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Monday 19 August 2019

Kendrick Lamar sends the crowd wild as Electric Picnic 2018 kicks off

Aoife Larkin, Yulia Zakharova, Aine O'Keeffe, and Saoirse Sunderland on first day of Electric Picnic
Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aoife Larkin, Yulia Zakharova, Aine O'Keeffe, and Saoirse Sunderland on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Clare Slevin arriving for first day of Electric Picnic festival with a leg that's broken in 3 places Picture: Caroline Quinn
Saoirse Holland, from Killarney, puts on her make-up on first day of Electric Picnic festival. Stradbally, Co. Laois Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sean Ryan and Patrick Scanlon arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dan Downes, Aoife McKenna, Johnny Logan, from Dingle, Kerry, and Erica O'Neill, from Whitechurch, Cork, on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Girls from Drogheda on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sinead Lynch and Sarah O'Connot on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Nicole Burke, Niamh Bowdern and Valerie Burke on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Alana Walsh, Jack Hegarty and Chloe Stanley on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn

Rachel Farrell and Sorcha O'Connor

Kendrick Lamar exploded onto the stage at Electric Picnic in the last few minutes, opening the show with the song DNA, the fourth single on his album Damn.

With pyrotechnics and earthly visuals on the back screen of the stage, Lamar impressed revellers despite the rain that fell just five minutes before he took the stage.

"He's the big seller tonight, I'm  hoping to hear Humble that's my favourite one by him," said Kelly Torment, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath.

Another huge attraction tonight was Versatile, Dublin rap duo who blew the roof off the Electric Arena.

Their set finished just before Lamar's slot began on the main stage and the crowd were certainly warmed up ahead of his set thanks to Casper Walsh and Alex Sheehan.

55,000 music fans are singing in the rain in Stradbally, Co Laois as Electric Picnic kicks off.

The eager festival-goers have been arriving since last night, adhering to their mantra of; "Early bird catches the good camping spot."

The festival welcomed 5,000 people a day ahead of the main event for the first time in the event’s history.

Clare Slevin arriving for first day of Electric Picnic festival with a leg that's broken in 3 places Picture: Caroline Quinn
Clare Slevin arriving for first day of Electric Picnic festival with a leg that's broken in 3 places Picture: Caroline Quinn

Entertainment was provided by an all-female comedy line-up in the Hazel Wood, as part of festival chiefs’ efforts to increase gender balance at festivals.

This morning bus-loads of campers began pulling up at Stradbally, looking forward to a weekend of the best music and entertainment.

There was plenty of hustle and bustle around the Oscar Wilde campsite as people did their best to find an optimum location to pitch their tents. 

One group of women had the innovative idea of pitching a tepee – solely for their festival wares, the tall red tent full of baby wipes, food, drink and the kitchen sink.

Sean Ryan and Patrick Scanlon arriving for first day of Electric Picnic
Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sean Ryan and Patrick Scanlon arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn

Kate Duffy, from Vicarstown Co Laois was one of the proud owners of the tent, and this weekend was her first big weekend with friends since having her second baby eight months ago.

“I’m just really looking forward to catching up with everyone, having a good time. I can’t wait to see Sigrid,” she said.

Meanwhile Abby O’Neill (18)  from Drogheda Co Louth was absolutely ecstatic to be at the festival, saying the thoughts of it had helped her get through her Leaving Cert earlier this summer.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar headlines the main stage tonight.

James Patrice at the Just Eat Retreat Full Moon Party at Electric Picnic. Photo Kieran Harnett
James Patrice at the Just Eat Retreat Full Moon Party at Electric Picnic. Photo Kieran Harnett
DJ Tara Stewart at the Just Eat Retreat Full Moon Party at Electric Picnic. Photo Kieran Harnett
CiCi Cavanagh pictured at Three’s Made by Music base at the sold-out three-day festival at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Orie O'Sullivan, from Kerry, shows off his tattoo on second day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Brian Gray, with his children Ben, 10, and Caitlin, 12, enjoying family swimming in the lake on second day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aine Callaghan and Chloe Fetherston get ready for second day of Electric Picnic S Picture: Caroline Quinn
Girls from Drogheda on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Clare Slevin arriving for first day of Electric Picnic festival with a leg that's broken in 3 places Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sean Ryan and Patrick Scanlon arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sinead Lynch and Sarah O'Connot on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dan Downes, Aoife McKenna, Johnny Logan, from Dingle, Kerry, and Erica O'Neill, from Whitechurch, Cork, on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Saoirse Holland, from Killarney, puts on her make-up on first day of Electric Picnic festival. Stradbally, Co. Laois Picture: Caroline Quinn
Alana Walsh, Jack Hegarty and Chloe Stanley on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Nicole Burke, Niamh Bowdern and Valerie Burke on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aoife Larkin, Yulia Zakharova, Aine O'Keeffe, and Saoirse Sunderland on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Alana Walsh, Jack Hegarty and Chloe Stanley on first day of Electric Picnic
Picture: Caroline Quinn
Alana Walsh, Jack Hegarty and Chloe Stanley on first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn

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