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New city festival set to rock 3D experience

THE country's first outdoor 3D concert will be the star attraction at Dublin's new three- day music festival this summer.

THE inaugural Longitude festival will take place at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, from July 19-21.

Music aficionados were thrilled last night when the line- up was unveiled.

French rockers Phoenix and New York indie rockers Vampire Weekend will take to the main stage on Friday and Saturday night respectively.

And fans will also be able to catch Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Villagers, Hot Chip and Jessie Ware.

But German electronic band Kraftwerk are predicted to steal the show with their spectacular 3D projections as the closing act on Sunday night.

Kraftwerk's 3D concerts have gained international acclaim in the music world. Fans wear 3D glasses and watch computer-generated visuals spilling from screens as the band perform.

"It's going to be an amazing gig," Colm Hanley of MCD said. "And a great ending to the weekend."

Longitude is billing itself as a clean cut concert to rival the likes of Oxegen and Electric Picnic; there's no camping so music lovers can return to their beds, and their showers, after a day rocking out.

Tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday March 4. And with such a stellar line-up the prices are surprisingly low; weekend tickets go for €149.50 while day tickets can be snapped up for €54.50 inclusive of booking fee.

Fans and moshers can also avail of Early Bird tickets with weekend tickets priced at €129.50 and day tickets priced at €44.50 until April 8

The festival will run the same weekend as hugely popular UK festival Latitude.

Denis Desmond's MCD is in partnership with Live Nation, the parent company of English promoter Festival Republic, which runs Latitude.

But Colm Hanley said the two festivals will be unique. "I think both of the festivals will have a very different feel and both will definitely have different artists performing."