Friday 19 December 2014

Electric Picnic 2014: Fun for all the family

Billed as a family friendly festival, we asked those with young kids in attendance about their experience

Freya Drohan

Published 29/08/2014 | 17:13

Thousands of hedonistic ravers, portaloos and late-night noise levels don't put off parents in pursuit of a memorable family experience.

We asked three families what it is about The Picnic that entices them to pack the buggies and bottles and head to Stradbally for the weekend.

With a purpose built family camping site, 'Soul Kids' area and a circus, there is a myriad of activities to keep little ones entertained.

Brian and Olivia Durnain have several festivals under their belt.

Their sons Milo (3) and Stellan (18 months) even help them find new music acts to enjoy.

Read more: Hammocks, fairies, and ostrich burgers - things to do at Electric Picnic 2014

Gaby Skelton, right, and Victoria Brickenden from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, right, and Victoria Brickenden from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r are, Cousins, Mairead O'Byrne, 9, Ellen O'Byrne, 8, and Aoife McEvoy, 9, from Rathineska, Laois relaxing at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Layla Bell, 11, from Clontarf enjoys the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Leah Barron, 7, enjoys herself at the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r, are Paddy Watkins, Emmet McEnroe and Tom Atkins at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, right, and Victoria Brickenden from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Paddy Watkins, left, and Tom Atkins at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Bonnie Tyler plays on the electric ireland power house at the second day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 30/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Emily Verastegui, enjoys the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Brendan Sheahan, from Kilkenny, with his daughters, Isabelle, 9, right, and Lily, 7, at the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Isabelle, 11, and Hannah, 7, Reid from Dun Laoighaire pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Isabelle, 11, and Hannah, 7, Reid from Dun Laoighaire pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
suzanne and Paul Murphy, from Cork pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Laura Reynolds, left, and Laura Crea from Dublin enjoying the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r, are Grainne Hill, 3, Tara O'Shea, 22, Maire O'Mahony, 21, Nicola O'Donovan, 21, Jen Lowen, 23, Jesse Higgins, 22, Emily O'Sullivan, 22, and Emma Fleury, from Cork, pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Some of the Large crowd at the Electric Picnic on Sat evening to see Hozier
Some of the Large crowd at the Electric Picnic on Sat evening to see Hozier
Fans enjoy Bom bay Bicycle Club playing on the main stage at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Actor, Jack Reynor at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Model, Roz Purcell, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Laura Whitmore, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Laura Whitmore, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Hannah Mc Namee,Katie Waters,Chloe Rankin,Bekan Maloney and Siomen O'Leary in the Body and Soul Area at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Festival goers at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Phil Cosby on The Salty Dog Stage at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Hannah Mc Namee,Katie Waters, ,Bekan Maloney in the Body and Soul Area at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Festival goers at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Claire O'Brien, 18, left and Alannah Murray, 19, from Laois at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Shane McGowan gives the camera the two fingers at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Fans listen to Debbie Harry and Blondie on the main stage at the Electric Picnic Music festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Debbie Harry, Blondie, lead singer arrives at the Hot Press Tent for an interview at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Debbie Harry, Blondie, lead singer performs on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
The Strypes play on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Synott, 20, Nora O'Donovan, 20, and Claire Forristal, 20 from Kilkenny at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Jett Desmond, 22, from Killliney, Dublin at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Jett Desmond, 22, from Killleny, Dublin at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Dearbhla Ryan with Rachel Stapleton and Aoife Ryan KIldare at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Poppea Bowie and Ramber Legay at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Andy Marrin gets a massage at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
From l to r, are, Stanley Wassel, 22, Alexandra Morgan, 20, Sean Domican, 21, and Eoghan Harford, 22, from Dundrum, Dublin, at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival in Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Ted Aherne, 5, from Mullingar listens to the Strypes on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Hannah Desmond, 18, left and Nicky Drummond, 18, both from Glenageary pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Mullingar Ladies Annija Koskina,Hazel Gavigan,Niamh Gilmartin,Orla Tubridy,Clodagh Foley,Siofra O'Farrell and Laura Murphy at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Grace O'Mahoney, 20, Ruth Nagle, 20, and Fiona Nagle, from Roscarberry, West Cork, at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival in Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Sivn Lennon, 19, Gillian Campion, 18, and Roisin Duffy, 19, from Portlaoise, at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Hannah Desmond, 18, left and Nicky Drummond, 18, both from Glenageary pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Paddy Conroy,Laois and Nadine Lyons from Cavan at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Helen Mooney, 18 from Bray, left, and Chloe Brennan, 19, from Greystones at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Fans arrive for the first day of Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Costello, 23, left, and Tara Clinton, 23, from Ranelagh pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Costello, 23, left and Tara Clinton, 23, from Ranelagh pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
A festival-goer erects her tent on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Festival-goers arrive with a pre-erected tent at the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Festival-goers arrive on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A festival-goer is wrapped in a blanket as he arrives on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A festival-goer erects her tent on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Debbie Phelan,Mark Kirwan,Orla Phelan,Damien Phelan and AmandaPeacock from Laois at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Donna Grant with Michelle Keaney and Eliza Keaney from Donegal at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Dearbhla Ryan with Rachel Stapleton and Aoife Ryan KIldare at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Debbie Phelan,Mark Kirwan,Orla Phelan,Damien Phelan and AmandaPeacock from Laois at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Simon Power Tipperary at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Simon Power Tipperary at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Michelle Keaney from Donegal at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Arriving at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning

"I have lovely memories of watching Pulp with Milo when he was a baby... It's quite magical," Olivia told us.

Festivals also give them the chance to meet and bond with other music-loving families from at home and abroad.

This is Gillian Cox's first Picnic with her children so she expects it to be a bit more quiet than her previous festival experiences.

Read more: Early bird Picnicers' spirits aren't dampened as they set up at Stradbally

She is looking forward to seeing acts such as Outkast and Nenah Cherry with son John (4) and daughter Rose (2).

Frances Lawlor Deegan is a Stradbally local, and has been coming to EP for the last 10 years since her firstborn was a baby.

She now brings along her brood of three- Isabelle (5), Ellen (9) and Jodie (10)- to allow them experience the fun and excitement on offer.

Read more: No Electric Picnic ticket? 8 other things to do this weekend (aside from cry)

"I wouldn't even think of coming without them, I wouldn't want them to miss out," she said.

As for the downfalls?

"The fact that the kids have to go back to school on Monday," Olivia says.

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