Electric Picnic is gearing up for festival

By Paula Campbell

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By Paula Campbell

EP main stage gearing up for the festival this week end.
Trojan work is being carried out at the Electric Picnic headquarters in Stradbally to make sure every thing is festival ready when the gates open this weekend.

Trojan work is being carried out at the Electric Picnic headquarters in Stradbally to make sure every thing is festival ready when the gates open this weekend.

The boutique music and arts festival, which celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this weekend is officially sold out.

Over 30,000 revellers are expected to descend on the festival this weekend and Electric Picnic fever is reaching new heights with only two days to go before headline acts including Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters, My Bloody Valentine, Ellie Golding and Disclosure take to the stage.

Jerry Fish has been given his own stage with the Jerry Fish Electric Slideshow’ described as a concoction of carnival sideshows, theatre and alternative music with intimate performances from Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery among others lined up.

On a whirlwind tour of the grounds on Tuesday the Leinster Leader spoke to Jenny Wren who is the main woman behind the Body & Soul area.

“Every year I am really excited to be here,” she said. “This year we have three stages and acts from around the world will play here.”

Production Manager Liam McCarthy said the festival requires the same amount of power to run a big town.

“we have 1,000 lights and 20 PA systems,” he said. “But it is eco-friendly. The major challenge is the weather but luckily it has been a very dry summer.”

And seating has been added to the main stage arena for the first time to provide a welcome rest for weary festival feet.

- Paula Campbell