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Blondie and Strypes kick off festival as 41,000 party on

She may be 69-years-old but '80s' icon Debbie Harry proved she has still got what it takes when she took to the stage at Electric Picnic last night.

Singing with Blondie who are celebrating 40 years in the business, Debbie belted out hits Hanging on the Telephone and Heart of Glass.

The band also saluted Irish teenage rockers The Strypes.

"Those guys are great," legendary drummer Clem Burke said. "I can't get enough of them."

The first band may not have arrived on the Main Stage 'til 5pm but that didn't stop festival-goers from arriving early weighed down with tent poles, yoga mats and rolls of emergency toilet roll.

"We're seasoned pros at this stage," Laura Costello (23), from Ranelagh, told the Herald. "We arrived early to get a place; it fills up quick. You don't want to be sleeping in a puddle of muddy water."

Mist and rain and appalling traffic on the way down was a bit of a mood killer, but by the time the first band had taken to the stage the sun was breaking through the skies.

"The place is buzzing and if we get a bit of an Indian summer going on I'll be delighted," Aoife Duffy, from Westmeath said.

Close to 41,000 festival-goers will attend EP this weekend to catch some of the biggest names in music, including Portishead, Outkast, Beck and Simple Minds.

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Now in it's tenth year, the festival attracts a pretty stellar guest list with Laura Whitmore, Rob Kearney, Madeline Mulqueen, Holly Carpenter and Jack Reynor all making their way to Laois for the weekend.

Tickets for the 2015 festival are due to go on sale next Monday, which came as good news to several festival virgins.

"It's my first time down here and I love it already," Sinead Curran from Derry said. "When I saw the rain I was a bit worried but now I can't wait to start sliding around in the mud and listening to great bands."

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