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Sun shines as revellers enjoy first day of Latitude Festival

Fans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The sun shone as revellers descended on a Suffolk park for a weekend of music, theatre and comedy at Latitude Festival.

Fans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Now in its 13th year, the first day of the festival kicked off today as fans flocked to Henham Park, near Southwold, for a fun-filled weekend.

Headlining tonight (Friday) Solange, younger sister to Beyonce but an accomplished artist in her own right, set the electric tone for the weekend as she wowed the crowd.

But even though big names such as The Killers and alt-J are billed for the coming nights, mystery still surrounds who is going to perform on the secret set with many celebrities being rumoured.

Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran and even Madonna are among those in the running if the rumour mill is to be believed, but organisers are remaining tight-lipped until the momentous appearance arrives.

The Charlatans at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Charlatans at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

A festival spokesman said: “Our secret act is iconic and certainly a big name. What we can say is that this is one of the biggest secret acts we’ve ever booked.”

Elsewhere, fans of one of the nation’s favourite panel shows are in for a treat as Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies present a special live edition of QI tonight at 11.05am, flanked by a host of celebrity panellists. Those in search of a laugh can also head to the Comedy Arena for stand-up from Bridget Christie, Harry Hill, Dylan Moran and countless more.

Many of the 30,000 estimated visitors to the festival travelled up on Thursday to pitch their tents and soak up the atmosphere ahead of the official start yesterday.

Organisers Festival Republic have taken major steps in recent years to manage the large volumes of traffic heading to the festival grounds along the A12 and cross country roads.

Fans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

“This plan aims to increase safety, ease congestion around and through local villages, minimise disruption and ensure the safety of residents and Latitude Festival attendees,” a spokesman said.

Suffolk police has issued advice to festival-goers to ensure crime is kept to a minimum.

Det Supt David Cutler said: “The festival has become a well established fixture on the Suffolk calendar and, as such, we want everyone to enjoy it. We urge everyone attending to be mindful of the security of their valuables as there will be a very small minority who will look to exploit those who have their guard down.”

Fans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the Charlatans at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lower Slaughter on the Lake stage at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLower Slaughter on the Lake stage at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lauren Jarmey enjoying the sunshine at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLauren Jarmey enjoying the sunshine at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lower Slaughter on the Lake stage at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLower Slaughter on the Lake stage at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Punting on the lake at Latitude Festival 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherPunting on the lake at Latitude Festival 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Latitude Festival 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLatitude Festival 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Latitude Festival 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLatitude Festival 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Latitude Festival 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherLatitude Festival 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude. Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude. Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying the sunshine at Latitude. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hinds on the BBC  Music Stage at Latitude Festival 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherHinds on the BBC Music Stage at Latitude Festival 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Ben Simpson and Louise Eastwood enjoying the sunshine at Latitude.
Picture: Nick ButcherBen Simpson and Louise Eastwood enjoying the sunshine at Latitude. Picture: Nick Butcher

Ben Simpson and Louise Eastwood enjoying the sunshine at Latitude.
Picture: Nick ButcherBen Simpson and Louise Eastwood enjoying the sunshine at Latitude. Picture: Nick Butcher

Latitude 2018 festival.
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Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Latitude Festival 2018 
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Latitude Festival 2018 
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The comedy tent at the 2018 Latitude Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe comedy tent at the 2018 Latitude Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

The comedy tent at the 2018 Latitude Festival.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe comedy tent at the 2018 Latitude Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

La Femme on stage at Latitude 2018. 
Picture: Nick ButcherLa Femme on stage at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

La Femme on stage at Latitude 2018. 
Picture: Nick ButcherLa Femme on stage at Latitude 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

Fans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude
Picture: Nick ButcherFans enjoying LaFemme at Latitude Picture: Nick Butcher

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