Latitude set for 25,000 sell-out

ORGANISERS of the 2008 Latitude Festival today said they are expecting the 25,000-ticket event to sell out.Speaking exclusively to The Evening Star, festival bosses said tickets had been selling quickly as the event draws closer.

ORGANISERS of the 2008 Latitude Festival today said they are expecting the 25,000-ticket event to sell out.

Speaking exclusively to The Evening Star, festival bosses said tickets had been selling quickly as the event draws closer.

A spokeswoman said: “We are predicting a sell-out event this year. We have 25,000 tickets and sales are very strong so far.”

Held at Henham Park on July 17 to 20, the festival is headlined this year by Franz Ferdinand and includes comedy, poetry, theatre and bands.


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A number of acts have been announced including singer Beth Orton and Belgian group Deus.

The spokeswoman added: “The imposing Obelisk Arena will host Brit-award winning folktronic songtress Beth Orton on the Friday at Latitude.

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“Her distinctive vocals and sweet melodies have earned her a career spanning over ten years and seven albums. Her eighth will follow towards the end of the year.”

The spokeswoman said Manchester group I Am Kloot will join the line up on Saturday with Scottish pop group Aliens performing on Friday as well as Leeds band Grammatics.

She added: “Over in the Uncut Arena, Guillemots are back with a new album and one of the catchiest singles of the year in Get Over It.

“One of the hottest bands of the moment, Black Kids, will bring their unique style of danceable disco indie spliced with '80s pop vibes to the Uncut Arena on the Friday as well as Essex four-piece Magistrates on the Saturday.”

The festival's Sunrise Arena will host a line-up of emerging talent including Metronomy, Rosie and The Goldbug, The Joy Formidable, Wallis Bird and Godwits.

The spokeswoman added: “Headlining this year's event on the Obelisk Arena, Scottish art-rock heroes Franz Ferdinand play their only English festival show exclusively at Latitude on the Friday night.

“The majestic and soaring Icelandic post-rock outfit, Sigur Ros, head up Saturday's line-up and New York titans Interpol close the arena on the Sunday with their unique brand of powerful and atmospheric inventive indie rock.”

Weekend tickets are £130 plus booking fees. Day tickets Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £55 plus booking fee.

For more information call 0870 060 3775 or visit www.latitudefestival.co.uk

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