Monday 18 December 2017

Are you ready? Electric Picnic gears up for this for weekend

performs on the
'Earth Ship'
stage at a
preview of the
Electric Picnic
2011 at
Stradbally, Co
Laois, yesterday
Mundy performs on the 'Earth Ship' stage at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2011 at Stradbally, Co Laois, yesterday
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Hot tubs and laughter yoga are among the relaxing treats in store for revellers at this weekend's Electric Picnic.

Theatre, pantomime, food and holistic health are also on the bill for the three-day boutique music and arts festival in Co Laois.

Hundreds of artists and construction workers are putting the finishing touches in place for the 32,000 revellers expected to set up camp in the sprawling 600-acre Stradbally Hall estate on Friday.

Canadian band Arcade Fire, who triumphed at the festival in 2005, will headline the main stage.

Pulp - who recently reformed after a decade apart - The Chemical Brothers, Interpol, PJ Harvey, Underworld, Sinead O'Connor, White Lies, and The Charlatans are also on the line-up.

Robbie Butler, site manager at Electric Picnic, said while the event was never about big name stars, the acts were the biggest ever.

"We had Arcade Fire when they were small, when they first started out, now they are back as a much bigger entity," he said.

"It's great to see."

He also paid tribute to the scores of artists, local to international, whose enthusiasm keep organisers going year after year.

"I'm always surprised by the level of talent that ends up in this field," he said.

"It's remarkable the energy that all these elements bring to the table."

Organisers pride themselves on the Electric Picnic being an environment and child friendly venue, with family camp sites soul kids area.

Older revellers can take solace in the Body and Soul arena, debate in the Mindfield spoken word area with political cabaret events hosted by economist David McWilliams and British broadcaster Jon Snow.

Elsewhere they can chill in the man made Jamaican village Trenchtown, where 16 reggae bands including The Barley Mob will perform, visit the comedy tent and relive their childhood at Fossets Circus.

And Celebrity chef Derry Clarke will also be the star of the Theatre of Food.

Despite gaining international reputation after winning several European awards and selling out in the past, three-day tickets are still available for €240, including camping. A Sunday-only ticket is also on sale for recession-hit revellers for €99.

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