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Latitude Festival 2021 to operate at ‘full capacity’

Organisers of Latitude Festival have confirmed that the festival will operate at ‘full capacity’ this summer, as long as it is safe to do so.

The four-day boutique festival takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk on July 22-25. Latitude, so far, has only announced performances from Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol. However, more names are expected to be added soon. All the acts announced so far were set to play at the festival last summer before the pandemic struck.

Last month, Festival Republic, who own Latitude, announced that the event was expected to go ahead still, but that cancellation insurance had been provided as a precautionary measure. Festival Republic has since revealed their plans to make-sure Latitude’s sister festival, Reading & Leeds, both go ahead this summer.

A new statement has now been shared on Latitude’s official website, with founder Melvin Benn saying that the festival is “all systems go”, following the announcement that there could be no limit on social distancing come June 21st in England.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Benn declared that unvaccinated people would be tested to make sure they are “clear before they enter the festival”. Then in a list of FAQ’s following Benn’s statement, one asks whether or not the festival will run at a reduced capacity and the answer states, “No,‌ ‌Latitude‌ ‌2021‌ ‌will‌ ‌run‌ ‌at‌ ‌full‌ ‌capacity‌ ‌as‌ ‌normal.”