Weather warning does little to dampen mood of (pretty cold) Electric Picnic festival goers
Summer is over in Stradbally.
Where did the sun go? In true Irish festival form it has abandoned us. It’s freezing. Met Eireann advise that it’s 15 degrees but it feels an awful lot colder. It’s the wind, it would cut you in half.
Bare limbs are covered in goosebumps and there are a lot more coats, scarves and hats on display than usual. But the drop in temperature seems to be the only complaint. An Garda Siochana have said they are not aware of any arrests so far and organisers say everything is going to plan.
Oh, and it hasn’t rained… yet. A status yellow weather warning is in place for later this evening but nobody wants to think about that for now.
For the McCormacks from Laois, it’s been a "wonderful family day out". Aaron McCormack (9), brother Ben (5) and cousin Declan Fingleton (10) have been making the most of the funfair amusements, doing the rounds on the Ferris Wheel, but they’re saving their energy for their favourite band, The Strypes.
"It’s been great coming here as a family. It’s a little cold, you can really feel it now but we’re having a good time so that’s all that matters," says the boys’ grandmother, Frances Carroll.
It’s a festival for all ages and all tastes in music, food and banter. Electric Picnic veterans, Simon and Oonagh Kingman from Stradbally have been coming here for 13 years.
"The very first time we came here, we felt like we were the eldest and we were only in our forties," says Oonagh.
"But it’s different now. There are a great mix of people here. We won’t move from the main stage tomorrow. It’s our era: Chaka Khan, The Pretenders… we’re really looking forward to it. It’ll be such a good buzz."
Saturday’s highlights are American rockers, Interpol; legendary DJ, Pete Tong and hip hop royalty, A Tribe Called Quest.
Michael Duffy from Donegal and Ben Ma from Sydney are especially looking forward to seeing the New York rappers. It’s the final time the group will tour and the first time they’ve ever played in Ireland. For hip hop fans, this will be ‘a moment’.
"We can’t wait. Run the Jewels will be great too but A Tribe Called Quest… seeing them is going to be unreal," says Michael.