Saturday 29 April 2017

At Electric Picnic? Here's the best things to see and do out of the rain

Revellers at Electric Picnic
Revellers at Electric Picnic
Revellers at Electric Picnic
Revellers at Electric Picnic
Rain falling on Electric Picnic this morning
Revellers from Meath at the entrance to Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Revellers from Abbeyleix, Laois, at their tents. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sisters Jessica Graham, 25, and Andrea, 23, from Cork. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dave and Lauren Richardson, from Wicklow, with daughter Lilabet, 3. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Revellers from Athlone in the campsite. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Revellers from Stradbally at their tents at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Barry Ryan, 30, from Naas, Craig Berkeley, 31, from Dublin 8, and Eoin Ryan, 31, from Naas, making their way to the campsite. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Taylor Doherty, 19, left, and Mary Finch, 19, from Mullingar, arrive at the festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Ciara Kennedy, 18, from Laois, arrives at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Picknickers woke up this morning to grey skies, soggy sleeping bags and the delightful smell of damp tents.

If you want to avoid the drizzle then here's a handy guide of things to do and see.

Ciara Kennedy, 18, from Laois, arrives at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Ciara Kennedy, 18, from Laois, arrives at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Soundings

Catastrophe star  Sharon Horgan will take to the Soundings stage with comedian Aisling Bea and boxer Andy Lee. During the course of the informal half hour chat, the trio will share three stories or songs that have inspired, alarmed and humoured them. Music will be provided by teenage singer songwriter SOAK.

 

The Hazel Wood

Duck int the Cerebral Maze in the Hazel Wood where can have a seance with Prince's Ghost and pole dance. The Maze also features a 90s grunge squat party and a 20s themed piano room where a rara dancer will shimmying away.

 

Barry Ryan, 30, from Naas, Craig Berkeley, 31, from Dublin 8, and Eoin Ryan, 31, from Naas, making their way to the campsite. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Barry Ryan, 30, from Naas, Craig Berkeley, 31, from Dublin 8, and Eoin Ryan, 31, from Naas, making their way to the campsite. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Comedy

The line up for the comedy tent is almost better than the one for the main stage. Dylan Moran, Kevin McGahern, and the Rubberbandits will have you in stitches while the big top will keep you dry. Perfect.

 

Dave and Lauren Richardson, from Wicklow, with daughter Lilabet, 3. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dave and Lauren Richardson, from Wicklow, with daughter Lilabet, 3. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Treat Yo’Self

This rainfall can make it difficult to look like a true ‘ festival hun’ but a trip to Thaís Muniz’s Turbante caravan will ensure you look like a Carmen Miranda inspired glamazon. Brazilian born Muniz will whip up a custom made turban complete with ribbons, netting and butterflies.

Five minutes away in the forest you’ll find Pamper Street. The street takes its inspiration from the cult TV series Mr Ben - and encourages people to emerge from from a cabinet restyled.

You can get your hair “sculpted” to look like a mermaid, your body painted with temporary tattoos, and your nails filed and polished to perfection.

 

Eat your heart put

Nip into the theatre of food tent to watch cookery demonstrations by Clodagh McKenna, Susan Jane White and Kevin Thorton. Then loads up and hot and salty treats.

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