- 06 Jul 19
While the spotlight was definitely on Rap and Hip-Hop at this year's Longitude Festival, electronic music enthusiasts were guaranteed a good time at the new Spin House Party...
It's day two of the Longitude festival, a few hours past noon. An eager youngster begins raving to the Hot Press Crew about a big house and techno party that has been going on all day long. With a big, beaming smile on his face, he points at an impressively discreet sign in a far corner, indicating the location of the Spin House Party. This festival has already been full of surprises – so naturally, I gravitate towards this unique spot.
At the entrance to the Spin area, a huge posse of festival-goers are already waiting patiently to gain access. Because it has a limited space, the Spin House Party is only accessible to a certain number of people at any given time. Yet, the prospect of what might be a long wait doesn't seem to deter festival-goers, dozens of whom are determined to get in and get partying.
And here's why: this exclusive area of the festival is a hidden gem. Located to the left of the main stage, it resonates with techno bass-lines and house-y beats for the entire duration of the festival.
Sets are performed by a plethora of diverse talents including a string of SPIN DJs, who rise to the challenge of showing their credentials at Longitude. Indeed, the Dublin youth radio station has a star of its own in Marty Guilfoyle, whose latest single 'Me & U' reached No.1 in the Shazam Charts in Ireland recently. SPIN's Graham O'Toole and Jaz Keane are also mixing tunes for the crowd, who duly lap it up!
It is the kind of hideaway that every festival needs. The first edition of the Spin House Party can be deemed a complete success. Roll on next year...