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Thursday 18 September 2014

Happy campers snap up last of Picnic tents

Danielle Stephens

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

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Sarah Davies, Spain doing decor in the Body and Soul area for Electric Picnic 2014

THE last of the camping equipment is flying off the shelves ahead of the Electric Picnic which starts today.

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Tents, air beds, camp mats, chairs, small cookers and sleeping bags are in big demand for the sold-out annual festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, which is expected to attract 41,000 music fans.

Music lovers have been warned to be well-prepared for the three-day event, as Met Eireann has forecast scattered showers for tonight.

But those planning to watch Saturday acts such as Hozier, Paolo Nutini and Portishead can expect mostly dry weather, with a few showers.

The weather will become warmer on Sunday, with temperatures in the low 20s, as some of the acts expected to draw mammoth crowds including Sinead O'Connor, Beck and Outkast.

Organisers have joined with gardai in urging people to avoid the expected traffic gridlock by opting for public transport with Bus Eireann operating special services from Dublin to the estate, and trains also operating to nearby Portlaoise.

In addition to the 'glamping' and campervans, it appears thousands will be opting for camping with Lidl selling out of tents a few weeks ago.

The Halfords store in Carrickmines, south Dublin, also said it was out of tents and only had sleeping bags and camping chairs left.

Duty manager Dean Kelly said that people were becoming slightly desperate, choosing to buy child-sized camping chairs instead of going without.

"This year there has seen unprecedented levels of demand, so much so that at one point we actually sold out of tents and people were buying six or eight chairs at a time," he said.

Irish Independent

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