Gallery: Thousands of revellers enjoy Latitude’s jam-packed 10th birthday edition

Latitude festival in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Latitude festival in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A birthday party became something of a homecoming parade as acts from previous years returned to play triumphant shows at this year’s Latitude Festival.

The weekend saw secret performances from local boy done good Ed Sheeran, Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol – who headlined the first ever Latitude – and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke as the arts extravaganza at Henham Park celebrated its 10th edition.

Friday night headliners Alt-J also made an impressive return to the north Suffolk coast as they completed their journey from the much smaller Lake Stage in 2012 to the Obelisk Arena.

Suffolk-singer Ed Sheeran has matured from his early sets at Latitude into one of the biggest stars in the world.

In many ways the festival itself has followed a similar trajectory, having firmly established itself on the summer circuit.

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Founder Melvin Benn has promised the festival will continue to grow and he is sure it will be around for the next 20 years.

He said: “I think Latitude is maturing very well.

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“As far as I see it, Latitude is still in its infancy of where I want it to be.

“I can realistically see another 20 years.”

Mr Benn said he had wanted the 10th birthday edition to be more of the same with any additions being made permanently.

This year saw the introduction of lake swimming, the Solas hot tub area and Blixen restaurant.

The hot weather helped make the spectacle a real success, with the swimming proving very popular.

Mr Benn said: “Hundreds of people have been swimming in the lake which is fantastic as I didn’t know if anyone would.”

The festival has continued to evolve with the introduction of new stages, this year seeing the intimate Other Voices stage for the first time.

There has also been an increase in the number of talks as part of the Wellcome Trust Hub and in the Literary arena.

Daryl Millar, 38, of Mildenhall, has been to every Latitude festival since the first back in 2006.

He said: “It’s good the weather helps and it’s a great atmosphere. It compares well to previous years so far.”

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