Saturday 24 February 2018

Longitude kicks off a weekend of sun, glitter and glamour for 120,000 fans

Holly Healy O'Connor and Georgia MacHesney, both 18, from Ballsbridge at the festival Photo: Damien Eagers 14/7/2016
Holly Healy O'Connor and Georgia MacHesney, both 18, from Ballsbridge at the festival Photo: Damien Eagers 14/7/2016
Nora Casey (18), from Limerick, left, and Laura Maher (18), from Kilkenny, arrive at Longitude at Marlay Park Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryan Nugent

Sun cream, fisherman hats and glitter hair spray were the order of the day as the Longitude music festival kicked off.

More than 120,000 people are expected to attend the three-day music event in Dublin's Marley Park.

The day started early for one group of young women who had been awake since 5am.

"At 7.15 this morning we had to get a train, which was way overbooked, so there was no seats for anyone but it was okay, because it's our first Longitude experience," Éabha McArdle said.

"We've three days ahead of us...we have to go for three days, but we're nearby in Rathfarnham, so it's handy.

"It's all about Stormzy and Mumford and Sons," she added.

Vogue Williams and Bláthnaid Treacy Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Vogue Williams and Bláthnaid Treacy Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Some of the festival-goers were novices and looking forward to making the most of the weekend.

"This is my first one, I was too shy and quiet but I've come out of my shell," Nadine Boylan (23) from Ballyfermot said.

From L to R: Ella Conn, Kim Mcgrath, Lucy Kiersey, Bryna Mahedy from Dublin pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Ella Conn, Kim Mcgrath, Lucy Kiersey, Bryna Mahedy from Dublin pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Holly Healy O'connor, 18, and Georgia Machesney, 18, from Ballsbridge pictured before the longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Rob Lipsett pictured at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' area at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park. Picture: Andres Poveda
Catherine Fleming, 18, Terenure, Ailbhe Carney, 19, Rathfarnham, and Aoife Broe, 20 from Blessington pictured before the Longitude Music Festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Katie d'Arcy, left from Baldoyle, and Ruth Bergin, from Whitehall pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kim Mcgrath, and Lucy Kiersey, from Dublin pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Thalia Heffernan pictured at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' area at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park.Picture: Andres Poveda
From L to R: Eabha Mcardle, 18, Beibhinn Askin, 18, and Fiona Bree, Westport pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Jade Thompson 18, Clairesse O'Keeffe 18, and Beibhinn Boyce, 18, from Tallaght pictured before the Longitude Music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Nora Casey, Limerick, left and Laura Maher, Kilkenny pictured before Longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Becky Lee, Limerick, Louise Kehoe, Wexford, Nora Casey,Limerick, and Laura Maher, Kilkenny pictured before Longitude music festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Luke Fitzgerald pictured at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' area at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park.Picture: Andres Poveda
Music fans pictured before the Longitude Music Festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
From L to R: Libby Burke, Fiona Barron and Isy O'Donovan, from Galway pictured before the Longitude Music Festival at Marlay Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Savannah O'Reilly pictured at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' area at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park.Picture: Andres Poveda
Luke Fitzgerald and Aisling Burke pictured at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' area at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park.Picture: Andres Poveda

"Who did I come here for? Picture This, definitely. I'm in work in the morning, I'm nine to five," she added apprehensively.

TV star Vogue Williams and Bláithnaid Treacy were among the crowd.

Irish Independent

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