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30,000 fans chill out at the Picnic

WITH wellies at the ready and tents securely fastened, Electric Picnic got into full swing today.

More than 30,000 festival-goers have flooded the concert venue in Co Laois, with fingers crossed that real floods won't spoil the fun.

Events got under way last night with performances from Interpol, PJ Harvey and Willie Mason -- though some revellers skipped the music in favour of theatre, hot tubs or a trip to Fossets Circus.

By tomorrow evening around 200 of music's best acts will have performed on 17 stages.

Funeral Suits, Little Green Cars and The Lost Brothers were some of the acts on the opening day of the boutique-style festival, while Nineties chart-toppers Pulp, Chemical Brothers and Arcade Fire will be lighting up the grounds today and tomorrow.

Some 16 reggae bands -- including the Barley Mob -- will jam in the Jamaican- style village Trenchtown. Last night Sinead O'Connor rocked out with a special tribute to Amy Winehouse.

Picnic veteran Mundy will wow the crowds today on the Earth Ship stage, followed by a cookery demonstration by foodie star Donal Skehan.

Since its debut in 2004, the Picnic has drawn massive crowds -- and many big celebs.

Roddy Doyle can be spotted on the Literary stage, while Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon takes on the Comedy tent.

The chilled vibe attracts families and offers guests boutique camping, TeePee huts and cabins among the accommodation options -- and revellers can avail of 750 toilets on the grounds.