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Jessica Tidmarsh, from Cork, at Electric Picnic festival

Jessica Tidmarsh, from Cork, at Electric Picnic festival

Jessica Tidmarsh, from Cork, at Electric Picnic festival

Thousands of revellers are making their way home today after another hugely successful Electric Picnic.

The weather was kind for the majority of the festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, and gardai said there were no major incidents to investigate during the three days.

The Dublin Gospel Choir kicked-off the entertainment on the main stage yesterday with a soulful performance, including a powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin's classic track Respect.

Comedy

The rain began to fall in the afternoon, but festival- goers were undeterred, enjoying the best in music, comedy and food as well as thought-provoking discussions in Mindfield in the spoken word area of the festival.

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan was joined by economist David McWilliams, business journalist Dear-bhail McDonald and comedian Alison Spittle for her Sunday show in the Leviathan tent.

On the agenda for debate were the #MeToo movement, Brexit and Donald Trump's impending visit to Ireland.

McWilliams had advice for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his speech for the US president's visit, saying: "He should just make it as bland as possible. Trump won't understand half of it anyway."

Blindboy from The Rubberbandits commented on the issue, saying: "Let's protest the housing crisis and direct provision and embarrass our Government while Trump is here."

Electric Picnic has been showcasing the best in emerging Irish talent since it began in 2004.

Dublin rap duo Versatile were in great form in the Electric Arena on Friday night, while Waterford dance outfit King Kong Company played a set in the Electric Arena and The Salty Dog stage.

Last night, legendary hitmaker Nile Rodgers and Chic brought funk to the festival, before long-time ravers The Prodigy got Everybody In The Place reaching for the lasers as the closing act on the main stage.

A total of 55,000 people attended the festival this year.

A record-breaking 5,000 campers pitched their tents on Thursday night ahead of the event, proving that the Picnic is still as popular than ever.

Tickets for next year's festival will go on sale this Friday.


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