Hot tubs, cookery cabaret and Made in Chelsea star among additions to Latitude festival

Festival Boss Melvin Benn on the Henham estate.

Festival Boss Melvin Benn on the Henham estate. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hot tubs and saunas overlooking a lake are among some of the quirky cultural additions which have been announced for Suffolk's Latitude festival.

The country estate of Henham Park, near Beccles, is gearing up for 35,000 festival-goers to descend upon it between Thursday, July 18 and Sunday, July 21.

Latitude's founder, Melvin Benn, and the festival's organisers unveiled a host of new quirky cultural attractions for the line-up at Henham Park today.

The biggest announcement was the addition of Texas, led by singer Sharleen Spiteri.

The Scottish band replace US pop-rock band Modest Mouse as the Friday headliners on the BBC Radio Six Music Stage, who cancelled their European tour to concentrate on recording their next album.

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Other line-up additions include world-famous trumpet player Alison Balsom and The English Concert performing on The Waterfront stage on the festival's Sunday afternoon, taking a break from a 16-show run performing in Gabriel at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

While other quirky cultural additions will see chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine host a cookery cabaret stage and Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and fashion blogger Bip Ling will present the festival's Graduate Fashion Show.

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Mr Benn added: 'We already think it's the best festival in the world and it just keeps getting better and better, and we just can't stop it getting better and better.'

- For the full details of the new additions to the music, comedy, art, dance and theatre stages, as well as some other unusual additions, see tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

- For more information about the acts already announced for this year's Latitude, see the links at the top-right of this page.

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