Tuesday 24 October 2017

Longitude is the hottest ticket on sizzling weekend

Ann-Marie O'Brien (24) from Clontarf, Dublin, enjoys the weather at Longitude Music Festival in Marlay Park. Karen Morgan
Ann-Marie O'Brien (24) from Clontarf, Dublin, enjoys the weather at Longitude Music Festival in Marlay Park. Karen Morgan
Chad Biddle, his wife Clara and son Phoenix. Collins
Vicki Notaro

Vicki Notaro

ANOTHER scorching day in Dublin set the scene for the inaugural Longitude festival in Marlay Park.

Some 10,000 revellers gathered in the intimate venue to see acts like Tom Odell, Foals and headline act Phoenix, with three more stages around the park's woodlands showcasing a mix of Irish and international talent.

An eclectic gathering, the crowd encompassed all age groups and musical tastes. From dance music to indie, trad to rock, the line-up had something for everyone.

The Dublin Speakeasy stage had a mix of spoken word, burlesque and more for those who were looking for a little more specialist festival experience.

"I came over from London for Longitude," said Robin Torr (28). "I've been to Latitude before, the sister festival in the UK, and I haven't been disappointed. The vibe is really cool."

Well organised, the festival ran smoothly yesterday.

Organisers MCD had planned well for the heat, offering sunscreen and water to visitors for free.

The next major festival for the promoter is Oxegen in Punchestown on August 3 and 4.

Tickets for today at Longitude have sold out, but some are still available for tomorrow from ticketmaster.ie priced at €54.50.

The 'Irish Independent's' #festivalfriends Caitlin McBride and Vicki Notaro are on site all weekend interviewing acts, live tweeting and reviewing the festival for independent.ie. Follow them on twitter @mcbride_caitlin and @vickinotaro.

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