Gallery: Latitude 2007 plagued by spate of thefts

An aerial view over the Henham Estate at the 2007 Latitude Festival. Pic by Mike Page

An aerial view over the Henham Estate at the 2007 Latitude Festival. Pic by Mike Page

After the success of the inaugural event the previous year, the organisers of Latitude moved the festival to its next phase in 2007.

a Celebrating what we considered the best aspects of music, film, culture, poetry, theatre, literature and everything in between, Latitude went into its next phase.

Headlined by Damien Rice, The Good The Bad & The Queen and Arcade Fire, the second edition looked set to reap even more awards than the first.

This was also the year that Friendly Fires, Metronomy and Blood Red Shoes all played The Lake Stage before their ascent to superstardom.

The musical direction picked up pace and was neatly matched across the Arts Arenas too - there were performances from BAFTA, the Royal Court Theatre, nabokov, Roger McGough, WordTheatre, Stewart Lee, Mark Steel, Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Russell Kane, Michael McIntyre, Robin Ince, Murray Lachlan Young and many more.

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Sadly, there was a dark side to the festival caused by a lack of security. There were around 40 reports of thefts from tents and the organisers vowed to step up security the following year.

However, Latitude did win the Fan-Friendly Festival award at the UK Festival Awards 2007 and Hektor Rous, whose family own the Henham estate, said he believed it owed a great deal of its success is down to the enthusiasm of the organisers.

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