Longitude 2014 Day 2 Photos & Review
Saturday, July 19th, was the second day of Longitude 2014, and the only one where day tickets were sold out. Top of the bill were electronic duo Disclosure, with Haim, Chvrches, The 1975 and, Ireland’s newest musical export, Hozier also performing on the main stage.
Compared to Friday, the festival looked much better. The crowd was bigger, people seemed more connected to the atmosphere and the weather was still nice.
There were plenty of good acts everywhere, but they were scheduled in such a way that gigs started at the same time on all stages. Of course, this means that there were times when there was nothing on, as the sets tended to end at roughly the same time. Perfect time for pints and walking around to see the colourful site though.
The main stage saw Tvvins opening the day, followed by Hozier who drew a very big crowd for his set, in spite of the early stage time. Hozier’s biggest Dublin appearance to date was just as expected; brilliant. His humble yet touching performance oozed professionalism and proved Hozier is focused and on his way to stardom. By the way, did you know Hozier’s first video interview was with DublinConcerts at KnockanStockan 2013? Check it out on our YouTube Channel.
Sam Smith took to the main stage next for a highly appreciated performance to a massive crowd. The highlight was his great cover of Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”. The fans sang along with the 22 year old singer. Meanwhile, Whelan’s Stage was hosting Eagulls – who will return to Dublin for a gig at Academy 2 in October – and the Heineken tent had Koreless performing in front of a rather small crowd.
The 1975 injected the first serious dose of Indie Rock into the second day of Longitude 2014 on the main stage with a solid performance in front of devoted, face-painted fans.
Scottish trio Chvrches were a very pleasant appearance. Not used to playing the main stage at festivals, as they admitted, Chvrches rose up to the challenge and enchanted the audience with their infectious tunes.
Not too long ago, Haim came to Dublin and played Whelan’s. On Saturday, they played the main stage at Dublin’s biggest festival of the summer. They did what they do best: play their catchy songs, engage with the audience and make funny faces. Well, that came mostly from Este Haim, the band’s bass player.
Dublin’s O Emperor were the last band to play Whelan’s Stage and definitely ended the day with a bang; well-received solid set. You can catch them again at KnockanStockan this weekend.
Le Galaxie ended the day with a massive party in The Heineken tent. The Dublin group, explosive as ever, enjoyed performing as much as the audience enjoyed their tunes. By now Le Galaxie have a long list of party anthems which meant that dancing began from the very first tune. There was a bit of competition in terms of genre between them and Disclosure, who were playing the main stage at that time, but there were more than enough hardcore fans that skipped Disclosure to fill the tent for Le Galaxie. With the help of their long-time special guest Elaine Mai, Le Galaxie offered one of the best performances witnessed in the Heineken tent this year.
The final act to take to the main stage were Disclosure, who turned Longitude into a huge dancefloor for more than an hour. Aided by a spectacular light display and 3d images on the giant screens behind them, Disclosure proved to be, in spite of all that claimed an electronic duo is not suited to headline Longitude, that they were a very good choice, judging by the crowd’s reaction. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, it’s not hard to see that Disclosure killed it.
See Disclosure, Le Galaxie, Haim, Chvrches, The 1975 and Koreless in photos by Tudor Marian