Thursday 27 November 2014

Longitude is all about degrees as festival-goers lap up the sun

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

THERE was a noticeable lack of Wellington boots at Longitude last night as festival-goers crowded through the gates of Marlay Park.

The sun gods were smiling down, the clouds had cleared and everyone was determined to have a good time.

Leda Connaughton, Nicki Bailey, Bex Humphries and Johanna Ryan from Blackrock take in the evening sunshine on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan
Leda Connaughton, Nicki Bailey, Bex Humphries and Johanna Ryan from Blackrock take in the evening sunshine on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan

"The sun is shining, music blaring – what more could you want?" Chris Redmond (33) from Cork said.

Now in its second year, the Dublin-based festival is becoming a firm favourite with music lovers as it allows them to rock out before returning home to enjoy a good night's kip.

Bastille fans Kristina Zilinakaite at the main stage on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan
Bastille fans Kristina Zilinakaite at the main stage on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan

"Having a proper bed and a hot shower at the end of a day is a godsend. It feels like a total luxury," Olga Tummon (25) from Galway said.

"I'm staying with my friends in Ranelagh this evening, which feels very civilised."

Others were renting accommodation closer to the grounds.

"Some of my friends from Clontarf have rented a place in Rathfarnham so they can make the most of it," Doireann Brazil (23) said.

Music fans front and centre of the main stage for Bastille on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan
Music fans front and centre of the main stage for Bastille on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marley Park. Picture: Tony Kinlan

Longitude – which is sister festival to the UK's Latitude – is the brainchild of Zach Desmond, son of MCD bosses Caroline Downey and Denis Desmond.

Ben Howard and Bastille performed last night to thousands of singing fans.

Anna Hickson at Longitude. Photo: Tony Kinlan

"The line up is what sets it apart," Lyndsay Walsh (19) from Glenageary said.

"It's got a real eclectic mix of names, other festivals just don't compare."

Leda Connaughton, Nicki Bailey, Bex Humphries and Johanna Ryan from Blackrock take in the evening sunshine on the first day of Longitude 2014 in Marlay Park. Photo: Tony Kinlan

Disclosure are the headline act today and join The 1975, Londoner Sam Smith, San Fernando Valley sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim, Hozier, Joey Badass and Le Galaxie.

Singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, Massive Attack and Rudimental will all take to the stage on Sunday.

The three-day series of concerts takes place in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham with gates opening today and tomorrow at 1:30pm.

Irish Independent

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