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Festival-goers rejoice: Latitude will go ahead at full capacity this summer!

The Suffolk festival will be a government test event, with Wolf Alice and The Chemical Brothers headlining

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Rosie Hewitson
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Been longing for the sight of psychedelic pink sheep frolicking in the Suffolk countryside? You’re in luck! Latitude Festival and its famous colourful flock are officially back in business this summer, after being given the go-ahead to return at full capacity as part of the government’s test event schedule. 

Scheduled for 22-25 July, the weekender takes place just days after the UK is scheduled to enter the final phase of lockdown easing, delayed until 19 July at the earliest. The 40,000 capacity festival will definitely take place regardless of any further changes to the roadmap, with the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) using the festival as an opportunity to conduct further research into how to safely get festivals back up and running. 

This follows earlier pilot events including a 3,000-capacity club night in Liverpool in early May and a reduced capacity edition of Download Festival with 10,000 attendees last weekend. 

Festival-goers will be asked to provide either proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival or proof that they have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, with the second received a minimum of 14 days before arrival at the festival.

Headliners at the event in Suffolk’s Henham Park include Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter and Simon Amstell.

Already hunting down your wellies? Weekend tickets, including family and coach packages, can still be purchased here.

Or check out our guide to the 50 best festivals in the world for some post-Covid travel inspo.

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