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Friday 22 June 2018

Longitude organisers apologise for start to festival and says no problem with queues today

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Longitude Festival organisers have apologised to punters for the 'opening hour' of the festival after revellers arrived earlier than anticipated at the gig on its opening day.

Music fans gathered at Marlay Park, Dublin, from 1:30pm on Friday for the first day of the festival, which is in its fifth year.

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

"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."

A festival spokesperson said there was no issues with queues today.

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

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