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Electric Picnic organisers have announced that next year's festival will kick off with an all-female comedy line-up.

Taking place on Thursday night, some of Ireland's best-loved female comics will take to The Hazel Wood stage where they will perform to a crowd of 5,000 early entry ticket holders.

The idea came about following a chance meeting between festival director, Melvin Benn and Emily O'Callaghan.

Emily, who sometimes dabbles in the world of stand-up, noticed a distinct lack of female talent at last year's festival – a thought echoed by Melvin.

The stellar line-up will see performances from the likes of Joanne Mc Nally MC, Aoife Dooley , Lisa Casey, Sharon Mannion, Aine Gallagher, Harriet Braine , Ashlee Bentley and many, many more.

Early entry tickets are priced at €25 and are on sale now.

Note: Early entry tickets are only valid with weekend camping tickets.


While some of us might not have even unpacked yet from EP 2017 (just us? Okay) others are already gearing up for next year.

Tickets to Electric Picnic 2018 are on sale right this minute, so if getting ahead of schedule is the way you roll, then get purchasing. 

As well as the usual GE tickets, the festival have once again opened their loyalty scheme to long-term patrons.

'Once again we are offering the Loyalty Scheme tickets to our loyal followers as well as a three-stage instalment plan,' reads an EP statement.

'To be eligible for a discount, you will need to prove you’ve been before and in return you’ll get the discount code.'

'If you have been to the festival three times or more a ticket will cost €165, if you've been once or twice a ticket will cost €185 and if you haven't been before it will cost €205.'

As well as weekend camping tickets, Family Camping tickets and early entry passes are also available now from Ticketmaster


Electric Picnic 2017 seems like it has barely passed (probably because that's the truth) and we're already raring to get all the details on next year's festivities.

Electric Picnic bosses are already gearing up to put on another epic festival experience in 2018, and tickets for next year's weekend bender are on sale this Friday. 

The festival have once again opened their loyalty scheme to long-term patrons.

'Once again we are offering the Loyalty Scheme tickets to our loyal followers as well as a three-stage instalment plan,' reads an EP statement.

'To be eligible for a discount, you will need to prove you’ve been before and in return you’ll get the discount code.'

'If you have been to the festival three times or more a ticket will cost €165, if you've been once or twice a ticket will cost €185 and if you haven't been before it will cost €205.'

If you have been a few times before, check your email, as you may have already received an email with your discount code for next year's tickets. 

Loyalty Scheme tickets are available until October 25 2017. 

Next year's festival is scheduled to taje place from August 31 to September 2.

Feature image: Ruth Medjber


If you're sitting at home eating the remnants of last night's takeaway, feeling pretty miserable that the rest of the country is living it up at Electric Picnic, we have something that is bound to make you feel better.

Uploaded to SoundCloud by fairlyquicheproductions in recent days, this rap sums up the true experience of every EP reveller, and we'll be honest, we're in knots.

To the tune of Intro by The XX, the track follows the exploits of a guy at this year's Stradbally session, and chances are if you've ever attended a festival in Ireland, you've met this lad… and his mates.

This track reminds us that when it comes to music festivals, there are as many grim moments as good ones, and from the introductory checklist to the horror that is the portaloo situation, suddenly we're feeling pretty smug to be curled up on the couch.

Do yourself a favour; take a listen, and then prepare to replay over…and over… and over.


Ah Electric Picnic, the biggest Irish festival there is which marks the end of the summer and the beginning of a three-day hangover. 

With people coming from all corners of the country to pitch their tents in Stradbally, there are a few common tropes you will see over the weekend. 

We hate to play into festival stereotypes, but you have to admit that these are pretty apt: 

The Influencer

What would a festival be without a little bit of product promotion from our fave influencers?

It's actually pretty handy to have these guys and gals on Snap, otherwise you would probably forget about some of the more niche elements of the festival itself that they're hired to flog.

Their outfits will be on point and their hair will somehow perpetually look like they've just popped out of Dry & Fly, even on the Sunday. 

Most likely to be heard in the VIP section panicking that their phone is about to die and all their power banks are empty. 

The Lad™

This particular breed of festival folk is your typical hearty Irish guy. 

He just wants to have a bit of craic with the lads, and if that involves spending a few hundred quid to drink cans in a field for 12 hours a day, so be it. 

Electric Picnic often falls on a weekend of serious sporting importance, and this year is no different.

If you encounter one of these boys, feel free to let him know that they will indeed by showing the hurling final, at the Newstalk Lounge in the Mindfield area of the festival. 

The Festi-hun

You know this girl, You love this girl. You probably are this girl.

The festival gal is ready to battle through a weekend of frivolity in her Penneys leopard print wellies, and she means business.

From dragging her pals to every act to having a different flower crown for every outfit, EP would not be the same without her. 

Aren't we all this girl really? At least a little bit inside. 

The Professional Raver

This crew will have you uber-envious of their rainbow hued threads and seemingly endless supply of energy. We wonder where they get it from?

Decked out head to toe in Ireland's finest vintage store finds, the rave in the woods is her highlight of the entire festival.

When she's not bopping at The XX, she'll be found getting her braids fixed at the on-site hairdressers.

The Lost-weekender

This guy has more Baja hoodies than he can count, but he just brought the one to make space for more cans.

He'll have every festival wristband he's ever gotten looped up his wrist, and despite your warnings about the potential hygiene issue this look entails, he won't ever hear you over his horror that you've 'never even been to Sziget, man.'

His ultimate goal is to one day make it to Burning Man, but for the time being he'll survive on the EP vibes.




Extra security measures will be in place at this year's Electric Picnic to keep festival goers safe.

It is reported that armed guards will be stationed at the festival.

'We’ve been working really closely with the Gardai about that, holding tabletop exercises and really spending a lot of time with all the different agencies – talking through likely scenarios, potential scenarios,' organiser Melvin Benn told The Irish Mirror.

'Of course we’ve changed our security plan, I mean the whole of Europe has changed their security plan in every aspect of everything we do.'

'We’re not alone in that.'

An updated list of prohibited items has also been published. 

These include:

  • Smoke & Gas canisters
  • Aerosols over 250ml  
  • Fireworks or flares
  • Glass (Larger than 100ml)
  • Illegal substances, drugs, ‘legal highs’
  • Laser equipment/pens
  • Megaphones
  • ky or ‘chinese’ lanterns
  • Sound systems
  • Spray cans
  • Tabards/high viz jackets
  • Drones
  • Professional Cameras,
  • Video/ Audio Equipment
  • Weapons (anything that could reasonably considered a weapon)

Patrons are also advised to bring layers for sleeping in their tents at night, as it is set to get extremely cold.

Bright sunshine is expected during the day, as is heavy rainfall over the weekend, so prepare for every type of weather. 



Let's face it, while we may have every intention of keeping our hair perfectly styled and festival-ready throughout Electric Picnic this weekend, there's a very big possibility we'll have lost all motivation by Saturday morning.

Wouldn't it be great if there was an on-site stylist to do it for you?

Speak no more.

Get ready to rock the #HeadlinerHair of your dreams, because Aussie Hair will be on hand to revamp your tired locks, just when you need it the most.

In celebration of the launch of the new Aussie Wash + Blow In A Can, the much-loved haircare brand are bringing their 'Jhooz Bar' to this this year's festival.

Located in the Jimi Hendrix campsite, festival-goers can choose from a menu of six on-trend styles.

  • Double bun with braid

  • Loose waves

  • Braided half up

  • Braid rings

  • Braid parting

  • Double braid

Oh, and did we mention it's absolutely free of charge?

Simply book your appointment once you arrive at the festival to ensure you're rocking the ultimate festival-chic styles all weekend long.

Feature Image: Instagram 


If you’re a veritable whizz on anything and everything 90s-related, and are only dying to get your hands on Electric Picnic tickets, you need to bring you’re A-game tonight, ladies.

In order to reward those with a real grá for the 90s, Electric Ireland are running a Facebook Live #ThrowbackShow tonight, where tickets to Electric Picnic will be up for grabs!

Hosted by national treasures, Dustin the Turkey and Don Conroy, the ‘Electric Ireland Throwback Show’ will air on Facebook tonight at 8pm.

If you know your 90s nostalgia trivia inside out, then there’s a pretty high chance you’ll be living it up at Electric Picnic this weekend!

So, dust off that rucksack and take your chances against the nation’s 90s-obsessives.

We know what we’ll be doing tonight.


Earlier this year, many music fans were left disappointed after tickets for this year's Electric Picnic festival sold out in record time.

The music and arts festivals draws huge crowds to Stradbally Hall year after year, and while nothing could ever recreate the its unique and creative atmosphere, RTÉ want to bring the action to living rooms across the country.

The national broadcaster, in association with Three Ireland, have today announced details of its coverage of Ireland's largest festival.

Over the weekend (September 1 – 3), RTÉ will become your go-to destination for festival highlights, exclusive interviews and live coverage from the main stage.

On Thursday, August 31 at 11pm, Bláthnaid Treacy will look back on some of last year's stand-out performances including, Gavin James, Bell X1, NAS and The 1975.

From 8pm on Saturday, September 2, Bláthnaid and co-host, Eoghan McDermott, will be on-hand to provide dedicated Electric Picnic coverage throughout the night, with exclusive performances from mani stage headliners.

Soraiya Ryan and Emman Idama will be reporting from the 'Picnic' arena, bringing the latest news, exclusive artist interviews and festival gossip.

Brian Geraghty, RTÉ Media Sales says: “This is RTÉ's fourth year covering Electric Picnic across television, radio, digital, online and mobile, and each year we've gone from strength to strength.”

“Our audiences who can't make it to Stradbally get to experience the best of the festival from the comfort of their couch.”

Sounds good to us! 


Electric Picnic is just around the corner, but if you haven't managed to secure a ticket yet, never fear. 

There is even more reason to head down to Stradbally this September if you are a fan of 90s tunes.

Electric Ireland, the official energy partner of Electric Picnic, has announced that it will be bringing 90s nostalgia to the masses in the form of our favourite cheesy pop tunes at the Throwback Stage.

S Club Party

If the thought of bopping to 5ive and S Club Party gets you going, then head to the Throwback Stage where both acts are headlining.  

If icons Don Conroy and Dustin the Turkey bring back major memories, then prepare for a trip down memory lane.

Free tickets to the three-day festival could also be on the horizon with the help of the artist and the UNICEF ambassador(yes really).

The pair are to star on a Facebook Live game show called the ‘Electric Ireland Throwback Show’ which will air on August 23 at 8pm on the Electric Ireland Facebook page. 


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The show will feature a number of 90s nostalgia related games with Electric Ireland inviting people to tune in to win tickets. 

So dust off your old bucket hats and rewind your Weezer tapes, because a few tickets to EP could be on the line.


Electric Picnic attendees, listen up. 

As we're sure you're aware, the festival is just around the corner, and there is plenty more than music to be enjoyed at the three-day party. 

The comedy tent at the festival is famous, as it plays host to some of the finest comedians in the country. 

This year is no exception, with a stellar line-up organised. 

The likes of Al Porter, Foil, Arm and Hogs, Bill Bailey, Neil Delemere and The Rubberbandits will all be performing on the night. 

Dermot Whelan, Joanne McNally, Ryan Cullen, Jason Byrne and Phil Jupitus will also be performing. 

If you are a big comedy fan or simply want some respite from the festival madness, the comedy tent is the spot. 

We'll see you there. 


Calling all festival-goers!

There's a little bit of Thailand coming to Stradbally this year.

With just weeks to go until Electric Picnic 2017, music lovers across the country are gearing up for one of the most highly anticipated weekends of the year.

Not only does the music festival boast a killer line-up of some of the best music and comedy acts in the business, but the art, culture and general chilled-out atmosphere is what really draws in the crowds year after year.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, festival organisers announce they are shipping over 200 tonnes of sand for an authentic Full Moon Party experience.

That's right. The Just Eat Retreat  are throwing a Thailand-inspired Full Moon Party complete with sand, deckchairs, neon body paint and tropical palm trees.

What's more, a 'bespoke Posh Spice Bag' has been specifically created for the party by SABA and Just Eat waiters will be on hand to deliver some exclusive cocktails.

All tips and donations received by the Just Eat waiters and porters will be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust.

See y'all under the full moon!