Thursday 26 April 2018

'The festival of good intentions' - Locals reminisce about the first ever Electric Picnic

The Electric Picnic Music festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
The Electric Picnic Music festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photo: Damien Eagers
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Nobody quite knew what to expect when Electric Picnic began 13 years ago, a local Stradbally man has admitted.

Over 50,000 revellers are set to flock to Stradbally in Co Laois on Friday for another three-day extravaganza of music, entertainment, art and much more.

One of the key groups who help make the event happen each year is the Resident's Electric Picnic Committee.

The committee's PRO Donal O’Shea added that he "would like to welcome all who are attending the festival and to wish each and every one an enjoyable and a safe Electric Picnic."

Mr O'Shea  has reminisced about the very first Electric Picnic thirteen years ago.

He said: "Electric Picnic started in 2004. The first one was a Boutique music festival and was a one day event in which there was an attendance of 10,000.

Swell time: The crowd at Electric Picnic's main stage. Photo: Damien Eagers
Swell time: The crowd at Electric Picnic's main stage. Photo: Damien Eagers

"There was a diverse line up of not just music and it quickly sold out.

"It was the first for Ireland and was destined to keep going for a very long time. The following year it became a weekend camping event.

"Nobody quite knew what to expect but with a line-up including Groove Armada, 2 many DJ’s, Super Fury animals, Mylo and Soulwax, Comedy & theatre, great food; the Electric Picnic started off with a bang.

"The festival was christened ‘The festival of good intentions’ with its laid back attitude and nothing else in the Country to rival it, it is no wonder that Electric picnic became firmly entrenched as a must go to event in the festival calendar.

"Electric Picnic 2016 saw 55,000 Picnickers descend upon the idyllic setting of Stradbally Hall for a sold-out weekend of incredible music, captivating entertainment, unique experiences and unforgettable memories."

Mr O'Shea added that he hopes that this year's festival goers will also make amazing memories at the event.

He said: "It will be the 14th edition of Electric Picnic and it is sure to be filled with even more memorable moments."

The Committe's Chairman Noel Ryan has said: "I would like to talk all my fellow officers and the committee members for their support and commitment throughout the year.

Resident's Committee members (L-R) Donald O'Shea and Noel Ryan
Resident's Committee members (L-R) Donald O'Shea and Noel Ryan

"Their input is greatly appreciated in facilitating all of the logistical work; the organising, the administration and liaising with all of the relevant stakeholders contributes significantly to making the Electric Picnic the success that it has become."

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