Latitude Festival 2021: Organisers say it will go ahead as they announce more acts including Supergrass, Villagers and Nina Conti
Organisers of Suffolk's Latitude Festival have said they are 'very confident' it will go ahead this summer, as they announced even more acts for the July event over the weekend.
Latitude, which is due to take place at Henham Park from Thursday, July 22 to Monday, July 26, has added pop band Supergrass, indie folk project Villagers and comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti to its line-up.
The festival's founder and creator Melvin Benn said, in a statement released late on Friday, that despite some initial disappointment after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement last week, he believes there is 'actually more certainty' now.
Mr Benn said: "It's been a long week after the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday and while I was disappointed in the immediate aftermath of the statement, on reflection, I think it actually gives much more certainty of Latitude being able to happen than if he had loosened things on Monday because the country will have strangled the variant’s ability to spread to a greater degree through increased vaccination than if we had opened fully this coming Monday.
"So, for much of the week I have been in conversation with Government on Latitude in particular and I’m very confident after those talks that Latitude will be able to go ahead.
"There will be more detail on the specifics next week but with this in mind, we will be announcing even more artists and day splits tomorrow as a demonstration of my confidence.
"More details will follow but we’ll 100% keep you updated every step of the way.
"We’re very excited – it’s really happening!"
Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club are headlining this year's Latitude Festival.
For more information, visit latitudefestival.com.