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Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, First Aid Kit, and Bastille could still be playing Latitude Festival after announcement




Latitude Festival organisers are ‘confident’ the Suffolk event will go ahead - and have said it will not run at reduced capacity.

Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, First Aid Kit, and Bastille have all been lined up to play the county’s biggest music festival. But with Glastonbury cancelled and live music being postponed at Thetford Forest this summer, ticket holders were nervously awaiting news.

However, in a statement, founder Melvin Benn said vaccine and testing developments could make Latitude possible for a fifteenth year from July 22-25.

Latitude Festival is the biggest music event in Suffolk
Latitude Festival is the biggest music event in Suffolk

He said: “We are confident our hard work in conforming to the protocols, the fact that all UK adults are due to have been offered the vaccine before the festival takes place, and the news of large scale test events rolling out in April and May, will mean that we can go ahead.”

Mr Benn has said organisers have been buoyed by the stance of culture secretary Oliver Dowden who has pledged to support the arts.

In the event of a cancellation, ticket holders will get a refund or a ticket for 2020. However, anyone with a ticket who no longer wants to attend will not be refunded.

Government guidelines mean that large crowds will be allowed to gather from June 21 - which is good news for many events this summer.

More acts are set to be announced to play in the weeks ahead, and Mr Benn has said Latitude will not be put back to a later date in 2021.

He added: “Latitude is a very special festival and we can’t wait to get back to Henham Park.

"But we will only do that ‌if‌ ‌the‌ ‌prevailing‌ ‌situation‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌UK‌ ‌is‌ ‌deemed‌ ‌safe‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌government’s‌ ‌Chief‌ ‌Medical‌ ‌Officer‌ ‌and‌ ‌all‌ ‌necessary‌ ‌safety‌ ‌protocols‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌place‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌event.”

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