Electric Picnic: early-ticket holders can arrive from 4pm on Thursday, along with holders of camper-van tickets; the gates open at 9am on Friday for everybody else. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Red Bull/Inpho

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Dara Ó Briain: 'On a spectrum from ranting and raving to urbanely quippy, I would hope in real life I’m more like the latter.' Photograph: Alan Betson

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Trevor Noah: a firm believer in the dictum that a comedian’s first and last purpose is to make people laugh and not be a hectoring, socially relevant buzz-kill

‘I was born a crime,”says the fast rising South African comic Trevor Noah. The personable 30-year-old means it literally. Born to a black South Afr(...)