Latitude Festival will go ahead at full capacity as part of government pilot scheme

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It’s still unsure that the UK festival season will be going ahead, especially as most have canceled but Latitude has been given the green light as part of the government pilot scheme.

Latitude Festival organisers have confirmed that their event will be going ahead at full capacity as part of the UK government’s Event Research Programme (ERP). 

The ERP has seen audiences attend events in Liverpool, the BRIT Awards, and recently Download Festival to investigate the safety of large crowds returning to events after the pandemic. 

Now, Latitude Festival will see 35,000 people attend its grounds at Henham Park from July 22nd-25th, with headline performances from Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, and Bombay Bicycle Club. 

To gain entry ticket holders will be asked for proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arriving at the festival, or proof of full vaccination with the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior. 

Speaking on the announcement Festival Director Melvin Benn said: “We have been working extremely hard to make sure that Latitude Festival can go ahead safely at full capacity. Becoming an ERP event gives us the security of going ahead. Crucially the additional research collected at Latitude will benefit all festivals and live events moving forward. Everyone will be welcome to attend as long as they have a negative lateral flow test or proof of two vaccinations. Adding: “After many months without live music and arts, we are ecstatic to return with a full capacity festival. Restarting festivals is crucially important to the wellbeing of everyone in society and we hope that Latitude will be the first of many festivals to take place this summer!”

Music journalist and photojournalist based in Cornwall.

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