Sunday 23 September 2018

Festival organisers pull out all the stops for safety as 'unprecedented' warm weather predicted for Marlay Park gigs

Queen and Adam Lambert performed at the Isle of Wight in 2016 (David Jensen/PA)
Queen and Adam Lambert performed at the Isle of Wight in 2016 (David Jensen/PA)
Therese Langan, Senior Executive Officer, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council , Festival Republic's Melvin Benn and Supr. Ian Lackey of Tallaght Station pictured at a media briefing this afternoon in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham to outline Security & Safety Arrangements for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Therese Langan, Senior Executive Officer, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Festival Republic's Melvin Benn and Supr. Ian Lackey of Tallaght Station pictured at a media briefing this afternoon in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham to outline Security & Safety Arrangements for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Supr. Ian Lackey of Tallaght Station pictured at a media briefing this afternoon in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham to outline Security & Safety Arrangements for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Bruno Mars Photo: Getty Images
Adam Lambert performs live on stage with Queen (David Jensen/PA)

Sean O'Grady

Blue skies and sunshine are set to greet festival goers this month as the concerts in Marlay Park kick off this weekend.

Thousands are expected to attend performances by Queen, the Boomtown Rats and Bruno Mars next week before the Longitude festival kicks off on July 13.

Festival Republic director Melvin Benn said that attendees should be mindful of the "unprecedented" warm weather expected.

"We have not seen it for so long and one would hope that as it has been around for a good part of June that people will be more accustomed to the requirements of looking after themselves then hoping they'll get an instant tan in the hours they are at Longitude. 

Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

"The dehydration is a significant thing. The audiences do look after each other," he said.

Mr Benn noted that there will be good access to water on site and there will also be welfare and medical teams in the park who will have sun cream on hand, however people are encouraged to bring their own as well.

Superintendent Ian Lackey of Tallaght Garda Station said there will be a "zero tolerance policy" on the consumption of alcohol in public areas around the park and said organisers will be "very strict" on this.

He also ensured there will be a robust police presence on site for the concerts.

Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Construction workers start the construction of the stage this afternoon for upcoming Marlay Park concerts. Picture: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

"We only have to look across to what happened in Manchester last year. We have to be extra vigilant in that regard. 

"People should expect to be searched. We would also ask that they respect the local residents and the community," he said.

Queen and Adam Lambert will perform on Sunday July 8 along with The Boomtown Rats and The Darkness.

Bruno Mars will perform on July 12 with gates for both gigs opening at 5:30pm, with attendees encouraged to arrive at this time, rather than earlier.

Bruno Mars Photo: Getty Images
Bruno Mars Photo: Getty Images

J Cole will headline Longitude on Friday, followed by Travis Scott on Saturday and Solange on Sunday.

Backpacks and large bags will not be permitted inside the venue. Small bags are permitted.

All under 16s attending the concerts must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult or guardian over 25.

Attendees are also encouraged to note their will be no cloakroom or storage facility on site.

Further information is available on www.longitude.ie and www.mcd.ie.

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