Latitude Festival - Latitude Festival To Go Ahead Says Organiser Despite Wet Weather Warnings

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The main organiser of Suffolk's Latitude Festival has promised that there will be 'absolutely no cancellation' despite the wet weather warnings over Friday and Saturday.

Though Thursday looks to remain dry all day, Friday sees heavy rain all morning and lighter rain into the afternoon according to the Met Office. The morning and evening of Saturday is looking dry with sunny intervals, however heavy rain is expected throughout the afternoon. Early Sunday morning and afternoon sees only light rain with some sun later in the morning.

Festival Republic director Melvin Benn insists that the 35,000 capacity venue at Henham Park is in ideal condition for the wet weather that has affected many summer festivals this year and has had few weather-related problems in the past. 'I don't need a plan B. [Henham Park] is on a sandy base and drains well', he told BBC News. Though this may be true, last year (2011) saw some difficulty with people trying to get cars in and out of car parks because of the mud, but Benn says he is 'not anticipating scenes like what people have seen at Silverstone', the venue where the British Grand Prix was to be held but car parks were so waterlogged that they became totally unusable. 'If there is difficulty, I've got tractors standing by, trackways and temporary fencing', he says.

Mr. Benn maybe feeling confident about the weather-proof festival which runs from Thursday to Sunday, however, other Suffolk events that were to take place this summer have not been so resilient, such as the Suffolk Show and Ipswich Mela, and were subsequently cancelled.

The family friendly festival is popular for its excellent literature and side-splitting comedy acts which this year will include Tim Minchin, Jack Dee, Russell Kane and David O'Doherty. On top of that is an extensive line-up of bands and artists which, as well as headliners Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller, include Janelle Monae, Richard Hawley, Alabama Shakes, Wild Beasts, Lianne La Havas, ST. Vincent, M83, Soko and OF MONSTERS AND MEN.


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