Racy swimming and unexpected fun at Electric Picnic

Racy swimming and unexpected fun at Electric Picnic
By Lynda Kiernan lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie

Skinny dipping in the lake at Electric Picnic this weekend might be on the cards.

Festival Republic director Melvin Benn is not expecting more topless performances to follow Grace Jones, he suggests it might happen at the lake, open for supervised swimming this year.

“There might be some racy swimming, if anyone forgets their costume, who knows,” he joked at the on-site media preview.

He was sanguine about the dire hurricane predictions.

“We’ve got our own hurricane here, hurricane Anachronica, and that’s going to force off the evils of any other rain. It’s Ireland, the picnickers are coming for the picnic, rain or shine.”

He sounded caution on buying last minute tickets.

“There are zero tickets left. If you’re buying one on a resale outlet, be incredibly careful, if it isn’t official, it will be turned away,” he said.

Irish singer songwriter Cathy Davey, playing in the Hazel Wood on Friday, is top of his list.

“I’m really excited about Cathy doing the new album. I’m also a huge fan of New Order, the 1975, Naz, Lana del Rey, that’ll be a really special night too, the list is endless,” he said.

Del Rey who headlines on Sunday night, has cancelled several festival appearances this year but Benn is confident she will keep her picnic promise.

“I think Lana del Rey will be a huge star for us. She has cancelled a few dates, but we are in constant contact with her, we know full well she wanted to play this festival particularly, so I’m very confident she’ll be here.”.

He urges punters not to follow a strict list.

“One of the great things about the picnic is finding the unexpected, and they become very special moments. Don’t come with a closed mind,” Mr Benn said.