Latitude festival named for awards

Victoria NichollsRevellers at Suffolk's popular Latitude Festival have voted the event as one of their favourite music events in the country, leading it to be shortlisted for three awards.Victoria Nicholls

Revellers at Suffolk's popular Latitude Festival have voted the event as one of their favourite music events in the country, leading it to be shortlisted for three awards.

This year's event, which featured 80s stars Grace Jones and the Pet Shop Boys, has been nominated as the UK's best medium-sized festival.

The UK Festival Awards 2009, which highlights and rewards the country's most popular events based on feedback from festival-goers, has listed Latitude in the top rankings.

The stunning rural surroundings at Henham Park, eco-friendly approach and eclectic mix of music, literature and theatre have set Latitude apart from similar events in the eyes of many seasoned festival-goers.


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Although it has grown throughout its four-year history, following this summer's successful event, director Melvin Benn said he did not want visitor numbers to spiral out of control. Although the line-up has not yet been announced for Latitude 2010, the event looks certain to remain a fixture in Suffolk's summer calendar.

Latitude also made it into the shortlist for the family festival award, thanks to its child-friendly activities including pond-dipping, interactive theatre entertainment in the woods and children's stage.

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Its hat-trick was completed by a nomination for the late-announced act Radiohead's Thom Yorke, whose Sunday midday set at Latitude attracted a big crowd and rousing reception. He was picked out to make the final cut in the critics' choice award.

Festival organisers wanting to put themselves forward for the awards are included in online lists. Fans decide the final shortlists during a three week public voting period, followed by a second three-week spell when the final winner in each category is decided, again by public vote. Voters are being given the chance to win tickets to all of this year's winning festivals.

Voting ends on November 4 and the winners will be announced on November 19 at the gala awards ceremony which takes place at the IndigO2 in London.

To vote visit www.festivalawards.com

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