Longitude: Hozier gives his young neighbour a present he'll never forget
Published 19/07/2014 | 17:04
MARLAY Park today played host to 20,000 fervent festival-goers for the second day of Longitude - 5,000 more revellers than yesterday - but one young man stood out.
The rain held off for early acts including Hozier, who kicked off the Rathfarnham festival at 3.15pm - drawing a stampede of fans to the main stage.
The Bray musician, who began on a high with his haunting hit 'Take Me to Church', was one of the highlights of the day.
And the Wicklow man soon had the crowd in the palm of his hand - convincing up to 12,000 of them to sing along as he wished his young neighbour, Matt Fennelly, a 'Happy Birthday'.
The youngster has just turned 12. He'll do very well to top this particular birthday.
British singer/songwriter Sam Smith followed Hozier on the main stage before penultimate act The 1975.
Other highly anticipated artists were Haim and main stage headliners Disclosure with the set from relatively new electronic trio Chvrches also proving popular.
For Claire Murtagh (27) from Cavan it's all about trio of sisters Haim although she can't agree with pals Niamh Cunningham (24) from Mayo, or Tasha Myles (27) from Dublin, as to the correct pronunciation of the band's name.
Hozier is also causing pronunciation problems for festival-goers, including Eoin Monaghan (29) from Dublin, who concedes it really doesn't matter as the artist is the main draw today.
The prospect of rain isn't daunting anyone, with the vast majority armed with pre-packed ponchos.
Friends Anne Donnelly, Elaine Hickey, and Steph Myles, all 31 and from Rathfarnham, reveal they can simply nip home to change if there's an unexpected downpour.
Claire Christopher and Aisling Nagle, both 18 from Cork, don't have any such luxury since they're heading home to Cork after the festival tonight.
"We're troopers!" declares Aisling.