Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
We’re halfway through festival season and this year’s Longitude has a pretty sweet line-up. Just because it’s minus the camping doesn’t mean that it’s minus the craic. The acts I’m looking forward to the most are Caribou, Tove Lo, The Chemical Brothers, Le Galaxie, All Tvvins and Todd Terje and I intend to dance myself off into oblivion. The access information on their site is pretty good but here’s a breakdown of what they have on offer.
What has it got?
Line up: Hozier, alt – J, The Chemical Brothers, Caribou, SBTRKT, Years & Years, Todd Terje, Le Galaxie, Danny Brown, James Blake, Tove Lo, Everything Everything, Young Fathers, Ibeyi, Daphni, Toro y Moi, All Tvvins and many more. You can check out the stage times out over on Nialler9’s site.
Size: Marlay Park is quite big in size but the festival site is quite compact. With entrances on the College Road and Grange Road, you might have a 10-15 minute walk into the site from those points.
Terrain: As a public park, there is a lot of green space and the paths are through wooded areas. They have some paved paths which are smooth to go on but there will be some bumps on the grass.
Mud: Seen as the weather has been a bit iffy the past while, there might be a light smattering of mud but I will investigate closer to the time. Because it’s a well kept park, I think it will be unlikely.
Toilets: Accessible toilets will be beside the viewing platform and at the medical tent. On their website, they add: “Please note service vehicles cannot constantly access the toilets to service them during the day, due to safety issues relating to large vehicles being used around crowds. While we strive for the highest standards, and employ cleaners as well as service vehicles, please be aware this is not a sanitized environment.”
Viewing Platform: Their site says that “There will be a purpose built raised viewing platform in the arena at all of our events, with an accessible ramp”. According to the map, it looks like there is just one platform at the main stage. They will be operating a strict 1+1 policy here so you can only bring one mate up with you.
Getting there: Dublin Bus numbers 16, 116 and 161 will drop you to the Grange Road and numbers 14 and 75 will drop you to Ballinteer Shopping Centre, which is approximately a 15-minute walk. Dublin Bus is 100% accessible but the buses will be crowded.
The closest Luas stops are Ballaly and Dundrum and it will take about 30 minutes to walk from them.
There will be a Marathon coach service running between Georges Quay and the festival and tickets cost €10/15. However, there are steps onto these coaches so you will need to transfer yourself if you are using this service..
Parking: There will be accessible car parking available but you must register to use this facility . Email them on Access@FestivalRepublic.com to confirm details.
Staff and crew help: Stewards, security and medics will be onsite and can help you with anything.
Tickets: Tickets are priced at €149.50 (3 day) and €59.50 (one day pass). If you are a wheelchair user, you can apply for a free ticket for your friend/PA/carer through Ticketmaster. This scheme is only for wheelchair users.