Jim Carroll

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Electric Picnic’s growing up with the rest of us

Chances are many of you are reading this on the road to Stradbally – and hopefully, you’re not reading and driving at the same time. The Electric Picnic’s clarion call is one which has been pulling thousands of music fans …

Fri, Aug 31, 2012, 10:34

   

Chances are many of you are reading this on the road to Stradbally – and hopefully, you’re not reading and driving at the same time. The Electric Picnic’s clarion call is one which has been pulling thousands of music fans and festival freaks to the heart of Co Laois at the end of the summer for the last couple of years.

As the festival has developed from an one-day affair in 2004 to a weekend-long tribal gathering of music, art and everything inbetween, the expectations have also grown.

You can see this in the annual back and forth over who’s on the bill. This has been going on since the festival first appeared on the calendar some eight years ago as Picnic-goers argue about who and, just as importantly, who is not playing.

As with lists of any sort, you’ve never going to please all the people all the time – or even some of the more vocal people some of the time – but this year’s bill, like all bills, covers enough ground to give everyone something they’re after.

One interesting observation in recent years has been the ongoing changing of the guard in the audience. While there are still veterans who remember the ’04 heatwave and bar queues or the Arcade Fire and Kraftwerk double-whammy in ’05, the Picnic is now drawing a different crowd as some fans stay at home and new faces take their place.

Before people launch into a misguided tirade about Oxegen fans moving en masse to Stradbally, remember that family groups also make up a growing part of the Picnic constituency too. And it would be a sorry state of affairs if the festival was still just attracting the 2005 or 2006 audience.

One regular fixture at the Electric Picnic since 2007 has been The Daily Ticket.

Containing reviews, previews, features, news updates, line-up changes, some jokes and tons more, the Daily Ticket aims to be your essential guide to the Picnic’s gigs and happenings. It is – and we’re fairly sure of this – the only daily newspaper produced in a shed in the middle of a big field in Co Laois.

The supplement will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10am. You can pick up your free copy from our distribution staff who will be situated in the campsites and main arena.

For those of you who won’t be in Stradbally this weekend, all reviews will be published online and there will be coverage in Saturday and Monday’s newspapers. And don’t forget, we’ll be featuring all the post-match reactions here on Monday. It’s time, brothers and sisters, it’s time.