Electric Picnic

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Chvrches: led by the slight yet mighty-lunged Lauren Mayberry, they bulldoze through Recover and uncork sinkholes of angst on The Mother We Share. Photograph: Dave Meehan

CHVRCHES Main Stage The wide open spaces of Electric Picnic’s main stage pose a challenge for Chvrches, whose head-hanging electropop feels designed (...)

Ash: Tim Wheeler and the rest of the band still play music that packs a fine punch. Photograph: Dave Meehan

ASH Main Stage It has been a while since Ash played a major stage at a major festival, yet here they are, a band whose demeanour is like that of a sm(...)

Paddy Hanna: bravely paired a violent-blue bandanna with sunglasses. Photograph: Dave Meehan

PADDY HANNA Body & Soul With a grin and a lip curl, Paddy Hanna brings indie wistfulness to Electric Picnic’s most reliably phantasmagorical stag(...)

The Murder Capital’s James McGovern: commitment oozes from every pore, riff, drum roll and voice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Murder Capital Other Voices One of two things can happen to a band that leaps too quickly from the traps: success or failure. A case in point is (...)

Pop-up wedding: Trevor Luby and Shannon Murphy get “married” by Hannah Maxwell in the inflatable church at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

We’re in the car park of Junction 14 Mayfield, a service station on the M7 that is a previous forecourt-retailer-of-the-year winner: an award I’d be k(...)

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Have you spotted something weird or wonderful at this year’s festival? Snap it on your phone or camera, and send us the photo using the upload tool be(...)

Kendrick Lamar: vital, politically assertive, straight-banging music.  Photograph: Caitlin O’Hara/New York Times

1. DELORENTOS Electric Arena, 7.15pm; Salty Dog, 12.15am You can’t keep a good band down, especially when that band is Delorentos, the Irish act who (...)

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

As kids pack their school bags for their first week back in class, adults pack their cars with tents, blow-up mattresses, a bag of cans and enough cri(...)

Time your entrance: Friday lunchtime is best for arriving at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

You have chosen to camp in a field for three days, limiting your access to showers and restricting yourself to one meal a day – probably a mustard-and(...)

Electric Picnic delays: roadworks on the M7 and M8 are expected to add to journey times. Photograph: Alan Betson

Motorists are being warned that roadworks will cause heavier-than-usual traffic on the M7 and M8 ahead of Electric Picnic. The M7 is being widened (...)

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