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