Longitude Music Festival returns to Dublin this weekend in the beautiful surrounds of Marlay Park and two must-see acts are Travis Scott and Solange, according to veteran music promoter Melvin Benn.
The festival begins Friday, July 13 at 1:30pm and will close on the evening of Sunday, July 15, with a variety of stages featuring an impressive line-up of the world's best pop, rock n roll, hip hop and R&B artists.
Grammy-nominated rap trio Migos and platinum-selling Rockstar singer Post Malone will join headliner J. Cole on Friday night. Five-time Grammy nominee and American teen Khalid also features on Friday's lineup.
Travis Scott will headline Saturday night and according to Festival Republic Director Melvin Benn, Scott is the most exciting act at this year's festival.
With his highly-anticipated third album, Astroworld, Scott's performance is not to be missed. Diplo, Lil Pump, and Tyler, the Creator are all scheduled to take Saturday's stage.
Grammy-award winner and Beyoncé's sister Solange will lead Sunday's performances. "I thought I would get a version of her sister, but I did not. I got Solange and she blew me away." Benn said.
Her alternative, R&B album A Seat at the Table topped the US Billboard 200 and the US R&B/ Hip-Hop charts. Breakout star SZA and Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals will support Sunday's lead act.
The Longitude line-up also includes English rapper Giggs, American rapper 6lack, English favourite Sigrid, Finnish singer Alma, and American rapper Joey Bada$$.
Benn advises fans to see French duo Ibeyi who is "one of his favorite acts" playing on Sunday. Kali Uchis, Princess Nokia, Mabel, Bas, Naaz, Jacob Banks, Belly, and J Hus are all scheduled to perform throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, after their incredible performance at Electric Picnic last summer, 2FM Live The Story of Hip Hop will return on Sunday with DJ Mo K and The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, featuring Mango, Jafaris, Erica Cody and Melina Malone taking the audience on a 45 minute music and performance journey from the first original commercial hit in 1980 right through to contemporary hits of today.
In response to last year's much criticised entry system for festival goers, a new design will be implemented.
Festival attendees are to queue according to what type of ticket they have purchased. Separation from friends with other tickets should not be a concern as there will be a meeting point inside both entrances.
An Garda Síochána will be implementing a strict zero tolerance alcohol policy on public transport and private buses to the venue.
Alcohol and other drinks cannot be brought into the venue unless it is a soft drink under 500ml in a sealed plastic bottle. Catering and bar facilities will be available inside the venue. Those intoxicated at arrival will not be granted entry.
The festival will take place rain or shine and if the heat wave continues An Garda Síochána Superintendent Ian Lackey requests all fans to be sun aware and wear sunscreen. Dehydration is also a key issue, especially with the added risk of intoxication.
Large bags will not permitted, but any bag smaller than A4 will be allowed in.
:: ESSENTIAL INFO ::— Longitude Festival (@longitudefest) July 12, 2018
- Bag size limited to approx A4 - no large backpacks/rucksacks
- Please Q in the lane corresponding to your ticket type. If in the wrong Q you will be sent to back of the correct one. This is for safety reasons. Lanes will be clearly signposted #Longitude2018 pic.twitter.com/JojvpsNmQL
A list of prohibited items, additional information and updates will be available on the Longitude website and social media profiles while updates related to traffic provisions, safety, and other information will be available on An Garda Síochána twitter and social media profiles.
The gates will open at 1.30 each day of the festival.