Sunday 26 October 2014

Stradbally gears up for culture vultures and music lovers

Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30

Miss Bella Agogo and Miss Shir Madness pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois
Miss Bella Agogo and Miss Shir Madness pictured at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois
Song writer Philip King pictured at the Other Voices Stage at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois
Song writer Philip King pictured at the Other Voices Stage at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois
Professor Dave Moonlight is given an injection by Special surgeon, Sinead O'Neill at The Incredibly Mad De Programming Machine Art creation. Photo: Damien Eagers

The first tent has yet to be pitched and stages are still being hammered together but Electric Picnic organisers are already busy planning the 2015 festival.

Tickets for next year's music extravaganza are due to go on sale this Friday August 29 - as fans descend on Stradbally, Co Laois for this year's festival.

The 2014 three-day festival sold out a month ago despite promoters increasing capacity to 41,000.

"Tickets for next year will go on sale this Friday," Festival Republic's Managing Director Melvin Benn told the Irish Independent. "Lots of people are keen to get in early. Electric Picnic is as popular as ever."

Benn was also keen to stress that the cancellation of Garth Brook's Croke Park concerts had little impact on EP ticket sales.

"The Picnic stands alone, its sales are not dependent or dictated by other concerts being cancelled or not," he said.

The 2014 festival boasts an impressive line up with Outkast, Simple Minds, Beck, Hozier and Pet Shop Boys all performing sets.

Over 5,000 crew are currently transforming Stradbally Estate into a music lovers' paradise complete with ornate theatrical stages, fancy food stalls and hidden performances spaces.

Dingle's renowned Other Voices festival is travelling up from the hallowed grounds of Saint James' Church to Laois. "We hope the spirit will travel from west Kerry to the heart of the country," creator Philip King said.

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 and a 'Foot Hospital' offering moshers the chance to plunge their tired feet into a hot seaweed bath.

Book worms can head 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.

"What makes the Picnic unique is the bringing together of all 
these different creative minds," Benn said.

Irish Independent

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