Tuesday 24 April 2018

The low-down on Longitude: From facts to acts and festival fashion

Hare Squad
Ruth O'Neill enjoying the Casa Bacardi Area at Electric Picnic
Laura Whitmore is seen backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Friday June 24, 2016. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Model, Roz Purcell, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Vogue Williams at Longitude festival
Vicki Notaro

Vicki Notaro

Festival season has been well and truly underway for a few weeks now, but this weekend sees the biggest urban festival of them all hit Dublin.

So, if you’re wondering why there are hundreds of youngsters in short shorts and raincoats wandering the streets from tomorrow, it’s because Longitude is underway in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham. But this isn’t just a festival for the young ‘uns — there are acts playing to please every possible musical taste.

If you haven't managed to nab any tickets you still have a chance. MCD have confirmed that there are a limited number of Sunday tickets available on Ticketmaster.ie - but be quick.


This is the fourth year of the city festival that has acts playing every day across four stages until around 11pm. There’s no camping allowed which means it differs to Electric Picnic, where festival-goers can party all night if they wish. However, because it’s nice and compact in the relatively snug environs of Marlay, Longitude is easy to get around and packs a concentrated punch of top-notch music.

Things kick off tomorrow at 2pm when the gates open, and there are still day passes left for Friday and Sunday on Ticketmaster (€64.50), so with that in mind, here’s a guide to what every festival-goer or on-the-fence interested party needs to know…



Getting there can be a bit of a nightmare due to traffic, especially if you’re heading down after work tomorrow night. Dublin Bus is a good shout, but you might be better off hopping on the 75 or 14 if possible — they drop you about a 15-minute walk from the site, which might mean you avoid the bulk of the traffic.

There’s also a return shuttle service from the Dundrum Luas stop, €8 when booked online in advance, and several coach companies are providing a service. See longitude.ie for more.

Prepare for any weather as the forecast for the weekend is unpredictable. Things aren’t too mucky yet, but boots or runners you don’t mind getting wrecked are a good idea — as is a rain coat.

Under-16s are welcome, but only with someone over 18.

There are several bars on site serving Heineken, wine, Red Bull mixed drinks and Bacardi cocktails. There are also lots of food providers, and this year, there are loads of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.


Kendrick Lamar was snubbed. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Tomorrow night is headlined by superstar rapper Kendrick Lamar, best known to non-hip hop lovers for his appearances on tracks by Taylor Swift and Beyonce.

However, his set tomorrow evening likely won’t feature any reference to those songs, and will be heavy on recent material from his latest album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Indie folk act The Lumineers will be on before him, and before then, alt-pop act Chvrches, a four-piece famous for catchy electro-tinged hits. Ones to watch though, are Irish act Hare Squead, but they’re on at 2.45pm.

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Saturday is most definitely more influenced by the dance genre; headliner Major Lazer is a supergroup comprised of DJ Diplo (who is also playing an earlier solo set), Jillionaire and Walshy Fire and are sure to have the park hopping. 

Irish BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac is on earlier in the evening too, known for her dance mixes.

If you’d rather something you can sing along to, The Coronas will be on the Heineken Stage at 9.30pm.

Sunday has far more of an indie bent, with Father John Misty, Jamie xx and The National dominating the evening.

Moloko singer Roisin Murphy has been nominated for a Mercury Prize

We think Roisin Murphy will be more popular for those looking to end the weekend with a bop over at Heineken.


Festival fashion can be tricky as you want to stay warm and dry but also look the part. With Longitude, it’s slightly easier as you don’t have to think about not freezing in the early hours of morning, and most revellers head into town or to a local pub to keep the party going after things finish up in Marlay Park.

But forget Coachella and taking inspo from foreign festivals — look to our own lovely ladies for some style guidance this weekend…

Laura Whitmore

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Laura Whitmore backstage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Presenter Laura has the festival look down pat in everyday life, so it’s not surprising she looked amazing at Glastonbury. A pair of Hunters is a celeb festival essential, as are denim shorts it seems. Her print shirt is pretty and functional and matches her beachy hair perfectly.

Holly Carpenter

Rachel Sherry and Holly Carpenter at the launch of Bulmers Forbidden Fruit at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

You know, it is possible to attend a festival without wearing shorts, as model Holly proves in this stunning monochrome jumpsuit. Of course, a one-piece is difficult to get in and out of if you’re using a Portaloo, but for a city festival where you don’t have to camp or really worry too much after 11pm, it works.

Ruth O’Neill

Ruth O'Neill enjoying the Casa Bacardi Area at Electric Picnic

Xpose presenter Ruth lived in LA for several years, so was perhaps feeling the cold a little at last year’s Electric Picnic. Her floppy hat, denim cut-offs and embroidered jacket scream festival chic, but she also won’t freeze to death if the weather turns. Her long-strapped bag is ideal too, as it can be draped across the body.

Rozanna Purcell

Model, Roz Purcell, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers

Top model Roz knows the secret to dressing well at a festival is lots of layers. You might not be as willing to bare your midriff, but you can still copy her sensible boots, cap and bomber-jacket combo, and perhaps look as effortlessly cool.

Vogue Williams

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Vogue Williams at Longitude festival

DJ and TV presenter Vogue has the best legs in Irish showbiz, so of course she doesn’t want to hide those toned calves in wellies — make like her and wear a cool pair of trainers with your shorts. Her camouflage jacket is perfect for a day in the park, and the mirrored sunnies add a trendy edge.


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