Monday 26 September 2016

Wellies at the ready for Longitude at Marlay

#SummerFest is the Independent.ie series on Ireland's summer festivals 2015

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

Kirsty Blake Knox lies on the grass in front of the stage at Marlay Park
Kirsty Blake Knox lies on the grass in front of the stage at Marlay Park
Fans at Longitude 2014
Hozier

Over 60,000 festivalgoers are due to descend on Marlay Park in Rathfarnham this weekend to see musician, Hozier, take to the stage.

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The Bray native is one of the headlining acts at Dublin's southside festival Longitude and will perform several new tracks.

He joins the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Alt-J, Wild Beasts and Jungle.

A total of 420 portaloos and 100 urinals have been installed ahead of the music extravaganza.

Wellies and waterproofs are a must as Met Éireann forecasters predict there will be several scattered showers over the course of the three-day festival.

The site has been revamped this year and includes a 3Deck Viewing Stand and a VIP area.

While festival organisers, MCD, have worked closely with residents to ensure the festival causes minimal disruption, some locals are bracing themselves for a potentially raucous weekend.

Tony Redmond of 'Protect Our Parks' is canvassing for the annual summer concerts to be cancelled.

"This is a park not a music venue," he said. "The urination and noise levels are obscene. I've had enough."

Local resident Una Connaughton is concerned about the environmental impact. "The bridges are corralling the ducks and trees have been lopped to make ways for bars," she said. "And they wonder why we aren't happy."

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