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Music? Pah! Here’s what the Electric Picnic is really all about

A last minute guide to the other stuff to do in Stradbally this weekend besides standing around staring at bands

Who the f*** is Aidan Gillen?

Fri, Aug 30, 2013, 09:55


Many of you will be reading this on the road to Stradbally for the Electric Picnic. You will have a long list of acts you’re aiming to see, from headliners on the big stages to the newbies you really want to check out.

But what about everything else? What about the non-music stuff? Here are 10 things to check out at the Picnic over the next 72 hours or so

(1) The Arts Council stage hosted by Sinead Gleeson and Mick Heaney starring such literary luminaries as Donal Ryan, Paul Murray, John Healy, Eoin Colfer and many more all weekend long

(2) The grub. We’re hoping to be digging into crab linguini from Rathmullan House, chicken wings from the Wing Bar and pies from Pieminister over the weekend.

(3) Chill out in the Body & Soul area. Just lie on the ground and stare at the sky or the clouds. No-one will step on you.

(4) The arts trail. Trust us, it’s worth it. And that band playing on the main stage will be back playing to a half-full Olympia in a few months anyway.

(5) The Electric Picnic parliament hosted by Mary O’Rourke, where guest speakers propose ideas to improve Ireland

(6) Other Voices’ Philip King and Dylan Haskins chewing the fat with various musicians.

(7) Aidan Gillen and Stuart Carolan talking Love/Hate (Arts Council stage, Saturday 6pm).

(8) Our favourite food blogger Niamh Shields on the art of food photos (Theatre of Food, Sunday, 7pm)

(9) Dublin Theatre Festival big cheese Willie White will be back to curate the theatre stage in the Mindfield area all weekend.

(10) The Daily Ticket. Published on Saturday and Sunday mornings and available in the campsites and arenas from 10am each day, it’s your essential guide to the festival.