Tuesday 17 October 2017

Weather warning does little to dampen mood of (pretty cold) Electric Picnic festival goers

Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O'Meara from S Club 7 with Today FM's Fergal D'Arcy. They're playing the Electric Ireland throwback stage later.
Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O'Meara from S Club 7 with Today FM's Fergal D'Arcy. They're playing the Electric Ireland throwback stage later.

Sasha Brady

Summer is over in Stradbally.

Where did the sun go? In true Irish festival form it has abandoned us. It’s freezing. Met Eireann advise that it’s 15 degrees but it feels an awful lot colder. It’s the wind, it would cut you in half.

Michael Duffy from Donegal and Ben Ma from Sydney
Michael Duffy from Donegal and Ben Ma from Sydney
(L-R) Aaron McCormack (9), Lorraine McCormack, Anne McCormack, Frances Carroll, Declan Fingleton (9) and Ben McCormack (5).
Grayce Leonard from Mayo and Celine Fleur from Dublin. Celine has been happy to see "people protect their bodies by wearing warm clothes".
BBC DJ Annie Mac and Today FM's Kelly Anne Byrne
Mark Dempsey and Ben Delaney from Newbridge, Kildare. They just sat their Leaving Cert and it's their first EP
Doctor conga at Trailer Park
The Bold Motel
Tina Barrett, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O'Meara from S Club 7 with Today FM's Fergal D'Arcy. They're playing the Electric Ireland throwback stage later.

Bare limbs are covered in goosebumps and there are a lot more coats, scarves and hats on display than usual. But the drop in temperature seems to be the only complaint. An Garda Siochana have said they are not aware of any arrests so far and organisers say everything is going to plan.

Oh, and it hasn’t rained… yet. A status yellow weather warning is in place for later this evening but nobody wants to think about that for now.

For the McCormacks from Laois, it’s been a "wonderful family day out". Aaron McCormack (9), brother Ben (5) and cousin Declan Fingleton (10) have been making the most of the funfair amusements, doing the rounds on the Ferris Wheel, but they’re saving their energy for their favourite band, The Strypes.

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"It’s been great coming here as a family. It’s a little cold, you can really feel it now but we’re having a good time so that’s all that matters," says the boys’ grandmother, Frances Carroll.

It’s a festival for all ages and all tastes in music, food and banter. Electric Picnic veterans, Simon and Oonagh Kingman from Stradbally have been coming here for 13 years.

"The very first time we came here, we felt like we were the eldest and we were only in our forties," says Oonagh.

"But it’s different now. There are a great mix of people here. We won’t move from the main stage tomorrow. It’s our era: Chaka Khan, The Pretenders… we’re really looking forward to it. It’ll be such a good buzz."

Simon and Oonagh Kingman from Stradbally
Simon and Oonagh Kingman from Stradbally
Michael Duffy from Donegal and Ben Ma from Sydney

Saturday’s highlights are American rockers, Interpol; legendary DJ, Pete Tong and hip hop royalty, A Tribe Called Quest.

Michael Duffy from Donegal and Ben Ma from Sydney are especially looking forward to seeing the New York rappers. It’s the final time the group will tour and the first time they’ve ever played in Ireland. For hip hop fans, this will be ‘a moment’.

"We can’t wait. Run the Jewels will be great too but A Tribe Called Quest… seeing them is going to be unreal," says Michael.

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