Longitude 2019 was supposed to fail, it seemed as the weekend drew closer, more and more acts were pulling out. H.E.R, Clairo, Lil Uzi Vert, Chance The Rapper, ASAP Rocky all pulled out. The last 3 really held a dark cloud over the weekend.
Chance The Rapper pulled out with 2 weeks to go but luckily the promoters managed to pull Stormzy in to take his Saturday headliner spot. Lil Uzi and ASAP Rocky got pulled at the very last minute, Uzi got pulled about 2 days before the festival being replaced by Pusha T and Kojaque (a huge improvement in my opinion).
They announced that ASAP Rocky had pulled out on the day he was supposed to headline after being arrested in Sweden. ASAP was replaced with Ski Mask The Slump God, I had honestly never heard of this person before he was announced to headline the Friday night.
Despite all the pull outs, Longitude 2019 ended up being an absolutely fantastic festival. With that being said, let’s jump into day 1.
The only real issue I had all weekend came on the Friday. I was absolutely thrilled to see that Pusha T got added to the lineup, that was until I saw that he was booked to play at 3pm on Friday, one of the very first acts of the day. My train was due to pull into Dublin at 3pm so we managed to swap for a train that arrived an hour earlier, unfortunately, it still wasn’t to be as we didn’t have enough time to check into our hotel and boot it down to Marley Park. I think we missed his set by like 20 minutes.
What I think should have been done is that once what we all already knew was confirmed and it was announced that ASAP Rocky couldn’t make it, Pusha T should have headlined. Maybe scheduling wouldn’t have allowed it but he really deserved it over Ski Mask.
Luckily, after this, the weekend just went up and up. We had also planned to see Kneecap but somewhere along the line after we arrived and started drinking, we lost an hour and completely missed their set. But after THAT, the weekend of music could begin.
Our first act of the weekend was Dublin hip hop duo and the hottest thing in Irish music right now, Versatile. I had only seen them two weeks previous in Cork when they tore the roof off of Live At The Marquee. You’d think that after seeing them so recently, I’d have given it a skip but if anything, the Marquee gig made me want to see them even more.
They drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend performing in front of about 40,000 people. Whatever you think about these boys, you can’t deny the buzz they’ve created in the last year or two.
Only a year ago they were promoting their biggest headline set to date at the Olympia Theatre, since then they packed a tent at EP, sold out the Marquee, had their Longitude main stage moment, and it’s just been announced that they’re to headline the Three Arena later this year becoming the first Irish Hip Hop act to do so.
If you ever get the chance to see Versatile live, do it, you won’t be disappointed.
I had planned to leave Versatile 15 minutes early to catch Kojaque’s set but a few bangers got in the way so I missed the start of this. While Versatile have the buzz about them right now, I think Kojaque is the best rapper that Ireland has ever produced and he’s only getting started.
He rocked a somewhat intimate set in the Heineken tent bringing out his Soft Boy Records regulars, Kean Kavanagh and Luka Palm. I really enjoyed Kojaque’s set although it was met with some serious sound problems which seemed to plague the Heineken tent all weekend.
Mainly playing tracks from one of the best albums of 2018, Deli Daydreams, Kojaque dipped between singing and rapping with extreme ease. It was when he brought out Luka Palm that the party really started. They played the few tracks that they have together before playing some new tunes from their upcoming joint project called Green Deisel which is dropping in August.
Sound issues aside, Kojaque killed his set and I’m extremely excited to see where this man goes in the future.
After a quick drink break, we made our way to the main stage to catch Rae Sremmurd. It was fine, the backing track was quite obvious and the main singing that came from the duo were little adlibs as the backing track played the songs.
We had fun when Black Beatles came on and relived the Mannequin Challenge from 2016 (in which when that song was played, nobody moved). Swae Lee also performed some of his solo collaborations such as Unforgettable with French Montanna and the wildly popular Sunflower with Post Malone.
If anything this set was filler but it was fun filler.
Ski Mask The Slump God
The final act of the night was
ASAP Rocky Ski Mask The Slump God. We were all quite drunk at this stage so we made the most of it. His DJ came out on stage first and started playing heavy metal songs to our confusion but we rocked with it.
After his DJ had the crowd moshed out, Ski Mask took to the stage to play some of his songs, again, I literally did not know who this person was until he was announced.
After a few songs he brought out Dreamville member and J. Cole collaborator, JID. Dreamville’s joint project had just dropped that day so JID and Ski Mask performed one of the songs from it, Costa Rica, for the first time ever so that was pretty cool.
Towards the end of the set, the show became an XXX Tentacion tribute show. Ski Mask performed a few of his songs in memory with much help from the crowd. While I’m absolutely not a fan of X, seeing the crowd vibe to it and throw their X’s up in the sky was quite nice to see. It really hit his fans in the feels. Ski Mask finished with another song that I didn’t know and just like that, day 1 was over.
Besides Versatile and Kojaque, I was very easygoing with who I saw on Day 1 so I was able to chill a bit more than I would have if it was full of acts I wanted to see. Obviously not seeing Pusha T was a bit gutting but it didn’t take away from the fun. Overall, very successful day. Look out for day 2 over the weekend which I can honestly say was one of the best single days of live music that I’ve ever experienced. Exciting times!
Until Next Time,