Weather forecast looking good for Latitude, as Saturday day tickets sell out

Crowds gather at Latitude Festival 2010 at Henham, near Southwold.; Photo: Nick Butcher.

Crowds gather at Latitude Festival 2010 at Henham, near Southwold.; Photo: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Archant © 2010

Glastonbury enjoyed glorious sunshine last month and this weekend Latitude – the Suffolk coast's own 'mini Glastonbury' – looks set to enjoy a similar golden glow.

With forecasters predicting a hot and dry weekend and the site of the 35,000-capacity festival coming together at Henham Park, near Southwold, the anticipation for this year's festival is already building.

Organisers say there are still weekend and day tickets available for the festival, apart from on the Saturday, which will see headline performances from Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals on the Obelisk Arena main stage across the weekend.

Other top music acts such as Bobby Womack, Texas and Alt-J will be joined in the line-up by comedy sets from the likes of Eddie Izzard, Sean Lock and Dylan Moran.

Jim Bacon, forecaster at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said: 'I've got a feeling it will almost be ideal conditions. There may just be a little mistiness in the mornings which could take a while to clear but any risk of showers is mainly in the south of the country.


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'With the wind coming in off the coast at Blythburgh I suppose it will be about 20C with perhaps a bit more cloud some of the days, but nonetheless it will certainly be a good idea to take the sun cream.'

Festival-goers who already have tickets for the sold-out Saturday will see a 3D show from German electro headliners Kraftwerk, as well as music from the likes of Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and last year's Mercury Music Prize winners, Alt-J.

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Founder and creator of Latitude, Melvin Benn, said: 'I am delighted to announce that Saturday tickets for Latitude 2013 have now sold out, with headliners Kraftwerk bringing their spectacular 3D concert to the festival that day.

'We have a fantastic line-up across the whole spectrum of music and arts, plus an all new food area 'The Kitchen' with Gizzi Erskine and a brand new music stage The Alcove.

'As we put the finishing touches to the site and with summer well and truly here, I can't wait to welcome you all when the gates open on Thursday.'

Plans to ease traffic congestion around the Latitude site have also been confirmed.

The A12 and the A145 around Henham Park will be particularly busy tomorrow, Friday and Monday as tens of thousands of festival-goers head to and from the festival.

The festival will be clearly signposted and information has already been given out with the festival tickets.

Temporary traffic diversions and orders will be in place with speed limits of 30mph and no stopping orders in force along the A145 and A12 in the vicinity of the gates onto the site.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation on the junction of the A145 and the A12, and the junction of Middle Barn Lane and the A12 all day on Monday. People should allow additional time for journeys in the area.

A one-way system will be in place westbound from the entrance to Henham Quarry along Middle Barn Lane and Craven Manor Lane to the junction with the A145 from Thursday to Sunday night.

Also, eastbound, a one-way system will be in place from the A145 along Middle Barn Lane past Henham Quarry to the A12 on Sunday night and Monday daytime.

For ticket prices and details, as well as the full line-up, go to www.latitudefestival.com

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