Tuesday 16 January 2018

Loaded: Eamon Sweeney celebrates the sun-soaked festival

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

It was an absolute pleasure to join 10,000 happy revellers in a sun-drenched Marlay Park for the inaugural Longitude event last weekend. I couldn't help noticing that acts and crew alike also appeared to be in sparkling form.

There was some talk of a "blood bath" looming between promoters as we entered one of the busiest festival summers in years. It remains to be seen if every event lasts the distance into 2014 and beyond, but the presence of two busy Dublin-based festivals in both Forbidden Fruit and Longitude surely must be an encouraging sign.

Last Saturday's Beach House show in the Iveagh Gardens was also extremely well attended, which suggests that rather than clash, major live events can actually co-exist.

But perhaps there is one freak element at play in all this – namely that rather significant matter of the weather.

It has been well documented that a heatwave causes people to let their guard down and spend some money. Live music is clearly no exception. Without the sun, perhaps Longitude wouldn't have sold out? Regardless, congratulations to all concerned.

Longitude appears to have legs, whatever the weather.

Q Speaking of festivals, Kevin Parker (above) of the Olympia-bound Tame Impala doesn't appear to be a fan.

"It used to be more about the music, now, not so much." Parker says. "Now, it's more about muscles and how little clothing you can wear. If it's a dance music festival or a mainstream festival, there's maybe 10pc who pay attention to the music. You just see guys with muscles – essentially Tarzan. A fucking hoard of Tarzans that are like, 'I just want to scope out all the chicks!'"

Q What on earth did we do in a world before Twitter?

Despite the obvious advantages for the instant delivery of hard news, lies and general misinformation, it has seen the rise of one unwelcome trend – granting a platform for precious acts to vent their spleen to the whole wide world, which would otherwise be uttered into an expletive filled vacuum between them and the nearest wall.

UK rapper Wiley (above left) has been taking to the social media site to give his agent grief for booking him to play the Cockrock festival in not exactly far-flung Cumbria. No, we're not making that name up!

Wiley's moans ring rather particularly hollow when he revealed that he was picking up about £15,000 for the inconvenience.

For more moaning so OTT it's hilariously funny, check out @DjsComplaining.

Q There isn't a major music festival to trot along to this weekend, so Loaded will be swapping tunes for laughter at the fantastic Vodafone Comedy Festival.

The next big show on the horizon is Blur (above) next Thursday with an exhibition devoted to the band opening at IMMA today.

Loaded can exclusively reveal a certain well-known actor is planning to join Damon Albarn and company to duet on one of their best known songs. Hint; he played the lead in the classic Mod culture movie Quadrophenia. Now, cut down on your porklife mate. Get some exercise.

John Meagher is away

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