Who To See At Longitude in Dublin
Marlay Park, just outside Dublin, will be host to one half of a pair of amazing festival twins, Longitude. This is the rock festival of the year in Ireland and with more drums and guitars than the more pop oriented Oxegen later in the summer.
Kraftwerk – Sunday 21st July
The big name this year is a band that virtually invented electronic music in the 70’s and 80’s, Germany’s Kraftwerk. An act that changed the face of pop music forever and spawned the likes of Gary Numan, Franz Ferdinand and, Icelandic pop diva, Bjork. You will probably know their biggest hit “The Model” which hit the top of the charts across Europe.
Phoenix – Friday 19th July
Just over the border into France now and alternative rock group Phoenix. This band is a great three piece light rock outfit with a smattering of electronica thrown in for good measure. If you are a bit of a tune junkie then Phoenix will be right up your street. They are friends with cool bands like Daft Punk and won the best alternative album at the Grammys in 2010. They have just released a new album this year called “Bankrupt!” and the new single “Entertainment” has reached the top 20 in alternative charts despite only being out a couple of months. We will be keeping an eye on them.
Jake Bugg – Friday 19th July
A slight change of pace now with new, English sensation Jake Bugg. Starting young he was writing his own material and performing at only 16. His big break came in 2011 when he was chosen to appear at Glastonbury’s “Introducing” stage. Jake is now 19 and his musical style is very relaxed and not a little bit country, great easy listening music with a message. We really liked his debut single “Lightning Bolt” and are eagerly looking forward to his next step.
Milo Greene – Sunday 21st July
How about shiny new band that has only been going for just over a year, Milo Greene? Hailing from sun-kissed Los Angeles their sound is very typical of that part of the world. The four men and one woman in the group all seem to do all the jobs including singing and instrument swapping. They have been described as a bunch of frontmen/women who also provides their own back up. This makes for a lovely gentle and slightly quirky sound which is perfect for a warm summer afternoon at a festival. Check out their single “1957” from their self-titled debut album.
Local Natives – Saturday 20th July
They aren’t local really, not to Ireland anyway. Another relatively new band on the scene having only been together for 5 years is Local Natives. They have just released their second album “Hummingbird” this year and many of the lyrics were inspired by the death of the mother of one of the band members, and so you can expect a dreamy and slightly poignant quality to the album, you can hear this on their lead track “Breakers”.