Something I have had on my bucket list for a while is to attend a camping festival. Electric Picnic is an annual music and arts festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois. The festival ran from the 29th to the 31st of August 2014. There was a great line up with acts gracing the stage who haven’t been to Ireland in a long time! I was excited to see what the event was like, I am not a massive fan of crowds or drunk people so this was going to be a challenge. For first time festival goers the amount I payed was around 200 euro with booking fees and so on but if you are a returning festival goer the prices vary.
I drove to Kilkenny first to meet the friend I was going to the festival with and from there it was a 45 minute journey to Stradbally. There is a car park but I am not sure if it’s easy to get in and out of. And there are also buses that drop you into the town of Stradbally but again not sure how often they run or prices.
Also you will be queueing a fair amount so be prepared. Tip: the earlier you go the less you have to wait.
There were some great acts, I stayed around the main stage a lot but there are lots of different tents and stages. I saw Hozier, OutKast, Blondie, Paolo Nutini, Foals, Lily Allen, Wyvern Lingo, The Wailers, James Vincent McMorrow, The Stranglers, Orla Gartland, Cathy Davey and best of all, Beck.
The best thing I found was that there were artists that I wouldn’t have got to see normally, as they don’t do their own tours or I just wouldn’t have thought to go see them. Festivals really opened music and genres up for me again. Live music is just wonderful and it is worth it.
Some things to bring/remember:
- Hand sanitiser, bring your own, the one they provide is sticky.
- Sun cream, I know it’s Ireland but stranger things have happened and sunburn is no fun!
- A good, comfy pair of shoes, irregardless of the weather.
- A blanket
- Blister plasters.
Some general guidelines:
- Don’t be an inconsiderate idiot.
- Have a great time and have fun but don’t make things uncomfortable or upsetting for others. Don’t play football at 5 in the morning and scream into peoples tents. Don’t start randomly touching people, they don’t like it. Don’t get angry at someone if they aren’t enjoying the music like you want them to. Don’t do anything that makes others want to physically want to punch you. Oh and also don’t just urinate where ever you feel like it, it is gross. Come on now.
- Remember to bring the essentials, food, water and the like but don’t carry too much. It will probably be muddy and raining.
I found the experience a generally positive one, the music is great, the drinks are tasty and for the most part the people are fine. This festival is only going to get more and more popular, so before it turns into the new Oxygen, buy a ticket.