Tuesday 21 October 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.

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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
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
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.

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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.

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"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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