Acclaimed director Mike Figgis added to this year’s Latitude Festival line-up

Film director Mike Figgis will speak at Latitude this year.

Film director Mike Figgis will speak at Latitude this year. - Credit: PA

Academy award nominated film director Mike Figgis is the latest name added to the line-up of this year’s Latitude Festival.

The boundaries challenging writer and composer will discuss his extensive and varied career which includes movies like Leaving Las Vegas, One Night Stand and The Loss of Sexual Innocence.

He’s one of several new additions.

Sadler’s Wells will present The BBC Young Dancer of the Year Grand Finalists and comedians Joe Wells, Tom Allen and Matt Rees will perform.

Sheffield Doc/Fest stage a Q&A with Georg Holm and Orri Pall Dyrason from Sigur Ros, whose film score is used in The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals which will also be presented by the Shefield Doc/Fest this year. Director and visual artist Doug Aitken’s Station to Station will also be shown.


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Music-wise, Gavin Osborn showcases songs from his third album, Come on folks, Settle Down. Also performing will be twice Grammy-nominated Amy Dickson, who made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award plus Alabama 3, who provided the theme tune to The Sopranos.

Joining the cabaret line-up is The Soho Theatre, presenting Penny Arcade, Panti Bliss, Le Gateau Chocolat, Twisted Loaf, Paul Currie, Rhys Nicholson and Lou Sanders.

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Directors Gemma Fairlie and Neil Bettles have joined forces to create new performance company Light the Fuse. Full Stop is it first production and the company joins Pandora’s Playground at Latitude this year.

Finally there’s Tate Worlds: Surrealist inspired Minecraftathon.

Part Minecraft buildathon, part surreal club night, step into a digitally-powered world where animated visuals created in Minecraft and inspired by surrealist artworks from the Tate collection, will provide the backdrop to an evening of music and making.

A team of Minecraft experts will also be live on stage building Latitude’s very own dream landscape with contributions from the audience.

Latitude runs from July 16-19 at Henham Park, Southwold. For the rest of today’s additions, visit http://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/latitude

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