Wednesday 22 November 2017

'A bag of cans and a deck chair' - Electric Picnic officially kicks off in Stradbally

William Dunne (20), Luke Cagney (21) and Daire O'Brien (23) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
William Dunne (20), Luke Cagney (21) and Daire O'Brien (23) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys

"A bag of cans, and a decent deck chair,” Luke Cagney (21) says talking through his festival check list.

"The music comes after that."

Luke or 'King Cags' as he prefers to be known was one of the 55,000 people heading to Stradbally for Electric Picnic this weekend.

While Cags' must-haves were short and sweet others arrived wheeling suitcases or riding in rickshaws and wheelbarrows.

Luke Cagney (21) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Luke Cagney (21) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys

“Getting into the site is horrific,” Melissa Simms (20) from Kilinney said. “We’ve got way more stuff. We're going to have to make three trips back to the car. I'm sweating already.”

Determined to make the most of the three day festival, thousands had set off early arriving at the camp site before 9am with tent poles and yoga mats under their arms.

Sarah Kelly (20) from Celbridge wandered about underneath a duvet. “I like my home comforts,” she said. “If it gets dirty? It’s old, it doesn’t mater.”

But it looked like everyone may avoid the mud, for the time being at least, as a haze around Stradbally lifted revealing blue skies.

"As long as the rain stays away that's all I care about," Caoimhe Martin from Cork said.

While veteran EP goers waked with a sense of purpose towards the campsite, others took their time - soaking up the atmosphere.

Emily Brennan (30) from Kilkenny, Fiona Whelan (30) from Kildare, Emily Connor (30) from Mayo and Therese McManus (30) from Melbourne Australia at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Emily Brennan (30) from Kilkenny, Fiona Whelan (30) from Kildare, Emily Connor (30) from Mayo and Therese McManus (30) from Melbourne Australia at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Michelle Kearney from Castledermot Kildare, Tori McGeer (18) from Carlow, Pamela McGeer and Maggie McGeer both from Castledermot pitching their tent at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Sophie O'Brien (22) , Leah Fleming (21) and Alison Kelleher (21) all from Cork at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Revellers making their way to Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Katie Spillane (19) and Laura Storan (18) both from Nenagh Co Tipperary at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Melissa Simms (20) and Lauren Dent (21) both from Killiney Dublin at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Revellers making their way to Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Cousins Niamh Bryson (21) from Knocklyon and Deirdre Whyte (23) from Tempelogue at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Emma Naughton (21) , Alison Walsh (19) , Grace Campbell (19) amd Olivia Naughton (18) all from Naas Co Kildare with their Rickshaw at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Revellers making their way to Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Niamh Donohoe (20) and Tanya Nazipova (20) both from Mountmellick Laois at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Robyn Collins from Castleknock taking a look at the Yarn Bombers area by Sr. Columba at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois.
Melissa Simms (20) and Lauren Dent (21) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Revellers making their way to Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Michelle Kearney from Castledermot KIldare, Tori McGeer (18) from Carlow, Pamela McGeer and Maggie McGeer making their way to Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Cousins Niamh Bryson (21) from Knocklyon and Deirdre Whyte (23) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Sarah Kelly (20) and Leah Farrell (20) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Emma Naughton (21), Alison Walsh (19), Grace Campbell (19) and Olivia Naughton (18) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Cait Sweeney (25) from Phibsboro Dublin and Christina Karlsson (24) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
William Dunne (20), Luke Cagney (21) and Daire O'Brien (23) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Luke Cagney (21) at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Steve Humphreys

“it’s our first time here,” Katie Spillane (19) from Tipperary said. “I’ve got my outfits for every day and night planned - I’ve brought two suitcases and a sleeping bag. Everything bar the kitchen table really.”

Make up artist Tanya Nazipova (20) from Laois was returning to the festival. “You have to have eyelashes, glitter and a gazebo,” she said.

It was a college reunion for Emily Brennan, Fiona Whelan, Emily Connon and Therese McManus.

“I live in Melbourne so this is a great catch up,” Therese said. “It’s buzzing in the campsite and the weather is great. It’s brilliant craic already.”

Check out all the arrivals at day one of Electric Picnic at our gallery below:

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