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When we're bopping around a major festival like Electric Picnic, it's difficult enough to even run in to our friends, let alone a major celebrity. 

However, at this year's EP, Game of Thrones fans were in luck, with one prominent cast member wandering around Stradbally among them. 

Natalie Dormer, aka Margaery Tyrell, was chilling down at the festivals now iconic Casa Bacardi area, where there was apparently no shortage of celebs as well as no shortage of craic. 

She relaxed backstage with Irish personalities such as Holly Carpenter and the Kehoe sisters. 

Natalie was spotted on the Sunday of the festival, ahead of sets by the likes of George Ezra, Nile Rodgers and The Prodigy. 

St Vincent and The Kooks also played on the night, with Joey Negro and Krafty Kuts headlining at Casa Bacardi. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress opted for a low-maintenance look, donning a chic brown boiler suit. 

She added a pair of comfy black runners, and completed the look with oversized shades to frame her face. 

We'll be on the look out for the rest of the cast in Stradbally next year…

 

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The marks and scars from EP are only starting to fade as we withdraw from a weekend of a lifetime.

As we scrub the remainder of the glitter off our bodies, and reminisce about living in a tent – we received the BEST news. 

It's time to clean up your bank account, open the laptop and book NEXT year's tickets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's all systems go: time to act fast as they go on sale TODAY and punters have started to snap them up at 9 am this morning.

The epic festival will be making its 2019 comeback to Stradbally.

You need to head to Ticketmaster to secure your purchase and don't delay.

These bad boys sell like hot cakes and usually disappear in record timing. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're a seasoned EP goer, and been to the event three times or more, a ticket will set you back €165.

If you've explored the campsite and music twice, you'll be coughing up €185.

And if you're a total EP virgin, it's time to pop the cherry and find €205 to spurge on a ticket. 

For all the info your need on 2019 ticket prices, instalment plans and claiming your discount code, take a visit to the Electric Picnic website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This might be the best Friday, and an opportunity to make more memories like last weekend.

Sure if you're broke after buying the tickets, get your friends to pool in for a bag of cans, head to a field, and it will feel as if you're already back in the campsite.

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You know when you meet a younger person who oozes talent and makes you feel like an inadequate human being?

Get ready to feel like that again.

Meet Jack Ó Conghaile, a teenager who has more musical talent in one fingernail, than we do in our entire bodies.

The teenager took George Ezra's summer bop, 'Shotgun' and gave it the As Gaeilge treatment.

His vocals sound extremely similar to Ezra, which confused some people in the comments section.

"Is that his real voice? Voice doesn't match the youth of the guy," asked one spectator.

The video was uploaded to TG Lurgan's Youtube channel as Jack had created the version of the tune as part of the Irish language summer school’s ‘Cúrsa D’.

'Shotgun' went down a treat at Electric Picnic over the weekend, where George belted out the lyrics as the crowd sang along.

However, some are now saying that they prefer Jack's cover to the original.

If that wasn't enough to make you feel bad about your lack of ability, this isn't Jack's first video.

The teenager also takes centre stage in Dua Lipa's 'Scared to be Lonely', where he whips out a fiddle and starts playing.

It wouldn't surprise us if Jack was up on stage at Electric Picnic at some point in the future.

In the meantime, we are looking forward to seeing the covers the incredibly talented teen comes up with.

Now, we are off to try and discover a secret talent we haven't tapped into yet. 

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Irish nannies are class. They always tell us their opinion, whether we agree with it or not, but in the nicest way possible.

And not only are they the best cooks we know, but they always take the best care of us.

No one knows that better than young Adam Healy in Meath.

He is one of the many flocking to Co. Laois for Electric Picnic this weekend, ready to set up camp for a few days filled with good fun and great music.

But before he could pack up the car and go, his nana wanted to make sure the lad looked after himself.

Like most nannies, she could not bear the fact that someone she loves could possibly have an empty stomach.

So, she came over to her grandson’s house and gave him a hand-packed lunch for his upcoming trip.

She left him a big bag full of delicious apples along with a lovely handwritten note that read: “Adam, have a great weekend, mind yourself. Love, Nana xxx.”

The grandson was so grateful for his nanny’s thoughtfulness that he shared a photo of the lunch on Twitter.

“Hello my nana just dropped over apples (long story) and this note before EP.

“Happy Electric Picnic Eve everyone xx,” he captioned it.

We can’t help but relate to Adam’s heartwarming response and take a minute to appreciate our nanas as well.

Now, he is all set for a grand time at EP with food, friends, and love from family sent his way.

Sure, the only thing he is missing is a cuppa, but that is something nana’s are never in short supply of.

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It's T minus 24 hours until we'll be heading off, backpack loaded down with cheaps cans and glitter, to Electric Picnic and we're sick with excitement.

Bring on three days of camping, dancing, and soaking up everything that the Stradbally festival has to offer.

If you're anything like us, you'll be up at the crack of dawn buzzing to go and get on the road.

If not, you might wanna reconsider your travel plans for tomorrow morning, EP organisers have warned.

They have told the expected 50,000 revellers to to give themselves a bit more time than usual to get to the campsite due to major roadworks. 

"We are urging everyone heading to Electric Picnic this Friday to give themselves plenty of time as roadworks are likely to considerably add to journey times," a spokesperson said.

"We would strongly recommend people to leave as early as possible and also to car pool if possible."

Sounds doable, right?

The on-going roadworks on the M7 are to blame for this as they have reduced junctions 8-11 to just two lanes with a 60km/hr speed limit on this stretch of road. 

Annoying as it may be, who wants to get held up in traffic when they could be chilling out in the Jimi Hendrix campsite?

 

Where it all begins. #ElectricPicnic

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If you're wondering what kind of clothes to pack, it looks like the weekend is set to be mainly dry with a mix of cloud and sunshine – we'll take that!

Sunday, bowever, might get a bit rainy so chuck in a raincoat just in case. 

While we want to have fun at EP, we can't forget that safety should always come first. 

Festival boss Melvin Benn has said to "behave safely and behave well but come and have the craic".

Sounds good to us – now roll on tomorrow! 

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There is excitement in the air as there are mere days to go until Electric Picnic. We’ve been busy packing our bags, fretting about how to put up a tent and stocking up on cans and dry shampoo as the ultimate music events approaches.

Electric Picnic is one of Ireland’s most loved festivals that tends to sell out nearly every year. Gardaí have asked people hoping to buy tickets to the festival to be wary as there are fake tickets floating around.

They’ve told music lovers to be on the lookout for fake tickets. Fake print-at-home tickets for Electric Picnic are being sold online.

They said the print-at-home ticket format has not been used for Electric Picnic and they would recommend that the public do not buy from unauthorised or unknown sources. An Garda Síochána is also warning that third party payment sites are being used to take money off unsuspecting fans in these scams.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan said: “We are working closely with the organisers to prevent fans being left disappointed by the activities of criminals.”

 

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He added: “It is important to stress that the print-at-home format is not being used for Electric Picnic and that the public only buy tickets from authorised sources.”

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois from August 31 to September 2, 2018.

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If you're heading to Electric Picnic this year, don't miss out on the award-winning Casa Bacardí stage. 

Latin street culture meets modern day legends of sound at this stage which features a stellar line up of DJs throughout the weekend. 

Percussive and tribal house DJ Melé headlines the opening night of Casa Bacardí on Friday, 31st August at 8pm. This will be followed by iconic house duo, CamelPhat from 10pm who bring their timeless, authentic silky-synth sounds to the stage.

Electro-funk DJ and Zoo Project Ibiza resident, DJ Cici and RTÉ Pulse’s Existence DJ and Producer Dan Stritch will be performing earlier that afternoon. 

Saturday’s line-up will be headlined by Felix Da Housecat, taking to the stage at 10pm.

Renowned for his eclectic mix of sounds from resolute acid and techno warrior, to avant-garde nu-skool electro-disco, Felix Da Housecat is sure to get the festival crowd fired up.

Day two will also see Boots & Kats and A-Skillz hit the stage from 6pm. 

Dublin DJ Duo Claire Beck & Ciara Brady B2B and curveball classic maestro DJ Nialler9 will also take to the stage that day. 

Bringing the sold-out festival to a close on Sunday, 2nd September is disco-infused house master, Joey Negro entertaining the Stradbally crowd from 10pm with his extensive sounds of rare disco and classic house sets.

Further live performances on Sunday include electronic maestro Krafty Kuts, DJ FLIP, DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, Electro DJ Duo, Modern Magic, The Jar’s DJ Jamie Byrne and Sax & Percussion DJs Riff Shop from 12pm. 

The full list of stage times can be downloaded from the BACARDÍ Facebook page www.facebook.com/Bacardiireland or from www.electricpicnic.ie.

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The final festival of the Irish summer is fast approaching, and the thought of packing for it is already exhausting.

We’ve decided to make things a little easier for you by rounding up our festival beauty essentials list, so you don’t even have to think about what to add to the contents of your beauty bag.

NOTE Ultra Black Dipliner €5.95,  PS… Brow Gel Mascara, €1.50

Starting with the eyes, most of us like to slather on the eye makeup for a festival, to make a statement without a huge amount of effort.

If you want to look ‘done’ without a full face, then a lashing of mascara teamed with these two products is the way to go.

First up, a simple brow gel from Penneys much-loved PS… range (which is now certified cruelty-free, btw). This gel is tinted, adding definition to sparse brows while tidying fuller ones.

To make tired. three-day-weekend eyes stand out, a slick and flick of winged liner will do the trick, and NOTE Cosmetics does a douzy of one, in an ultra-black opaque formulation.

e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow €7.25, KISS Blow Out Lash €6.00

For an elevated eye look, we’re all about the one step eyeshadow. At a festival, there’s no time to be faffing about with cut creases and blending.

e.l.f has launched a range of metallic liquid eyeshadows, for a shimmery eye look in one brush stroke. It’s also enriched with Purified Water and Vitamin E to help hydrate the skin – essential at a festival for tired eyes.

If you’re not a lash extensions gal, a pair of fluffy eyelashes can take your festival makeup look from afternoon bop to rave in the woods real quick.

We’re hankering after the new Blow Out Lash line from KISS, who are bringing you the wispy lash look on a budget.

PrettyLittleThing In your dreams tahitian gold face gems €9.80

For some added sparkle and as a finishing touch, we’re all about the face gems.

While the more the merrier seems to be the look du jour, there’s nothing wrong with a more subtle sparkle – like these Tahitian games from PrettyLittleThing.

With just 3 gem clusters making up the set, it’s a classic but low maintenance festival look.

Uriage Thermal Water Spray 50ml €5.00, Garnier Skin Naturals Quilted Cleansing Wipes €2.49, PAYOT Déodorant Fraîcheur Energisant €13.95

While makeup is a pleasant addition to a festival look, we also need a few other beauty essentials in our arsenal.

If we’re lucky enough to get hot weather, a refreshing cool-down thermal spray is a must have to avoid dried-out skin and general over heating. Uriage Thermal Water Spray has the highest concentration of minerals and trace elements of any spray out there, so we’re packing a mini version in our side pocket.

Makeup removal can be a tall order when you’re falling into a tent at 5am, so frankly while we know makeup wipes are a skin sin, you can’t really pack a festival makeup bag without them. We’re opting for these Garnier Cleansing Wipes that even take off waterproof makeup.

Lastly, we want to take a really good deodorant with us (just in case the queue for the showers is outrageous). PAYOT Déodorant Fraîcheur Energisant has the most divine scent of bamboo and green tea, keeping us fresh to death all weekend long.

Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Shampoo €11.95, Garnier Fresh-Mix Face Sheet Shot Mask With Vitamin C €5.95 from pharmacies

Now, once you manage to drag yourself home on the Monday, you may want to take on some pampering tasks to make you look human again for work on Tuesday (S.O.S).

First up is a shower, obviously, but while you’re in there blondies, you may want to take account of the damage your processed locks could have acquired from three days of sun. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Shampoo banishes brassiness and will have your blonde looking so fresh it will seem like you stepped out of a Stradbally salon rather than a field.

Once the kettle is boiling and you have the hair up in a towel, it’s time to address the skin issue. Understandably, once all the glitter has been washed away, your skin may resemble a mountain precipice – slightly grey and a little bumpy after three days and nights of drinking.

A serum infused sheet mask will sort you right out, and we’re lusting after the good work of Garnier, who have served up a Vitamin C Shot Tissue Mask.

Vitamin C is a skin saviour, with anti ageing and brightening benefits. If your skin cant wait, you could even pop it on on the bus home from the festival.

Festival beauty bag, sorted.

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The final festival of the summer is looming, and like most of the attendees, we're already trying to plan what we want to wear. 

However, that planning process is pretty difficult when we have no idea what kind of weather we can expect from the weekend. 

Luckily, the first forecasts are out, and we're hoping they improve as we get closer to Electric Picnic. 

 

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According to Accuweather, the outlook isn't so sunny for the upcoming festival. 

On the Friday, revellers descending on Stradbally can expect 'considerable cloudiness' with a 25% chance of rain. 

On Saturday, when Massive Attack headlines, it's likely to rain, with a 55% chance of the heavens opening above the campsites. 

 

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On a potentially muddy Sunday, the rain should clear, with highs of 18 degrees celcius and a mere 25% chance of rain.  

All three night spent in tents will feel lows of 10 degrees celcius, so bring a blanket, a hoody and some fluffy socks for sleeping in. 

Moral of the story? Pack a poncho, just in case. 

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We are well into festival season, which has been speculator thanks to some decent Irish sun.

As Electric Picnic draws closer, we cannot contain our excitement.

But before you get the kicks out, glitter on and rock the double buns, you have to plan what and who you're gonna see at the epic festival.

Lucky for you, we and Electric Ireland have one to pencil into the weekend-long fun.

Electric Ireland clearly got the memo about how much we adore bobbin' to our fav ninety tracks.

They've put together a Throwback Stage line-up and announced that B*witched are to headline. (FAN-GIRL SCREAMING)

 

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We are clearly thrilled with seeing our gals, Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinéad O'Carroll belt out ‘C’est La Vie’. 

We can't forget "Rollercoaster", "To You I Belong" and "Blame It on the Weatherman" which all smashed their way to number one in the English and Irish charts, upon their release.

We highly recommend that you splash that colour and rock the 90s denim ​​​​​​as you dance along to the nostalgia.

 

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Past throwback line-ups brought by Electric Ireland has seen some of our golden oldies like 5ive, S Club Party, Ace of Base, Bonnie Tyler, 2 Unlimited, The Vengaboys and Bananarama. 

If you don't know any of these acts, you're dead to us – joking – but check them out on Youtube as they hold a special place in our heart.

Additionally, for extra brownie points go check out the acts in this year's line-up during the festival.

The full-line up for the throwback fun is due to be released shortly.

Electric picnic will be held on August 31 to September 2nd.

For anyone who managed to secure tickets, I hope you feel the jealousy seeping through the screen.

Hope isn't entirely lost, as some lucky duck will win a pair of weekend tickets by shareing a screenshot of ‘C’est La Vie’ streaming on Spotify using #ThrowbackStage and tag @ElectricIreland on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

May the odds forever be in your favour.

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Electric Picnic attendees, have I got some amazing festival related news for you. 

Returning to Electric Picnic this year is the absolutely bopping Casa Bacardi, who always showcase some of the finest talent on their DJ decks.

For 15 years, the stage has been serving up some of the finest choonz alongside the most refreshing cocktails available at the festival (just sayin'). 

 

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Electric Picnic 2018 is no exception, with DJ, Melé headlining the opening night of Casa Bacardi on Friday night, 31st August, followed by iconic house duo, CamelPhat.

Support on the night comes from DJ Nialler9  and Zoo Project Ibiza resident and former Fade Street star DJ CiCi.

Acid House and techno fans will be delighted to hear that Saturday night will bring Felix Da Housecat to the headline decks, with Boots & Kats, A-Skill and DJ Deece also taking to the stage. 

 

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Joey Negro will close Casa Bacardi on Sunday night, alongside Krafty Kuts and DJ FLIP.

Fingers crossed the weather maintains it's good behaviour so was can bop along all night – although lets be real, with this line up, we'd be there mid downpour. 

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Ah festival season, which marks the start of the summer and the beginning of many three-day hangovers. 

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

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, festival season 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 niche acts are her calling.

When she's not bopping at an exceptionally cool DJ set you've never heard of, 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 Irish festi vibes.

 

 

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