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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Electric Picnic 2014: Top acts, things to do and what to bring

Published 26/08/2014 | 19:32

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It’s a matter of days before music extravaganza Electric Picnic kicks off and there’s plenty to keep festival goers entertained from burlesque dancers and ‘Love/ Hate’ gangsters to pony loving songstresses and red neck weddings.

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The line up this year with ‘Hey Ya!’ hit makers Outkast, power ballad queen Bonnie Tyler, Pet Shop Boys and Beck all taking to the stage.

But it’s often the smaller tents where the best memories are made. Dingle’s renowned Other Voices festival is travelling up from the hallowed grounds of Saint James’ Church to the leafy forests of Laois.

“We hope the spirit will travel from west Kerry to the heart of the country,” creator Philip King explained.

Read more: Main Stage times for Electric Picnic 2014

The popular “Trailer Park” theatrical enclosure, made up of reconditioned retro trailers, has increased in size and includes a barber shop, a rockabilly makeover parlour, ‘My Big Fat Red Neck Wedding’ theatre show and a ‘Foot Hospital’ offering moshers and rockers the chance to plunge their tired feet into a hot seaweed bath. 

Keep your autograph book handy as rumour has it several international rugby players and U2 frontman Bono may be heading down. 

26/08/14 Special Surgeon, Sinead O'Neill with Prof. Dave Moonlight Summary with their 'Incredible De Programming Machine pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon.The Electric Picinic takes place this weekend from Friday 28th August until Sunday 31st, and all tickets are sold out... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Special Surgeon, Sinead O'Neill with Prof. Dave Moonlight Summary with their 'Incredible De Programming Machine pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
26/08/14 Miss Bella Agogo pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon.The Electric Picinic takes place this weekend from Friday 28th August until Sunday 31st, and all tickets are sold out... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Miss Bella Agogo pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
26/08/14 Cocktail barman Orlando shows off his skill pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon.The Electric Picinic takes place this weekend from Friday 28th August until Sunday 31st, and all tickets are sold out... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Cocktail barman Orlando shows off his skill pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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Book worms should make a bee line to the Literary Tent where author Roddy Doyle, actor Aidan Gillen and ‘Love/ Hate’ star Peter Coonan will all read extracts from classic Irish texts. 

Chef Derry Clarke will be serving up gastronomic delights in his ‘Fine Dining Picnic’.

Guests will change into black tie clothing before being served a slap up five course dinner.

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