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Latitude 2021 to go ahead at full capacity as part of government's Events Research Programme

25 June 2021, 10:03 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

After Latitude Festival Director Melvin Benn revealed last week that he's "very confident" the festival will go ahead this year, the 2021 edition has joined the UK government's Events Research Programme, meaning it can go ahead at full capacity.

This year's Latitude has joined the next phase of the UK government's Events Research Programme, and will take place next month with performances from Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Fontaines DC, Mabel, Beabadoobee, Akala, Griff, Arlo Parks, Tim Burgess, Sons of Kemet and more.

Confirmation that the 2021 edition will go ahead comes after festival boss Melvin Benn's statement last week, which saw him write that he's "very confident after those talks that Latitude will be allowed to go ahead."

Speaking about joining the Event Research Programme, 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."

"After many months without live music and arts, we are ecstatic to return with a full capacity festival," Benn added. "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!"

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said, "We are working flat out to find a way to get festivals back up and running safely, so it is brilliant that Latitude will go ahead as part of the Events Research Programme and build on the success of our pilots at Download and Sefton Park."

Latitude 2021 will take place at Henham Park, Suffolk from 22-25 July. Visit for tickets and more information.
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