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This is how long it took the guys and gals of Longitude to get ready

A thorough investigation.

THE STAKES HAVE never been higher when it comes to festival fashion.

Gone are they days where denim hot pants and a flower crown a la Kate Moss would suffice. No – this year it’s all about mesh, cycling shorts and as much glitter as you can flake on to yourself.


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However, there’s a argument been made both online and off that, while women tend to pull out all the stops with their festival garms, men put in decidedly less effort. (Sure, throw on a Hawaiian shirt and you’re good to go, Jack).

But, is it a myth? Are lads actually spending hours slaving away on their #looks and receiving no praise for it whatsoever? decided to conduct some investgative journalism at Longitude to find out.

“How long did it take you to get ready?”

Robyn, Lauren, Anna, Lucy, Vickie and Katie

“Five hours.”

one Source: Fionnuala Jones

Shiprim and Lavdim

“Ten minutes.”

lads Source: Fionnuala Jones

Rian, Eoghan and Peter

“Ten minutes.”

“15 minutes.”

“I’ve been ready since birth.”

lads 2 Source: Fionnuala Jones

Leah, Katie, Ciara and Luke

The girls said they started getting ready at half 6, and given that gates open at 1pm and the first act starts at 2pm, that roughly equates to almost eight hours of prep work.

Luke, on the other hand, took ten minutes to get ready.

gang Source: Fionnuala Jones


“15 minutes baby!”

jaz keane Source: Fionnuala Jones


“45 minutes? Wasn’t that bad today.”

hannah Source: Fionnuala Jones

Claudia and Megan

Claudia: “Half an hour, just ’cause I was so hungover.”

Megan: “I wasn’t that bad today, only took an hour.”

claudia Source: Fionnuala Jones


“15 minutes babes.”

alicia Source: Fionnuala Jones

Andy and James

Andy: “10 minutes.”

James: “I was born ready.” (A common answer among the lads).

andy and james Source: Fionnuala Jones

Dara, Leanne, Nikki, Anthony and Craig

Dara: “Ten minutes.”

Leanne: “Two and a half hours.”

Nikki: “Half an hour.”

Anthony: “Four days.”

Craig: “I’m still not ready.”

cobh Source: Fionnuala Jones

Chloe, Hannah and Sarah

“An hour and a half – we did our hair the night before.”

girls Source: Fionnuala Jones


“About an hour. I wanted something with feathers but couldn’t find anything.”

dan Source: Fionnuala Jones

Dan, Geadel and Oisin

Dan: “15 minutes.”

Geadel: “Five minutes.”

Oisin: “15 minutes.”

oisin Source: Fionnuala Jones

Cian, Niamh and Jade

The girls took an 2 hours to get ready, saying that they’d been planning their outfits months in advance. Cian said it took him an hour, joking that he needed the time to “put some ab oil on.”

IMG_1155 Source: Fionnuala Jones

Hollie, Rachel, Niamh and Andrada

Some of the girls took two hours, the others took up to four getting glam.

Source: Fionnuala Jones

So, there you have it folks. Nothing gets n the way of the glam, ok?

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