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Lily Allen steps in as last-minute Latitude headliner

Lily Allen is to headline at Latitude Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pop star Lily Allen will headline the opening night of the Latitude Festival in Suffolk after indie band Two Door Cinema Club pulled out of the event.

The decision comes after the band's singer, Alex Trimble, announced he was too ill to perform at the Henham Park arts and music festival.

Allen, whose latest album is entitled Sheezus, stepped in at the last minute to fill the slow.

The outspoken star sent her best wishes to the performer and said she was looking forward to taking to the stage at Henham Park.

She said: "So sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However I am more than happy to step in."

"I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."

– Lily Allen.

Two Door Cinema Club issued a statement, saying: "It is with a heavy heart that we are going to need to cancel our upcoming shows at Latitude and Bournemouth Academy.

"Alex collapsed at Seattle airport on the way to London and has been hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint.

"We are devastated to have to cancel shows that we were so looking forward to. We can only apologise and hope for your understanding at this time."

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic which runs the event, said he was sad that Two Door Cinema Club had been forced to cancel their performance "under advice of doctors".

He added: "We wish Alex all the best and a speedy recovery.

"We are honoured that Lily Allen is able to step in at the last minute and would like to thank her for filling the headline slot.

"After her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury Lily was a natural choice, the Latitude audience are in for something really spectacular."

Two Door Cinema Club has had to pull out of Latitude Festival due to an illness. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Final Latitude line-up to be revealed

Latitude. Credit: PA.

The final line-up of Suffolk's Latitude Festival will be announced today.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn, from Colchester, Manchester band James and Billy Bragg are among those already confirmed for the weekend event at Henham Park near Southwold.

Comedians Dara O'Briain and Jack Dee, as well as designer Vivienne Westwood and photographer David Bailey, are also set to make an appearance.

The festival takes place on Thursday July 17th to Sunday July 20th.

Latitude announce more acts for festival

More acts have been announced for this year's Latitude festival.

Alison Moyet, the comedian Jack Dee and the British Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood are all in the line-up.

Among the other big names are the photographer David Bailey will be there to talk about his work.

The Latitude festival takes place on Thursday 17th- Sunday 20th July in the grounds of Henham Park in Suffolk.

American singer Chrissie Hynde added to Latitude Festival line-up

American singer Chrissie Hynde. Credit: PA

American singer Chrissie Hynde is among the latest acts to be added to this summer's Latitude Festival line-up.

The Pretenders frontwoman will play on the Obelisk Arena stage.

Ex-Beautiful South members Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have also been added to the bill, as have indie rockers Augustines.

Kevin Bridges will headline the Comedy Arena. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, scottish stand up-comedian Kevin Bridges will headline the Comedy Arena.

The festival will take place at Henham Park from 17-20 July.


Damon Albarn to headline Suffolk's Latitude festival

Damon Albarn of Blur performing live at the Berlin Festival Credit: John Rahim/EMPICS Entertainment

Damon Albarn will appear at this year's Latitude festival in his first ever solo headline performance.

The Blur frontman is also known for his side projects Gorillaz, supergroup The Good, The Bad and The Queen and his Mali Music collaboration.

Albarn confirmed his appearance at the Suffolk event after the announcement earlier today that he will release his first official solo album in April.

His performance in the Saturday night slot on July 19 will showcase material from his hotly anticipated album Everyday Robots.

A festival spokesman said: "Damon Albarn is a perfect fit for such an innovative festival and now audiences will be delighted to see him appear for his first ever festival performance as a solo artist."

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Two Door Cinema Club tweet delight at Latitude headline slot

Northern Irish indie band Two Door Cinema Club have taken to Twitter to express their delight at being selected as the headliners for next year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Suffolk: Two Door Cinema Club confirmed as Latitude 2014 headliners

Two Door Cinema Club, led by lead singer Alex Trimble, will headline the 2014 Latitude Festival. Credit: PA

The first acts have been announced ahead of next year's Latitude Festival in Suffolk with Irish indie band Two Door Cinema Club confirmed as headliners.

The trio have enjoyed several top 100 hits since forming in 2007, including "Something Good can Work" which peaked at number 56 in the UK singles chart.

'HAIM" have also been confirmed in the line-up. Credit: PA

Latitude festival will take place at Henham Park, near Southwold, in mid-July.

Speaking to the festival's official website, Two Door Cinema Club bassist, Kevin Baird, said that the band can't wait to take to the stage:

"It's really exciting for us to be headlining Latitude in 2014. Over the past 5 years we've made the progression from playing in the small tents to being close to the top of the bill on the main stage.

"Headlining a great festival like Latitude is obviously quite a big deal for us but we also feel like it is the next natural step. We're ready to headline. We're ready to smash it."

Other acts confirmed at the festival so far include singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and Californian rockers 'HAIM".

Latitude festival hailed a success

Grizzly Bear on stage at the Latitude Festival Credit: PA

Organisers of the Latittude festival are claiming it was another great success.

The clear up operation is now underway at Henham Park in Suffolk after the final guests left this morning from the 3 day festival.

Thousands of people were there and the dry weather means the damage to the site was less than last year.

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