Sunday 19 November 2017

Festival is no Picnic for hard-working Reynolds

Electric Picnic-organiser John Reynolds will barely get a chance to see any of the acts performing at his three-day festival in Stradbally next weekend.

Roxy Music, Modest Mouse, Mumford & Sons, Massive Attack are just of the big names on the bill John will miss.

"I see glimpses of things over the weekend but I'm hands-on, which means I have to be working with my team from 5am each morning," John told The Diary.

One act that the music man does plan to see at Electric Picnic is the reformed Public Image Limited, led by former Sex Pistol John Lydon, who are notorious for the sheer ferocity of their sound, featuring Lydon's screaming vocals, booming bass and jagged metallic guitar sound.

"They certainly aren't the Beach Boys. I just hope we don't break the sound barrier," joked John, who said he planned to be at the side of the stage when PIL headlined the Electric Arena on Friday night.

That only leaves the weather to worry about.

"I honestly think the weather will be fine but at the same time, we can't tow Ireland down to where Jamaica is located for the three days to guarantee sunshine. I'd say bring wellies. If it does rain, being Irish weather, the sun will soon be out again quick."

Electric Picnic Weekend Tickets are €240. There are no single-day tickets.

Irish Independent

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