Longitude Festival – Saturday

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Since Saturday was the first day to sell out, the fact that it’s appears even busier than the previous day is no surprise. The scorching weather always has a way of creating a celebratory atmosphere and Longitude is clearly the place to be if you’re in that mood.

Stormzy kick things off on the main stage to huge turnout, especially considering he hasn’t even released his debut album yet. He still has more than enough material to fill and even go over his 45 minute slot. Every track dropped is lapped up, with many excited to get finally see him considering his only previous gig in Ireland was at the Trinity Ball. For the more unfamiliar, closing with ‘Know Me From’ and ‘Shut Up’ guarantees you’ll remember his name. This show and Dizzee Rascal and Skepta’s at Forbidden Fruit recently have made it obvious that grime truly has a place on the main stage in Ireland and isn’t going anywhere. After Stormzy finished, there were several announcements that access to stage two had been cut off for the second day in a row. This meant a lot of people couldn’t get to see ASAP Ferg at the second stage, but Annie Mac does more than enough for many to alleviate the feeling of being cooped up in the main arena.

As far as the hip hop portion of the night went, it ended on a bang with Run The Jewels. After getting a chance to speak with the group before the gig, it’s clear that every positive sentiment you’ve ever read or heard about them is true and can be said for their entire travelling crew also. This was their third performance in as many years in Ireland and their live show expectedly never falters. Killer Mike, El-P and DJ Trackstar walk on stage to We Are The Champions again, but the song’s sentiment will never be lost on the group or it’s fans. It provides the perfect moment of clarity before the abrasive beats and raps take hold of the slightly scarce, but loud audience gathered at the main stage. The recent addition of their collaboration with DJ Shadow, Nobody Speak, to the setlist is welcomed with opened arms. The only thing their live show needs as this stage is some new material and we know that more will come in due time. For now, many were appreciative for the chance to bask in the glory of Run the Jewels 2 one more time before the third installment in one of the most exciting string of album releases in recent years.