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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Longitude: Hozier gives his young neighbour a present he'll never forget

Published 19/07/2014 | 17:04

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Marlay Park played host to 20,000 fervent festival-goers for the second day of Longitude, 5,000 more revellers than yesterday.

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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 Dublin musician, who began on a high with his haunting hit 'Take Me to Church', was one of the highlights of the day.

And he 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'.

Matt Fennelly, the youngster who turned 12 today - and had thousands of Hozier fans wish him a 'Happy Birthday' at Longitude

The youngster has just turned 12. He'll do very well to top this particular birthday.

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith follows Hozier on the main stage before penultimate act The 1975.

Other highly anticipated artists are 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.

Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Erin Callinan, John Sharpson and Alva Egan. Picture: Tony Kinlan, 19/07/2014.
Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Erin Callinan, John Sharpson and Alva Egan. Photo: Tony Kinlan
Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Laura Graham and Aoife Byrne. Picture: Tony Kinlan, 19/07/2014.
Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Laura Graham and Aoife Byrne. Photo: Tony Kinlan
Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Gina McEntee and Roisin Tolan from Lucan. Picture: Tony Kinlan, 19/07/2014.
Revelers enjoy day 2 of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Pictured: Gina McEntee and Roisin Tolan from Lucan. Picture: Tony Kinlan

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