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Stylish goings-on at Latitude Festival 2012

Wellies at the ready for it is just a couple of days before thousands of revellers take to the fields of Henham Park in Suffolk for this year’s Latitude festival. With artists including Paul Weller, Yeasayer and Bon Iver set to headline there’s no shortage of entertainment to enjoy. But here at  TheLondonLuxe we thought we’d bring a touch of luxe to Suffolk with our guide  to the very best non-music related, stylish goings on around the site this year.

EAT

Foodies will be pleased to hear that Londoner’s favourite Giant Robot will again be returning to the festival this year. Shun the picnic blanket and uncomfy camping seats and sit down, on a chair, at a table, to eat from a china plate, with real knives and forks (none of this plastic nonsense) and enjoy a little home comfort with full on waiter service.  Dishes include meatballs, risottos and steak, so no need to go hungry. Click here for more info and menus.

CAMPING

Don’t fancy slumming it in a muddy tent? Us neither, so why not book your accommodation with Yurtel. For £1,350, sleep in your very own 14ft yurt with a wooden lockable door, carpeted floors, king size beds adorned with Egyptian cotton linen, hanging clothes storage, bedside table and lamp,13A plug socket, towels and miniature toiletries, chocolates on your pillow and flowers at your bed side. 4 nights at a festival – easy.

The Yurtels are situated in the New Pink Moon campsite, which is close to the festival site and has its very own café.

For more info and booking please go to www.yurtel.co.uk

Forget the tent and opt for a Podpad

Or for something a little more quirky, then check out Podpads. Built and furnished for your arrival, Podpads are situated in a quiet bespoke village area with 24/7 security, toilets, showers and a café. Hang out in the day and friendly staff will provide you with all your Festival updates whilst keeping you stocked up on a supply of fresh tea and coffee.

There are a variety of different pods up for grabs but all are lockable, built from wood with solid floors and have comfy beds. Each Podpad is carpeted and, with shelves, mirrors, and charging points, then there’s really no need to do anything but kick back and relax.

Choose between a unidomepad, octopad and the aptly named luxpad, which sleep between 2 and 6 adults. For more info and booking visit: www.podpads.com

FASHION

The popular Graduate Fashion Show will again be catwalking onto Latitude’s Waterfront stage this year. Check out the fashion talent of the future as models from Storm management strut their stuff to the dulcet encouragement of host and ‘Candy Kittten Tom’ Jamie Laing, from E4’s Made In Chelsea. 

 PAMPERING

Concerned about how to make your blow dry last all four days of the festival? Then worry not and get yourself down to Evo’s Hair of the Dog trailer park for a spot of coiffuring.  Open from 9am to 8pm every day, professional hair stylists Evo will be on-hand to wash, style and revitalise your muddy, tented, tousled locks. What is more, the team will also be offering a tasty selection of mocktails to aid hangover recovery.

You won’t be able to miss Evo’s 1950s retro inspired plot which is situated  in the event village on the main thoroughfare through to the festival from the campsite.  However, for those who can’t bear to tear themselves from the mainstage, then watch-out for Evo’s team of hair stylists who will be roaming the site throughout the weekend.

For more information about Evo, visit www.evohair.co.uk

THEATRE

One of the best things about Latitude is that there’s so much more than just the music (despite the amazing line-up this year) to experience. On offer this year and in the first theatre collaboration between Sadler’s Wells, Kneehigh and Theatre Royal Stratford East, extracts from new British Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls! will be performed on the stunning Waterfront Stage. Set in present day East London, the show tells a story of love against the odds, with music that combines Bollywood hits with contemporary pop-influenced songs. Also joining the Sadler’s Wells line-up is French hip-hop dance crew Serial Stepperz, who showcase house dance, a newer hip-hop dance style, devised from the dance floor and born out of club culture.

Candoco performing Set and Reset

Dance lovers will also be pleased that Candoco, an integrated contemporary dance company comprising both able-bodied and disabled dancers, will also be performing their version of Set and Reset, by legendary choreographer Trisha Brown.

Finally, on Sunday, dance fans can marvel at the work of Javier Frutos in a series of duets set to music by TLL favourite the Pet Shop Boys. 

LATE NIGHT

You’ve been fed, watered, had a good night’s beauty sleep in your Podpad or Yurt, so there’s no excuse not to indulge in a little late night entertainment. And each night, after partying to the sounds of Latitude’s headline acts, the festival is spoiling us with its line-up of after-dark parties, promising a fine selection of the best DJs and electronic acts to keep you dancing into the wee hours.

For late night fun and games then head over to the i Arena. On Friday evening revellers can party the night away to the best dancehall sounds, courtesy of popular party crew The Heatwave, who will be bringing a little bit of Notting Hill Carnival to Suffolk; while on Saturday, get out the glow sticks and dance like you did back in the 90s to the amazing DJ Shy FX.

Don’t want to go back to work? Then check out newcomer Tuesday Born who will be playing his mix of African influences rhythms and electronic beats well into the early hours of Monday morning.

Other areas of the festival will also be hosting a selection of the best DJs and electronic acts to keep you entertained. Playing at In The Woods will be DJs Goldierocks, Norman Jay and Fat Campm, while over on The Lake Stage Friday evening will feature Latitude favourites Huw Stephens and Moshi Moshi DJs.

Finally if cutting-edge electronic music is more your bag, then sets from Apparat, Walls, Dub Boy and The Field will keep you dancing late into the night.
And last, but of course by no means least, there’s the awesome line-up of music which this year is brimming to the max with the very best in musical talent. Visit www.latitudefestival.co.uk for the full line-up.

So get out your waterproofs, put on your Ray Bans and get yourself down to Suffolk.

See you there.

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