Organisers ‘ecstatic’ after Latitude festival

The Suffolk party will be back next year

The first-ever Latitude bash has been declared a resounding success by ‘ecstatic’ festival boss Melvin Benn.

And organisers have confirmed that the contemporary arts event – headlined this year by Snow Patrol, Antony and the Jonsons and Mogwai – would return for a second year.

Mean Fiddler boss Benn said: “Ecstatic. Absolutely ecstatic about the inaugural Latitude festival. Far too many highlights to list them all but the three headliners blew me away as did Patti Smith, who spent the whole weekend in Southwold discovering her ancestral roots.

Rob Newman captivated everyone in the comedy tent and them was captivated himself with Guilty Pleasures. The Royal Court Theatre making their first-ever festival performances enchanting the audiences and the Literature and Poetry tents, which everyone doubted would work, stormed the weekend as I knew they would. Being read to at a festival; how absolutely delightful. The art of storytelling coming through on so many stages but especially those two.

“The site, the lake, the woods, the deck chairs, the punting in the gondolas all added to an extraordinary weekend for me. I haven’t come down from it yet.”

The festival, held at Henham Park in Suffolk, was attended by 12,000 people.