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'The crowd's loving it' - excitement builds at Latitude opening night

PUBLISHED: 20:02 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 21:07 19 July 2019

Fans watching Jonathan Wilson at the BBC Sounds Stage Picture: JAMIE HONEYWOOD

Fans watching Jonathan Wilson at the BBC Sounds Stage Picture: JAMIE HONEYWOOD

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

The atmosphere is "buzzing" at Latitude this evening as headliner George Ezra prepares to take to the main stage in front of thousands.

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Latitude Festival has kicked off in style at Henham Park, featuring some of the biggest names in music, arts and comedy.

The Obelisk Arena main stage has played home to plenty of talent, including performances from superstar George Ezra, indie musician Baxter Dury and soul singer Anna Calvi.

EADT and Ipswich Star reporter Adam Howlett, from Ipswich, is at the opening night with his wife, mum, sister and friend.

Watching Neneh Cherry perform on the main stage, he said the music is "superb", adding: "There's so much to do, I don't know where to start."

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Mr Howlett said he hopes to catch Primal Scream on the BBC Sounds Stage later on.

"We are having an amazing time," he said.

"There are crazy characters walking around, wearing all types of fancy dress.

"What a brilliant line-up. The queue for the bar isn't too long either."

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George Ezra, the headline act, previously performed at Latitude Festival in 2014.

The 26-year-old star has had five UK top 10s, including Budapest, Blame it on Me, Paradise, Hold My Girl and 2018 single Shotgun, and won the British Male Solo Artist award at the BRITs 2019.

Late evening entertainment will come from hip-hop musician Loyle Carner, who first appeared on the scene in 2014 with debut EP 'A Little Late'.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Lambeth in South London, was also nominated for the British Breakthrough Act and Male Solo Artist at the 2018 Brit Awards.

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Today there were plenty of laughs in the comedy arena, featuring Nish Kumar, Marcus Brigstocke and American comedian Michelle Wolf - known for her Emmy-nominated HBO stand-up special Nice Lady and influential political comedy.

Stereophonics and Underworld are set to headline the main stage on Saturday, and the festival will wrap up on Sunday with Californian popstar Lana Del Rey.

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