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
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."
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.
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".