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Framlingham's Ed Sheeran opens the Obelisk stage at the Latitude Festival on Saturday

Framlingham's Ed Sheeran opens the Obelisk stage at the Latitude Festival on Saturday

Home-grown star Ed Sheeran made his Latitude debut in 2011.

Opening up the Obelisk Arena at 1.30pm on the Saturday in a deluge of rain, Sheeran delivered exactly the type of polished set that become expected of him. In fact, he was still doing many of the songs he was playing to half a dozen people in a corner of a pub a couple of years previously.

He mentioned his home town of Framlingham, his family, told the story of his top three hit The A Team and led a succession of singalongs with a devoted horde of soaked fans at the front, who roared every word back at him.

The only thing he didn’t mention was the rain, which probably lost him a few hundred people to the Word Arena, where 80s icon Adam Ant was puffing through a host of hits that topped the charts before Sheeran was born.

The National, Paolo Nutini and Suede headlined whilst the choir of Scala & Kolacny Brothers took to the stage in the coveted Sunday slot to cover songs from Radiohead, U2 and Marilyn Manson.


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Across the music stages audiences were treated to performances from James Blake, Bright Eyes, Wanda Jackson, Edwyn Collins, Lyle Lovett, Annie Nightingale’s Decades Show, My Morning Jacket, Rumer, The Cribs,, C.W Stoneking, Iron & Wine, The Waterboys, Anna Calvi, Eels, Os Mutantes and many more.

And the new addition this year was the teen arena.

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A festival within a festival, the Inbetweeners Teen Area invited teens to ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ with Greenpeace developing bushcraft skills, Monkey Do provided a treetop walkway, and the Culture Works East Media programme included ‘Make your own ringtone’, ‘Record your own song’ and ‘Beat Box for Beginners’.

The children’s area was also bigger and better, offering its own activities for the little ones.

And there was more room to manouevre as the size of the arena was increased, although capacity remained the same as the previous year.

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