The likes of the Isle Of Wight and Download Festivals have been decimated by the awful British summer weather, but Latitude Festival organiser Melvin Benn is convinced that this weekend the 35,000 capacity event taking place in Suffolk, East Anglia won't meet the same fate as those. So bad was the weather at the Isle of Wight Festival that the car park there was flooded, causing a tailback that left some cars trapped on the ferry overnight, whilst Download Festival saw its festival campsite similarly flooded.
However, the BBC reports that Benn is not worried of a similar thing happening at Latitude, despite more rain having been forecast. "I don't need a plan B," he said. "(Henham Park) is on a sandy base and drains well." Latitude has had rain before, of course, but hasn't ever encountered any serious problems, although cars did have trouble getting in and out of the car park at last year's event. Commenting on that, Benn said "If there is difficulty I've got tractors standing by, trackways and temporary fencing.What I do know is that I'm not anticipating scenes like what people have seen at Silverstone. People can come feeling very positive that there will be absolutely no cancellation."
The reference to Silverstone was in relation to the Formula 1 Grand Prix that took place there over the weekend, seeing many cars stuck in its car park. Headliners at Latitude this year are Elbow, Paul Weller and BON IVER.