Campers arrive 'back in paradise' at sold-out Latitude Festival

Ebony Thorogood, Lily Barnes and Poppy Riley arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ebony Thorogood, Lily Barnes and Poppy Riley arrive at Latitude Festival 2021 in Suffolk's Henham Park. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

After a two year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, campers have arrived at the sold-out Latitude Festival more excited than ever.

It is the first major festival in the UK to be held following 'Freedom Day' on July 19 and runs until Sunday in Henham Park, near Southwold.

Over the weekend, 40,000 people are set to attend and weekend and Saturday day tickets are sold out. 

Estelle Simmans is happy to be at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Estelle Simmans is happy to be at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Estelle Simmans, 24, from Chelmsford, said: "It feels absolutely amazing to be back to normality and back in paradise.

"I am really looking forward to all the food and the music that I used to listen to as a teenager as all the stuff they play on the radio now is a bit poppy, but this is back to the good old days of indie and alternative music." 

Latitude had already been given the green light before the lifting of restrictions as festival director Melvin Benn announced in June it was part of the government's Event Research Programme (ERP).

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

As a test event, it can go ahead at full capacity with no social distancing requirements.

However, all attendees had to show either proof of two vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test to gain entry, with the latter requiring a retest after 48 hours. 

People have to show their negative test result before entering the site. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

People have to show their negative test result before entering the site. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

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Festival-goers could also show natural immunity based on a positive PCR Covid test within 180 days of the festival. 

Rob Kellas was also in high spirits ahead of the festival, who said: "It feels great you know, the weather is out and I'm already a bit sunburnt. 

Chris Poulton, Rob Kellas and Ryan Eaglen arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Chris Poulton, Rob Kellas and Ryan Eaglen arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

"The coolest thing is there is no apprehensions or concern really as the checks have been done and you've got to be verified and you've got your wristband to say everyone is safe.

"I'm absolutely buzzing and I just need a can to be honest because it is red hot." 

The headliners for Latitude's Obelisk Arena main stage are Wolf Alice on Friday, The Chemical Brothers on Saturday and Bastille Reorchestrated and Bombay Bicycle Club on Sunday. 

People that test positive before the festival will be refunded and those that do while there will need to go to the medical tent immediately. 

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Zoe Dennis and Ashley Valentine Moyles arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Zoe Dennis and Ashley Valentine Moyles arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Thea Hackney cools off in the heat. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Thea Hackney cools off in the heat. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers arrive at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers in front of the Co-op flower wall. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers in front of the Co-op flower wall. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers enjoyed the sunshineon the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers enjoyed the sunshine on the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Ben, Luca, Kaliyah, Eloise and Petra on the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ben, Luca, Kaliyah, Eloise and Petra on the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Rebecca Angel, Rachael Scarsbrook and Pippa Cunningham at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Rebecca Angel, Rachael Scarsbrook and Pippa Cunningham at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Pippa Cunningham enjoying the sunshine. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Pippa Cunningham enjoying the sunshine. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Rebecca Angel enjoying the sun at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Rebecca Angel enjoying the sun at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Sam Western, who is helping to facilitate the lateral flow testing station at one of the entrances at

Sam Western, who is helping to facilitate the lateral flow testing station at one of the entrances at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

An NHS Vaccine bus is stationed in the village at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

An NHS vaccine bus is stationed in the village at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

The team are on hand to administer Pfizer and Astrazeneca. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

The team are on hand to administer Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Nina and Elli Burgess are excited to be at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Nina and Elli Burgess are excited to be at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Families are soaking up the sun on the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Families are soaking up the sun on the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Amaia, Kate, Ruben and Alicia de Goni-Parks enjoying the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy

Amaia, Kate, Ruben and Alicia de Goni-Parks enjoying the first day of Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Lewis, George, Eva and Sam having fun in the sun at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Lewis, George, Eva and Sam having fun in the sun at Latitude. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Ayla, Alyssa and Tom Machen from Sheffield. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ayla, Alyssa and Tom Machen from Sheffield. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Festival goers in front of the Co-op flower wall. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival goers in front of the Co-op flower wall. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant


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