Festival heaven for: Families who just wanna have fun, thirtysomethings who still like a vibe
This Suffolk festival offers the ultimate cool-but-chill weekend away, with a line-up of adventurous pop and alt rock in an cute setting. It’s a very family-friendly affair and the music programming is artfully mixed up with comedy, poetry, spoken-word, dance and theatre. DJs are hidden in the woods for late night revelry, the famous colourful sheep roam the surrounding fields, and you can wash it all down with a refreshing local ale. We’ll drink to that.
Begun in 2006 and championed relentlessly by the Guardian, Latitude has quickly established itself as Glastonbury’s more introverted, genteel little cousin. Set in a lakeside idyll near the sleepy holiday town of Southwold, its instant success has led to a glut of mini-me boutique festivals springing up across the UK in the past ten years. But while many have withered and died in a swamped market, Latitude’s family-friendly boho vibe, trademark rainbow-dyed sheep and unchallenged rep as a middle-class paradise have ensured its survival. The enlightened-indie music policy – angled just leftfield enough to see the inauguration of a BBC 6 Music stage in 2013 – shares the limelight each year with an impressive bill of cabaret and comedy acts. Only downside: it’s kind of remote transport-wise, almost impossible to get to by any means other than Suffolk cow.