Longitude: Revellers finish work early to enjoy Marlay Park music
FESTIVAL goers have flocked in their thousands to Marlay Park to soak up the 25C heat while enjoying Ireland's newest music festival.
With a stellar line up tonight, including Phoenix, Foals, Jake Bugg and Django Django, music lovers have made their way to Rathfarnham to get an early start on the day's festivities. Tom Odell played a rousing set on the main stage this afternoon, filled with loyal fans.
"You'll have to forgive my cough," he told the audience. "It's nice to see some Irish fans." His current single Another Love received great applause and his cover of classic song I'll Get By got the crowd off their feet. He also revealed he will be returning to Dublin in November.
Despite it being a Friday afternoon, many appear to have taken the afternoon in order to enjoy the atmosphere at the boutique festival before tomorrow's sell out crowd hits.
Longitude is in its first ever year and has received an incredible response prior to its launch night tonight. Tickets for Saturday are sold out, while concert promoters MCD also expect Sunday to reach the 10,000 capacity as well.
Bacardi have set up an exclusive Oakheart bar, while Heineken tents are also full to the brim with customers as expected. Particularly dedicated fans are visiting The Phantom Green area to see live radio interviews with some acts prior to their performance on stage.
Four separate stages feature on the grounds, including a Dirty Old Town bar for those interested in enjoying a more low-key atmosphere with cabaret and show tunes.
As expected, security is strict upon arrival with bag searches and random metal detection. The afternoon so far has gone off without a hitch and the electric atmosphere is expected is to continue into the night.
Django Django played to as much applause as expected. With their barrage of hits, they organised two separate 'sit-offs' among the crowd. They closed with fan hit War and got the crowd suitably excited for the follow up performance with Foals.
The English band got the crowd to their feet (for an exclusive interview check a video on Independent.ie with the #FestivalFriends) and interacted with the crowd. "It's amazing to play in Ireland again."
Before their rousing set of hits, they revealed that they plan on spending time in Ireland before returning home to play with sister festival Latitude.
Phoenix told us that they plan on "winging it" before their performance tonight and have no official set list in place.
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