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Latitude 2018: MNEK and Richard Ayoade among new additions to Festival line-up

PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 10 July 2018

MNEK previously performed at the Sundown Festival. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

MNEK previously performed at the Sundown Festival. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

Lee Blanchflower

Organisers of a music and arts extravaganza have added further big names to the line-up.

The crowds gathered at the Latitude Festival last year. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELDThe crowds gathered at the Latitude Festival last year. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

With less than three weeks to go until the Latitude Festival returns, the final additions have been announced – including British pop and R&B star MNEK, the much hyped Black Midi and multi-award-winning actor and director Richard Ayoade in conversation with film critic Mark Kermode.

It means more than 500 names will perform across 15 stages – including headliners Solange, The Killers, Alt-J, QI, Harry Hill and Bridget Christie.

Managing director of Festival Republic, and organiser of the Latitude Festival, Melvin Benn at the launch of the Latitude Festival earlier this year.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNManaging director of Festival Republic, and organiser of the Latitude Festival, Melvin Benn at the launch of the Latitude Festival earlier this year. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Thousands of festival-goers are expected to flock to Henham Park, near Southwold for the 13th edition of Latitude Festival, running from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15.

With festival organisers revealing that one further “iconic secret act” is still to be announced, the latest music additions include Deap Vally, Talos, and Bethlehem Casuals. They will join top names including The Vaccines, Wolf Alice, Rag’n’Bone Man, James, Mogwai, Belle And Sebastian, Jon Hopkins, Jessie Ware, The Breeders, and more,

Returning to Latitude, BBC Music presents a range of programming live from the festival. The BBC Music Introducing Stage will be bigger than ever before, and presented by BBC Radio 2 legend Zoe Ball - who will be live on Radio 2 between 3pm and 6pm on the Saturday.

Returning to the Alcove Stage as the sun goes down is Keith Allen Presents, with special guests showcased every evening until the early hours. In the Music and Film Arena in the evening, rising rap star MC Flohio and viral sensation Jimothy Lacoste join Trojan Sound System. The only comedian co-signed by Drake and Stormzy, Mo Gilligan, will take to the stage as will news satirist Jonathan Pie and comedian and presenter Joel Dommett.

Over at The SpeakEasy, champion beatboxer Grace Savage has been announced while Latitude favourite Robin Ince will preview his new Edinburgh show Chaos of Delight. This year’s festival will feature former Labour leader Ed Miliband and documentary maker Reggie Yates.

London’s Street Feast, renowned for transforming disused spaces into unique eating and drinking environments, is coming to Latitude with more than 80 vendors, making it the first major festival to do away with ‘fast food’ and become completely catered by the capital’s street food pioneers.

The first-ever UK Theatre of Food at Latitude Festival sees acclaimed chefs, food authors and culinary gurus explore and explain the forgotten skills of the culinary world.

BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet will be recording a special episode on the Thursday night from 6pm in a secret location, presented by the restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner.

The BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Camper Van will be open from 2pm until 4pm on Friday, July 13 as a drop-in clinic for visitors to put their gardening questions to the experts.

Latitude Festival returns to Henham Park, near Southwold, from July 12 to 15, combining music, theatre, dance, film, comedy, literature and spoken word.

For more information visit www.latitudefestival.com

Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/latitude

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