9 things not to miss at this year's Latitude Festival

There's more than just the music, y'know?

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By now we know that Latitude festival normally has some pretty amazing music acts (this year alone they've got Maccabees, The National, Chvrches, MØ, Jamie Woon, Grimes etc. etc.) Also, they've got some cute spray-painted sheep. Always good.

But there's loads more to do over the weekend than just the music, so here's some stuff you definitely need to get involved in this year:

Go for an 'adventure swim

Now if, like us, an adventure swim usually means getting in the pool with your contact lenses in, then this might not be for you.  But for anyone looking for something to brag about to their mates, then for the first time this year latitude will be taking people on swimming tours around the beautiful festival site.

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Party with the Good Vibes Tribe 

By day Blixen is a relaxing restaurant, lounge bar hangout. Probably the perfect place to sit and recover until you've got your voice back from shouting along to Slaves at the top of your lungs all night. By night, the tables get ditched - and switched for the dance floor. 

Not only will the DJs be playing the best house music, but apparently at the stroke of midnight, the resident Good Vibes Tribe will unite the crowd in a nightly ceremony of tribal worship, bringing you under their tropical spell. Bring your coconuts.

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Love Thy Neighbour at the Theatre Arena

In her spare time from walking around a tent feeling soggy bottoms and eating frangipane - Mel Giedroyc is actually quite the actor. Catch her in /The Importance of Being Ernest,  amongst many other brilliant productions. Much of the programme this year will explore the theme of Love Thy Neighbour - which sounds like a show stopper to us.

Go and wet yourself at the Comedy Arena

Luckily the organisers know how great the lineup is this year and have put the toilets near enough the Comedy Arena so that hopefully this won't actually happen. Line up includes  Russell Howard,  Bill Bailey,  Josh Widdicombe,  Reggie Watts, Milton Jones, Katherine Ryan, plus Paul Merton.

Let your inhibitions go at Duckie

Head to the Cabaret tent and prepare to have your mind blown with the Duckie collective, as well as Soho Theatre, The Glory, and Dusty Limits.

Listen to poetry while the sun sets

Roses are red, violets are blue, the poetry is better at Latitude. The very best stand up, beat and performance poets, and literary legends will be performing this year. 

Watch ballet by the lake

The awesome Sadler's Wells return for their 9th year to the Waterfront Stage - basically a beautiful floating stage on top of the lake.There's also so much more to see including rising hip-hop dancer and choreographer Botis Seva, Richard Alston Dance Company and New English Ballet Theatre.

Be a bookworm

Yup… you heard us.  Latitude is a haven for booklovers with plenty of award winning authors like the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 winner Lisa McInerney and the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 winner Suzanne O'Sullivan.

Expand your mind. OOH.

If you thought festivals were just about listening to hundreds of bands, not washing for four days and having cider for breakfast then you've obviously not been to the Wellcome Trust Hub.

This year there will be a variety of incredible discussions, debates and performances, with intriguing titles such as 'The Science of Snogging', 'The Psychology Behind the Selfie', 'The Porn Perspective', 'The Biology of Mortality'.

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