Friday 30 September 2016

Little sunshine but 30,000 fans lap up the Marlay party at Longitude

Amy Mulvaney

Published 16/07/2016 | 11:38

Katie Graham and Claire Daly pictured at the 3Live experience at Longitude, where Three made sure festival goers were charged up and ready to enjoy the three day music festival. 3Live connects festival-goers to what matters most - great music and experien
Katie Graham and Claire Daly pictured at the 3Live experience at Longitude, where Three made sure festival goers were charged up and ready to enjoy the three day music festival. 3Live connects festival-goers to what matters most - great music and experien
Eimear Devilly, Ben Farrelly and Kate Stafford pictured at the 3Live experience at Longitude, where Three made sure festival goers were charged up and ready to enjoy the three day music festival. 3Live connects festival-goers to what matters most - great

Dull and cloudy skies failed to dampen the spirits of festival goers as Longitude kicked off with a bang last night.

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Short shorts, crop tops and baseball caps were the order of the day as 30,000 people descended on Marlay Park in south Dublin for a day of music, food and fun. But the excited festival goers also came armed with wellies and rain jackets as downpours threatened.

Indie rock band The Lumineers took to the main stage and proved to be one of the most popular acts of the night and delighted fans with a stellar performance, including the best-selling Ho Hey.

Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar headlined the first night of the festival, and his fans were not disappointed by his electric performance.

Jolanta Geruiskyte and Ellen Flood pictured at the 3Live experience at Longitude, where Three made sure festival goers were charged up and ready to enjoy the three day music festival. 3Live connects festival-goers to what matters most - great music and ex
Jolanta Geruiskyte and Ellen Flood pictured at the 3Live experience at Longitude, where Three made sure festival goers were charged up and ready to enjoy the three day music festival. 3Live connects festival-goers to what matters most - great music and ex

Other acts who rocked the crowd included Cork native Brian Deady, DJ Nina Kraviz and Tyler the Creator.

There was plenty to eat and drink, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus competing with the traditional festival burgers and chicken.

The non-camping festival has proved to be a major success and pals Rachel Gillen from Lucan and Emma Jennings from Louth enjoyed their first visit to Longitude.

"We're very impressed," Emma said.

"We were at Lollapalooza in Chicago last year and this is matching up to it."

"It's our second year here and it's going well so far," said friends Sheena Moloney and Courtney Mullally from Rathfarnham.

Sheena Moloney Rathfarnham - Courtney Mullally Rathfarnham
Sheena Moloney Rathfarnham - Courtney Mullally Rathfarnham

"It's definitely better than last year because the lineup is amazing. We're here for the weekend," said the girls, who were due to return to see the Coronas perform tonight.

Alecia O'Donovan and Shona Costello were enjoying the entertainment in the 3Live arena.

Meanwhile, Pals Rebecca Slevin, Carla Kehoe, Tara Butler, Ciara Lawlor and Rachel Walsh enjoyed some downtime as they listened to DJ sets from a host of acts, including 2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott.

The Coronas and Major Lazer top today's line-up at the festival. A limited number of tickets are still available for tomorrow.

Rachel Gillen and Emma Jennings
Rachel Gillen and Emma Jennings

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