Gallery: New arenas to cope with growing list of acts at Latitude 2009

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Beth Ditto of the Gossip - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Once again Latitude was a sell out in 2009, with 25,000 festival-goers arriving at the gates to Henham Park.

The line-up read like a who’s who of the creative arts.

Sadler’s Wells, joined by the Royal Opera House, staged an incredible dance programme. Other theatre companies to take part in 2009 included The Bush, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Paines Plough to name but a few.

The Poetry Arena has developed into Europe’s largest poetry festival in its own right. The line-up included Andrew Motion, Jackie Kay and Luke Wright.

The Comedy Arena was once again fit to bursting with heavyweight comics including Jo Brand, Ed Byrne, Mark Thomas and Latitude favourite Sean Lock.


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The Literary Arena got its own fair share of titans in the form of Vivienne Westwood and Sir Peter Blake.

Friday night headline acts included the Pet Shop Boys at the Obelisk Arena, Bat for Lashes in the Uncut Arena and Golden Silvers on The Lake stage.

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Grace Jones, Passion Pit and the Bombay Bicycle Club headlined on the Saturday night with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Gossip playing Sunday.

Thom Yorke was a highlight for all, with thousands gathering Sunday at noon to watch a stunning set.

There were mores firsts for Latitude in 2009 - the Britten Sinfonia became the first a full orchestra to play the festival and the first fashion show was hosted by House of BlueEyes across the lake.

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