Electric Picnic: First impressions from a first timer

I’ve never been to EP before. Here’s my first look

51,000 festivalgoers descend on Stradbally, Co Laois for Electric Picnic 2017.

 

It’s big. Really big. Maybe world class in scope and scale. I didn’t expect Electric Picnic to be so broad given it was ostensibly Ireland’s second-biggest festival before Oxegen fossilised. The canvas is flooded with a whole lot of colour too. There’s enough bits and pieces to keep your head on a swivel: get a massage here, take your picture with giant Timmy Mallet glasses there.

A lot of the outlets have corporate branding – everyone wants a piece of EP. But there’s no time to take it all in, especially if spending quality time outside your tent with that garden furniture you hauled down is a key component to your weekend. And forget about finding anything specific without a map. The woods is laid out for wandering.

Also striking is the mix of ages, featuring everyone from kids in the buggy up. It’s great to see: a solid generational mix is always a good indication of how chill an event will be. And it’s pretty chill so far, but with the tantalising prospect of the impending weekend pulsing below the still-fresh grass. Let’s go.

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