Your five a day for Longitude
Longitude, a three-day event in leafy Marlay Park in Dublin, has one of the most intriguing line-ups of the summer. Tony Clayton-Lea casts his eye over the bill and picks out the acts you really don’t want to miss
Kraftwerk’s appearance at Marlay Park sees the unit bring their famed 3D stage show to Ireland for the first time. Photograph: Luke MacGregor
FRIDAY JULY 19th
PHOENIX: What have the French ever done for us? Well, they’ve handed over a few things, not least the Versailles band, Phoenix. With a cool celeb connection (founding member Thomas Mars is married to film director Sofia Coppola) and a rake of albums that feature head spinning tracks such as Lisztomania and 1901, this crowd are headliners for a good reason.
We’ll be annoyed if they don’t play: The proggy seven-minute title track of their latest album, Bankrupt!
FOALS: Oxford band Foals have easily graduated from Band Of The Day status to become a bona fide act who have, on their latest album, Holy Fire, swapped scratchiness and density for a lightness of touch and some fine pop moments.
We’ll be annoyed if they don’t play: Inhaler (from Holy Fire) – it’s the kind of song that you imagine was created specifically to entice, excite and incite. Slow build? Yep. Climaxing into huge guitars? Yep. Orgasmic? Now, now . . .
JAKE BUGG: There aren’t many teenagers who can say their formative musical moment was hearing Don McLean’s Vincent. Nottingham’s Bugg, however, isn’t your average teenager, as even a cursory listen to his self-titled 2012 debut will testify. Bob Dylan with an East Midlands accent might be going a bit too far, but this guy is too good to write off with faint praise.
We’ll be annoyed if he doesn’t play: Two Fingers. Listen to the lyrics, then you’ll understand.
JESSIE WARE: London-born Ware embraces all manner of musical styles (she has been described as the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade) in a manner that effortlessly interconnects them all while retaining a hint of wilful individuality. What’s this? She once worked as a sports journalist for the Daily Mirror, and she’s bestie mates with the aforementioned Adele and Florence Welch.
We’ll be annoyed if she doesn’t play: Oh, we’ll be happy if she does most of her 2012 Mercury Prize nominated debut album, Devotion.
TOM ODELL: 22-year-old Odell is signed to Lily Allen’s record label, In The Name Of (an imprint of Columbia Records), so we have immediately a mix of new-school influences and old-school financial backing. He is, essentially, an old fashioned singer-songwriter with a contemporary brief: are hints of James Blake and Beach House, and, here and there, shades of Elton John and Bob Dylan too.
We’ll be annoyed if he doesn’t play: His latest single, Another Love. It’s, you know, nice.
SATURDAY JULY 20th
VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Impressively, the members of New York’s Vampire Weekend became best-friends-forever over a shared interest in hip-hop, punk rock and African music. From those early days in 2006, the band (creative writing lecturers who are also dazzling musicians) has gelled into something quite special and often sublime.
We’ll be annoyed if they don’t play: Oh, anything, pretty much from their latest album, Modern Vampires of the City, but particularly the incandescent Ya Hey. Easily pleased, that’s us.