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'Electric Picnic was brilliant, bigger and better - and it hit every spot'

Published 07/09/2015 | 08:52

6 Sept 2015; Florence and the Machine performing on main stage. Electric Picnic - Sunday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
6 Sept 2015; Florence and the Machine performing on main stage. Electric Picnic - Sunday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Amy Huberman enjoying Stradbally’s ultimate party at CASA BACARDI at Electric Picnic
Blur on stage at Electric Picnic
Bob Geldof performs with the Boomtown Rats on main stage. Photo: Caroline Quinn

After three days of mud, music and mayhem, Electric Picnic drew to a close.

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"I don't want it to end," Aoife Flanagan (18), from Offaly, told the Herald last night. "I'm already planning for next year," she added.

Thankfully, early bird tickets for the 2016 festival will go on sale this Friday.

"The festival was brilliant, it was bigger and better and it hit every spot there was to hit," Melvin Benn, of Festival Republic, said.

6 Sept 2015; Florence and the Machine performing on main stage. Electric Picnic - Sunday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
6 Sept 2015; Florence and the Machine performing on main stage. Electric Picnic - Sunday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Benn has yet to decide if the capacity of the festival will increase again.

"It's unlikely we will get bigger again, but if it does get bigger it will only be by a few thousand," he said.

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Songstress Florence Welch - of Florence and The Machine - brought the festival to a close with a high-octane performance.

Bob Geldof performs with the Boomtown Rats on main stage. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Bob Geldof performs with the Boomtown Rats on main stage. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Interpol, Jurassic Five, Jape, FKA Twigs, 90s Ibiza-loving pop icons The Venga Boys and The Boomtown Rats were other stand-out acts on the closing day of the festival.

"We are the Boomtown Rats and we are mega," Bob Geldof told the crowd before scolding a boisterous audience member. "Stop shouting at me - you're wearing TK f**king Maxx."

It was a star-studded festival with Vogue Williams, Jennifer Maguire, Minister Leo Vradakar and Rosanna Davison and her husband Wes Quirke among the crowds.

RTE's Eoghan McDermott and his girlfriend, Jo Archibold, flitted around the VIP section while The Fall actress Aoibhin Garrihy posed for pictures.

Blur on stage at Electric Picnic
Blur on stage at Electric Picnic

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Electric Picnic has a special place in Garrihy's heart as it's the location of her and her fiance John Burke's first date.

Over in the Mindfield area, broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan hosted a 'Late Late Chat Show' with comedian Al Porter.

"All human life is here," O'Callaghan told the Herald. "It's such a wonderful festival with amazing talented acts and great music."

Amy Huberman enjoying Stradbally’s ultimate party at CASA BACARDI at Electric Picnic
Amy Huberman enjoying Stradbally’s ultimate party at CASA BACARDI at Electric Picnic

The Coronas front man Danny O'Reilly was still flying high after the band's Friday night performance.

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"That's the good thing about performing early," he said. "We all just kicked back and enjoyed the weekend."

When the final set drew to a close, Picnic-ers headed back to their muddy tents wiping body glitter off their faces and dreaming of next year.

"We've been here all weekend and only saw a third of it," Kate Aungier (25), from Rathfarnham, said. "Hopefully, next year we'll get to see it all."

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