Electric Picnic defies all the odds with a ‘sold out’ weekend

Enjoying Electric Picnic.Picture: Alf Harvey.
Electric Picnic may have been in jepordy earl y this year but the sell ing out of this year’s 10t h staging proves that the event must have a future.

Electric Picnic may have been in jepordy earl y this year but the sell ing out of this year’s 10t h staging proves that the event must have a future.

The lucky 35,000 who have their tickets will be dusting their wellies and getting ready to revel in the Cosby estate for the 10th birthday of the Stradbally festival.

This year’s line up boast some impressive names including Robert Plant, Arctic Monkeys, Wu Tang Clan, Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Black Rebel motorcycle Club, Ellie Goulding, Dislosure and many more.

As well as international artists, there will also be some well known Laois names there as Adela and the Meanits will perform on Friday. Poet David Delaney and artist Jayne Louise Kelly will be presenting an installation throughout the weekend as well.

After a lot of uncertainty earlier in the year over whether the Picnic would take place, the festival’s sell out status is testament to the huge appetite for the popular festival which is much more than it’s musical line up.

The weekend extravaganza will also be hosting the now infamous Body and Soul with all their usual trappings, as well as a rip roaring line up for the Salty Dog stage and the Rave in the Woods.

MindFields will be presenting an oasis of literary readings, political debate, performance poetry, science experiments, inspiring talks, news quizzes, public conversations and much more. The comedy tent will be hosting top international comedians as well as home grown talent including Dylan Moran and Durrow’s Bernard O’ Shea. To read more about the Picnic, people can check out Stage Left from page 35.

All information about opening times for the weekend is now available online and promoters are advising fans to get there early and use public transport.

To keep up to date with festival news, check out Electric Picnic’s website and Facebook page.