Sun shines for Picnic’s 10th birthday

Ernie and Serena Donovan; Eugene and Liz Deegan and Gilly Guilfoyle, Portlaoise at the Electric Picnic.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
The sun shone brightly on the fields of Stradbally last weekend as 35,000 music fans and revellers gathered for the 10th birthday of Electric Picnic.

The sun shone brightly on the fields of Stradbally last weekend as 35,000 music fans and revellers gathered for the 10th birthday of Electric Picnic.

The festival’s 10th birthday did not disappoint with fantastic performances across all stages throughout the weekend. A packed capacity crowd gathered at the Main Stage on Friday night to see Fatboy Slim and relive the 1990s.

Saturday and Sunday’s headliners, Disclosure and Arctic Monkeys also drew huge crowds to the Main Stage area which this year had the added bonus of a seating area and extra screens on stage.

Other highlights of the weekend included David Byrne and St Vincent who brought the house down on the Electric Arena, and Robert Plant on the Main Stage on Saturday.

There were a number of Irish acts showcased including Crow Black Chicken, Cathy Davey and Mick Flannery who also gave fantastic performances.

As always Trenchtown, The Salty Dog and Body and Soul gave people welcome respite from the crowds in the main area, and those who wanted a little less music and more spoken word enjoyed the comedy tent and Mind Fields.

Laois was well represented on the music front with Adela and the Meanits attracting a huge crowd out to the Salty Dog stage on Friday night. Bringing their own unique energy to the festival, they left the happy audience wanting more and hoping to see them back next year.

As well as music, the site was festooned with its usual magic and decoration throughout the forest and along the walkways, hidden away for people to happen upon.

However the weekend was not without its tragedy as a young Dublin man of 20 years, passed away on site in the early hours of Saturday morning.

As Picnickers packed their belongings on Monday morning to begin the long trek home, many are already looking forward to what the next Picnic, and the next ten years will bring. But for now, people can pack away their dancing shoes and enjoy their Electric Picnic birthday cupcakes, vouchers for which were given to revellers over the weekend.