Latitude Festival 2016

Unlike the poor Glasto crowd, Latitude 2016 attendees were blessed with brilliant British sunshine for the 2016 edition of the festival. Henham Park in Suffolk was looking its finest for the 11th year of Latitude, a festival which celebrates the best music, comedy, dance, theatre, film, cabaret, science, art and poetry.

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We lugged our tents, sleeping bags and provisions to the campsite, enviably passing the charming field of striped boutique tents. Thanks to my convenient pop-up tent, it took a matter of minutes to set up my little temporary home.

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It is impossible not to smile walking through the Latitude entrance gates, the cheerful neon pink sheep greet you as you walk over the bridge into a fairground of activities, food stalls and stages and tented arenas.

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French band Christine and the Queens performed on the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage on Friday, and was a real highlight for me. She mesmerised the enthusiastic audience with her unique dance routines and catchy pop tunes. Grimes performed a triumphant set on this stage too with her inimitable sound and impressive vocals.

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On the main stage headliners included The Maccabees, The National and New Order, who each illustrated the variety and range of their music with long 90 minute sets. The music didn’t cease till 3am and I had great fun dancing along to rave karaoke in the Cabaret tent.

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The comedy tent was always busy, despite the great weather, and was jolly and rumbling with laughter. On Saturday I watched Joe Lycett perform a wonderfully risqué set, walking amongst the audience and picking out people to victimise to rapturous applause.

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It is difficult to eat badly at Latitude with the huge variety of delicious cuisines dotted around the fields. I was delighted to discover Blixen were setting up a temporary restaurant serving indulgent brunch classics, filling lunch plates, dinner feasts, great coffee and cocktails. I popped over for an exotic juice, strong coffee and stack of waffles with fruit on the Sunday morning. It was as tasty as it looked, and definitely made me forget I was eating at a festival. Good and Proper Tea Co are one of my go-to breakfast cafes in London so I was glad to wake up in the morning with their fragrant brew and a cheesy marmite crumpet.

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Other foodie favourites at the festival included rich and creamy ‘Don Macaroni’ from Anna Mae’s truck, and the amazingly inventive Pan-n-Ice ice-creams, which I’m hoping will make an appearance in London soon.

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It is rare to find a festival with such a variety of acts and talents, Latitude caters to creative people of all ages and interests, a cultural weekend unlike any other.

More information on Latitude Festival 2016 here.

Thoroughly Modern Milly travelled to Latitude Festival with Abellio Greater Anglia trains, London Liverpool Street to Diss.

Abellio Greater Anglia offers Advanced Fares from just £9 one way. If you travel on the day for that last minute day out, you can still purchase a great value Off-Peak return ticket, and children aged between five and 15 also travel for just £2 (£2 tickets only available to purchase at the station). See for more information.

Prodigy, St James Theatre


From 12-15 August 2015 National Youth Theatre presents Prodigy.

Book & lyrics by Jake Brunger, Music & lyrics by Pippa Cleary.

Approx. 2 hours and 15 mins.

Amid a backstage drama of teenage hormones and parental pressure, five finalists gather to compete to be Britain’s best new classical music star. With a live televised final looming, emotions are running high. From bitter vendettas to unexpected romance, which of our competitors will rise to the top? After all, “there can only be one winner…”.

A brand new British musical from the writing team behind The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. 

Founded in 1976, the award-winning NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE represents the very best in work with young people in musical theatre, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to describe it as “the finest youth music theatre in the world”. 

Winners UK Theatre Awards – Best Musical Production 2014

Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre

Musicals documenting and celebrating the lives of prominent musicians and bands are increasingly popular: Jersey Boys, Thriller, Let it Be and now Sunny Afternoon, a show dedicated to the hits of the Kinks.

This punchy show enjoyed a sold-out run at the Hampstead Theatre, and has now transferred to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre. Based on the music and lyrics of Ray Davies and a new book by Joe Penhall, the production follows the Kinks rise to stardom. The drama is set against the backdrop of Britain in the 50s and 60s and here we watch the ecstatic highs and thudding lows of this iconic band.

As a child I had a group of talented friends from Muswell Hill who formed a band, so moments of this musical really resonated with me. Four ordinary lads from North London strive for success while also trying to remain true to themselves.

The stage is simply set, with a catwalk through the audience in the stalls. We feel excitingly close to the action, and the loud amplified music pulses through the building, so you can feel and hear it. The four boys have been brilliantly cast: George Macguire is a wild, passionate and aggressive replica of Dave ‘the Rave’ Davies, while John Dagleish presents his older brother as a more thoughtful but headstrong lead, Ray Davies. Adam Sopp (as drummer Mick Avory) and Ned Derrington (as bassist Pete Quaife) provide compelling support to the two feuding brothers.

It is interesting to watch the backstory to a band who have influenced generations. Whether you remember the Kinks decades ago or have been introduced to their sound more recently, it is impossible not to enjoy the cast’s riotous renditions of You Really Got Me, Lola, Waterloo Sunset, and of course Sunny Afternoon.

Continues until May 23 2015, more information and book here.