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Friday 19 October 2018

Duran Duran silence critics in Electric finale

Rosanna Davison. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Rosanna Davison. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Eimear Rabbitt

Sunshine, soaring temperatures and a rip-roaring performance from pop legends Duran Duran provided the perfect Sunday antidote for 55,000 revellers on the final day of Electric Picnic.

After a night of heavy rain and strong winds, there was better news as a dull and chilly morning eventually made way for clear skies and sunshine.

Despite pre-festival criticism that the line-up did not boast any big names, Duran Duran brought the house down, ending the 13th year of the festival with a string of their biggest hits.

Earlier in the evening, queues spilled out from the comedy tent where funnyman Al Porter thrilled crowds with another risqué performance. Meanwhile on the main stage, thousands thronged to see one of the stand-out performers of the day - British soul singer Rag'n'Bone man.

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Among them was broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, who took in the gig with her niece Lizzy Jones, the daughter of Miriam's sister Anne who died 23 years ago.

Sisters Ailbhe, Aoibhin and Doireann Garrihy enjoying the music at Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Sisters Ailbhe, Aoibhin and Doireann Garrihy enjoying the music at Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photo: Brian McEvoy

"She is like my ninth child," the mother-of-eight told the Irish Independent.

Model Rosanna Davison, actress Aoibhín Garrihy and rugby star Conor Murray were among the famous faces enjoying the lure of the Picnic.

Festival director Melvin Benn defended the headline choices. "We felt we presented a great line up...If people are only wanting the Picnic to be about a super star headline act, it's the wrong show," he said.

Sophia Scott, Leixlip, and Lorcan Hanlon, Killiney. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Sophia Scott, Leixlip, and Lorcan Hanlon, Killiney. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Owen McGrane, Nathaniel Dwyer, and Damien Smith from Blanchardstown. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Owen McGrane, Nathaniel Dwyer, and Damien Smith from Blanchardstown. Photo: Doug O'Connor

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