Wednesday 13 November 2019

Drizzle not dampening spirits as Electric Picnic kicks off

Mitchell O'Gorman, Derek Frisby and Alex Stevensma pictured at Electric Picnic
Mitchell O'Gorman, Derek Frisby and Alex Stevensma pictured at Electric Picnic
Sarah Pink and Silvia Lopez arrive at the Electric Picnic yesterday

Ken Sweeney

GARDAI have said that traffic is moving well as up to 30,000 music fans make their way to the Electric Pic festival in Stradbally.

Concert-goers began arriving at 9am this morning when the official campsite opened up.

Organisers had suggested car-pooling to reduce traffic congestion but there was no signs of congestion as thousands of festival goers turned up in campervan and cars.

A light drizzle did little to dampen spirits, as many pitched tents.

Met Eireann today promised Saturday would start off dry and bright with some nice sunshine but some rain would arrive over Laois around tea time.

Sunday on the other hand would be warmer with temperatures rising to 20 or 21 degrees and some pleasant sunshine.

Security checks remained similar to last year with organisers saying earlier this week that the music and arts event had a "flawless record"

and that after discussions with gardai, all concerned had decided things will remain the same as last year.

Now in its ninth year, and with Oxegen taking a year out, the Electric Picnic is only major Irish music festival taking place in 2012.

The only immediate problem for festival goers tonight was a clash of top names on different stages with Ed Sheeran, Christy Moore and Icelandic band Sigur Ros perfoming between 11pm and Midnight tonight.

Irish Independent

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