Django Django’s Irish singer ready to rock Longitude

July 19, 2013 in Blog, Irish Daily Star

It’s festival season – and this weekend will debut Ireland’s newest music extravaganza Longitude on Dublin’s southside in Marlay Park.

Three days of music, but without the headache of camping, it’s looking to be the festival for folk who like a real bed after a night of dancing and a hot shower to wash the UV paint off the morning after.

Doors open at 1.30pm each day until late, with a shuttle bus from Customs House Quay on the hour (€10 return) being the recommended mode of transport due to limited parking.

Brit rockers Django Django will bring their upbeat pop-rock anthems to the party, having hit the festival circuit hard this summer – playing Glastonbury along with shows in France, Portugal, Croatia, Germany and the USA.

Headlining Longitude tonight, they are planning to go all out – and Derry-born frontman Vincent Neff vows “It’s our only Irish festival this year so we’ll make it a good one.”

They’re in good company with Phoenix, Foals, Vampire Weekend and Kraftwerk amongst many others.

Clearly enjoying the festival vibe and the difference between playing at a gig of their own design, and to a crowd who may be less familiar with their work, Neff says: “You’ve got to work that little bit harder.”

And if things don’t go their way he says: “At least there’s 20 other bands they can see so you can rock out and have a bit of craic really.”

The band won’t be able to hang around to catch many other acts though.

Neff admits: “We’re not going to get a chance to see Kraftwerk on Sunday which I’m pretty gutted about. We play Germany that day.”

But the Northern Irish rocker is eager to get in a homecoming gig soon. I’m hopeful to get up to the City of Culture up in Derry, which is a bit of a priority for me being from Derry, before it finishes,” he says.

Currently working on their second album – having released their eponymous debut last year – and only breaking for the current litany of gigs, they are using the tour bus down-time to write.

The’ll be returning to the studio by the end of August to finish up the record so they can hopefully have it out next year.

“We’ve got our own studio and we’ve got half-decent equipment now, so everything should be a little bit faster,” Neff says.

Trying to avoid the pressure of the notoriously difficult second album they’ll be keeping a similar recording preocess as for their debut.

“It really comes down to the songs. We love weird outsider musicians, but we also love pop stuff as well. I suppose it could be a mixed bag of stuff really,” Neff says.

Django Django play Longitude at Dublin’s Marlay Park tonight at 6pm. Day tickets are €54.50 and weekend passes are €149.50.