Latitude: The National set for headline slot + preview of Friday’s line-up

TOP names in music join the Latitude party today as the four-day festival gets into full swing.

Thirty-five thousand people are on site at Henham Park, near Southwold, at the sixth Latitude Festival, which has now sold out.

Those arriving yesterday were treated to performances in the theatre, literary and poetry arenas and had the chance to explore art, sculptures, installations and illuminations in The Faraway Forest exhibition.

All of the festival’s 18 stages and areas will be offering a full bill of entertainment today, offering up top names froom the worlds of music comedy, literary, poetry, cabaret, theatre, film, art, fashion and dance.

Tonight, American indie band The National will take top billing on the music stages, headlining the Obelisk Arena.

They will finish off a line-up that includes KT Tunstall, Bright Eyes, Paloma Faith and Edwyn Collins.

Rising stars Bombay Bicycle Club headline the Word Arena, on a bill that also includes hotly-tipped The Vaccines and Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group.

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More than a dozen comics will be performing in the Comedy Arena, including star names David O’Doherty, Nick Helm and Richard Herring, and the Poetry Arena boasts more than 40 names.

One of today’s most eagerly-anticipated events will be in the Film and Music Arena, a BAFTA special with Richard Curtis hosting a Q&A with comic stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon about the TV series The Trip.

Elsewhere on the site will be leading theatre companies, fashion shows, book readings, cabaret performers, DJs, art shows and discussion panels.

There are a number of weird and wonderful additions this year, including the mysterious Narnia Wardrobe.

The entertainment continues over the weekend, with singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini and indie veterans Suede among the top names set to appear.