Saturday 1 October 2016

In pictures: Irish celebs among thousands of revellers who have descended on Stradbally for Electric Picnic

Published 02/09/2016 | 20:26

2 Sept 2016: Louise Duffy enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Louise Duffy enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Louise Duffy is flying solo at Electric Picnic as her other half Paul Galvin decided to give the weekend mud fest a miss.

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“He’s not here but I love the Picnic it’s got such a great atmosphere,” the broadcaster told independent.ie.

Comedian Al Porter was also among the early picknickers to arrive in Stradbally.

“I have everything sorted,” Porter said. “I got my spray tan done and I have a top hat. What more could you want.”

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Al, who has just returned from the Edinburgh Festival, will join Miriam O’Callaghan on stage in the Mindfield area on Sunday.

“She’s gas and we’ll be chatting about the newspaper reviews,” he said.

Singer Roisin O’Reilly was also spotted flitting around the Bold Motel early in the afternoon.

Roz Purcell at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Roz Purcell at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Maria Walsh and Shauna Keogh at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Maria Walsh and Shauna Keogh at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Claudine Keane at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Blathnaid Tracey at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Rosanna Davison at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Rosanna Davison at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Eoghan McDermott and Blathnaid Tracey at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Rozanna Purcell at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Ruth O'Neill & Cassie Stokes, at day two of Electric Picnic. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Pictured is (LtoR) Sarah Anderson and Uriah Wilkie Harvey at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Simon Harris Minister for Health & Leo Varadkar Minster for Social Protection, at day 3 of Electric Picnic. Picture by Fergal Phillips
4/9/2016. NO REPRO FEE .3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Pictured is Rosanna Davison and Wesley at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland
Claudine Palmer and her mother Joan (on far right ) with Zoe Drogook and Lorraine Taylor at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured was Aoibhinn McGinnity at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Pictured was Roisin O at Electric Picnic's first ever swimming-pool-come-dance-floor, brought to Stradbally by Orchard Thieves alongside The Bold mOTel. Picture Jason Clarke
Rachael Prendergast, Rachel Purcell and Corina Gaffey at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Louise Johnston at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Stylish in leopard print at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Dressed for the weather at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
2 Sept 2016: Sandra Tierney, left, 30, from Cavan, and Sandra Nestor, 28, from Galway. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Amy McCormack, left, 19, from Lucan, and Eimear Byrne, 19, from Blanchardstown. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers arrive for first day of Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Ciara Kennedy, 18, from Laois, arrives at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Girls take a selfie at their tent. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Stradbally at their tents at festival. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Athlone in the campsite. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Abbeyleix, Laois, at their tents. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: John Hanlon, from Rathcoole, Dublin, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: l-r; Zoe Whelan, 19, Mary Doyle, 20, Katie Reddin, 19, from Laois, Alan Greenan Brennan, 19, from Drogheda, Katie Fitzpatrick, 19, from Laois, Amy McMahon, 19, from Monaghan, and Aoife Brassil, 19, from Kilkenny, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Elaine O'Donoghue, 33, from Cork, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers enjoying the music at The Incredible De Programming Machine at the Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Meath at the entrance to Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Al Porter at Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: l-r; Zoe Whelan, 19, Mary Doyle, 20, Katie Reddin, 19, from Laois, Alan Greenan Brennan, 19, from Drogheda, Katie Fitzpatrick, 19, from Laois, Amy McMahon, 19, from Monaghan, and Aoife Brassil, 19, from Kilkenny, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Louise Duffy enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Cork l-r; Sara Daly, 23, Caitlan Owens, 23, Emma Tuomey, 23, Hazel Bransfield, 22, Rebecca Baxter, 22, and Aisling Doyle 22, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Revellers from Cork l-r; Sara Daly, 23, Caitlan Owens, 23, Emma Tuomey, 23, Hazel Bransfield, 22, Rebecca Baxter, 22, and Aisling Doyle 22, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Thais Muniz of Turbane-se (Turban Yourself) with happy client Maria from Dublin. Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Holly Carroll, left, 5, and pal Katelyn Higgins, 5, from Stradbally, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Mary Clara Hutchinson, from Kansas City, USA, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Emma Sothern, 30, from Carlow, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: General view of Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Louise Duffy enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Rosie Ponder, 28, from Carlow, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Reveller enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Kate Shields, 26, from Galway, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2 Sept 2016: Sarah Kelly, 23, left, and Jessica Berney, 23, from Newbridge, enjoying Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic Festival - Friday. Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

And Eoghan McDermott, Xpose’s Cassie Stokes and several of the 2FM crew were also seen jumping over puddles of mud as they dashed through the crowds.

And it looks like even more celebrities will flock to Laois Saturday and Sunday.

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Saturday, Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen will also head down to the festival to perform several songs alongside John Murry on the Literary stage.

Gillen will also read extracts from the works of American writer Denis Johnson.

As fate would have it Gillen’s former Love/ Hate co-star Aoibhinn McGinnity will also attend the festival.

Newstalk’s Pat Kenny will also be stopping by Stradbally to discuss news and current affairs.

If you fancy more of a laugh then call by the Soundings stage where Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan and comedian Aisling Bea are teaming up with boxer Andy Lee.

During the course of the informal chat, the trio will share three stories or songs that have inspired, alarmed and humoured them. Music will be provided by teenage singer songwriter SOAK.

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