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It's that time of the year again, when Irish people suddenly realise their obsession with rap music and flock down to Marlay Park for a sunny weekend of cans and tunes.

Like every major festival, Longitude has some valuable information regarding safety, rules, entry and transport that you all have to read before making the trek down.

First of all, the gates open at 1:30pm each day, and if you arrive to the event intoxicated then you unfortunately won't be permitted entry this weekend.

This year is set to be bigger than ever, with none other than Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and A$AP Rocky headlining the sold-out festival.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In terms of the weather, it's an outdoor event and the show must go on, in rain or shine. Longitude have released advice for dress code and crowd control:

-Please check weather conditions and dress appropriately but remember no umbrellas. There may be strobe lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics used at these events.

-Note location of Entry / Exit Gates, Emergency Exits, First Aid Posts and Water Points.

-Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personnel safety and security while attending these events. They should ensure the security of personal belongings while on route to and from and during the event i.e. purses/wallets/tickets/mobile phones. The promoter accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

-Any form of anti-social behaviour, crowd surfing, moshing or public urination will not be tolerated. The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission, or to remove from the venue, anyone taking part in these activities without a refund.

-Please move slowly and quietly when exiting the festival site and co-operate with stewards’ directions. Do not rush the exits, hang back until the main throng has dispersed for an easier journey home.

-Please co-operate with stewards and Gardaí and follow any loudspeaker announcements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An Garda Síochána has a strict zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption in public, as well as any illegal criminal or anti-social behaviour. Be on your best behaviour, lads.

The Gardaí have also asked ticket-holders to respect the property and privacy of residents in the vicinity of Marlay Park, who are going about their day as normal. 

More notes include a ban on littering in the community, and warnings against urinating in public, anti-social behaviour and illegal parking. Stewards and security will take measures to ensure the safety of all.

Travel & Transport

Transport to and from the venue is a matter for individual ticket-holders, so definitely make sure to plan and book your return travel arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Longitude have encouraged all attendees to use the available festival bus services or public transport to get to the show. If you are driving or being dropped off, try and carpool. Allow at least an extra twp hours travel time to and from the venue.

Marathon Travel are operating a bus service from Custom House Quay, in the City Centre direct to the Marlay Park Coach Park; Check out the Bus Hire website for tickets and more route info.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Travel Master are operating bus services from the following counties: Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Galway, Westmeath, Meath, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo and Roscommon to Marley Park

Check out their website here for ticket and route information.

Luas

Take the Green Line to Dundrum Luas station for the Dundrum Luas Shuttle. More route info is available here.

Dundrum Luas shuttle: Marathon Travel will operate a shuttle bus between Dundrum Luas station and Stonemasons Way, near the festival site. Visit their website here for tickets.

Swords Express are operating a special return bus service from Malahide roundabout at the Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre (R106) direct to Marlay Park.

Private buses

There is coach/bus and minibus parking available within Marlay Park, access is via College Road. It's advised that you notify the company by registering with them in advance, by emailing enquiries@festivalrepublic.com with the following info;

Your name, the number of passengers, the coach company, the name of your driver and finally the date and time of arrival and departure

If you are travelling to site using a private hire bus, coach or minibus, make sure to ask your driver to use Junction 13 off the M50.

National coach services

Matthew’s are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Dundalk, Monasterboice, Drogheda and Meath.

Farrelly’s Coaches are operating return bus services from Galway, Castlebar and Athlone.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons are delighted to be operating bus services to Marlay Park from Limerick, Nenagh, Roscrea, Portlaoise, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Clonmel.

Fosters Coaches are operating a commuter service from Monasterevin to Marlay Park.

Kelly Travel are operating a return bus service to Marlay Park from Limerick – Nenagh – Roscrea, Tipperary – Cashel – Portlaoise, Ennis – Shannon and Mitchelstown – Cahir – Ballacolla.

Irish Concert Travel are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with routes travelling via Donegal, Sligo, Ballina, Castlebar and Galway.

Wexford Bus are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, and Arklow.

For booking information, take a peek at the Longitude website here.

Dublin Bus and Go Ahead will just be operating their regular scheduled service and won't be running extra services for Longitude.  It's recommended that you plan alternative means of transport to and from the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Attendees who will be getting picked up by family and friends following the festival are advised that road closures are in place. Longitude's recommended collection point is at Our Lady’s School car park on Ballinteer Avenue.

Buses, including minibuses, will NOT be permitted to pick-up/drop-off in the local area and must use the College Road car-park instead.

A taxi pick up area will be set up at the Supervalu on Ballinteer Avenue. The promoter can't guarantee there will be taxis available after the event and advises you plan and book your return travel arrangements in advance. 

Traffic and parking delays are inevitable, so plan your route in advance and keep an eye on AA Roadwatch for reports on traffic, road works, delays etc happening along your route.

Please note that there is limited parking available in Marlay Park. The car parks will open an hour prior to the gates opening time on your ticket; 12:30pm.

The festival strongly urges you not to try and park illegally in areas around Marlay Park, in local estates or outside local homes. You'll definitely get clamped or towed so don't test them, people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Entry

Longitude have asked ticket-holders NOT to bring backpacks or large handbags. Bags larger than the size of A4 won't be allowed entry, and there will be no cloakroom or storage facilities on site.

Bags smaller than A4 will be searched at the entry point, to avoid lengthy queues, Longitude strongly advise that you don't bring a bag. Easy for the boys, harder for the girlos.

Any bags or items left at entrance or the surrounding area will be removed and thrown out. The festival has a strict no alcohol policy, implemented on private buses and public transport heading to the site as well.

There will be a meeting point inside both arena entrances, and wristbands removed from the wrist or tampered with in any way will be noted as invalid and won't be replaced.

Longitude also advise you not to buy tickets from unofficial sources.

Prohibited items

Alcohol, Glass, Aerosols, Spray cans, Illegal/unidentifiable substances, Inflatable and fold up furniture, Umbrellas, Flares and metal reusable bottles are a number of items that are not permitted on site.

Searching is a condition of entry. Any item(s) which may be reasonably considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated. Please allow plenty of time to get into the event, and for festival entry procedures, ticket checks and searches.

No professional cameras or cameras with a detachable lens, video cameras & audio recording devices, iPads or GoPros are allowed either, so leave the professional photography penchant at home.

Any items deemed prohibited will be confiscated and not returned. The full list of items are on the website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Age policy

No unaccompanied under 16’s are allowed on site. All under 16’s require a ticket to the event and must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult, parent or guardian over 18.

You may be asked to prove your age with photo ID or you will be refused admission. Acceptable forms are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving Licence Acceptable forms of ID for Under 18’s are: School or College ID PLUS a colour copy of your in-date passport.

All ID’s must be in date, and all Longitude bars operate a Challenge 21 policy. Some areas on site are over 18’s only (Logic and Heineken Live Your Music) Acceptable forms of proof of age are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving-Licence.

Disabled access

Disabled customer parking is accessed via College Road. Please contact access@festivalrepublic.com to register and for other non-ticket related enquiries.

If you have any general queries or accessible requests that has not been addressed in the event information provided.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ticketmaster

Credit Card/Box Office collections will be located at the entrance off Grange Road, opposite Centra and Lidl, and College Road Arena Entrance in the coach and car parks.

For non-ticket related queries please email enquiries@festivalrepublic.com. The festival will take place this weekend, from July 5 to July 7. 

That's the 411, folks. Enjoy the festival (in a safe and responsible manner, like your parents are watching you). Steer cleer of the mud at all costs.

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One of Ireland's biggest taxi app, MyTaxi, is set to rebrand it's name to FREE NOW later this year.

The company, formerly known as Hailo, emailed it's customers today and informed them about the name change. The app changed it's name to MyTaxi back in 2017, spending €5 million on the large ad campaign.

In a statement sent to consumers, MyTaxi wrote;

“The most important thing to remember is that there will be no change to the mytaxi service and app. We’ll still have the same app, the same local team and the same 5-star drivers – just with a new name later this year.” 

The company tweeted about the change; "We’ve exciting news  We’re joining a new mobility brand family. This means we’re getting a new name and look, and will be changing our name to FREE NOW later this year."

The change is apparently due to a merger between Daimler, it's majority shareholder, and BMW

SHARE NOW, REACH NOW, PARK NOW and CHARGE NOW are also a part of the “new brand family”, however these groups don't operate in Ireland as of yet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"At MyTaxi, we're always working hard to give people the freedom to move around cities as easily as possible," they said in their latest statement, according to Newstalk.

"As we continue to grow across Europe, it's important that we are consistent, recognisable and offer the best experience possible to all our passengers, no matter where you hail from".

There will be no change to the MyTaxi service and app, which carried over 16 million passengers across Ireland last year. MyTaxi is available in nine countries and more than 100 European cities.

The FAQs section is available for MyTaxi users to help answer its customers queries.

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People, we are truly living in the future. 

We all know the trials and tribulations of getting on a long Dublin Bus commute, only to look at your phone to realise your battery is about to flat line. No Spotify or Insta scrolling you you, my friend. 

In response the longstanding pleas for charging ports on public transport, it seems that Dublin Bus are stepping up to the plate.

Amazed Twitter user omgDebbie uploaded a picture of the mythical new ports. 

According to The Daily Edge, a new fleet of updated Dublin buses are being rolled out, which have the upgraded feature. 

'This is a further enhancement to improve facilities for our customers,' the public transport service confirmed to the online publication. 

The response to the ports has been mixed, but mostly positive. 

'It's like stepping through the gates of technological heaven,' reads one Twitter response.

'Bets on upstairs ones being the first to be hacked to spread malware,' said another. 

We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for these ports on every journey from now on.

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For many women, navigating leers and catcalls is part and parcel of daily life, and while the vast majority are regrettably left to deal with harassment by themselves, we'd like to assume that if they do reach out for assistance, they will be properly supported.

However, one woman's recent encounter on public transport reminded Twitter users that unfortunately this isn't the case.

After enduring a particularly distressing encounter with a man who began 'rubbing his crotch' after she deflected his advances on a bus, Nathalie Gordon left her seat and approached the bus driver for assistance.

Frightened she explained what had happened to the driver, telling Twitter users: "I tell him that a man is rubbing himself on the bus. The driver, a man, says 'he probably isn't – sit somewhere else'."

Nathalie, understandably stunned by the driver's disregard, replied: "Remove him from the bus, call the police – I don't care'."

And in a move which has caused uproar on Twitter since Nathalie shared an insight into her experience, the driver replied: "What do you expect me to do? You're a pretty girl, what do you expect?"

In a series of tweets which have gone viral since their upload, Nathalie laid out, in no uncertain terms, exactly what she wanted from the driver in that situation.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter users have responded in their droves since Nathalie took to the website to voice her concerns, with hundreds of women sharing similar experiences online.

"If you ever see me on public transport or anywhere in London and you feel vulnerable, find a way to tell me & I promise I'll stand with you," Nathalie wrote in response to her supporters.
 

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The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is set to ban ads from London's public transport networks which could promote body shaming.

According to Business Insider UK, the Mayor – who was elected in May – has announced that from next month no advertisements which are "likely to cause pressure to conform to an unrealistic or unhealthy body shape" will appear on the city's buses or tubes.

During his election campaign last year, Khan promised to remove such images from London's public transport lines after more than 70,000 people signed a petition against a Protein World ad which asked: "Are you beach body ready?"

In a press release which was posted to the mayor's website yesterday Khan said: “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end."

“Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”

A spokesperson for Transport for London – the group who will enforce the move – recognised the importance of the ban by acknowledging that commuters cannot avoid the advertising which appears on public transport.

They said: “Advertising on our network is unlike TV, online and print media. Our customers cannot simply switch off or turn a page if an advertisement offends or upsets them."

With so many people being affected by body shaming, we think it's great that the issue is being tackled in such a public way.

 

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There are little quirks that we all have but that we only really seem to notice when we’re riding around on public transport.

There really is nothing quite like the confused look of a stranger staring at you to make you realise that you have been humming out loud with your earphones in or looking like you’re talking to yourself as you play out whatever imaginary conversation you are having in your head.

But, the good news? We all do it! Well… Almost all at least.

Dublin Bus have completed a survey where they found out just what is really going with their customers when they’re riding around on the buses.

As most of us leave things till the last minute, it’s not surprising that 67 percent of commuters use their travel time to finish off schoolwork and work. For the early risers, over 12 percent use the bus to have an extra snooze before they begin their day.

We may not even realise we’re doing it, but most of us do give the people boarding the bus a courtesy glance which has led to 23 percent of people saying hello to someone they don’t know.

Meanwhile, 21 percent of people have pretended to use their phone or some form of device to avoid seeing someone so they don’t have to have to make awkward conversation. 

Ireland is proven to be as flirty as ever with 23 percent of commuters fancying someone on their bus while 15 percent of people have actually gotten off at the WRONG stop just to keep a certain conversation going!

So, whether you want to get your homework done quickly or find the love of your life, it looks as if it’s all possible from the comfort of our very own Dublin Bus.  

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Public transport is never easy. But these people make it ten thousand times worse.

 1. The phone person
Who needs to have a two-hour conversation on a bus? Seriously?

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2. The raver
Prodigy at 6.30am? And is that red bull we smell? Good Lord. More power to them.

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 3. The PDA couple
What ARE they doing back there? Judging by the sounds, we feel we’re better off not knowing. *shudder*

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4. School children
Teenagers scare the crap out of us. The screaming, the loud music, the scarily heavy bags that could kill us in one sudden turn.

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5. The person who needs a seat for their bag
Is there anyone more rude in this world than the person that gives you a dirty look as they move their bag from the empty seat? Do they think we WANT to sit next to them? That ANY of this is our choice?!

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6. The smelly person
Gagging.

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7. The person who waits until they’re on the bus to get their money out
The bus is 30 minutes late as it is – what HAVE you been doing?

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8. The person who doesn’t thank the bus driver when they get off
It’s an unwritten rule – what the hell?

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If you’re not lucky enough to have your own set of wheels, you’re probably well acquainted with the useful but sometimes infuriating service that is Irish public transport.

Whether it’s a bus, train or tram, there’s a good chance your journey to work or college will be ruined by certain types of people. These people make you wish you stayed at home and studied for that drivers theory test. They leave you irritated and considering whether you should get off two stops before your original stop. 

1. The Music Blarer 

So there you are, happily settled in your seat. You’re gazing out of the window and despite the fact that it is very early in the morning, you’re pretty content. That is until some dude in a beanie sits across from you and now you’re peaceful morning commute has some erratic trance music as a soundtrack. Lovely…

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2. The Over-Sharer

This is the person that has an incredibly loud conversation on their phone or with their friends about incredibly personal matters. The bus is silent. She is the only one talking but yet it is at that moment that she decides to talk to her friend about the details of last night’s drunken escapade. Now you and the entire bus know that she cheated on her boyfriend. No one cares about your infidelity or that he was a good kisser. Shut up. I’m trying to read my free Metro.

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3. The Space Invader

There are plenty of seats around you. This was the only morning you did not put your bag on the seat next to you in an anti-social fashion and what happens? The Space Invader seizes this moment to sit beside you even though there are many other free seats dotted around the bus. This is beyond irritating. You now have someone breathing on top of you and impeding on your alone time. The space invader has no concept of personal space. Yes that it is my arm. Please do not touch it again….

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4. The Screamer

Your iPod is on full blast, trying to drown out this person. The screamer does not understand what an indoor voice is and the loud hyena like laughter is actually cutting through you. Silence is severely underrated. Somebody pass the Panadol because you can feel a serious headache coming on.

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5. The Snacker

Eating on public transport is sometimes necessary and early morning/evening commutes may require some sustenance. However it is not okay for you to be forced to sit beside someone for forty minutes who is eating a wrap that definitely has tuna in it with cheese and onion crisps. This will have you regretting that you picked the window seat. You are now trapped with The Snacker and are forced to embrace their food choices. Oh the smells…

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6. The Chatty Cathy..

It is pretty damn early. You’re still unsure whether getting out of bed was the best decision and then you are met with that person who believes sitting beside someone requires small talk. The weather, the traffic and where you bought your shoes are topics up for grabs. Smiling through gritted teeth and responding with generic answers, you inwardly wonder why life must test you in this manner and briefly consider crawling under the seats to escape the mind numbing conversation.

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7. The Smelly Person

Don’t think your silent farts are being unnoticed. Or that we don’t know you haven’t had a shower. It’s extremely obvious.

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