Friday 9 December 2016

Leaky tents and hot tubs: Minister Varadkar reveals the highs and lows of his Electric Picnic weekend

Cian Murray

Published 04/09/2016 | 18:05

Simon Harris Minister for Health & Leo Varadkar Minster for Social Protection, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. Picture by Fergal Phillips
Simon Harris Minister for Health & Leo Varadkar Minster for Social Protection, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. Picture by Fergal Phillips

When you go to a music festival, you're probably expecting to slum it a little bit.

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But Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar wasn't expecting the 'basic' standards of Electric Picnic's boutique camping area.

And Saturday's rainy weather probably did nothing to help the situation either.

"Being here for the weekend, the lowlight was being in a leaky tent which wasn't too pleasant," Minister Varadkar told Independent.ie.

Simon Harris Minister for Health & Leo Varadkar Minster for Social Protection, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. Picture by Fergal Phillips
Simon Harris Minister for Health & Leo Varadkar Minster for Social Protection, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. Picture by Fergal Phillips

"I was in the boutique camping area but it was a tent on a slope, with no electricity and no mattresses, so it was pretty basic.

"But it was fine," he added.

The highlight of the minister's weekend was the Chemical Brothers' performance, as well as his Sunday morning dip in the festival's hot tubs.

"Chemical Brothers were very good on Friday night. Hermitage Green, who I've never heard of before, that was a great gig," he said.

Pictured is Rosanna Davison at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Pictured is Rosanna Davison at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Pictured were Eimear Halion from Blackrock, Dublin and Sally O'Keeffe from Dalkey at Electric Picnic's The Bold mOTel brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Maeve Fitzpatrick from Greystones, Co. Wicklow and Ella McGough from Monkstown, Dublin at Electric Picnic's The Bold mOTel brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Eimear Hussey and Max Gill at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Ruairi Hussey and Ellea Costa at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured was Deirdre Fahy from Ashbourne Co. Meath at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Ciara and Aoife Donnelly from Waterford at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Amy Slevin, Adriana O'Connor and Lina Racine at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Niamh Devereux and Maria Breen at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Eilis and Mark Ryan at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured was Aoibhinn McGinnity at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Claire Malone and Barbara Miller at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured was Roisin O at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Grainne Clancy, Muireann Byrne and Shiela Burgin at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured was Evelyn McGrillen at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured were Karen Deignan and Fiona Cregg at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Festival goers Alannah Murray & Aoife Meade, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers Fiona Jones & Brid Browne, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers Cara Trophy Browne & Sinead Scully, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers Jamie Green, Sarah Barnicoat & Eimear McCormack, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers Alannah Murray & Aoife Meade, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Pictured is Jenifer Cullinan and Jackie Gallagher at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured is (LtoR) Nicki Browne Mandy Maree and Roisin Norman at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Pictured is (LtoR) Sarah Anderson and Uriah Wilkie Harvey at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Pictured are Elaine O'Neil and Sean Murphy at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Pictured is (LtoR) Robbie Murphy and Catherine Mitchell at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Festival goers Jackie Costigan & Louise Corbeil, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goer Keith Rankin, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Festival goers Sara Hosford & Andy McMahon, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Pictured is (LtoR) Jill Deering and Cliona kelly at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Pictured is (LtoR) Grainne Daly, Ciaran O'Reilly and Orla McConnon at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 04/09/2016. 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Pictured is (LtoR) Jill Deering and Cliona kelly at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
James Gavin performing at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 04/09/2016. 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Pictured is (LtoR) Simon Roche, Paula Lyne, Orlagh Ryan and Dave O'Shaughnessy at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 03/09/2016. 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Pictured is Irish Singer James Gavin performing at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE. 4/9/2016. 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Pictured is Hollie McNamara and Angie Mulcahy at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland
Rosanna Davison and Wesley at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

"Also, I was at this very strange thing down in Body & Soul. A  girl band sing-along thing. Yeah, I did [get involved] a bit," he laughed.

"I was also in the hot tubs which was very refreshing."

When asked about the current state of affairs with Apple, he added: "I came here from the cabinet meeting, so I was doing my job.

"But it was a nice weekend before I get into the very serious business."

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