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Eddie Izzard and Bobby Womack added to the line-up for Latitude Festival

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12:46 PM

More star names have been added today to the line-up of the Latitude Festival taking place at Henham Park near Southwold from July 18 to 21.

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Joining Latitude as special guest for the eagerly anticipated Sunday lunchtime performance on the Obelisk Arena, Latitude’s Main Stage, is the legendary Bobby Womack, the godfather of soul and R&B.

Womack’s career spans more than 50 years at the cutting edge, stretching right back to his discovery at the age of 10 by the legendary Sam Cooke. During his time he has penned Number One hits for some of the biggest bands in the industry, played guitar on some of the most enduring albums of the 20th century, including Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin’s Pearl, and released a series of ground-breaking albums that mixed soul, disco and rhythm and blues.

A welcome addition to the comedy line-up is Eddie Izzard as a special guest. Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of his generation. He takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives. Ever since bursting into the public consciousness in the early 90’s, his brand of warm, surreal comedy has pushed the boundaries of British comedy in new and avowedly international directions, with Izzard even performing his sets in French. Eddie’s musings have earned him countless awards including two Emmys.

A series of sell-out international tours and best-selling DVDs have been followed by a parallel career as an actor, with Izzard in high demand for film and TV work, including notable appearances in Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen, Valkyrie and a guest appearance in The Simpsons. In 2009 Izzard ran an astounding 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief.

Elsewhere the festival’s music, dance, theatre, cabaret, comedy and literary line-ups go from strength to strength, with the addition of names such as Richard Herring, Nina Conti, The Soho Theatre, classical pianist James Rhodes, Stuart Maconie and the return of Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox.

Following sell-out shows and critical acclaim on their recent UK tour, BalletBoyz comes to Latitude. Featuring 10 young male dancers from all over the UK who were hand-picked from open auditions, the company performs work by two internationally acclaimed choreographers: Fallen by multi-award-winning Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant and Serpent by Liam Scarlett, First Artist at The Royal Ballet who has been hailed as one of the future’s most promising dance-makers.

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