Reviews: Longitude festival day two

Haim electrify Marlay main stage and Disclosure easily live up to headline billing

Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 13:59


The amount of quality bands emerging from Ireland in recent years is relentless, but this latest overlap is something very special indeed. The focus is Lar Kaye, better known as the frantic guitarist from Adebisi Shank and Conor Adams of Cast of Cheers. As a three-piece live they instantly dismantle any notions that a 2pm slot on the Main Stage at a festival should ease punters into the day. Tvvins play anthemic and euphoric tunes that turn the instruments emitting their noises on their heads. There’s a grinning sense of fun to it, showing that Tvvins are ready for this large stage and beyond. Una Mullally


It’s a typical weekend for Hozier, who has just come from playing Latitude in Suffolk to Marlay Park, and will leave to play Benicassim in Spain after this gig. “It’s good to be home,” he announces, almost sighing with relief from the stage. Maybe all that travel is making the band a tiny bit sluggish as there’s are a few moments where the energy of his accompanying musicians should be more bombastic. But Hozier’s voice and guitar playing are impeccable, as he skips through the soulful radio-baiting songs from his upcoming debut album. Sedated, especially, is a beaut. UM

Sam Smith

The soulful London 22-year-old is part of a clutch of acts that came to prominence by guesting on Disclosure’s excellent album Settle alongside London Grammar and AlunaGeorge. But he’s all out on his own here, in front of a large “SS” stage backdrop and a tight band with a big groove. Bashful and grateful, Smith completes the task of providing Saturday with its first big dancing and singing along moment with the brilliant Money On My Mind. Two years ago, he says, he was working in a bar, now he’s coming to Dublin and getting a big crowd. He’s delighted, and so are the fans. UM


There’s a certan brand of Scandinavian pop that’s been subtley elbowing it’s way to the top of the musical food chain: stylish, angular and edgy, with the likes of Robyn, Royksopp and MØ leading the pack. Swedish electro pop outfit Nonono are also in the gang, though slightly more mainstream than some of their Nordic peers. There’s plenty of dark drama in their songs, buffed to a high productino sheen and powering along on pure 1980s emotion. Heart shapes are made, guitar poses are pulled, drum sticks are thrown and singer Stina Wäppling plays the crowd like a charm. It might not be all that musically adventurous, but this is a fine set of music by a band delighted with their glowing reception on the Whelan’s stage. Laurence Mackin

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