From July 17 UK
If you want a straight up, rollin’ in the fields festival alternative then surely one of the most blistering line-ups around this year is at Latitude Festival up in the luscious wilds of Southwold. There is plenty to get blissed out to among the washed out English summer skies as soft evening sunlight filters through the hulking great branches across a spectrum of dyed sheep, adventuring under the woodland canopies and punting on the lake.
Such musical marvels as Bon Iver, Bat For Lashes, Amadou and Mariam, Michael Kiwanuka, St Vincent, Yeasayer, Los Campesinos! and The Antlers set the tone as you wander to the outdoor theatre, Faraway Forest, Literary Salon, Poetry Arena and art exhibitions. And you might stumble across heroes and genius in them there woods, the likes of Adam Buxton, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lang Lang and Josie long as well as sweet little sets from hidden gems.
You can even kick your festival adventuring up a notch and get involved with the Tour de Latitude (http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/news/article/tour_de_latitude) , which is a neat little way of getting to the festival with a smaller carbon footprint while helping to support the Kenyan Orphan Project and Julie’s Bicycle. There are three start points so cyclists of all abilities are able to get involved, whether you want a big long hike from Hackney across 113 miles of great British soil, 55 miles from Sudbury or a little potter from Ipswich just 35 miles.