Latitude 2018: Comedy quiz show QI Live and more performers revealed

QI's Alan Davies and Sandi Toksvig. Picture: BBC

QI's Alan Davies and Sandi Toksvig. Picture: BBC - Credit: Archant

Quiz show QI is leaving the studio for the first time ever for an exclusive Latitude Festival edition.


Sam Lee. Picture: FREDERIC ARANDA - Credit: Archant

Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies will present a unique all-bells-and-klaxons version, specially researched for the festival and featuring a celebrity panel drawn from the cream of talent performing at Henham Park this summer.

Alan said: “Very much looking forward to The Klaxons of Latitude - probably my favourite Dr Who characters.”

Sandi added: “The last time I presented QI Live (at the University of Kent), I was offered the job of permanent host. Can’t wait to see what they come up with this time.”

You’ll also be able to join actor, writer, activist and presenter Sandi for her conversation with the show’s creator John Lloyd. QI captain Alan is among those performing solo too.

Other comedians added to the line-up include Dylan Moran, Marcus Bridgstocke, Nick Mohammed, double Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, satirist Mark Thomas, sketch team Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown, winner of So You Think You’re Funny and the BBC New Comedy Awards Tom Allen, Alex Edelman, Matt Richardson, Best New Comedian on the Fringe 2017 winner Tom Lucy, Sheeps, Desiree Burch, Emma Sidi, Jake Lambert, Jen Brister, Ed Night, Jack Barry, Maisie Adam, Amy Annette, Joanne McNally and Kinetic Comedy.

Adam Buxton will also celebrate 10 years of BUG with a return to Latitude, featuring awe-inspiring music videos, unbalanced YouTube comments and nuggets from the darkest depths of the internet.

Most Read

Mercury nominated folk singer Sam Lee will be doing a special performance of his suite Died for Love with the City of London Sinfonia on the Film and Music stage, featuring ancient tales and tunes collected from his journeys with the gypsy traveller community.

“It’s a unique piece. It’s been the first time full classical arrangements have been worked around folk songs in a way that holds the songs in a sincerely traditional way - it’s not operatic interpretations, in evening dress of folk songs,” said Sam, who’s worked with City of London before.


IAMDDB. Picture: FESTIVAL REPUBLIC - Credit: Archant

“They were really keen to do something that had never really been done before in classical music in that way. It wasn’t very hard in some ways; it was like ‘let’s do it, what are the songs’ and it became clear there was a beautiful theme that could be explored amongst some of that material. It was just a matter of geting an arranger in and bringing together the orchestra.”

Many of the songs are ones he’s collected over the years, travelling the British Isles and Republic of Ireland and meeting the community’s last elders and recording as many songs as possible before they all disappear; many of which have been kept in their families for hundreds of years.

“I don’t go into these concerts with any expectation. I hope people who turn up discover a new way of setting traditional songs that both honour the origins of the songs and their connection to where they’ve come from but also explores the magnitude of which they can be invigorated into being substanial, beautiful pieces of music.”

It’s not Sam’s first time at Latitude.

“I played there once on the Radio 3 stage some years back. I love the vibe, the mixture of performance and music was spectacular and in a beautiful place with lovely audiences as well. I can’t wait to be back there.”

Alex Cameron has been added to the Obelisk Arena line-up, fresh from supporting The Killers on tour. So too is one-man band Jeremy Loops and Irish folk duo Hudson Taylor. The BBC Music Stage gets bigger as BRIT Award nominated RnB singers NAO and The Power Of Love hit-maker Gabrielle Aplin perform.

Rising hip-hop queen IAMDDB headlines the Sunrise Arena off the back of her upcoming sold out solo UK tour. joining her are soul singer Connie Constance, Porches, Phobophobes, Durand Jones and The Indications, post-disco punk threesome The Orielles and late night DJ sets from Object Blue, and Willow.

Know for breaking new talent, The Lake Stage, curated by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens, has grown. This year’s line-up includes indie rocker Bryde, DIY pop-grungers BLOXX, g-folk creator Hak Baker, Husky Loops and more.

Gabrielle Aplin. Picture: FESTIVAL REPUBLIC

Gabrielle Aplin. Picture: FESTIVAL REPUBLIC - Credit: Archant

The Alcove Stage welcomes art-pop trio Caro, producer and artist Malena Zavala, wonky-rockers Francobollo, modern-folk artist Westerman, Nelson Can, Lion, Aaede and Gaffa Tape Sandy.

In the Speakeasy, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd present their award-winning hit podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful. Expect optimism, ideas, special guests and stories of Ed’s failed interactions with inanimate objects; plus Geoff’s interactions with animate ones.

Ed said: “Latitude is a great chance to bring positive, optimistic ideas about making the country better to an engaged audience. And Geoff said we had to do it so he didn’t have to pay for his ticket.”

Jessie Ware’s chart-topping podcast Table Manners will also be live at Latitude, where you will see her chatting to some of the line-up over a meal supplied by a chef extraordinaire – her mum Lennie.

The Speakeasy also sees hip-hop and feminism collide in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s presentation of WOKE; plus spoken word stars Amy Leon Octavia, Jemima Foxtrot, Brigitte Aphrodite, Sarah Bennetto, Harry and Chris and Caroline Bird perform.

On the Film and Music stage, Gizmo Varillas joins the bill fresh from supporting Jack Savoretti on his European tour as well as his own sold-out show at Ronnie Scott’s. Young musicians from youth ensemble Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) and Oxfordshire project Waiting For Smith also perform.

Internationally acclaimed artist Charming Baker will be chatting to Kate Bryan. Following sell-out solo shows at prestigious London and New York galleries, a sculpture collaboration between himself and Sir Paul Smith at the V&A, Charming will also be joining Shoreditch gallery Jealous East to operate a screen-printing hub in the Faraway Forest.

The Latitude bill showcases theatre in its most exciting guises with a range of major shows, ground-breaking pieces and the first glance at works in progress.

Pecho Mama will perform half play, half live concept album Medea Electronica, Oval House present Madi Maxwell Libby’s debut show Massive Sense of Urgency, Bristol Ferment presents Hollering Woman Creek, Rachael Young embraces the cult of Grace Jones in Nightclubbing, Leeds Beckett stage a multidisciplinary performance of Manifesto Move! and The Stephen Joseph Theatre perform Build A Rocket by Chris York.

Latitude Festival returns to Henham Park, near Southwold, July 12-15.