Thursday 21 September 2017

Thousands of music fans revel in sun at festival in the park

Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O at the Longitude festival
Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O at the Longitude festival
Fans at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Yeah Yeah Yeahs,Karen O at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin.
Hot Chip perform at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Fans Paula Fox and Rachel Brown at the Logitude festival
Fans at the Logitude festival
Fans at the Logitude festival
Fans at the Logitude festival
Fans Sarah murphy and rachel grant at the Logitude festival
Andy Thompson Stag at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Fans Stef Barry,Ashling Cummins and Mimi Chung at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Grace Brennan at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Fans at the Logitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

THE inaugural Longitude festival went off without a hitch as music lovers descended in their thousands to Dublin's Marlay Park.

The three-day festival was given an even bigger boost as the 25C heatwave improved everyone's mood.

Irish band Kodaline played a raucous set on Saturday with concert-goers singing back their biggest hits.

But the foursome's biggest fans proved to be their parents who watched with pride as their sons took to the stage.

Marie and Padraig Prendergast, parents of guitarist Mark, grinned from ear to ear throughout the set.

"This is my first festival," Marie said. "Mark and Steve (Garrigan, Kodaline's lead singer) grew up together so they would spend a lot of time together. Other than that, we've become one big family since."

Lead guitarist Prendergast led the famous faces in attendance yesterday at the festival's VIP area, joining model Aoife Cogan and rugby player Luke Fitzgerald.

Vampire Weekend closed Saturday night's gig in style while yesterday saw a further 10,000 revellers experience the boutique festival for the first time.

London Grammar disappointed fans by finishing their set 15 minutes earlier than expected at the Heineken Live Project Stage, however, the main stage was filled with fans from 2pm.

Hot Chip, who are no strangers to the festival scene, set the tone for a rousing build up to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and headliners Kraftwerk, who gave a 3D concert to remember.

No major incidents were reported and security staff took every measure possible to ensure the safety of guests with bag searches, body frisks and a heavy garda presence.

The Irish Independent's Caitlin McBride and Vicki Notaro are the 2013 #FestivalFriends giving you exclusive interviews and behind the scenes access. Follow them on Twitter (@mcbride_caitlin and @vickinotaro) for more, and visit independent.ie for video chats with Phoenix, Foals and Kodaline.

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