The Maccabees, Russell Howard and British Sea Power kick off Latitude Festival

Maccabees headline the Obelisk stage at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

Maccabees headline the Obelisk stage at Latitude 2016 - Paul John Bayfield

Latitude Festival's 11th edition kicked off with an eclectic line-up of music, comedy, poetry and theatre.

For the most part the weather was kind to the thousands of festival-goers who made their way to Henham Park, near Southwold, with Indie band The Maccabees topped the bill on the Obelisk Stage.

Folk act Beirut also performed a popular show contributing to a laid back start to proceedings.

Other highlights including synth-pop singer Grimes, middle-age rockers British Sea Power and American singer Father John Misty, who cavorted around the stage.

On the comedy stage there were rousing performances from Russell Howard, Al Murray and Katherine Ryan.


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As always the festival attracted a wide range of fans from young children with their families to grandparents and teenagers.

It was a day to remember for Norwich duo Let's Eat Grandma, who drew a large crowd to the Sunrise Arena with many struggling to see the pair from the back of the tent.

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Today is set to see performances from moody rockers The National, known for putting on intense live shows, as well as electronic acts Soulwax and Chvrches.

One-liner king Milton Jones will be performing on the comedy stage with Last Leg star Josh Widdicombe headlining later in the evening.

While a spot of rain is expected in the evening it is unlikely to prevent the revellers from enjoying themselves.

Adam Drury, forecaster for Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: 'The weekend's weather will start off well, it will be fairly bright with a bit of sunshine. Then it will be cloudier in the afternoon with perhaps a little bit of light rain in the late afternoon or possibly the evening.

'It won't really be the best weather for the festival but it should clear while people are asleep.

'It will be a little bit brighter through most of Sunday and fairly mild through both days.'

New Order will close the festival tomorrow with Icelandic folk band Of Monsters and Men headlining the BBC 6 Music stage that night.

Bill Bailey will be the final act to perform in the comedy arena.

Are you at Latitude Festival? Share your pictures by emailing jessica.long@archant.co.uk

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