Needless to say, the ‘ultimate festival experience’ is a highly subjective thing - not to mention utterly unobtainable. This said, Latitude Festival must surely get close. Managing to successfully incorporate such an awe-inspiring musical line-up, rich diversity of acts and maintaining its intimate feel, it is no wonder that Latitude has been so heavily decorated with critical praise - none so apparent as selling out months in advance. Billed as the king of alternative festivals, Latitude returns for its fifth year retaining many of the qualities that has made it so successful. As a forerunner and sovereign of festivals with ‘more to offer than music’, Latitude certainly maintains its title, featuring world-class renowned artists and performers of innumerable disciplines – from theatre to poetry to fashion. However, not to play down the quality of the festivals’ musical line-up, Latitude is blessed with a fantastic range of acts of various distinction and style (whilst most comfortably falling under the guise of indie-pop/folk.) Yet, as important as any line-up is, it is a festivals’ atmosphere that truthfully amounts to the overall experience. Maintaining its comparatively small capacity of 25,000 people, Latitude retains an intimate and relaxed environment - complimented by its tranquil woodland setting. After all Latitude is certainly one of the more ‘civilised’ festivals – note the family-friendly and environmentally considerate site, and the sheer range of artistic disciplines on offer. Top 5 things to see and do at Latitude 5) Experience multi-coloured sheep – what festival is (or should be) complete without a herd of psychedelic multi-coloured sheep? 4) Watch Four Lions featuring Q&A with Chris Morris – If you were unlucky enough to miss this recent socio-comedy feature film, then why not indulge with a screening of the film and then pose questions to Mr Satire himself, Chris Morris the director. 3) Watch The National – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn 4-piece return to Latitude following their brilliant album ’High Violet’ and well-commended Glastonbury performance. 2) See Brett Eason Ellis – Experience first-hand the king of slick American moralism as he reveals the preoccupations behind his award-winning novels. 1) Watch Belle & Sebastian - Finally Belle & Sebastian play the festival they were always destined to play. Despite not having released any new material for over 4 years, the Scottish 7 piece are set to remind audiences just how appealing Scottish wistful-pop is. Key Info Location = Henham Park, Suffolk Typical Genre = Folk, Alternative Website = www.latitudefestival.co.uk Dates = Friday 15th - Sunday 18th July