Latitude festival organisation criticised

Festival-goers have criticised the region's largest festival for poor infrastructure and lack of organisation.

Festival-goers have criticised the region's largest festival for poor infrastructure and lack of organisation.

Extra numbers at this year's Latitude Festival, held at Henham Park, near Southwold, have led to extra complaints on the event's website and in a comments book.

Revellers were concerned that numbers would increase next year and lead to more problems with overcrowding in the performance tents and security.

Stella Bowling, of Beccles, said: "My daughter won't be going to Latitude again. Toilet, shower and refuse facilities were appallingly insufficient."

The second Latitude Festival, organised by Mean Fiddler, saw numbers increase from 12,000 to 20,000 when it was held on July 13, 14 and 15.

As a result, there were said to be long queues and the tents, the comedy arena in particular, were overflowing.

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Rick Deeks, from Ipswich, took his wife and two young children to Latitude.

He said: "I had my wallet, keys and phone stolen from our tent.

"They seemed more concerned with searching bags for glass bottles than they did about things being stolen right under their noses."

A spokesman for Mean Fiddler assured festival-goers that their comments and suggestions will be listened to and that security had been tight to ensure all attendees had tickets.

Festival creator Melvin Benn also said the tents would be increased in size next year, as will the water supply.

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