Suffolk

Latitude Festival introduces yoga and jogging for 2014

  • 20 July 2014
  • From the section Suffolk
Damon Albarn at Latitude Festival
Graham Coxon joined his Blur bandmate Damon Albarn for an encore as thunder rumbled overhead

Suffolk's Latitude Festival has started and has introduced yoga, volleyball and jogging sessions this year.

The Henham Park event will be headlined this weekend by Lily Allen, Damon Albarn and The Black Keys.

Melvin Benn, festival director, said: "There's a new resident here in Henham Park and she was keen to introduce yoga in the campsites.

"It's the perfect addition and I'm rather cheesed off that I didn't think of it myself."

The take-up of yoga was successful on Friday morning at the Latitude Festival
Festival-goers watched sets by Bombay Bicycle Club, Royksopp and Robyn on Saturday
Temperatures soared on the first day of the festival before becoming cooler on Sunday
Lily Allen did a surprise set on the Waterfront stage before her replacement slot on Friday's main stage
Knitting sessions were also available to festival visitors at the 35,000-capacity site
The world tango champions German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi danced on the Waterfront stage
Programme-sellers offered hula-hoop entertainment for the ninth year of the festival

The festival near Southwold has a capacity of 35,000.

Yoga takes place with three separate sessions every morning, volleyball is ongoing and the 45-minute jog starts on Saturday morning.

"The festival doesn't necessarily get bigger every year, but it does change and we add little things because visitors don't want to see the same things every year," said Mr Benn.

"It's the right size for me overall."

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the festival which began in 2006.

Lily Allen was brought in as a last-minute replacement to headline on the main stage on Friday after Two Door Cinema Club pulled out due to illness.

Festivalgoers also got the chance to go punting the sun on the lake in the middle of the site

Festivalgoers had delays of several hours following an accident which closed the A12 at Yoxford, south of the festival site.

The road was closed for about four hours on Thursday after after a collision which left a lorry overturned in a field and a 45-year-old man driving a car was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Suffolk Police said he was in a critical but stable condition on Friday morning.

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