Crowds gather as Latitude festival gets started

Latitude 2016

Latitude 2016 - Credit: Archant

Revellers from far and wide are gathering in Suffolk as one of the region's most popular events gets started.

Latitude 2016

Latitude 2016 - Credit: Archant

Thousands of festival-goers have made their journey to the Latitude Festival to enjoy household names such as New Order, The National, The Maccabees as well as comedians Russell Howard and Josh Widdicombe.

The music, arts and culture event is ready to host its 11th edition this weekend and the gates open to the public today, at Henham Park, near Southwold.

Southwold mayor Melanie Tucker said: 'We are pleased to have Latitude Festival at Henham. Southwold is always busier during the festival and it's good to see people enjoying themselves on the Suffolk coast.

'As a town council we are delighted there are an increasing number of good quality cultural events to enhance the lives of residents and visitors.'

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Other musical artists to perform the festival include Chvrches, The Lumineers and Norfolk duo Let's Eat Grandma.

Since the first Latitude, in 2006, the festival has become renowned for offering an eclectic line-up of performers from across the arts, with organiser Melvin Benn speaking of his pride that Latitude offered 'the biggest and most diverse arts line up of any festival'.

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This year will also feature various performances from Sadler's Wells at the Waterfront Stage and in the poetry arena there will be performances from Hollie McNish and Luke Wright – a former student of the University of East Anglia.

The Literary Arena will see comedian Shappi Khorsandi discuss her debut novel, Nina is Not Ok.

The festival runs from today until Sunday.

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