Thursday, December 8, 2016

16. Laois - Electric Picnic

Back in 2004 someone had the bright idea to create an Irish music festival with a difference. They wanted to offer a festival that wasn’t just about the music, the dirty burger and chips and 15 year olds urinating against your tent. They envisioned a festival that was as much about arts as it is about  music, open to all ages and full of “good intentions”. They imagined an Irish Glastonbury that would be a wonderful weekend out.

The only problem was they needed a string of empty fields where not a lot was happening to put it in.

And this is when Laois stepped in.

Laois; that wonderfully centrally located county in Ireland which, as luck might have it, had quite a lot of empty fields where not a lot was happening.

And with a home in Stradbally, in the east of the county, Electric Picnic was born and for more than a decade young and old have washed up here to enjoy one of the best music and arts festivals in Ireland. A festival where you can enjoy  the headlining behemoths of the main stage or the afternoon humour of the Comedy Tent; a relaxing Sunday massages in Body & Soul or late night jams by “isn’t that yer man from that band” at the Salty Dog; legendary sets by “I didn’t know she was still alive” in the Electric Arena or mid-morning discussions at Mindfield; “up and coming, I saw them when no one knew them” new musical outfits in the Cosby Tent or family fun at Soul Kids all topped off either with a quiet sleep in a Yurt or a rave in the woods, if only you could find it, well past midnight.

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