JOE's travel guide if you're going to Longitude this weekend
All you need to know if you're heading along to Marlay Park this weekend...
One of the biggest festivals of the summer, Longitude, takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marlay Park in Dublin. The line-up is brilliant with Massive Attack, Ben Howard, Disclosure, Bastille and James Vincent McMorrow among the headliners; the full line-up and stage times are here.
We know how important it is to know how to get to and from a festival on time so here's JOE's travel guide for Longitude in Marlay Park.
There are two Luas stops pretty close to the festival site, Dundrum and Ballaly, that are about a 30-minute walk away. The last Luas on Friday and Saturday leaves at 12.00am so you should have time to get to one of the stops as the headline act finishes at 10.45pm. But the last Luas on Sunday leaves at 11pm so you'll have to make other arrangements unless you leave early.
If you want to get a Dublin Bus, there are plenty of routes heading back into the city centre but the last bus is at 11.30pm so you'll have to get out pretty sharpish. Here are the buses and where they're going (all from Grange Road unless stated).
16 - Airport via O’Connell Street
116 - Airport via Burlington Road
You can also get a bus from Ballinteer Shopping Centre, which is less than a 20 minute walk away from Marlay Park.
14 - Beaumont via Amiens Street
75 - The Square Tallaght.
Concert Shuttle Buses
There are shuttle buses going from Custom House Quay in the city centre to Marlay Park and back later that night. You need to book your tickets in advance on the Marathon Sports website and the seats are going quickly so get on it, if that's the option that suits you.
Here are the departure time from Custom House Quay for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 4pm.
The buses leaving Marlay Park and returning to Customs House Quay travel between 9pm and 12.30am.
This may be the quickest way of getting out of the festival so if you're feeling like Nicholas Roche or Dan Martin, it could be an option. Obviously don't drink and cycle, be safe buddies.
Walking home from the festival is probably not the best option but it is possible. We don't recommend it as it takes about two hours but if you're stuck, it may be your only choice. JOE have had to walk once before and our route through Rathfarnam, Rathgar, Rathmines and Camden Street was pretty direct to the city centre, just make sure you have runners.
Car-pooling is also a good option and here's the advice the organisers have given to anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel for the weekend.
From Dublin city centre – via Ranelagh, Clonskeagh, Goatstown, Sandyford, Grange Road and then onto College Road for car-parks.
From the M50 -
Option 1 - exit M50 at Junction 12 Interchange, signposted R823, Ballyboden.
Follow Scholarstown Road, Taylor’s Lane, turn right onto Whitechurch Road and then left onto College Road. Entrance to car-parks is off College Road.
Option 2 – exit M50 at Junction 13 Interchange (Dundrum).
Follow Brehonfield Road R133, direction Rathfarnham. Turn left at Ballinteer St.John's Road GAA Club onto R822 (signposted Ticknock). Turn right at traffic lights at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub onto College Road R113.
Entrance to car-parks is off College Road.
You can always pre-book a taxi to collect you after the festival and the pick-up point is on Stonemasons Way.
For more information, check out the Longitude website.