Revellers gear up for Latitude Festival as 35,000 head for Henham Park

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Ba

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The sun was shining and the painted sheep were out as thousands of revellers began making their way to Henham Park for Latitude Festival.

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Ba

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The music and arts showpiece, this year celebrating its 10th birthday, has become a fixture in the festival calendar and is known for its eclectic mix of theatre, poetry, and dance as well as some top bands and musicians.

This year will see former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher and trip-hop legends Portishead headline the Obelisk Stage.

But the weekend will kick off in earnest today with headliners Alt-J who will bring their award-winning art-rock to Suffolk.

Among those taking in the arena atmosphere in the evening sun were Ruth Shewry, 42, her daughter Belle Shewry, 16, and friend Izzy Walker, 16, who had made the short journey from Earlham Road, Norwich.

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Ba

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass


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Mrs Shewry said: 'It's our first time at Latitude.

'It is a whole family affair, the men are off somewhere near the beer tent.

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'We are really looking forward to it.'

Belle added: 'We are very excited, ti si going to be amazing.

'I really want to see Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Vaccines.

'Alt-J are going to be amazing as well.'

From a little further down the road were Alex Clark, 20, and Matthew Ward, 19, who had come from Dereham and Carbrooke in mid Norfolk respectively.

Mr Clark said: 'We are working as crew. The others have been before but I haven't.

'We have got to say we are looking forward to Noel Gallagher and Wolf Alice is going to be really good.'

Mr Ward added: 'There is a band called King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard that I want to see. They are psychedelic rock and come from Australia.'

Other acts on today include QI regular Alan Davies in the comedy arena, Cumbrian rock-band Wild Beasts, electronic musician Caribou and indie-group Django Django.

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