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Savvy Picnic-goers start festival early by avoiding jams

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Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic festival.

Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic festival.

Amy McNicholas, Vincentia De Barra and Kate Lynch on first day of Electric Picnic festival.

It has all kicked off in Stradbally as 55,000 music fans descend on the site of Electric Picnic.

Early revellers began to arrive on Thursday, as the festival welcomed 5,000 people the day before the main event started for the first time in the festival's history.

Yesterday morning saw busloads of campers begin to arrive at Stradbally, looking forward to a weekend of the best music and comedy.

While it didn't affect those already at the site, there was heavy traffic on the roads getting there.

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Justin Clarke, his brother Christopher and cousin Wes Clarke, from Clondalkin, arriving on first day of Electric Picnic.

Justin Clarke, his brother Christopher and cousin Wes Clarke, from Clondalkin, arriving on first day of Electric Picnic.

Justin Clarke, his brother Christopher and cousin Wes Clarke, from Clondalkin, arriving on first day of Electric Picnic.

The M7 experienced heavy traffic from J7 Kill past J10 Naas South, where a collision slowed things up as more people than usual used the road to get to the festival.

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Ongoing roadworks on the M7 and M8 also meant some travellers experienced tailbacks.

However, plenty of festival-goers were smart when it came to travel arrangements.

"We carpooled," said Vincentia De Barra from Cobh, Co Cork, who was with her two pals Amy McNicholas and Kate Lynch.

"We had to get up at 6.30am."

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Sinead Lynch (left) and Sarah O’Connor, from Tralee, on the first day of the Electric Picnic
festival.

Sinead Lynch (left) and Sarah O’Connor, from Tralee, on the first day of the Electric Picnic festival.

Sinead Lynch (left) and Sarah O’Connor, from Tralee, on the first day of the Electric Picnic festival.

Ena Ryan (23) arrived with friends from Prosperous, Co Kildare, and was most looking forward to seeing Dua Lipa perform.

Meanwhile, Heather Robinson from Tuam, Co Galway, said the traffic wasn't too bad as she got a lift to Portlaoise before using the shuttle bus to get to the Picnic site.

Pain wasn't going to stop some people attending. Clare Slevins, from Cabinteely, was on crutches after breaking her foot in three places.

"I'm still going to camp, my friends have the tent," she said.

Brothers Justin and Christopher Clarke and their cousin Wes, who are all builders, had the novel idea of using wheelbarrows they had been using to help build an extension on Christopher's house to carry all their luggage.

Kendrick Lamar was the main attraction last night, headlining the main stage.


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