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Electric Picnic
Electric Picnic 09 logo.jpg
Location(s) Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Years active 2004 – present
Date(s) Late August/early September
Genre Indie, alternative, dance
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

Electric Picnic is an annual boutique arts-and-music festival[1 ] which has been staged since 2004 in Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, County Laois in the Republic of Ireland. It is currently organised by Pod Concerts and Festival Republic, who purchased the majority shareholding in 2009.

The Picnic has received widespread international acclaim, being described as "Ireland's version of Glastonbury" and "a great inspiration to Latitude". [2] US magazine Billboard describing it as "a magnificent rock n roll circus, a textbook example of everything a festival should be" and Rolling Stone stating it "one of the best festivals we've ever been to" . Electric Picnic has sold out months in advance for the last 3 years and the 2008 event was described by The Irish Times as 'the best Electric Picnic yet'. Electric Picnic differs from other festivals in Ireland in that the music choice is more eclectic than the other mainstream events (its history includes international acts such as Kraftwerk, Röyksopp, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, New Order, Björk, Beastie Boys, The Stooges, The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Sigur Rós and Sex Pistols), and there is more emphasis on quality festival services (such as food and sleeping arrangements) and a generally more positive and relaxed atmosphere. There is also an emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives.

Electric Picnic began as a one-day event in 2004, before growing to a weekend-long festival within a year, and becoming a three day affair in 2006. It is rapidly gaining ground on Oxegen as the most popular Irish music festival with the 2008 festival selling out faster than any other year. Oxegen, which sold out in record time for the 2007 festival, was slow to sell tickets for its 2008 festival, while Electric Picnic sold out it's 32,500 tickets over 4 months in advance in 2008. The festival also incorporates other attractions such as the 24-hour cinema tent, the Body and Soul arena (offering an ambient lounge with beanbags, massages and tarot card readings), the International Comedy Tent[3] (curated by Des Bishop) and a silent disco. In 2008, Amnesty International attended the festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whilst renowned American Burning Man artist, David Best constructed a Temple of Truth on site.[4]

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2004 festival

The following are some of the headline acts from the 2004 festival:

2005 festival

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Location(s) Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Date(s) 3 - 4 September 2005
Genre Rock
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

The 2005 festival took place on Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September. It is best remembered for Arcade Fire's performance which came before their subsequent mainstream success. Headlining acts included Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kraftwerk, The Flaming Lips, Röyksopp, Mercury Rev and The Human League.

The premiere of "Electric Picnic: The Documentary" took place at the Irish Film Institute on Tuesday 4 July 2006 at 19:00. The critically acclaimed documentary directed by Nick Ryan, was filmed by a small camera crew who recorded the events of Electric Picnic 2005. Narrated by musician Nick Seymour and economist David McWilliams, the documentary includes footage from Kraftwerk's first recorded live performance in twelve years plus interviews with the performing bands and comedians, with a few festival-goers and with the locals of Stradbally Village, who claimed: "We get more trouble at the Vintage Steam Rally".[5]

2006 festival

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Location(s) Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Date(s) 1 - 3 September 2006
Genre Rock
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

In 2006 the festival gained momentum, with all 30,000 tickets (each costing €175 including camping) selling out more than seven weeks in advance. Presale tickets went on sale on Monday 28 November 2005.[6] The event took place on the weekend of 1–3 September 2006, with the line-up being revealed on Friday 24 March. Artists who performed across the seven stages included Sparks, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Basement Jaxx, Rufus Wainwright, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gary Numan, François Kevorkian, Groove Armada, Damien Rice and The Frames. The Blue Nile's appearance was their only live performance of the year.[7] The festival's biggest casualty was Gnarls Barkley who had to cancel their appearance after rapper/singer Cee-Lo strained his vocal cords.[8] David McWilliams made an appearance as a celebrity.[9] RTÉ Two televised the festival, with a special RTÉ Two Green Room being set up at Stradbally Hall Estate for presenters Tom Dunne and Jenny Huston.[10]

Journalist and television presenter Joe O'Shea was arrested for driving in an intoxicated state on his way home from the event. [11]

The Comedy Tent in 2006 featured PJ Gallagher, Des Bishop, Neil Delamere, and Eric Lalor.

2007 festival

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Map of 2007 Electric Picnic
Location(s) Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Date(s) August 31 - September 2, 2007
Genre Rock
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

Electric Picnic 2007 was once again a three day event and ran from 31 August until 2 September. The festival maintained its current size of 32,500 festival goers and kept all the same elements plus some new additions. "Early-bird" tickets for the 2007 festival went on sale between Monday 11 December 2006, and Saturday 24 February 2007, costing €199, taking into account the VAT that must now be paid on all outdoor events. Full price tickets went on sale on Tuesday 3 April at a price of €220.[15] The first acts were officially announced on Monday 2 April.

Besides the music other attractions included an inflatable church offering mock weddings, luxury tents, massage chambers, a fairground and silent disco. Acii Disco DJs began the festival on the Friday at 12 p.m. in the Bodytonic Tent. Amongst others to take to the stage on Friday were Björk, Hot Chip, Scott Matthews, Manic Street Preachers and Oppenheimer whilst the unnamed band responsible for The Good, the Bad and the Queen headlined the Electric Arena tent.[16] The Sunday night was brought to a close by Primal Scream.

The festival was, however, marred by the death of a 23-year-old fan.[17] The incident occurred as The Chemical Brothers came to a climax at 2 a.m. early on the Sunday morning. Organiser John Reynolds extended his sympathies and said: "A young man took ill at the festival, was treated at the medical centre, removed to Port Laoise Hospital and was later pronounced dead." Gardaí said they were not treating the death as suspicious.[18][19]

2008 festival

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Location(s) Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Date(s) 29 - 31 August 2008
Genre Rock
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

Electric Picnic 2008 took place at Stradbally from 29 - 31 August, attended by 35,000 people. Presale tickets went on sale on 9 November 2007 and full price tickets went on sale on Friday 28 March at 9 p.m., costing €240 including camping, with the various sites opening at 9 a.m. on Friday 29 August. Tickets had sold out by 17 June.[24]

Sigur Rós, George Clinton and Sex Pistols[25] headlined. Other musicians appearing included Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, German rockers Faust [26], Tindersticks, The Breeders,[27] Grinderman, Goldfrapp, Gossip, CSS, Duffy, Foals, Hadouken!, Wilco, The Roots, Turin Brakes, Carbon/Silicon,[28] Conor Oberst and New Young Pony Club. Irish acts to appear included Kíla, The Stunning, Sinéad O'Connor, Christy Moore, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Boss Volenti, The Waterboys, The Flaws, Ham Sandwich, Fred, Super Extra Bonus Party, Jape, Lisa Hannigan, Le Galaxie, Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes and Mark Geary. Also attending were Amnesty International, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a singalong of "Happy Birthday" on the Sunday night.[29][30]

Friday 29 August Saturday 30 August Sunday 31 August

Main Stage:

Main Stage:

Main Stage:

Friday 29 August Saturday 30 August Sunday 31 August

Electric Arena:

Electric Arena:

Electric Arena:

2009 festival

Electric Picnic 09 logo.jpg
Location(s) Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
Date(s) September 4–6 2009
Genre Indie
Website www.electricpicnic.ie

Electric Picnic 2009 took place at Stradbally from September 4-6. The British promoter Festival Republic bought out the share of Aiken Promotions as well as a further majority shareholding in Electric Picnic in March 2009. [2] [31] The festival was launched on 15 April 2009, with tickets going on sale two days later. [2] [32] The launch saw the announcement of forty-seven acts.[1 ] Orbital, The Flaming Lips, Brian Wilson, Basement Jaxx, Madness, Klaxons, Bell X1, Fleet Foxes and MGMT were some of the musical acts which appeared, whilst Tommy Tiernan headlined the comedy tent.

2010 festival

Early bird tickets for Electric Picnic 2010 went on sale on 4 December 2009.[33 ]

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Electric Picnic signs new partnership deal + tickets on sale in April". Hot Press. 2009-03-16. http://www.hotpress.com/news/5315638.html. Retrieved 2009-03-17.  
  3. ^ "Fans prepare to feast on Electric Picnic". The Irish Times. 2008-08-29. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0829/breaking8.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  4. ^ "Electric Picnic's diverse feast ranges from Sex Pistols to herd of man-made elephants". The Irish Times. 2008-08-29. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/0829/1219875241957.html. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  5. ^ "Electric Picnic Documentary at IFI". RTÉ. 2006-06-23. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0623/electricpicnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  6. ^ "Electric Picnic 2006 tickets on sale next week". RTÉ. 2005-11-21. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2005/1121/electricpicnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  7. ^ "Electric Picnic's line-up revealed". RTÉ. 2006-03-24. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0324/electricpicnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  8. ^ "No Electric Picnic for Gnarls Barkley". RTÉ. 2006-08-24. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0824/gnarlsbarkley.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  9. ^ "David McWilliams for Electric Picnic". RTÉ. 2006-06-19. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0619/electricpicnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  10. ^ "RTE Two to broadcast Electric Picnic". RTÉ. 2006-08-25. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0825/electricpicnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  11. ^ "Banned O'Shea backs morning breath checks". Irish Independent. 2007-01-07. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/banned-oshea-backs-morning-breath-checks-59826.html. Retrieved 2009-08-11.  
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  15. ^ http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/18003D88AA041B0C?artistid=952846&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60
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  17. ^ "Man dies at Electric Picnic festival". RTÉ. 2007-09-02. http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0902/picnic.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  18. ^ "Post mortem due on man who died at Electric Picnic". The Belfast Telegraph. 2007-09-03. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2921963.ece. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
  19. ^ "Post mortem due after Electric Picnic death". RTÉ. 2007-09-03. http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0903/laois.html. Retrieved 2008-01-12.  
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  21. ^ Electric Picnic
  22. ^ Room Thirteen - Where Music Rocks
  23. ^ SiSi.tv :: View topic – Oxegen Linup 07!Daft Punk/Erol Alkan/Justice/Lektroluv
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  25. ^ "Sex Pistols, My Bloody Valentine confirmed for Electric Picnic". Phantom FM. 2008-03-26. http://phantom.ie/entertainment/from-the-newsdesk/1446-sex-pistols-my-bloody-valentine-confirmed-for-electric-picnic.html. Retrieved 2008-03-26.  
  26. ^ "Faust to play Electric Picnic, Spiegeltent Cork". Hot Press. 2008-03-21. http://www.hotpress.com/news/4514717.html. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  
  27. ^ "Sigur Ros and The Breeders confirm Picnic appearances". Phantom FM. 2008-03-26. http://phantom.ie/entertainment/from-the-newsdesk/1447-sigur-ros-and-the-breeders-for-ep-2008.html. Retrieved 2008-03-26.  
  28. ^ "Carbon/Silicon to play Electric Picnic". Hot Press. 2008-05-12. http://www.hotpress.com/news/4553455.html. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
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  33. ^ "Early bird tickets go on sale". Hot Press. 2009-12-02. http://www.hotpress.com/Electric%20Picnic/news/Early-bird-tickets-go-on-sale/6084120.html. Retrieved 2009-12-04.  

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