Joy for Electric Picnic revellers as sun shines on final day of festival
The sun came out and temperatures soared as 55,000 revellers kick started the final day of Electric Festival with a bang.
After a night of heavy rain and strong winds, there was better news for punters as a dull and chilly morning eventually made way for clearer skies and sunshine.
The Dublin Gospel Choir and British singer Rag'n'Bone Man were some of the early acts entertaining revellers while Elbow will light up the main stage later on tonight before Duran Duran officially closes the 13th year of the sell out festival.
Over in the quirky Mindfield area, there was massive queues from early in the morning as Waterford and Galway fans did their best to get a coveted spot in the Newstalk tent for the screening of the All Ireland hurling final.
One man looking forward to watching English pop band Duran Duran bring the house down is festival director Melvin Benn.
“I think it is going to be fantastic tonight. Young or old, everyone knows their songs. They don't play a lot of festivals. It's not their circuit.”
Benn also defended the headline choices for the 13th year of the festival, after some criticism that there was no stand out big names.
“We felt we presented a great line up, we felt we presented a great bill. If people are only wanting the Picnic to be about a superstar headline act, its the wrong show. The Picnic is about much more than a superstar headline act,” Benn told Independent.ie.
He added: “If the superstar headline act that people want is available then we will get them. There is no question about that. The touring period is so fundamental and crucial into who we select as headline that I think people underestimate that. But I think it is an unfair criticism. We were very comfortable with what we got.”
Benn also said he was happy with the security measures at the festival – ramped up in the wake of recent terror attacks across Europe, describing the effort as “amazing”.
“I put a lot more security in and spent a lot of money on it but people actually said it was less visible. And certainly the whole briefing was much more about being friendly, rather than being security, particularly in the campsite.”
Among the celebrities making the most of the sunshine on the final day of the festival were RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan, comedian Al Porter and actress Aoibhin Garrihy.
Miriam started off her morning in the Mindfield area where she was joined by comedian Al Porter and musician Bressie.
“It's called the Miriam and Al Brunch and it's the best show because he is so funny,” Miriam told Independent.ie
“It's just good craic. We do it every year at electric Picnic.”
It was a family affair for Dublin beauty Aoibhin Garrihy who was joined by her husband John Burke at the Picnic, as well as her sisters Doireann and Ailbhe.
“We never miss it, we always have a great weekend. We were staying in a campervan this year so it's been great fun.”
Cavan rockers The Strypes and Al Porter taking to the comedy tent tonight, are some of the highlights of the Electric Picnic Sunday schedule.