Monday 16 September 2019

In Pictures: Festival-goers kick off Electric Picnic 2019 in style

See all our photos so far in the gallery below

Delwyn Ledigan from Galway in attendance at the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage during day one of Electric Picnic 2019 at Stradbally in Laois. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Delwyn Ledigan from Galway in attendance at the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage during day one of Electric Picnic 2019 at Stradbally in Laois. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

She is hardly old enough to attend the festival, but Billie Eilish was a hit on the main stage last night as over 57,000 revellers welcomed another year of Electric Picnic.

The 'Bad Guy' singer is just 17 years old, but has fast become one of the hottest music artists around.

Roz Purcell pictured at the Just Eat Retreat at Electric Picnic, launching her limited edition co-created ‘Natural Born Feeder’ vegan Box Burger which was served exclusively from ‘Flavourville’ right across the weekend. Kieran Harnett
Roz Purcell pictured at the Just Eat Retreat at Electric Picnic, launching her limited edition co-created ‘Natural Born Feeder’ vegan Box Burger which was served exclusively from ‘Flavourville’ right across the weekend. Kieran Harnett
Roz Purcell pictured at the Just Eat Retreat at Electric Picnic with Cassie Stokes, launching her limited edition co-created ‘Natural Born Feeder’ vegan Box Burger which was served exclusively from ‘Flavourville’ right across the weekend. Photo Kieran Harnett
Cassie Stokes at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
The Sensory Room at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aisling Quigley, from Valentia Island, Georgina Smith, from Doaer Aine, and Mairead Walsh, from Meeling, at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Caoimhe Murray and Sorcha Murray at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Corina Coughlan and Chata Marie Viglino at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Graham McConnell and Jodie Fitzpatrick at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Carol Keogh and Martina Walsh at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Leon Forristel and Peter McCarthy at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Kayleigh McDonald and Melissa Byrne at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Catherine Tighe and Susannah Coffey at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Niamh Henshaw and Amy Nolan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Therese Morgan and Cara Lynch at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sinead Morgan, from Dublin, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Fullerton at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alison Cox, Elizabeth Keenan, Joanne Campbell and Aisling Buckley at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Evan Doherty and Laura Fox at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sandra O’Dwyer, Catherine O’Brien and Helen Murphy at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tim Ahern and Billy Cattell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sharon Kennedy and Mo Yansane at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Maisie Gleeson and David Ryan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Steph Fortune and Niamh Chambers at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Geoff Mahon and Faye O’Connell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Megan Dunne, Jenny Ratigan and Lauren Dunne, from Navan, Co. Meath, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Cody King and Rachel Keoghan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rebecca Nolan, Grace O’Brien, Hannah Sunderland and Inga Guluksen at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sarah Farrell, Shea McDonald and Cat Coogan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Niamh Murphy and Roisin Foran, from Dublin, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Fullerton at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sarah Farrell, Shea McDonald and Cat Coogan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rebecca Nolan, Grace O’Brien, Hannah Sunderland and Inga Guluksen at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Cody King and Rachel Keoghan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Niamh Murphy and Roisin Foran, from Dublin, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured today at the AIB Tap House at Electric Picnic was l-r Meg O Regan, Laura O’Connor,Ryan Fay O’Sullivan,Lisa Cronin and Ciara O’Mahony from Cork. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Sensory Room at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Geoff Mahon and Faye O’Connell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured today at the AIB Tap House at Electric Picnic was l-r Izzy Lord from Meath and Emily Ní Áogáin from Dublin. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Megan Dunne, Jenny Ratigan and Lauren Dunne, from Navan, Co. Meath, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tim Ahern and Billy Cattell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured at the AIB Tap House at Electric Picnic was l-r Meg O Regan, Laura O’Connor,Ryan Fay O’Sullivan,Lisa Cronin and Ciara O’Mahony from Cork.
Sandra O’Dwyer, Catherine O’Brien and Helen Murphy at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Evan Doherty and Laura Fox at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Maisie Gleeson and David Ryan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sharon Kennedy and Mo Yansane at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Steph Fortune and Niamh Chambers at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Fullerton at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

It was a homecoming of sorts for Wicklow singer Hozier as he headlined the main stage on the first night of the annual arts and music festival in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Last year, he surprised fans with a special duet with Mavis Staples. This year he was back to perform his best known hits as well as songs from latest album 'Wasteland, Baby!'

Steph Fortune and Niamh Chambers at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Steph Fortune and Niamh Chambers at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

And his performance did not disappoint the huge crowd, who refused to let heavy rain showers dampen their spirits.

Dublin singer Gavin James impressed his fans with a secret gig at the Sound Garden stage, saying he was "very excited" to be performing.

Michelle Fullerton at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Fullerton at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Gavin Wigglesworth, said that he is not unfamiliar with the music festival scene, and urged festival-goers to be careful when it came to drugs.

He said: "Drinking until I got sick... I've made mistakes that way, but I think when you're young you can sometimes feel invincible that way.

Maisie Gleeson and David Ryan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Maisie Gleeson and David Ryan at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"I stay far away from drugs. My mam would f**king kill me. The drug testing wouldn't persuade me to use drugs. That makes no sense to me."

Yesterday morning, crowds piled on to buses in Dublin's Custom House Quay heading to Stradbally.

Sharon Kennedy and Mo Yansane at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sharon Kennedy and Mo Yansane at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Three friends Stephanie Longergan, Megan Brady and Jodie Doyle eagerly awaited the bus.

"I got up at half six this morning to get the train into here to get the bus down," said Ms Longergan.

Sandra O’Dwyer, Catherine O’Brien and Helen Murphy at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sandra O’Dwyer, Catherine O’Brien and Helen Murphy at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Antonina O'Dwyer Papp, from Firhouse, said: "I have like four raincoats with me, wellies and everything, so hopefully I'll be OK."

Meanwhile, Lucan 22-year-old James Redmond didn't have to worry about any traffic delays, cycling 80km from Tallaght as part of Tour De Picnic.

Evan Doherty and Laura Fox at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Evan Doherty and Laura Fox at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Megan Dunne, Jenny Ratigan and Lauren Dunne, from Navan, Co. Meath, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Megan Dunne, Jenny Ratigan and Lauren Dunne, from Navan, Co. Meath, at Threes Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tim Ahern and Billy Cattell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tim Ahern and Billy Cattell at Three’s Charge & Chill at Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured at the AIB Tap House at Electric Picnic was l-r Meg O Regan, Laura O’Connor,Ryan Fay O’Sullivan,Lisa Cronin and Ciara O’Mahony from Cork.
Pictured at the AIB Tap House at Electric Picnic was l-r Meg O Regan, Laura O’Connor,Ryan Fay O’Sullivan,Lisa Cronin and Ciara O’Mahony from Cork.

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