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Friday 22 August 2014

Up to 15,000 people travel to Dublin's Marlay Park for the Longitude Festival

Crowds of 15,000 descend on Longitude from all corners of the world

Freya Drohan

Published 18/07/2014 | 17:40

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Up to 15,000 people made the trip to Dublin's Marlay Park today for the kick off of Longitude Festival 2014.

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Committed music fans have flocked from all over Ireland, and some from even further afield.

Chelsey Wild, seduced by a stellar lineup which includes acts as diverse as Hudson Taylor and Snakehips, flew in from Sheffield with her friends just for the day.

Two happy-go-lucky sisters, Sarah and Mary from North Carolina, were travelling around Europe when they heard whispers of a three day festival in Ireland.

Their mum sent them over some ponchos, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The chilled out concert goers were adamant on one thing- that the early morning rain would not stop them having a good day.

As luck would have it, the temperamental grey clouds gave way to glorious sunshine as the first acts took to the stage.

Highlights of the evening are tipped to be Ben Howard, Bastille and Bonobo.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Meanwhile, this is the first time Bombay Bicycle Club has stayed in a plush and stately manor before a gig.

In an exclusive interview with Independent.ie, Bombay Bicycle Club's guitarists Ed Nash and Jamie MacColl revealed their favourite audience - one which they surprisingly found in an Irish ballroom.

No rest for these Indie heroes - whose fourth album 'So Long See You Tomorrow' topped the charts in February.

Tonight, they will fly home to the UK to play at tomorrow's Latitude Festival.

"We have quite a manic couple of weeks," Jamie stated, as the four piece band prepares to jet across the globe for a bumper run of shows.

"This is the most intense part of touring in the whole year by a long shot," Ed agreed.

Style: Bindis, crochet and crop tops

The influence of Vanessa Hudgens and her fellow Coachella revellers was evident as Longitude welcomed swarms of fashion savvy young women.

Many had been following the style of Southern Califonians via Instagram and looked to emulate their carefree ensembles.

Colourful face paints, feathered head dresses and stick on facial jewellery were popular additions to outfits comprised of crochet shorts, crop tops and kimonos.

While many opted for the safe and traditional route of wellingtons and parkas, the popularity of bare-legs and Timbalands or trendy ankle boots was also clear.

As for the festival essentials packed away in the bum bags or rucksacks were everything from rain ponchos to suncream.

After all, this is Irish summer weather we're talking about here. 

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