Electric Picnic: Friday in photographs. Show us yours, too

Stradbally has been filling up fast. Send your best festival snap for a chance to win €200

Electric Picnic 2018: the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage, where headliners include B*witched, The Voice of M People: Heather Small and Johnny Logan. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Electric Picnic 2018: the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage, where headliners include B*witched, The Voice of M People: Heather Small and Johnny Logan. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

 

It’s under way: 50,000 people have arrived at Electric Picnic for the year’s best music and arts festival, in Stradbally, Co Laois. If they pitched their tents in time they’ll have been able to catch the first acts of the festival – today’s line-up includes Ash, Chvrches and, in what should be an unmissable headline slot, Kendrick Lamar.

The Irish Times will be reviewing gigs and reporting from the festival all weekend – you’ll find all our coverage here – and if you’d like to contribute, too, send us your best photograph and you could win a €200 Tesco voucher. You can enter here. 

Here’s our own take on how the festival has been taking shape today.

Electric Picnic 2018: friends Amy Griffin, Jessica Somerville, Laura Basquel and Connie Cleary arrive at Stradbally. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: friends Amy Griffin, Jessica Somerville, Laura Basquel and Connie Cleary arrive at Stradbally. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: setting up in one of the campsites. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: setting up in one of the campsites. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: the Stradbally campsites filled up fast. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: the Stradbally campsites filled up fast. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: home comforts – sort of – at the festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: home comforts – sort of – at the festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: ready to glow. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: ready to glow. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: A Banksy print in a gents’ loo. A wee bit philosophical. Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: A Banksy print in a gents’ loo. A wee bit philosophical. Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: Trevor Luby and Shannon Murphy, who got “married” in the festival’s inflatable church. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: Trevor Luby and Shannon Murphy, who got “married” in the festival’s inflatable church. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Electric Picnic 2018: you could pay €6 to jump the bar queue. Anyone? Anyone? Please! Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: you could pay €6 to jump the bar queue. Anyone? Anyone? Please! Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: “And next on the festival’s smallest stage, give it up for, er, Elton John? Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: “And next on the festival’s smallest stage, give it up for, er, Elton John? Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: No expense spared behind the scenes. Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
Electric Picnic 2018: No expense spared behind the scenes. Photograph: Tony Clayton-Lea
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