Rain

Rain

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Latitude: Security stepped up at Suffolk festival after Manchester Arena bomb attack

PUBLISHED: 19:36 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 30 June 2017

Lucy Rose performs at the launch of the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Lucy Rose performs at the launch of the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Archant © 2017

Latitude Festival’s Melvin Benn revealed he’s met with high-ranking officers of the Metropolitan Police in the wake of last month’s Manchester Arena attack and is in almost daily contact with counter-terrorism teams across the country.

The launch of the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk.  From left to right, Melvin Benn, Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett, Lucy Rose, Sharon Reuben, Lucy Wood and Bessie Turner.   Picture: NICK BUTCHERThe launch of the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk. From left to right, Melvin Benn, Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett, Lucy Rose, Sharon Reuben, Lucy Wood and Bessie Turner. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Some 40,000 people will descend on Suffolk’s Henham Park next month for the three-day music and culture event, now in its 12th year.

“We’ve developed a very pro-active position about changes and additional training for security - profiling and vigilance - not just for Latitude but our other festivals too,” said Mr Benn, director of organisers Festival Republic.

Changes at Latitude include dogs trained to sniff out explosives checking everything coming into the site via the production entrances. You will be asked to bring smaller bags into the arenas, with a team currently coming up with a sample size to guide festival-goers. There will be more bag searches.

“The reward for that is you feel safer. We’ll try to keep things moving, obviously. We as Brits wouldn’t want to be defeated and we’re not going to be but we have to be more vigilant.

Ipswich singer Bessie Turner will be performing the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk.

 Picture: NICK BUTCHERIpswich singer Bessie Turner will be performing the 2017 Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Suffolk. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

“The reality is Latitude would be a low target but everything’s a low target and everything’s a high target now.”

More than 750 acts will play across 15 different stages from July 14-16.

New literature and poetry highlights announced yesterday included Brooker-nominated Irish author Colm Toibin, who will discuss his latest novel, House of Names; a reimagining of the Greek classic tale of Clytemnestra’s family tragedy.

Recent Ted Hughes Award winner and spoken word-poet Hollie McNish will discuss her latest anthology Plum.

Melvyn Benn talks to the media at the Launch of the 2017 Latitude fesival. Picture: NICK BUTCHERMelvyn Benn talks to the media at the Launch of the 2017 Latitude fesival. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Music highlights include Pumarosa, who bring their live show straight from London to the Obelisk Arena hot off the back of their acclaimed debut album The Witch.

Ipswich’s Bessie Turner performed at Friday’s press launch. So did singer-songerwriter Lucy Rose.

Turner’s been described by BBC Music Introducing as a superstar in the making. Her debut single, Big Sleep, was only released in April but has already gained the love of BBC Radio One and BBC 6 Music.

Full line-up here.

Mumford and Sons are performing at this year's Latitude FestivalMumford and Sons are performing at this year's Latitude Festival

“It’s extraordinary we made it to 12 when, actually, it looked really difficult to do so in that first year when less people bought tickets than are stood in this room at the moment,” Mr Benn joked at the press launch.

He said it was also extraordinary they had more than 750 acts, including at least five or six recognised headliners; playing on 15 different stages and it was still only £197.50 for a weekend ticket.

“Somebody worked out that’s 26p an act - but anybody who thinks they’re just going to ring up and say ‘I’ve only got 26p can I come and see Mumford and Sons the answer is no’.

“Musically I think we have it nailed across the weekend... The kids’ area is massively important; we’re in our third year of the schools programme with 800 seven-11 year olds coming as an arts project. The comedy programme is off the scale.”

He was honoured Mumford and Sons had chosen Latitude as the first festival they’ve incorporated their Gentlemen of The Road stopover into.

“It’s a wonderful fit. I couldn’t ask for a band more suited to do that... it’s a dream come true for Mumford and Sons to curate that day with us. We’ve worked so well together, it’s been terrific.”

Mr Benn said the festival continues to break the rules and boundaries of what a festival should be via its programme, was determined to give new talent a platform and to always put festival-goers first.

“We feel very honoured and very privileged to be here 12 years on. The location is a dream... there’s a lot of years left in me and even more left in Latitude.”

Oxy and the Morons, by Paul Sirett, Mike Peters and Steve Allan Jones, New Wolsey Theatre, until October 21

From Co-Op Juniors productions and Linda Shipton’s School of Dancing to the Royal Ballet the professional dancer has come a long way. Now she is back with the latest tour by Rambert Dance Company.

The New Wolsey Theatre has a reputation for putting lots of great music in their shows. But, as Arts editor Andrew Clarke, discovers with Oxy and the Morons they are looking at whether the punk spirit can survive into middle age.

When foreign language plays are translated for the stage they usually end up as starchy period pieces with cut-glass accents. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to writer Blake Morrison about making the classics much more egalitarian.

Far From The Madding Crowd is a Victorian classic but as David Henshall finds out a new stage version written by Olivier-award-winng Jessica Swale reveals it to be a story filled with surprisingly contemporary characters

Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton will reprise her star role in Flashdance - The Musical when it comes to the Ipswich Regent next April.

It seems that the era of the long-running West End show is coming to an end. The trend is now for short-term engagements which, Arts editor Andrew Clarke says, is a good thing for our cultural economy and offers greater opportunities for new work

A former Suffolk schoolboy is set to take the stage for a nationwide touring production of Shrek the Musical.

Comedian Daniel Sloss doesn’t think he’s a sociopath, but he’s called one a lot. Latest show NOW is basically him asking if people are right.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24