Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic organisers have announced a big addition to the festival

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Electric Picnic organisers have announced a  big addition to the festival

Comedienne Joanne McNally

A new first has just been announced for Electric Picnic 2018, that is guaranteed to make the festival all the more fun and all the more female friendly.

This year the Hazel Wood stage will host a night featuring an all-female comedy line up, as an extra treat for weekend campers.

For the first time in the festival’s history, a stage will be open to the 5,000 early entry campers who arrive on Thursday night before the festival opens its gates on Friday. This very special comedy stage will give a platform to some of the country’s best female acts.

The line up includes; Joanne McNally who will be the watchful eye and MC for the evening, Aoife Dooley, Lisa Casey, Sharon Mannion, Aine Gallagher, Harriet Braine, Ashlee Bentley, Sahar Ali, Blaithin DeBurca, Aoife O'Connor, Christina McMahon, Orla O'Doherty Brown, Fiona Frawley and Grace Mulvey.

The idea was born from a chance meeting at this year’s festival between Festival Director Melvin Benn and Emily O’Callaghan. Emily, a sometime stand up herself, had noticed a lack of female talent in the comedy line up at many festivals, as did Melvin. Separately, striving to bring more gender balance to the festival and the music industry in general, Melvin started the ReBalance programme in the UK and he will now extend the principle with the Comedy Stage at EP.

We can't wait to join the magic at #EP2018! 

Weekend tickets are still available at €230.