Latitude 2012: Latest names added to festival line-up

THE final additions have been made to the Latitude Festival line-up, including BBC Radio 2 DJ and former Colchester schoolboy, Dermot O’Leary.

The three-day arts extravaganza starts on Friday and thousands of revellers are expected to attend, with the likes of Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller headlining the main stage.

Organisers of the festival, at Henham Park, Southwold, have unveiled the last new acts to entertain across the music, comedy, cabaret, film, theatre, poetry and literary arenas.

Dermot O’Leary will be bringing the Indie Disco from his BBC Radio 2 show back to Latitude, this time to open the weekend’s festivities. The London Contemporary Orchestra has joined the Film & Music Arena line-up.

Fast establishing itself as one of the most innovative and dynamic ensembles on the London music scene, this performance from the LCO showcases music from Steve Reich, Xenakis and Metronomy, followed by a one-off collaboration with a “very special artist” that remains a secret.

In addition to the existing film and television programme, BAFTA will screen innovative short films, including this year’s BAFTA award-winning shorts and the “Me and My Latitude” films in the arena throughout the weekend.

In the Literary Arena, graphic novelists Oliver East, Kyle Platts, Krystina Baczynski will take part in a discussion on the importance of comics within the literary world.

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Latitude also welcomes rising star Nathon Caton to the Comedy Arena, joining the likes of Dave Gorman and Jack Dee on the bill.

A spokesman said: “Excelling in combining both personal, confessional material with up-to-date social and political anecdotes, he has won numerous credits and plaudits over the years.”

On The Waterfront Stage, joining Made In Chelsea’s very own party boy, Jamie Laing, to host the Graduate Fashion Show will be ultra-cool fashion blogger extraordinaire Bip Ling.

While the festival officially opens for business on Friday, there are some “Thursday Night Treats” for early arrivals, including a special event in the Film & Music Arena.

Paul Heaton, of The Beautiful South, and friends will be performing their incredible The 8th, one of the longest songs ever written and a hit at last year’s Manchester International Festival.

See our Latitude section under the entertainment header for full festival coverage.

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