All set for huge Latitude weekend

TICKETS have sold out for one of the region's biggest festivals as 20,000 people start to descend on a north Suffolk estate from today.

TICKETS have sold out for one of the region's biggest festivals as 20,000 people start to descend on a north Suffolk estate from today.

Henham Park, near Southwold, is again the venue for the second Latitude Festival, which is almost twice as big as last year's debut.

Some entertainment will be laid on tonight, including a showing of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger, while the festival gets under way properly tomorrow and finishes on Sunday night.

It will feature music, comedy, poetry, literature. theatre and cabaret.

Melvin Benn, festival creator, said: “This is one of the greatest weekends of my life and we've got a fantastic weekend ahead of us.

“To have sold out in our second year is amazing and extraordinary because it normally takes a long time to get that tradition going so to get that so soon is fantastic.”

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A last-minute change of plan has seen a move from an enormous marquee acting as the main stage to now an open air arena after the wind ripped a hole in the 315ft tent.

The timetable for the weekend has not yet been confirmed but approximate timings are expected to be:

Friday: The Magic Numbers at 7pm, Wilco at 8pm and Damien Rice at 9pm or 9.30pm until 11pm. Saturday: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at 7pm, CSS at 8pm and The Good The Bad and The Queen at 9pm or 9.30pm until 11pm.

Sunday: Jarvis Cocker at 8pm and Arcade Fire at 9pm or 9.30pm until 11pm.