festival favourites alt-J will also headline, with Harry Hill Topping the comedy bill.

Harry Hill said, “I like latitude, I like longitude, but which is better? There’s only one way to find out - play the comedy arena at Latitude! I can’t wait!”

• Read more: We catch up with Latitude Festival favourites alt-J and Mogwai, back for 2018

The Killers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED The Killers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Other musical highlights include:

The Vaccines

Wolf Alice

Harry Hill. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Harry Hill. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man


Jon Hopkins

The Charlatans


The Breeders


Bomba Estéreo

Parquet Courts




Fickle Friends

..And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Æ MAK, Alex Cameron, Alfa Mist, Benjamin Clemantine, Black Honey, Boy Azooga, Bruce Clark performing Death Peak Live, Confidence Man, DJ Boring, Éclair Fifi, Fazerdaze, Gang of Youths, Hannah Peel with Tubular Brass, Hudson Taylor, Jacob Banks, Jade Bird, James, Japandroids, Juanita Stein.

Kalyde, La Femme, Marlon Williams, Meggie Brown, Naaz, Nabihah Iqbal, Object Blue, Octavian, OR:LA, Pangaea, Preoccupations, Sam Fender, Sleeper, Sorry, Spinning Coin, Superorganism, Trudy And The Romance, whenyoung and Yellow Days.

Gus Unger-Hamilton, of alt-J, said Latitude had been super important for their career.

They started by playing an afternoon slot on the Lake Stage in 2012 before headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage the next year and two years later headlining the main Obelisk Arena.

“That says everything about how lucky we’ve been and how Latitude has nurtured us. We got that first slot before our first album (An Awesome Wave) came out. They totally took a chance on us and we really appreciate that,” added Gus.

“The last time we played the band came up from London a couple of hours before but I got a lift with my mate in the morning and spent the day watching a few bands. I like all the literature, arts and comedy stuff. I love Latitude as a festival and being from East Anglia myself I feel very proud of it.”

Scottish rockers Mogwai played the first Latitude Festival in 2006.

The band’s Stuart Braithwaite said: “It was one of the first festivals we headlined. It’s grown but it’s not changed for the worse in any way. We last played there in 2014 and I’m really looking forward to going back.”

This year’s comedy, theatre and arts programme is even bigger.

Performers include:

Bridget Christie

Tim Key

David O’Doherty

Jonathan Pie

Where’s The F in News

James Acaster

Abigoliah Schamaun

Angela Barnes

Chortle Student Comedy Awards Finalists

Chris Stokes

Chris Washington

Darren Harriott

David Morgan

Fern Brady

Glenn Moore

Gráinne Maguire

Huge Davies

Jack Gleadow

Jarlath Regan

Jayde Adams

Joe Sutherland

Jon Pointing

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Lauren Pattison

Lazy Susan

Lloyd Griffith

Lost Voice Guy

Lou Sanders, Masud Milas, Mat Ewins, Mawaan Rizwan, Mo Gilligan, Phoebe Walsh, Rhys Nicholson, Richard Todd, Sarah Keyworth, Shappi Khorsandi, Sisters, Steen Raskopoulos, Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates, House Gospel Choir, Bryony Kimmings, AMusical,Mark And Marichka Marczyk’s Balaklava Blues.

Stacey Dooley On The Front Line With The Women Who Fight Back, David Rosenberg and Glenn Neath with Flight, Dom Coyote and We Can Time Travel, Femme Fatale, Highrise with Lil.Miss.Lady, Lyric Hammersmith presents How To Fail At Being Perfect and The Lost Disc, Middle Child and One Life Stand.

Nabokov presents Benin City - Last Night, Nele Needs A Holiday - The Musical, the Push Things Forward Collective featuring Nabokov, Middle Child and Not Too Tame; Recirquel Contemporary Circus present Paris De Nuit, Rosy Carrick and Passionate Machine, Scottish Dance Theatre presents Fleur Darkin - Velvet Petal, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s work in progress No Kids, Hussain Manawer, Modern Love, a panel discussion with Justin Myers and Dolly Alderton; Ross Sutherland, Denim and Nadine Shah.

Also new will be the Street Feast areas and Theatre of Food with cuisine from around the globe.

Latitude Festival returns to Henham Park, near Southwold, July 12-15. Tickets are on sale now.

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