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Radio 4 is back from Suffolk

Tuesday 21 July 2009, 19:09

Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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The office is full of people who spent the weekend at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk. They don't look visibly scarred, although apparently it rained more-or-less all the time. Absolutely no one was miserable, though, because there was no mud. Sandy soil, you see. That's the secret of a happy Summer Festival in Britain.

Radio 4 was at Latitude for the fourth year in a row and, in addition to presenting a lot of live shows for audiences on the Radio 4 Stage, also recorded plenty of material for later broadcast. Already you'll have heard Friday's Now Show, Saturday's Loose Ends and, this afternoon, the first of the Stories with Latitude, from Emma Kennedy. 4 in a Field, presented by Adam Hills, selects the best stand-up performances from the festival for the 6.30 comedy slot on Wednesday.

And there was Mitch Benn. This year, Radio 4's own satirical guitar God recorded three songs - each from a different part of the site (including a gondola on the lake) exclusively for the web site. They're all here and one of the interesting things about the whole thing is that you're encouraged to lift the videos and embed them on your own web site - and it's easy to do so (that's how I embedded the one at the top - instructions are here).

  • The BBC's Latitude site brings together content from all of the networks that were at the Festival - 6Music, Radio 2 and Radio 4.
  • The Festival's own site has photo galleries and some music.
  • East Anglia's local paper The Eastern Daily Press has comprehensive coverage of the festival.

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    Hi Steve,
    Good to hear Radio 4 had a great time in Suffolk at the Latitude Festival. The event was, once again, a huge success and is doing wonders at helping to position the county as a dynamic and contemporary destination on the national stage.
    Also hope that you found time to take advantage of some of the special offers open to festival-goers and explore Suffolk's many other attractions - perhaps taking a trip to RSPB Minsmere, getting some thrills at Pleasurewood Hills or finding out more about the county's farming heritage at Easton Farm Park?
    Find out more at www.visit-suffolk.org.uk
    Hope to see you again soon!


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