Saturday 23 September 2017

Five ways to feel like a VIP at Electric Picnic – on the cheap

Pamper Street at Electric Picnic
Pamper Street at Electric Picnic

Geraldine Gittens

Three days at a mud strewn festival need not be so... mucky!

1. Pamper Street:

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Pamper Street at Electric Picnic
 

Hair, make-up and body-art skills - for free. This is a new initiative brought about by creative types who are offering hair and beard sculpting; tribal-style tattoos; barber cuts, styling, and undercuts; and 50s style make-up. Those in the queue can expect to be enthralled - the artists will make their models (you) festival-ready with a real creative focus.

2. Immerse Spa Experience

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Electric Picnic's Body and Soul area.
 

Body and Soul has hot tubs, yoga, seaweed baths, meditation and reflexology. All yoga classes are €5 each, and can be booked online. Other treatments may be considered pricey for the more slender festival budgets but on Friday, between 5pm and 9pm, you can get 50pc off the hot tubs and seaweed baths. Perfect for anyone wanting a restorative experience before the mayhem really kicks off.

3. Just Eat Retreat

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Dance DJ Johnny Moy will play at the Just Eat Retreat
 

Picnickers can indulge in some luxurious pampering at a nail bar, tanning tattoo artists and a barbers - again, for free. However, donations, in aid of homelessness charity Peter McVerry Trust, will be appreciated.

4. Porters

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Just Eat Picnic Porter Jen Maguire.
 

Porters will be available to lug your gear from the car park to the camp site on the Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday from 8am–3pm. The services are free but donations will again go towards the Peter McVerry Trust, which provides housing solutions for young people experiencing homelessness.

5. The Theatre of Food

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Takashi Miyazake from Miyazake will be at the Theatre of Food
 

Keep an eye out for starred chefs Derry Clarke, Gary O'Hanlon, Ross Lewis, and Kevin Thornton here. Picnickers can enjoy free tastings, get tips from top chefs and devour creations by the Doyle Collection Kitchen. Now if that isn't VIP-style dining, what is?

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