Electric Picnic is one of Ireland’s biggest and liveliest music and arts festivals. It returns for its 12th year running this summer, taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of September in Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, County Laois. Since its beginning in 2004, when it was merely a one day festival, Electric Picnic has grown to become regarded as one of Ireland’s most in demand music and arts events. It is renowned for its eclectic style and vibrant atmosphere, and continues to draw in festival goers every year without fail.
Electric Picnic hosts a number of stages across the location, with each of them promising unforgettable performances from a great selection of artists. The festival has never disappointed with their line-ups, with headliners over the years having included the likes of Sam Smith, Outkast, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine and Blur just to name a few. Each act has brought something new to the table, from genres ranging from Indie Rock to R&B. This year’s headline acts include LCD Sound System, who previously played the festival in 2010. Joining them in the line-up for her first ever Irish festival appearance is Lana Del Rey. The Chemical Brothers, who are renowned for their incredible live performances will also take to the stage, along with New Order who are no strangers to the festival, having performed at Electric Picnic a number of times over the last few years. Other acts include HAIM, Years and Years, Gavin James, Jack Garratt and Wolf Alice along with many more.
Electric Picnic is much more than your average music festival. The festival incorporates a wide variety of entertainment and arts events, from its comedy tent to silent discos. If you want to take a break from the music you can check out some of the amazing activities on offer at Electric Picnic and engage with the food, crafts, theatre and social aspects it has to offer. The festival is home to a number of zones within its setup from therapeutic indulgences to lively conversations. Within the world of Body & Soul, you can indulge in relaxing seaweed baths and therapeutic massages while gazing upon exceptional art installations as you enjoy this relaxing retreat.
By entering the Mindfield area of the festival, you get to experience a diverse range of conversations, debates, food demonstrations, science experiments and theatre. There’s also Greencrafts which showcases the techniques of traditional crafts, along with Global Green, an eco-village made up of a unique community of cultural creatives, which offers a number of workshops and classes from yoga to mindfulness sessions.
What makes Electric Picnic different from the others is that it has something for everyone to enjoy. From top class performances by internationally acclaimed artists to a myriad of hidden gems offering exciting adventures, the festival is definitely not short on activities and amusements for festival goers. The diversity of Electric Picnic alone is what sets it apart from all the rest, and makes it such a unique and exciting festival.
Electric Picnic Music and Arts festival takes place from 2nd-4th September 2016 at Stradbally Hall, Co.Laois. www.electricpicnic.ie
Words- Laura McNamara
Images- Brendan Ryan