Monday 24 July 2017

Sunshine makes for a fun-filled second day as 20,000 flock to Longitude

From L to R: Becky Lee, Limerick, Louise Kehoe, Wexford, Nora Casey,Limerick, and Laura Maher, Kilkenny pictured before Longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Becky Lee, Limerick, Louise Kehoe, Wexford, Nora Casey,Limerick, and Laura Maher, Kilkenny pictured before Longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Music fans pictured before the Longitude Music Festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Nora Casey, Limerick, left and Laura Maher, Kilkenny pictured before Longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Jade Thompson 18, Clairesse O'Keeffe 18, and Beibhinn Boyce, 18, from Tallaght pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

The second day of Longitude went down a storm with punters on Saturday, with an estimated 20,000 people flocking to Dublin's Marlay Park for the festival's fifth year.

Although gloomy clouds lingered throughout the day threatening rain, the sun persisted with temperatures reaching the mid-twenties, much to revellers' delight.

Crop tops, barely-there shorts and fishnet tights were the order of the day for more than nine hours of music, food and fun.

Saturday's headliner The Weeknd drew a crowd of thousands for the last act of the day on the Main Stage, while Skepta, Mac Miller and All Tvvins were among performers that entertained fans from 2pm onwards.

Straying away from the traditional festival feed of slap-and-dash burgers and chips, there was plenty to eat and drink, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus available for ravenous festival-goers.

On Saturday, Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn issued an apology on Facebook for “the opening hour” of Friday’s entry.

“The opening hour of yesterday's entry was not what I wanted,” reads the post.

“We had encouraged people to arrive early and they heeded the encouragement to a greater level than anticipated making that first hour difficult and I owe those caught up in it an apology.

“However, every single person caught up in the shock of the uncomfortable start was able to continue into the concert and enjoy the day despite that. As you would anticipate, my teams have worked throughout the night to improve the entry for today and tomorrow so everyone can enjoy Longitude at its best.”

The non-camping festival will wrap up on Sunday, with folk rock band Mumford & Sons closing the Main Stage.

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