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Dance energy at the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The last hurrah of the summer, a 10th birthday party, an established hooley, a sold-out crowd, a cerebral weekend, a chance to go wild. Electric Pi(...)

Laura Behan from Artane in Dublin  on the first day of the Electric Picnic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Life is a Picnic

When you look at Stradbally on Google Earth there are patches of faded grass where you can make out the outlines of trails and tents and stages. Th(...)

Daithi at Body and Soul during the Electric Picnic Festival at Stadbally. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Stars: ****When Daithí Ó Drónaí takes to the stage in the early evening, there’s a sparse crowd to welcome him. Within minutes, he fuses a huge house (...)

Exhausting yet invigorating: fans at last year’s festival. Photograph: Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty

Oh great, you must be thinking: another article about Electric Picnic. Haven’t seen one of those for about six pages. If you’re still here, and readin(...)

Festival goers in the Body and Soul Arena at the Electric Picnic Festival at Stradbally House in Co Laois

If you’re not heading to Electric Picnic this weekend, you’ve probably heard enough about it at this stage. Radio ads running after it sold out felt p(...)

(Left-right) Fairie Mo, Claire Kehoe, Holly O’Sullivan, Felix Jellett with his dog Zippy and Lucy McCarron at the Electric Picnic Press Launch 2013. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The last time Electric Picnic sold out was in September 2008. Later that month Lehman Brothers in the US collapsed and, here, the Government issued th(...)

Rock ’n’ reel kids: Scoil Éigse at The Fleadh

There’s something satisfying about learning a new word, ever so slightly expanding your ability to communicate and hopefully pushing something like th(...)

Fin DAC: beauty is at the heart of his new street-art aesthetic

Last month we started a conversation on our Pop Life blog about the most creative people in Ireland. The list started with 30 entries, then grew to(...)

There’s a long, proud tradition of bands getting it together in the country. The rural idyll, the pastoral setting and the general isolation are thoug(...)

White Collar Boy: playing the Heineken Live Project Stage on Friday at 3.15pm

It’s probably the most tightly honed line-up of any festival in Europe this summer. It is lauded as MCD’s stand-alone entry into the cool end of the f(...)

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