Thursday 25 December 2014

Eclectic Picnic: stars serve up feast for the fans - from Sinead to Simple Minds, festival caters for all tastes

Published 01/09/2014 | 02:30

Lily Allen performs on the main stage of Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois. Photo: Clodagh
Lily Allen performs on the main stage of Electric Picnic 2014 in Stradbally Co. Laois. Photo: Clodagh
Roisin Waters on the main stage at Electric Picnic.
Sinead O'Connor on stage
Lily Allen on stage
Madeleine Mulqueen
Brendan Sheahan, from Kilkenny, with his daughters, Isabelle (9), right, and Lily (7) at the final day of the Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photo; Damien Eagers
Laura Whitmore, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Gerald Keane and Lisa murphy, pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Model, Roz Purcell, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Paolo Nutini plays on the main stage at the second day of Electric Picnic. Photo: Damien Eagers
Rosanna Davidson and her husband Wesley Quirke, at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Actor, Jack Reynor at the second day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Bonnie Tyler plays on the electric ireland power house at the second day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 30/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Paddy Watkins, left, and Tom Atkins at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, right, and Victoria Brickenden from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r, are Paddy Watkins, Emmet McEnroe and Tom Atkins at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Leah Barron, 7, enjoys herself at the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Layla Bell, 11, from Clontarf enjoys the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r are, Cousins, Mairead O'Byrne, 9, Ellen O'Byrne, 8, and Aoife McEvoy, 9, from Rathineska, Laois relaxing at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, right, and Victoria Brickenden from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Isabelle, 11, and Hannah, 7, Reid from Dun Laoighaire pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Isabelle, 11, and Hannah, 7, Reid from Dun Laoighaire pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
suzanne and Paul Murphy, from Cork pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Emily Verastegui, enjoys the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
Gaby Skelton, from Dublin at the last day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 31/8/2014
From l to r, are Grainne Hill, 23, Tara O'Shea, 22, Maire O'Mahony, 21, Nicola O'Donovan, 21, Jen Lowen, 23, Jesse Higgins, 22, Emily O'Sullivan, 22, and Emma Fleury, from Cork, pictured on the final day of the Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo:Damien Eagers
Festival goers at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Phil Cosby on The Salty Dog Stage at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Hannah Mc Namee,Katie Waters, ,Bekan Maloney in the Body and Soul Area at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Festival goers at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
Claire O'Brien, 18, left and Alannah Murray, 19, from Laois at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Shane McGowan gives the camera the two fingers at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Fans listen to Debbie Harry and Blondie on the main stage at the Electric Picnic Music festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Debbie Harry, Blondie, lead singer arrives at the Hot Press Tent for an interview at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Debbie Harry, Blondie, lead singer performs on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Strypes play on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Synott, 20, Nora O'Donovan, 20, and Claire Forristal, 20 from Kilkenny at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival at Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Jett Desmond, 22, from Killliney, Dublin at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Jett Desmond, 22, from Killleny, Dublin at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Dearbhla Ryan with Rachel Stapleton and Aoife Ryan KIldare at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Poppea Bowie and Ramber Legay at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Andy Marrin gets a massage at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally
From l to r, are, Stanley Wassel, 22, Alexandra Morgan, 20, Sean Domican, 21, and Eoghan Harford, 22, from Dundrum, Dublin, at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival in Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Ted Aherne, 5, from Mullingar listens to the Strypes on the main stage at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Hannah Desmond, 18, left and Nicky Drummond, 18, both from Glenageary pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Mullingar Ladies Annija Koskina,Hazel Gavigan,Niamh Gilmartin,Orla Tubridy,Clodagh Foley,Siofra O'Farrell and Laura Murphy at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Grace O'Mahoney, 20, Ruth Nagle, 20, and Fiona Nagle, from Roscarberry, West Cork, at the first day of Electric Picnic Music Festival in Stradbally, Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Sivn Lennon, 19, Gillian Campion, 18, and Roisin Duffy, 19, from Portlaoise, at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Hannah Desmond, 18, left and Nicky Drummond, 18, both from Glenageary pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Paddy Conroy,Laois and Nadine Lyons from Cavan at The Electric Picnic in Stradbally this Morning
Helen Mooney, 18 from Bray, left, and Chloe Brennan, 19, from Greystones at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Fans arrive for the first day of Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Costello, 23, left, and Tara Clinton, 23, from Ranelagh pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
Laura Costello, 23, left and Tara Clinton, 23, from Ranelagh pictured at the first day of Electric Picnic. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/8/2014
A festival-goer erects her tent on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Festival-goers arrive with a pre-erected tent at the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Festival-goers arrive on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A festival-goer is wrapped in a blanket as he arrives on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A festival-goer erects her tent on the first day of the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in County Laois August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Like mother, like daughter. Sinead O'Connor was joined on stage by her daughter Roisin Waters when she took to the Main Stage at Electric Picnic last night.

The two performed a selection of the singer's songs, including 'Take Me to Church' and 'The Wolf is Getting Married'.

They were followed by East End pop princess Lily Allen, 'Hey Ya!' hitmakers Outkast and Simple Minds.

An eclectic mix of foodies, music lovers and fun seekers crowded into Stradbally Estate for the final day of the Electric Picnic.

The Picnic attracts ageing rockers and achingly hip toddlers alike.

Lucy and Frank Reed from Dun Laoghaire were returning for their sixth consecutive year with their three children Isobel (11), Mikey (9) and Hannah (7).

"It's an incredible experience for all of us," mum Lucy said. "We get to see more bands in one weekend than we do in an entire year and the kids get to stay up way past bedtime."

Reed also said bringing their children helped develop their appreciation and understanding of music.

"The kids saw Hozier at the Other Voices Stage last night," she said. "But they were more excited about the fact that theywere sitting next to Little Green Cars. Each year they start to enjoy the music more and more."

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Another couple, Cathy (58) and Stephen (63) Plunkett, from Crumlin were relishing reliving their youth. "It's been years since we did a festival like this. It gives you a new lease of life, we feel young again."

Rocking and moshing aside, many familiar faces were seen making the most of the festival.

Laura Whitmore, Kathyrn Thomas, Eoghan McDermott, Rosanna Davison, Gerald Keane and Lisa Murphy all attended.

Jack Reynor and his fiance Madeline Mulqueen were spotted in the Casa Bacardi area, while model Rozanna Purcell and her boyfriend Niall Breslin spent most of Saturday night hanging out in the Mindfield area.

"The atmosphere is fantastic here," Keane said. "It's brilliant seeing young and not-so-young people having such a fantastic time together."

Roddy Doyle was one of the main acts taking to the stage at the Literary Tent.

"I'm here talking about books. Unfortunately, singing is beyond me so I'll stick to the writing" he said.

The award-winning author also expressed his delight that his Barrytown Trilogy had been selected as the 2014 One City One Book.

Close to 41,000 music fans attended the annual festival in Stradbally.

The only low point was hearing about a man and woman being hospitalised for burn injuries when their tent caught fire.

Emergency services brought both burn victims from the Laois site to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

But for the most part, the sun shone and revellers made the most of the weekend.

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Over in the Body and Soul area, weary festival-goers were taking baths in hot tubs before plunging into ice water baths.

"It's the perfect way to get over the hangover and make the most of the last day," Caoimhe Ross (30) from Tinahely said.

"An ice bath and a sausage roll and you're ready for everything the day has to throw at you."

Ruth Nangle (20) from West Cork said: "It's otherworldly. You can forget about work and worries, and just let go and enjoy life for a weekend, the reality seems to slip away."

Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn plans on making the festival bigger and better in 2015.

"We have the capacity for a further five thousand so we will see how things go. The Picnic has been a resounding success and we predict it will be better next September".

Irish Independent

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