04 Jul Longitude Gig Guide
It’s another busy summer for the Rathfarnham park with big names such as Kendrick Lamar , The Lumineers, Jamie XX and Major Lazer all taking to the stage this weekend for Longitude.
If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed tickets this year, chances are you’re figuring out how to get there, how to get home and what to expect.
Lucky for you, AA Roadwatch have compiled this handy gig guide for anyone heading to Longitude this weekend:
If you’re looking for tickets to Longitude, click here. Remember that gates open each day at 1:30pm.
Getting to Marlay Park
If you’re bringing the car along with you, bear in mind that traffic and parking delays are inevitable. Marlay Park concert traffic tends to be extremely heavy and motorists are strongly advised to use public transport or carpool if you can.
We strongly recommend you plan your journey in advance allowing at least an extra 2 hours travel time to and from the venue, to allow for the worst possible delays.
The heaviest traffic is likely to be exiting the M50 southbound at J13 Ballinteer. You should also expect delays heading out of the city on Harold’s Cross Rd and through Terenure before the event.
From Dublin City Centre
Your best route out Longitude from the city centre is through Rathmines and Rathgar before heading towards Terenure on Terenure Road East. You’ll then turn left onto Rathfarnham Road at Terenure Cross. Continue along Rathfarnham Road for a time and then take a right onto Grange Road (signposted Sandyford and Ballinteer). Continue on that stretch of road before turning right onto Taylor’s Lane at the T-junction. You’ll then take the next left onto Whitechurch Road and then left onto College Road, where the entrance to the car-parks is located.
From the M50
If you’re using the M50, exit at Junction 12 Firhouse, and follow signs for Ballyboden (R113). You’ll continue straight via Scholarstown Road and Taylors Lane. After the third roundabout, turn right onto Whitechurch Road and then left onto College Road. Entrance to the car-parks is off College Road.
What Roads will be Closed?
The following road closures will be in place following the event each night:
Grange Rd (between Taylors Lane and Ballinteer Ave), Brehon Field Rd, College Rd (between Whitechurch Rd and Grange Rd) and Stonemasons Way (between Grange Rd and Broadford Rd) from 10:30pm.
Access to Grange Rd from Harold’s Grange Rd will be restricted. Access to La Touch Court and Pinevalley Park will be maintained where possible. Access to Stonemasons Way from Barton Rd East towards Broadford Rd will be restricted. Taylors Lane (between Whitechurch Rd and Grange Rd) will close at 10pm.
For full details of your route, why not use AA Routeplanner?
You’ll find the car-parks off College Road, close to the Park. Remember that there is limited parking available for concert-goers and they open to the public from midday.
Motorists are warned to refrain from parking illegally in areas surrounding Marlay Park, in local housing estates or outside local residences. Parking enforcement rules will be in operation and your vehicle is likely to be clamped or towed.
There are a number of Dublin Bus routes that serve the Grange Road entrances of Marlay Park:
- 16 – Airport / O’Connell Street to Grange Road
- 116 – Burlington Road to Grange Road
- 161 – Dundrum Road Luas Station to Grange Road
The below Dublin Bus services stop at Ballinteer Shopping Centre, which is only about a 15 minute walk to the site:
- 14 – Beaumont via Amiens Street to Ballinteer Shopping Centre
- 75 – The Square Tallaght / Dun Laoghaire to Ballinteer Shopping Centre
Please double-check your timetables before you travel. Take note that not all services will be operating at the end of the concerts and will be on a first come first served basis. For more information, check out dublinbus.ie.
Marathon Coaches Bus Service
Marathon Coaches will operate a return bus service from Georges Quay (outside Ulster Bank) in the city centre direct to Marlay Park for all gigs this summer. Bus tickets are available for sale on a first come first serve basis on their website.
Prices for the Shuttle will cost you €10 when you book them online up to 10am on the morning of each service.
Subject to availability, you can also purchase tickets at the bus stop at Geroges Quay each day. Fares will be charged at €15 return or €10 one way.
Return buses to the city centre from Marlay Park will depart from 10:30pm until midnight each evening and will leave on first come first serve basis.
Private Buses and Coaches
There will be coach/bus and minibus parking available within Marlay Park and access to that car park will be via College Road.
If you want to get the Luas to Marlay Park, the Balally stop on the Green Line is roughly a half hour walk from the venue. However, a shuttle bus will operate between there and Marlay Park. Departure times are every 30mins between 1pm and 6:30pm. Pre-booking is advised. Return services will operate from Stonemasons Way to Dundrum LUAS from 9pm until 12:30am.
Top Tips from the AA Roadwatch & PR team
“Leave plenty of time if travelling by bus as services are usually full, especially heading to the park. Bring sun cream and also a rain coat/ something water-proof for the unpredictable Irish weather.” – Adrian Harmon
“My favourite bus to Marlay Park is the 14 because it drops you at Ballinteer Shopping Centre where there’s a SuperValu and two petrol stations nearby for any last minute essentials. However, getting home from Marlay Park on public transport is another matter. In my opinion, the best option is to arrange transport with a private bus company.” – Nicole Gernon
“Pack bin liners! They make for super compact waterproof blankets that you can sit on with your mates. Have an exit strategy too. Weigh up in advance whether that last song is really worth the two hour journey back into the city centre.” – Yvette Poufong
“Avoid taking the car and use your two feet as much as possible. The ideal option would be getting off somewhere that’s thirty mins walk away from Marlay Park to avoid getting caught in concert traffic. Arrange to meet your lift at that same location after the gig. The last time I went to a concert there I walked from about an hour away and when you take all the traffic restrictions and congestion into account, it was definitely the easiest option.” – Ruth Jephson
“From past experience, getting home is much more difficult than actually getting to Marlay Park. Your first port of call should be organising how you’ll arrive home safely, whether it’s booking a taxi in advance or arranging a lift home from someone you know. Be aware that taxis will be in high demand on the night so you may not be able to rely on just hailing one after the gig.” – Orla O’Callaghan