Latitude Festival in Suffolk will run at 'full capacity'

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Lewis Capaldi is due to be one of the main acts at Latitude Festival 2021

The organisers of Latitude Festival say the event will run at full capacity, with negative Covid tests a requirement of entry.

The four-day festival at Henham Park in Suffolk is scheduled to be held in July, having been cancelled last year.

Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol are the first acts to be announced.

Founder Melvin Benn says the event will go ahead as long as "the prevailing situation in the UK is deemed safe".

On-site testing will ensure unvaccinated people are "clear before they enter the festival", he said.

Mr Benn said it was "all systems go" for 22 to 25 July, following the prime minister's announcement that there could be no limit on social contact in England by 21 June.

"We'd like to reassure you all that we are working hard behind the scenes and will be following all government guidelines and legislation to ensure Latitude is safe for all.

"We are confident that our hard work in conforming to the protocols, plus the fact that all adults are due to have been offered the vaccine, plus the news of large-scale test events in April and May will mean that we really can go ahead," he added.

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Latitude Festival has been held at Henham Park, near Southwold, since 2006

Snow Patrol were forced to cancel their slot at Latitude in 2019 due to illness.

The band were the first ever headliners on the Friday night in 2006, when the Obelisk stage was in a big tent rather than in the open air, and will return to play the Sunday of this year's event.

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