Longitude 2014 Day 3 Photos and Review
The final day of Longitude 2014 was blessed with sunshine once again.
A very generous and varied musical offering attracted many people on Sunday, although the crowd was visibly smaller than Saturday.
The main stage had a very interesting lineup. The performers had little in common with each others in terms of styles and, perhaps, fan-base, but each of them had its own interesting flavour.
Whelan’s stage saved the best for last, lining up some great acts on Sunday. The party was opened by Rosa Kearns, followed by rising stars Otherkin who marked their first Longitude appearance with a set that will not be forgotten easily by those in attendance. They’re increasingly confident and they should be. Their music is excellent. The four Dublin housemates even showcased a new tune last Sunday. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from them soon.
American folk-rockers Dawes also played Whelan’s stage and they didn’t disappoint one bit. We didn’t know their music too well, but we’re happy we caught them live. Kiwi duo Broods played after Dawes. Their music was intriguing and pleasant.
Conor Oberst, the American singer-songwriter also known for founding Bright Eyes, made a splash with his appearance. Extremely well received by the public, his set was one of the highlights of the day in that part of the festival.
The last act to take to Whelan’s stage were Ohio alt-rockers Afghan Whigs. The band, founded in ’86, had long-time hardcore fans in front of them at Longitude, and those who saw Afghan Whigs for the first time probably became fans. Their sound is still fresh, their style is still edgy, and they look really good on stage.
The first act of the day to take to the main stage were locals We Cut Corners. Swedish duo First Aid Kit followed with their folk sound and Abba looks. They had a nice, but not really remarkable, set. It was perhaps too soon and people weren’t ready to dance and engage yet.
LA native Banks appeared next. Her black dress and pale skin went well with the black background of the stage and her gracious moves, giving depth to her already moody songs. The crowd’s response to her music didn’t leave Banks unimpressed as she dropped a tear or two, smiling for the first time, between two songs.
After the melancholic, mysterious music offered by Banks, the next act was like a defibrillator, reanimating the growing crowd with a very strong dose of energy. Rudimental were amazing! An avalanche of people, instruments, colour and pure energy invaded the stage for a set that kept us electrified from start to end. We were expecting strong reactions for their signature anthem “Waiting All Night” and a couple of other tunes, but they were simply brilliant the entire time they were on stage.
James Vincent McMorrow took to the stage after Rudimental for the penultimate act of the night on the main stage. His appearance at an Irish festival was long overdue and the Longitude crowd gave him a very warm welcome. Armed with the brilliant tunes from his latest and highly acclaimed release “Post Tropical”, as well as some older songs, James Vincent McMorrow impressed. He is a fantastic musician and hopefully we’ll have the privilege of seeing him on stage soon. JVM is one of the recently added 23 new acts set to play this year’s Electric Picnic, so you can catch him there.
Around half an hour later than scheduled, headliners Massive Attack finally took to the stage. However, this delay did’t seem to put a damper on the mood of the fans. As with Kraftwerk last year, Longitude 2014 ended with synths, spectacular lights and social/political messages on giant screens. Massive Attack’s show was massive and a well deserved ending to an overall satisfying second edition of Longitude.
Sure, the lineup wasn’t as good as last year and there were less people attending, especially on Friday, but Longitude did deliver its promise. It’s a good way to spend a nice weekend, it’s in Dublin and it has all the ingredients for a decent musical happening. Let’s just hope next year’s edition will be more like Longitude 2013 and not Oxegen 2013.
Photos by Tudor Marian