Thursday 26 April 2018

Are you one of 10,000 people heading to the Longitude this weekend? Well here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Thousands will flock to see some of the hottest names in music over the next few days at Longitude in Marlay Park.

Most of the acts recently roused the audiences at Glastonbury – so they’re warmed up and ready to show their best to the Irish crowds.

French band Phoenix will up the tempo on tonight, while Django Django and Foals also take to the stage.

Irish musicians of the moment Kodaline will be playing Saturday night with Vampire Weekend as headliners, supported by Villagers.

To conclude the boutique festival, Kraftwerk will be throwing a 3D concert on Sunday night. Concert-goers will receive a pair of 3D glasses on Sunday in order to enjoy the hi-tech performance. Hot Chip and Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also be playing as the gig wraps up.

The three-day festival is the first of its kind to be held in Dublin city. Festival-goers should be prepared to be checked on entry for alcohol, open plastic bottles and bottles over 500ml.

Caitlin McBride and Vicki Notaro give an exclusive sneak preview of Longitude Festival
Caitlin McBride and Vicki Notaro give an exclusive sneak preview of Longitude Festival

Concert promoters MCD say they will allow ticket holders to bring in closed bottles of water and unopened cartons of juice, to accommodate families in attendance.

Temperatures are expected to reach 30C this weekend with the potential of an Orange Alert being issued by Met Eireann.

MCD will be issuing complimentary sun cream and bottles of water throughout the day, until it wraps at 10.30pm on Sunday night.

A forecaster from Met Eireann warned revellers who will be spending all day in the sun to take extra caution this weekend.

“If it’s warm and humid, there will be implications,” the forecaster explained. “Sunburn in particular of course springs to mind.

“If you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time, we recommend wearing lots of sunscreen, hats and if possible, to wear long sleeve shirts.

“Drink a lot of water and try not to drink too much alcohol, which may seem obvious.”

Families are welcome to attend, with a designated children’s area.

Children under four will be admitted for free, and the children’s play section features life-size Connect Four and Jenga.

For those in need of some ‘chill out’ time, the Dirty Old Town Speakeasy, one of four stages being set up, will feature performance art and cabaret.

Log on to Independent.ie for updates and highlights from the festival #festivalfriends #indofestivals

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