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Latitude: Festival organiser unashamed of event’s “middle-class” reputation with launch of new yoga sessions

PUBLISHED: 16:27 10 June 2014

This year's Latitude Festival will feature Damon Albarn as one of the headliners

This year's Latitude Festival will feature Damon Albarn as one of the headliners

The organiser of the Latitude music festival has said he is unashamed of the event’s middle-class reputation – as he announced campers are to be invited to take part in early morning yoga sessions.

Instead of sleeping off hangovers in tents, festival goers will have the option of flexing their limbs on one of the campsites at this year’s event at Henham Park, Suffolk.

Now in its ninth year, Latitude has been nicknamed Britain’s most middle-class festival, and organiser Melvyn Benn admitted the latest addition would do nothing to scotch this.

He said: “I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to say working class people don’t do yoga but yoga absolutely reinforces our middle-class credentials and I’ve no qualms about that at all.

“It’s something we’ve secretly wanted to add for a while and I think a lot of people will be pleased.”

Mr Benn added that he expected the event, which begins on July 17, to sell out and he did not believe concerns over cost of living had hit Latitude.

“I know some other festivals are struggling but I don’t think it’s affected our sales and it certainly hasn’t dictated our thinking over ticket pricing,” he added.

“I believe that even in difficult economic times people still need some luxuries and as long as the line-up is strong and you are putting on a quality event, people will still want to come.”

The festival will have the theme of “secrets and lies”, inspired by CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

This will involve a series of political debates held across the weekend along with artistic interpretations of the theme, including a ballet performance highlighting how dance would be used to express the secrets of the royal household in mediaeval times.

The headliners are blues/rock duo the Black Keys, Northern Irish indie act Two Door Cinema Club and Blur front-man Damon Albarn performing as a solo artist.

The festival will include 10 arts arenas and stages hosting comedy, theatre, dance, film, cabaret and literature.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Body positivity is a term that is bandied about a lot at the moment and that can make it sound flippant, unimportant and self indulgent, writes Kate Dickinson.

Major traffic disruption and storm damage is being reported across the region today as gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in Suffolk and north Essex.

An MP has told parliament 20 people died in instances when ambulances arrived late to emergencies in East Anglia during a spell of intense pressure over the Christmas period.

A teacher training scheme in Colchester which works with dozens of schools in the area has been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

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