Monday 5 December 2016

Electric Picnic: Festival-goers brave 'nightmare' queues for ATM as last day gets off to a testing start

Cian Murray

Published 04/09/2016 | 12:17

Cash-strapped festival-goers brave the queues. Photo: Cian Murray
Cash-strapped festival-goers brave the queues. Photo: Cian Murray
Cash-strapped festival-goers brave the queues. Photo: Cian Murray

No money, no fun' as they say and that's obviously true if this morning's queue for the ATM at Electric Picnic is anything to go by.

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As the crowd gets ready for a long day of show-stopping headliners they need to take out some cash. 

Cash-strapped festival-goers brave the queues. Photo: Cian Murray
Cash-strapped festival-goers brave the queues. Photo: Cian Murray

Unfortunately, everyone has seemed to do it at the same time. 

One person said they were queuing for over 45 minutes before they got near the front. 

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Grainne Conway (27) from Dublin said that she had been queuing for almost an hour.

"It's a nightmare. I've no patience for these ridiculous queues but I haven't a cent on me. You spend more money than you anticipate because it's so expensive once you're down here.

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Aisling Kells, (21), from Cavan, Karina McLoughlin, (20), from Laois, Hannah Kearon, 20, Offaly, and Lauren Heffernan, (21), from Kildare, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aisling Kells, (21), from Cavan, Karina McLoughlin, (20), from Laois, Hannah Kearon, 20, Offaly, and Lauren Heffernan, (21), from Kildare, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

"Between the queues to get into the main arena, queues for food, bars, Portaloos... you spend most of your time just waiting in lines."

Not the best start to the day but there is also brilliant music, hilarious comedians and more fantastic acts than you can shake a stick at. 

There are quite a few Kilkenny and Tipperary fans who may be left disappointed though, as one big event which isn't being officially shown is the All-Ireland Hurling final. 

Die hard followers will have to make their way to nearby Stradbally for the game. 

Mihai Fosca from Kilkenny. Photo: Cian Murray
Mihai Fosca from Kilkenny. Photo: Cian Murray

While there, they should definitely try to find an ATM, as this morning's hour-plus queues were testing even for the most patient festival goer. 

It brought many revelers back down to earth after the brilliance of LCD Soundsystem and Noel Gallagher the night before.  It will have to be a great evening on the mainstage to match Saturday's performances, but New Order, Lana Del Ray and Local Natives are sure to give it a good shot. 

Daniel O'Mara and Ross Maurice
Daniel O'Mara and Ross Maurice

Outside of the mainstage, the wonderful Ezra Furman will be playing the Cosby Tent at 8:15, while Lynched will be in the Other Voices area.  The Dublin four-piece will be kicking off their set at around 9:40. 

If you fancy a break from the music, you can make your way to the Literary Tent, where Tim Burgess will be in conversation with Tom Dunne. David O'Doherty, Al Porter and Abandoman will be doing their hilarious thing in the comedy tent. 

All that before 50,000 revelers return to real world tomorrow and begin the year long wait for next year's festival.  And that wait is much worse than even the most testing ATM queue.

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