Latitude Festival 2013 preview and BBC 6 Music stage line-up

Latitude Festival 2013One word… Kraftwerk… 3D… Concert! Ok, so that turned into a few words in the end, but you probably get the gist. They’re scheduled to headline the Obelisk Stage on the second day of the 2013 Latitude Festival, so it should be one of the highlights of the weekend. With Bloc Party and Hot Chip also confirmed along with a massive stand-up comedy line up that includes Dylan Moran and Tim Key it makes a good alternative to the likes of Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds festivals.

Latitude also has the added lustre of hosting BBC 6 Music’s festival stage, bringing out the legendary radio station’s musical persuasion into the open night air. Friday night on the 6 Music stage will feature Willy Mason, Modest Mouse and Villagers, with Matthew E. White and alt-j on Saturday and Beach House closing out the headline slot on Sunday.

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Other highlights from the festival’s main Obelisk stage, in addition to Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Hot Chip, include Maccabees, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and the final announcement for the Sunday night special guest. The smaller stages will feature the likes of Friends, Grizzly Bear, Malcolm Middleton, Sweet Baboo and Veronica Falls, as well as a massive amount of new, lesser known bands to check out.

The comedy tents look like they’ll be packed to the rafters too with Sean Walsh, Mark Watson, Sean Lock, Lee Nelson, Marcus Bridgstocke and Josh Widdecombe joining Dylan Moran and Tim Key. Other good shouts include Loretta Maine, who’s bipolar show went down well at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, and the Chortle Comedy Awards.

Randomly, but possibly brilliantly, Neon Neon will be taking to the stage again at Latitude, but on the theatre stage rather than the music stages. Combining up with the National Theatre Wales it’ll be interesting to see what Gruff Rhys et al have got planned.

Latitude Festival will be taking place from the 18th to the 21st July 2013 at Henham Park, Southwold in Suffolk. Tickets are still available ranging from £190.50 for the full weekend to £84.50 for day tickets and £6.50 (apparently) for children’s tickets. Visit Ticketmaster to order tickets.