Longitude Festival – Saturday Photos and Review
Saturday was Day 2 at Longitude Festival 2013. The weather was excellent again. There were no signs of clouds or wind, so very few people even bothered to bring their wellies.
After a very intense Friday, we got to Marlay Park early on Saturday, to catch as many of the brilliant acts on the lineup. The organizers’ idea to give Kodaline and Hudson Taylor early spots on the Main Stage was a good strategic move. Both Hudson Taylor and Kodaline had a fantastic year so far and their ever growing Dublin fan base filled most of the main area well before the foursome took to the stage. Some of the most popular Kodaline tunes such as “All I Want”, “Love Like This” or “High Hopes” got the fans singing along, but in spite of their growing popularity, the audience didn’t quite burst with joy. Maybe it was just a bit too early for dancing.
Soon after Kodaline finished their set, people started crossing the little bridge to get to The Live Project Stage where Young Wonder performed. Dressed in fur with some sort of giant beak on her head, Rachel, the band’s lead vocal, gave the already colourful music an extra splash of colour. Young Wonder’s music got the audience jumping to the rhythm even though the beer kegs were far from empty and it was still early.
Local Natives were the next band to play the main stage. The LA band opened by saying how happy they were to be playing Longitude and that the weather was not how they expected it. Their music was extremely powerful, entertaining and sounded extremely well live. For the first time on Saturday, the main stage had that exciting festival vibe. “Airplanes” and “Warning Sign” were two of the most appreciated songs of their set.
Wolf Alice played an electrifying set at the Woodlands Stage even though Local Natives were doing a very good job at the Main Stage. Woodlands Stage was, throughout the three days, a hidden gem of excellent music. Though semi-anonymous, most of the bands that played there were absolutely brilliant. Don’t be surprised if in a few years they’ll be among the headliners.
At 5.30pm, Unknown took to the tiny Red Bull Academy Music stage for a highly acclaimed set in front of a devoted and surprisingly large crowd. Some of those that enjoyed Unknown’s set were there for the music and others were just cooling in the shade, but everyone enjoyed the set. Longitude was presented mainly as a rock/indie festival and some very fine bands came to Marlay Park last weekend, but The Red Bull Academy Music stage is proof of how much The Irish enjoy some good electronic music.
As the midday heat was starting to fade away, The Live Project Stage hosted MØ, another exotic and unforgettable act. MØ is a 24 year-old Danish singer songwriter who offered, with the help of her talented band, a very energetic and intense set.
Meanwhile, the main stage was hosting The Maccabees, another great band that made Saturday’s lineup so attractive. Hardcore fans and first-timers alike enjoyed the contagious Maccabees tunes. The English indie rockers know how a festival performance should look like: just enough to get the audience into the mood and leave them wanting for more. And that’s exactly what happened. It’s just a matter of time until they’re back.
The highlight of the day was, without a doubt, Vampire Weekend. We can probably think of many bands that could have headlined one of the three Longitude, but Vampire Weekend showed exactly why they got the spot. Their set was the perfect ending to a great day. Their music is fun and energetic, just what you need to end the day while dancing barefoot with a pint in your hand. “Oxford Comma”, “One (Blake’s Got A New Face)” and the ever-popular “A Punk” are just some of the tunes that got everyone to scream and raise their hands.
Overall, Saturday was, in our humble opinion, the best day of Longitude 2013. The solid line-up, the perfect weather and the whole atmosphere made the day a tough one to follow for the upcoming editions.
Photos by Tudor Marian