A 16-year-old singer songwriter from Suffolk has been chosen to perform at this year's Latitude Festival. 

Bella Ross, from Stonham Aspal, near Stowmarket, has been selected to perform at the event, which is set to take place from July 25 to 28 at Henham Park, near Southwold, after she captivated the judges at the IEMusic Young Artist competition.

Bella was one of six future stars that made the shortlist who auditioned in front of a panel of prominent figures from the region’s music scene at St Stephen's Church in Ipswich.

Bella Ross who captivated judges at the IEMusic Young Artist competitionBella Ross who captivated judges at the IEMusic Young Artist competition. Image: Submitted

She stood out with her "remarkable song writing talent and unique voice" and earned her spot on the Latitude stage. 

Bella said of the win: "The standard of performers at the auditions was incredibly high, and I was one of the youngest there.

"When the judges announced I had won, I was speechless. I cannot thank the organisers of the competition, IEMusic, enough for giving me this opportunity.

"I have never been to Latitude before, so it’s amazing that my first time at a festival will be performing my own songs."

Bella RossBella Ross. Image: Submitted

IEMusic’s Sam Robson said: "Bella’s undeniable talent for song writing grabbed everyone's attention on Thursday evening and paired with her powerful vocals we could not wait to invite her to perform at this year’s Latitude Festival 2024.

"Look out for her on the Inbetweeners Stage."

IEMusic is a Suffolk-based music industry education company which provides workshop programmes to schools and colleges in the South of England. 

The competition was organised in partnership with Brighten The Corners, a non-profit organisation based in Ipswich which operates several local venues, hosts an annual festival, and provides music education and training programs designed to unite people through music and live events.

Latitude Festival will take place from July 25 to 28 with headliners including Kasabian and Duran Duran.