Monday 19 March 2018

Going to Longitude this weekend? Here’s what you need to know

Tanya Sweeney

Here's all you need to know for a fun-filled, festival weekend.

Weather forecast: Eeek, Met Eireann have predicted rainfall. It will be muggy at the very least, with temperatures set to hit 22 degrees (and humidity set to be at 70pc).

How to get there: Drive in via Ranelagh and Sandyford, then on to Grange Road and College Road for car parks (this can be accessed via the M50 too).

Promoters suggest leaving three hours to travel to and from the venue, so public transport might be a safe bet: get the 16, 116 or 161 to Grange Road. A number of coach services, among them Matthews, Farrelly and Irish Concert Travel, are operating return services for the day. has the specifics.

What to bring: Bring your ticket, money, in-case-of-rain clothing (it is Ireland after all), suncream (ditto), your smartphone and the type of shoes that can withstand a lot of walking. What’s not allowed: glass, recording equipment, umbrellas, spray cans or — praise be — megaphones. Camping is a no-no, so leave the tent and blow-up bed at home.

What you’ll be eating: Health-conscious music fans rejoice: the vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are bountiful. Fill your boots at concessions by Saba, Kerala Kitchen, Pasta Box, Smoked Street Brothers, Hungry Viking and the Crepe Box. Take it from us, you won’t starve.

Not to be missed: Daughter (Friday, Main Stage, 5.15): if you get in early enough, let the gentle guitar strains of London indie darlings Daughter wash over you: the perfect end-of-week gig.

Roisin Murphy (Sunday, 9.15, Heineken Stage): the electro queen always puts on quite the homecoming, and her turn on the Heineken Stage this weekend should be no different. A feast for the eyes and ears.

Tyler The Creator (Friday, 8.15 Heineken Stage): He has already dissed new British PM Theresa May on stage (after she was reportedly responsible for banning him from entering the UK), so expect this prime slice of hip-hop to come with a side order of controversy.

Annie Mac (Saturday, 6.30 Main Stage): The dance-loving Dubliner has been called one of the most influential DJs in the world, so get down on Saturday so see what the fuss is all about.

Father John Misty (Sunday, 6am, Main Stage): Sex on legs, basically… and that’s just the album. 

— Tanya Sweeney

Irish Independent

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