With festival season in full swing – despite the less-than-Summery weather – the hype is building for one of the season’s biggest festivals, Longitude.
Taking place in Marlay Park in less than three weeks time, Longitude is steadily solidifying itself as one of the must-attend festivals on the Irish summer line-up.
This year’s line up sees a refreshing mix of homegrown talent and international acts, with nearly 50 acts scheduled to take to a variety of stages from July 5 to 7.
With so much choice, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five artists playing Longitude this year.
With more than 15 million listeners on Spotify, A$AP Rocky has a fanbase that can’t be scoffed at. Headlining the opening night of Longitude on July 5, his live act draws crowds from across the globe. A$AP is known for delivering an energetic set of some of his biggest hits, including 2013’s F**kin’ Problems and 2018’s A$AP Forever.
Chances are, if you’ve tuned into any radio station in the last year, you’ve heard the dulcet tones of the UK’s Anne Marie. A rising pop star, the ‘2002’ singer recently headlined the 3Arena not too long ago. Her unique brand of R’N’B-infused pop has taken over the airwaves in Ireland and the UK over the past few years. For anyone a little more Pop-leaning than Hip-Hop, she’s one to check out on the Saturday.
The definition of an underground sensation, and with a loyal fanbase across the globe, their shows regularly sell out within minutes – including a gig at The Helix last August. Currently hard at work on a new album, Longitude-goers may be treated to a new track during their Saturday set. Gaining a reputation for theatrics and energy to boot, even if you’ve never heard of Brockhampton, you’ll walk away a fan.
One of a number of Irish acts playing Longitude, Hip-Hop artist Nealo hails from Dublin and will play on July 6. His star is steadily on the rise, having recently announced a headlining gig at The Grand Social. Nealo recently released the single, Questions, an emotive work that signals the depth of his talent, making him one to watch, and on the Saturday of Longitude.
Following a cancellation last year to give birth to daughter Kulture, Hip-Hop heavyweight Cardi B makes her debut at Longitude this year. Performing on Sunday July 7, the winner of the Best Rap Album Grammy is one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. Expect radio hits ‘I Like It’, ‘Bodak Yellow’ and her latest single ‘Press’ as she closes out Longitude 2019.