Latitude 2012 announces line-up

The seventh edition of Latitude, the UK’s favourite multi-arts festival, which takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk from 12-15th July, announced the headline line-up for 2012 last night at an event at Century in central London.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic and Founder and Creator of Latitude festival revealed that Bon Iver, Elbow, and Paul Weller to headline Latitude Festival 2012

World famous concert pianist Lang Lang was also announced as the festival’s special guest, with Wild Beasts, The Horrors and White Lies lined up to headline the festival’s The Word Arena. Special appearances are also confirmed from Bat For Lashes, Simple Minds, Laura Marling, Buena Vista Social Club, Metronomy, SBTRKT, Janelle Monáe, Amadou & Mariam and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Latitude’s equally strong bill of comedy, includes exclusive appearances from Jack Dee, BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox and Robin Ince and Reginald D Hunter. Theatre and the arts are represented with productions from the National Theatre, Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe, Sadler’s Wells and Paul Heaton’s The 8th among many others. Poets at the festival in 2012 will include Benjamin Zephaniah, Tony Harrison and Scroobius Pip, while acclaimed authors Siri Hustvedt, Tim Lott, Dylan Jones and Iain Banks will also appear, capping an impressive selection of writers in the Literary Arena.

Melvin Benn commented: “This year’s line-up will once again see Latitude present a bill of sensational artists. Superstar pianist Lang Lang is one of the world’s biggest live and recording artists, and we’re delighted to welcome him to his first ever outdoor festival. Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller are all headliners with outstanding pedigrees, which we’re thrilled to announce. And with artists and companies of the calibre of Jack Dee, The Infinite Monkey Cage, National Theatre, Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe and Tim Minchin all appearing, we’re confident that 2012 will be the best Latitude yet.”