Damon Albarn Set as Special Guest Performer at Latitude Festival

The Blur lead vocalist has been scheduled to take the stage at the upcoming Latitude music festival as a special guest while preparing for the release of his second solo LP.

AceShowbizDamon Albarn will be a special guest performer at this year’s Latitude music festival.

The Blur frontman will take to the lakeside Waterfront stage at Henham Park, Suffolk, east England, for a Saturday sunset performance of tunes from his extensive back catalogue on 24 July (21) and a preview of his second solo album “The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows“, which is released 12 November via Transgressive.

A statement on the Latitude website reads, “Expect to hear songs from throughout Damon’s career performed on Latitude’s iconic Waterfront stage. It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable show, so don’t miss out!”

Last month, festival bosses confirmed the spectacle – which will take place from 22 to 25 July – will go ahead at full capacity, with 35,000 music fans expected to attend, this summer as part of the U.K. Government’s Event Research Programme (ERP) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Melvin Benn, Festival Director of Latitude, said, “We have been working extremely hard to make sure that Latitude Festival can go ahead safely at full capacity.”

“Becoming an ERP event gives us the security of going ahead. Crucially the additional research collected at Latitude will benefit all festivals and live events moving forward. Everyone will be welcome to attend as long as they have a negative lateral flow test or proof of two vaccinations.”

“After many months without live music and arts, we are ecstatic to return with a full capacity festival. Restarting festivals is crucially important to the wellbeing of everyone in society and we hope that Latitude will be the first of many festivals to take place this summer!”

Data from the first stage of the ERP was published recently and confirmed that just 28 people who attended pilot events researching the impact of large-scale gatherings during the pandemic tested positive for the virus.

Headliners Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, and Simon Amstel top the bill at the event.

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