Monday 19 November 2018

'Touched by an angel, a king' - Hozier gives surprise performance at Electric Picnic

Justin Clarke, his brother Christopher and cousin Wes Clarke, from Clondalkin, arriving on first day of Electric Picnic.
Justin Clarke, his brother Christopher and cousin Wes Clarke, from Clondalkin, arriving on first day of Electric Picnic.
Rugby player Conor Murray pictured at the Heineken Live Your Music stage, Electric Picnic
Sinead Lynch (left) and Sarah O’Connor, from Tralee, on the first day of the Electric Picnic festival.
Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic festival.
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Model Holly Carpenter enjoying Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy
Revellers arriving for first 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
DJ Tara Stewart at the Just Eat Retreat Full Moon Party at Electric Picnic. Photo Kieran Harnett
General view of revellers arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Marie O'Rourke, Niamh O'Rourke and Hannah Timmons arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
James Patrice at the Just Eat Retreat Full Moon Party at Electric Picnic. Photo Kieran Harnett
Orie O'Sullivan, from Kerry, shows off his tattoo on second day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Snapchat star James Kavanagh and a friend enjoying Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy

Rachel Farrell and Sorcha O'Connor

HOZIER thrilled the crowds at Electric Picnic by making a surprise appearance on the main stage.

While fans of the Bray singer eagerly await the release of his new music, he sent revellers in Stradbally with his impromptu performance.

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

The From Eden singer joined Mavis Staples on the main stage just moments ago.

The pair sang a duet of Take a Load Off, Mary together to the delight of the crowd.

"I've been touched by an angel - a king," said the American gospel star as Hozier left the stage. "I'm gonna take him away, Hozier give it up!"

Thousands of festival goers descended on the main stage of Electric Picnic last night to see rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The American star took to the stage shortly after 10.30pm on Friday.

Lamar was a kicking start to the festival for many, as was Scottish synth band Chvrches.

Doireann Garrihy with Joe Melody
Doireann Garrihy with Joe Melody
Model Holly Carpenter enjoying Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy
Rugby player Conor Murray pictured at the Heineken Live Your Music stage, Electric Picnic
Sisters Doireann, Ailbhe and Aoibhin Garrihy at Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy
TV presenter Baz Ashmawy Photo: Brian McEvoy
Cassie Stokes enjoying Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy
Model Lynn Kelly Photo: Brian McEvoy
Snapchat star James Kavanagh and a friend enjoying Electric Picnic Photo: Brian McEvoy
James Patrice 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
Aoibhn Garrihy and John Burke at Electric Picnic

“Chvrches were a highlight for me for sure, they were great,” said Jennifer O’Keefe (24) from Galway.

“It’s our first time here but we’re really enjoying it”.

Rugby player Conor Murray pictured at the Heineken Live Your Music stage, Electric Picnic
Rugby player Conor Murray pictured at the Heineken Live Your Music stage, Electric Picnic

Dublin group Versatile were the best of Friday night for Gary Feeney (27) and Christine Costelloe (19), from Sligo and Limerick.

“There was a massive crowd, they went all the way out. There was so many people there,” Christine said.

Ailbhe Power (23) and her friends enjoyed the evening so much that they’re hoping to get tickets for next years festival already.

“It’s great, everything is all really well done,” Ailbhe told Independent.ie.

Marie O'Rourke, Niamh O'Rourke and Hannah Timmons arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn
Marie O'Rourke, Niamh O'Rourke and Hannah Timmons arriving for first day of Electric Picnic Picture: Caroline Quinn

“We’re 100pc on board for returning next year, I think tickets go on sale soon so we’ll have to try get them.”

Pop singer Dua Lipa is on the agenda for many today, as well as 90s girl group B*witched.

N*E*R*D and Massive Attack will take to the main stage tonight at 10.30pm and 12.15am.

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

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