New Irish festival Longitude to run same weekend as Latitude

Oxegen organisers MCD are reportedly planning a new rival bash

New Irish festival Longitude to run same weekend as Latitude

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Festival organisers MCD are reportedly planning a new Irish festival to run on the same weekend as Latitude Festival in Suffolk titled Longitude.

According to the Irish Times, MCD are planning the festival for July 2013.

The newspaper reports that offers for acts have already been made and that sites being considered for the festival include Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co Meath and Belvedere House, Co Westmeath.

MCD organises Oxegen Festival, which did not take place in 2012. A statement on the festival's website posted on December 21, 2011 read:

"Oxegen like Glastonbury is taking a year off in 2012 and will be back July 2013. Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas & peaceful New Year. Keep rockin' in 2012 and we will see you in 2013."

However, the organisers have yet to announce any details of an event for 2013, leading to speculation that a potential Longitude Festival could replace Oxegen. The festival, which in 2011 was headlined by Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas, has a capacity of 80,000 and has been running since 2004.

Latitude organisers Festival Republic have not responded to NME's requests for comment at time of publication.

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