Sunday 19 November 2017

Selfies take centre stage with fans at music fest

Ed Power

Ed Power

They came armed with wellies, safe in the knowledge that an Irish music festival is not complete without buckets of rain and bathfuls of mud.

But the rain mostly stayed away from Marlay Park, boosting the mood of 20,000 music fans who came to enjoy acts such as Haim, Disclosure and The 1975.

Longitude is part of a new wave of 'urban' festivals sweeping Europe.

With no camping, the attendance is largely drawn from greater Dublin and there was none of the muddy misery traditionally associated with Irish festival-going.

Wellies discarded, the fashions ran from sublime to absurd.

But the dominant fashion statement was the selfie.

Punters posed for selfies by the bridge – named 'Jeff Bridges' – that crossed the Dodder; they took selfies as they danced or pushed their way to the front.

That said, the relatively small venue meant you could enjoy the music from whatever vantage you fancied.

For many, that meant stretching out on the yellowed Marlay Park turf, basking in the heat and trying to avoid the inevitable spilled beer raining down from passersby.

Longitude kicked off on Friday with Bastille, whose hit 'Pompeii' is the most streamed in music history.

Big names on Saturday included Sam Smith and Wicklow's Hozier.

Yesterday the festival nodded towards the past, as nineties group Massive Attack closed the evening, supported by Mercury Music Prize nominated Londoners Rudimental.

Irish Independent

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