Although the weather is not being kind so far this week, it will not dampen the spirits of the 41,000 revellers who are descending on Stradbally this weekend.
The festival has been sold out for a number of weeks now, and excitement is at fever pitch for the three day event which marks the changing of the seasons for music and art lovers alike.
This year’s line up boasts some of the hottest musical names on the festival circuit at the moment, including Portishead, Beck, Outkast, Paulo Nutini, Blondie, Hozier, Chic, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals to name but a few.
There will also be some local acts out on site over the weekend, with Music Generation Laois musicians performing on Saturday and Portlaoise four piece Cramptown Spaces playing on Sunday. Details of both shows are listed in Stage Left (pages 34 and 35).
As well as the music main arena, there is plenty of other entertainment on offer, with Mindfields: Spoken Word, Comedy, Theatre of Food, Global Green, Trenchtown, Salty Dog, and of course all the wonder and magic that takes place within Body and Soul.
There will also be the usual entertainment for children, and all children under 12 go free, with family camping for those who wish to avail of it.
Organisers have advised fans travelling to the Picnic to be prepared for all kinds of weather and to pack accordingly, remembering that no glass is allowed on site. Essential items to pack include sunscreen, wellies, waterproof jacket, a warm fleece for night time and baby wipes, as well as the bare essentials including a sleeping bag and tent.
There are no more tickets available and organisers warned against buying tickets from unreputable sources.
A spokesperson for the festival told the Leinster Express that the only official re-sale sight for the festival is www.getmein.com.
“If you buy tickets from an unauthorized dealer, website or classified ad you run a high risk of losing your money and not getting in to the festival. We have already had reports of fake tickets being sold. Why give money to a total stranger in the hope they might not rip you off? The only official re-sale for site for EP iswww.getmein.com Anywhere else cannot guarantee your money is safe or your ticket genuine.”
Travelling on Friday to the festival, fans are asked to use public transport where possible and to car pool. The site opens at 9am on Friday morning and nobody will be allowed in before this time. Fans can check out www.get-there.ie for a one-stop website for car pooling and bus and train timetables to and from the festival.
This year there will also be a taxi rank located outside the festival gates for the duration of the weekend.
For more information and updates visit www.electricpicnic.ie and visit their Facebook page.