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Aim to sustain is our new motto, given the current climate emergency.

We're pure delighted that ASOS Marketplace exists purely for the purpose of bringing you the hottest vintage, charity and independent store boutiques in the business.

Tracking down the best fashion pieces that are vintage or sustainable online can be a tricky challenge, but we've chosen our top 10 from the website for you. 

1. Just Harry on ASOS Marketplace: patchwork recycled denim dungarees, €171.60

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2. Em's the Label at ASOS Marketplace: festival boob tube in patchwork, €20.80

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3. Levi's on ASOS Marketplace: Vintage 80s Levi's Reworked Pocket Mom Jeans Light Wash/0217, €37.43

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4. Braderie on ASOS Marketplace: Reworked vintage floral two-piece set, €24.96

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5. Dark Paradise Vintage on ASOS Marketplace: Vintage 90s platinum blazer jacket, €50.96

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6. Dark Paradise Vintage on ASOS Marketplace, 90s gold chunky chain with diamante star pendant, €20.80

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7. Dark Paradise Vintage at ASOS Marketplace, vintage 90s Y2K metallic purple backless dress, €46.80

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8. 2Point5D at ASOS Marketplace, Reworked kitsch yellow brick road Wizard of Oz jacket, €72.80

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9. Sisterhood at ASOS Marketplace, midi slip dress in gold, €67.60

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10. Sisterhood at ASOS Marketplace, 100% sustainable cotton floral dress, €67.60

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11.  Dark Paradise Vintage on ASOS Marketplace: Vintage 90s clear PVC chunky handbag, €40.56

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Work those fierce looks all day long, safe in the knowledge that you haven't caused any more harm to the environment by contributing to the textiles industry.

Definitely try to check whether or not these storefront boutiques online package their goods in biodegradable materials as well, if you can. Sustainably slay all day.

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Best-selling cookbook author and lifestyle blogger Roz Purcell has collaborated with Just Eat to create a tasty new vegan burger for Electric Picnic.

The Natural Born Feeder has co-created the limited edition burger in partnership with festival fave Box Burger, alongside Ireland's leading food ordering and delivery app.

Even better news: You can have your chance to win sold-out VIP camping tickets by tapping the Just Eat app.

The burger is made in partnership with head chef Mitch Clarke from Box Burger, and served exclusively from ‘Flavourville’ at the Just Eat Retreat.

Roz’s limited-edition menu offering includes a delicious satay patty with sweet mango slaw served in a fluffy vegan brioche, and we're drooling already.

The Just Eat Retreat is celebrating its sixth year at the festival, with Box Burger, Platform Pizza, Daata and Arctic Stone all joining the foodie fun.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Roz’s gorgeous Vegan Box Burger is just one of the specialist cuisines topping the Flavourville bill, but we're possibly the most excited to taste the dish.

Arctic Stone, Ireland's first and finest hand-rolled ice-cream, will be serving up a host of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan friendly flavours, while Platform Pizza deliver a slice of plant-based heaven with their Vegan Pizza. 

Roz describes the meal as the ultimate festival feast; 

“I'm so excited to be partnering with Just Eat and Box Burger for this year's Electric Picnic festival.  As a big lover of Box Burger’s vegan menu, a fan of Just Eat and a regular Electric Picnic festival goer it’s so exciting to be able to order something at the festival that I've created. The burger is delicious and whether you're vegan or not, you'll love it!”

Back by popular demand, the Just Eat Picnic Porters will be stationed at the entrance of the Stradbally site to help guests bring their belongings from the car to the campsite.

Once again, all voluntary tips and donations received will go towards Just Eat's charity partners; Peter McVerry Trust.

Last year, picnic-goers generously donated over €800 of vital funds to the organisation.

Just Eat is also giving 10 lucky customers the chance to win a pair of VIP weekend camping tickets to Electric Picnic (which is sold-out as you may have heard).

Find the VIP Pass to Flavourville in your Just Eat order and you and a friend will be heading to Stradbally in style.

Simply tap the Just Eat app for breakfast, lunch or dinner delivered straight to your home or office from now until Thursday 22 August and be in with a chance to win.

The line-up this year is looking sweet, savoury and spicy; All you need to do is order a meal to possibly snatch tickets worth over €300? Damn, that sounds delish to us.

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For the August bank holiday weekend, Dr. Bronner's will collaborate with All Together Now as one of the festival's sustainability partners.

The organic, Fairtrade, biodegradable-vegan, versatile personal care brand will bring their gorgeous soaps to the festival's 'Eco Area', where the team will promote good practices.

Attendees can be educated on what changes need to be made to combat climate breakdown and encouraged to make sustainable choices in everyday life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Dr. Bronner's team will be undergoing their 'Heal Earth' campaign to promote regenerative organic agriculture.

The brand's efforts to combat climate change will be emphasised, and their product range of certified organic, biodegradable goodies will be sampled and available to buy.

Dr. Bronner's soaps will be supplied all over All Together Now's showering facilities for attendees, as well as in the backstage areas of artists like Hot Chip, The National and Patti Smith.

Paul Irwin, Director of Life’s Great said;

"We are delighted to be partnering with ‘All Together Now’ and providing attendees with ethical, environmentally friendly and fair trade Dr Bronner’s soaps while sharing the ‘Health Earth’ message which is very much aligned to the ethos All Together Now promotes".

The company was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The business remains family-owned and run, and the brand honours Emanuel Bronner's vision by making socially and environmentally-responsible products of the highest quality, while donating profits for a better world.

'We are All-One or None!' remains their mantra, and their combat climate change goals are perfect for a festival like All Together Now.

For more information on Dr. Bronner’s or to have a scope at their gorgeous goods, check out their range on Life's Great. 

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Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, innocent is bringing its own ‘60s inspired mini-festival, Goodstock to All Together Now this August Bank Holiday weekend. Goodstock will brighten festival-goers’ days with fun activities and tasty drinks.

In typical innocent fashion and tying in with the ethos behind All Together Now, the entire event will be keeping sustainability at its core. Everything, from flags made from old tents to upcycled furniture, will be used to create a fun and relaxing experience. 

Goodstock will also be hosting a timetable of activities and workshops for the crafty, the curious and the sustainably conscious. Festival-goers can participate in the live giant artwork piece ‘Butterfly Effect’ by Martina Shannon or have a go at playing the ukulele.

If neither of those are of interest, festival-goers can get their creative juices flowing at the following workshops:

Festival Essentials – Make ponchos, tote bags and other essentials from reclaimed items.

Accessories To Dye For – Turning old clothes into tie-dye psychedelic masterpieces.

Knot For The Ordinary – Learn the ancient art form of Macramé that’s all the rage again.

Rejuvenate Your State –  Come, chill, indulge in a head massage or group-led mindfulness meditation 

All Together Now attendees are invited to book workshop places by texting the WORKSHOP NAME followed by their own NAME to 085 183 6659. 

Of course, the best news is, all of the above come with some free, tasty innocent drinks.

Speaking about Goodstock, Johanne Lorge, Marketing Manager at innocent drinks, Ireland said: "All Together Now is a sustainable and environmentally friendly festival so this is a great fit for us. At innocent, we want to leave things better than we found them, and when we’re doing business, we want to do it in a way that’s good for the planet and the people on it. We’re delighted to have a platform like All Together Now where we can shout about our shared values.”

 To learn more visit innocentdrinks.ie or join the conversation on @innocentireland

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The award-winning Casa BACARDÍ® stage returns to the grounds of Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co.Laois for a 16th consecutive year from August 30 to September 1 2019 with a stellar line-up featuring Jasper James, Mark Knight, Boots & Kats, Tara Stewart and many more.

Across the sold-out festival weekend, Casa BACARDÍ will be the perfect destination to soak up the party atmosphere, encouraging music lovers to do what moves them while enjoying an Original BACARDI cocktail.

 As part of the ’Do What Moves You’ campaign, BACARDI Ireland has teamed up with DJ Tara Stewart and disco-duo Boots & Kats, renowned for their freedom of self-expression and being their true selves to bring their festival flare to Casa BACARDÍ® at Electric Picnic 2019. Casa BACARDI is regarded as one of the best festival parties in Ireland with its electrifying atmosphere and unique sound to bring people together through music. 

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Queen of the Jackathons, Heidi headlines the opening night of Casa BACARDÍ on Friday, August 30, with support from DJ and Producer, Jasper James warming up the crowd with his own brand of off-kilter house and heads down techno on the night. Support throughout the first day at Casa BACARDI, comes from long time Toast House residents, Adult Store, Orange Tree Edits DJ and Producer, Jimmy Rouge and disco-house duo Get Down Edits.

Saturday’s line-up will be headlined by Dutch duo, Detroit Swindle, renowned for exploring the boarders of electronic music with the dreamy “Tamarindus Hollandicus”. Main support on the night comes from disco and funk-duo Boots & Kats who will bring their distinctive sound, while House of Disco founder, Magnier, dominates Casa BACARDI with his eclectic ethos.

Support throughout the second day comes from Kildare natives, Mix + Fairbanks with their electronic disco sounds, Dublin’s Riff Shop, who will be returning to the Casa BACARDI stage where they made their festival debut last year, and JORDAN who will be bringing us into the early hours with his underground house mixes. 

Guaranteeing dance-floor dominance and closing the Casa BACARDÍ line up on Sunday evening is house music heavyweight and producer, Mark Knight, entertaining the Stradbally crowd with his extensive sounds of classic house and deep, electronic sets. Joining the line up on the last day of Casa BACARDÍ, electronic maestro Krafty Kuts, and King of turntables, A-Skillz will be taking to the stage in an exclusive B2B set with support from Quinton Campbell with his italo-house fuelled sounds and Dublin based DJ, Justyna Koss giving us deep electronica vibes.

The Casa BACARDÍ stage has firmly established itself as one of the best parties at Electric Picnic, designed for festival goers to enjoy an adventure of discovery, spontaneity and liberation.

Throughout the weekend, BACARDÍ bartenders will be sharing their skills with festival goers showing them how to make delicious BACARDÍ rum cocktails with their new and exciting flavours, Raspberry and Ginger.

There will also be a dedicated Mojito Bar serving Original BACARDÍ Mojitos, the timeless classic cocktail loved by leading mixologists worldwide.

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Music festivals are absolutely infamous for producing mass amount of waste, especially single-use plastic. This Dublin festival hopes to change the sustainability of their event, and we love it.

Beatyard takes place on August 3 and 4 this summer in Dun Laoghaire, with a stellar musical line-up, delicious food stalls, boat parties, pop-up fashion shops as well as games and entertainment.

Not to mention some class afterparties in The Lighthouse and Wigwam, if you have a weekend ticket. The party never stops during this August weekend, and if the sun decides to shine it's set to be stunning.

The acts scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday include Groove Armada, Jungle, Chvrches, Soulé, Erica Cody, SG Lewis, Fleetmac Wood, Mount Kimbie, Todd Terje, Grandmaster Flash and Icarus. 

Boat parties are also taking place on both days for €15 a ticket (if you have a Beatyard pass) and are hosted by Gxrl Cøde, District Magazine, The Midnight Disco and Yachty by Nature.

Eatyard will of course be making an appearance, with Teddy's ice-cream, The Vegan Queen, Lala Putine, Pieman, Hells BBQ, Zero Zero Pizza, Sweet Churro, Big Blue Bus, Handsome Burger, 3FE, Taco Truck, Crepe Box, Maki, Kono Pizza, Doghouse Dogs and Buttercream Dream.

The bar closes at 10pm each day, and gates open at 12pm. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The tickets are just €59 for one day, of €99 for the whole weekend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The festival has a new scheme for garnering help to clean-up the litter from the sesh, and it's a decent deal if we do say so ourselves.

If you volunteer and help them sort waste for just one hour, you’ll get a free ticket to the festival that day. It sounds too good to be true, honestly, but we can vouch for the legitimacy.

According to the organisers; “The main issue we have had with waste over the years was not cleaning it up, but organising the waste into the correct containers, and bags, so that nothing gets spoiled, and the waste we put away can be efficiently recycled or wasted in the correct format.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All you have to do is fill in your contact info, and then Beatyard will mail you the meeting point and information three weeks before the festival. You'll be put into a team with a specific but simple job for one hour.

What's in it for you? A free Sunday ticket or a ticket for the festival for 2020 if you’re there on Monday. They've also continued their 'Bin It To Win It' campaign, which allows you to score a free pint.

Collect a bin bag from any of the bars, fill it with plastic pint glasses, bring it back to the designated recycling point and BOOM: Free pint. It couldn't be simpler.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As if this wasn't incredible enough, the festival is also running it's eco-brick initiative to reduce non-biodegradable waste. They aim to build a DJ riser out of all the eco-bricks they create and collect.

For each two-litre eco-brick you produce, they'll give you a pint token for the bar. Drop it off at The Bernard Shaw when you get a chance and it's free pint city. Here's instructions on how to make them.

Get your tickets for Beatyard here, and sign-up for volunteering by filling out this quick form

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It's that time of the year again, when Irish people suddenly realise their obsession with rap music and flock down to Marlay Park for a sunny weekend of cans and tunes.

Like every major festival, Longitude has some valuable information regarding safety, rules, entry and transport that you all have to read before making the trek down.

First of all, the gates open at 1:30pm each day, and if you arrive to the event intoxicated then you unfortunately won't be permitted entry this weekend.

This year is set to be bigger than ever, with none other than Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and A$AP Rocky headlining the sold-out festival.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In terms of the weather, it's an outdoor event and the show must go on, in rain or shine. Longitude have released advice for dress code and crowd control:

-Please check weather conditions and dress appropriately but remember no umbrellas. There may be strobe lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics used at these events.

-Note location of Entry / Exit Gates, Emergency Exits, First Aid Posts and Water Points.

-Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personnel safety and security while attending these events. They should ensure the security of personal belongings while on route to and from and during the event i.e. purses/wallets/tickets/mobile phones. The promoter accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

-Any form of anti-social behaviour, crowd surfing, moshing or public urination will not be tolerated. The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission, or to remove from the venue, anyone taking part in these activities without a refund.

-Please move slowly and quietly when exiting the festival site and co-operate with stewards’ directions. Do not rush the exits, hang back until the main throng has dispersed for an easier journey home.

-Please co-operate with stewards and Gardaí and follow any loudspeaker announcements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An Garda Síochána has a strict zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption in public, as well as any illegal criminal or anti-social behaviour. Be on your best behaviour, lads.

The Gardaí have also asked ticket-holders to respect the property and privacy of residents in the vicinity of Marlay Park, who are going about their day as normal. 

More notes include a ban on littering in the community, and warnings against urinating in public, anti-social behaviour and illegal parking. Stewards and security will take measures to ensure the safety of all.

Travel & Transport

Transport to and from the venue is a matter for individual ticket-holders, so definitely make sure to plan and book your return travel arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Longitude have encouraged all attendees to use the available festival bus services or public transport to get to the show. If you are driving or being dropped off, try and carpool. Allow at least an extra twp hours travel time to and from the venue.

Marathon Travel are operating a bus service from Custom House Quay, in the City Centre direct to the Marlay Park Coach Park; Check out the Bus Hire website for tickets and more route info.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Travel Master are operating bus services from the following counties: Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Galway, Westmeath, Meath, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo and Roscommon to Marley Park

Check out their website here for ticket and route information.

Luas

Take the Green Line to Dundrum Luas station for the Dundrum Luas Shuttle. More route info is available here.

Dundrum Luas shuttle: Marathon Travel will operate a shuttle bus between Dundrum Luas station and Stonemasons Way, near the festival site. Visit their website here for tickets.

Swords Express are operating a special return bus service from Malahide roundabout at the Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre (R106) direct to Marlay Park.

Private buses

There is coach/bus and minibus parking available within Marlay Park, access is via College Road. It's advised that you notify the company by registering with them in advance, by emailing enquiries@festivalrepublic.com with the following info;

Your name, the number of passengers, the coach company, the name of your driver and finally the date and time of arrival and departure

If you are travelling to site using a private hire bus, coach or minibus, make sure to ask your driver to use Junction 13 off the M50.

National coach services

Matthew’s are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Dundalk, Monasterboice, Drogheda and Meath.

Farrelly’s Coaches are operating return bus services from Galway, Castlebar and Athlone.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons are delighted to be operating bus services to Marlay Park from Limerick, Nenagh, Roscrea, Portlaoise, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Clonmel.

Fosters Coaches are operating a commuter service from Monasterevin to Marlay Park.

Kelly Travel are operating a return bus service to Marlay Park from Limerick – Nenagh – Roscrea, Tipperary – Cashel – Portlaoise, Ennis – Shannon and Mitchelstown – Cahir – Ballacolla.

Irish Concert Travel are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with routes travelling via Donegal, Sligo, Ballina, Castlebar and Galway.

Wexford Bus are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, and Arklow.

For booking information, take a peek at the Longitude website here.

Dublin Bus and Go Ahead will just be operating their regular scheduled service and won't be running extra services for Longitude.  It's recommended that you plan alternative means of transport to and from the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Attendees who will be getting picked up by family and friends following the festival are advised that road closures are in place. Longitude's recommended collection point is at Our Lady’s School car park on Ballinteer Avenue.

Buses, including minibuses, will NOT be permitted to pick-up/drop-off in the local area and must use the College Road car-park instead.

A taxi pick up area will be set up at the Supervalu on Ballinteer Avenue. The promoter can't guarantee there will be taxis available after the event and advises you plan and book your return travel arrangements in advance. 

Traffic and parking delays are inevitable, so plan your route in advance and keep an eye on AA Roadwatch for reports on traffic, road works, delays etc happening along your route.

Please note that there is limited parking available in Marlay Park. The car parks will open an hour prior to the gates opening time on your ticket; 12:30pm.

The festival strongly urges you not to try and park illegally in areas around Marlay Park, in local estates or outside local homes. You'll definitely get clamped or towed so don't test them, people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Entry

Longitude have asked ticket-holders NOT to bring backpacks or large handbags. Bags larger than the size of A4 won't be allowed entry, and there will be no cloakroom or storage facilities on site.

Bags smaller than A4 will be searched at the entry point, to avoid lengthy queues, Longitude strongly advise that you don't bring a bag. Easy for the boys, harder for the girlos.

Any bags or items left at entrance or the surrounding area will be removed and thrown out. The festival has a strict no alcohol policy, implemented on private buses and public transport heading to the site as well.

There will be a meeting point inside both arena entrances, and wristbands removed from the wrist or tampered with in any way will be noted as invalid and won't be replaced.

Longitude also advise you not to buy tickets from unofficial sources.

Prohibited items

Alcohol, Glass, Aerosols, Spray cans, Illegal/unidentifiable substances, Inflatable and fold up furniture, Umbrellas, Flares and metal reusable bottles are a number of items that are not permitted on site.

Searching is a condition of entry. Any item(s) which may be reasonably considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated. Please allow plenty of time to get into the event, and for festival entry procedures, ticket checks and searches.

No professional cameras or cameras with a detachable lens, video cameras & audio recording devices, iPads or GoPros are allowed either, so leave the professional photography penchant at home.

Any items deemed prohibited will be confiscated and not returned. The full list of items are on the website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Age policy

No unaccompanied under 16’s are allowed on site. All under 16’s require a ticket to the event and must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult, parent or guardian over 18.

You may be asked to prove your age with photo ID or you will be refused admission. Acceptable forms are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving Licence Acceptable forms of ID for Under 18’s are: School or College ID PLUS a colour copy of your in-date passport.

All ID’s must be in date, and all Longitude bars operate a Challenge 21 policy. Some areas on site are over 18’s only (Logic and Heineken Live Your Music) Acceptable forms of proof of age are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving-Licence.

Disabled access

Disabled customer parking is accessed via College Road. Please contact access@festivalrepublic.com to register and for other non-ticket related enquiries.

If you have any general queries or accessible requests that has not been addressed in the event information provided.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ticketmaster

Credit Card/Box Office collections will be located at the entrance off Grange Road, opposite Centra and Lidl, and College Road Arena Entrance in the coach and car parks.

For non-ticket related queries please email enquiries@festivalrepublic.com. The festival will take place this weekend, from July 5 to July 7. 

That's the 411, folks. Enjoy the festival (in a safe and responsible manner, like your parents are watching you). Steer cleer of the mud at all costs.

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Is anyone else personally offended by the idea of sleeping on the ground during festival season, worried about the state of your tents and the noise of drunken gangs of lads all night?

Well, if you're feeling the diva vibe like we are, you'll be delighted with these Airbnb gems we've found.

After camping at Electric Picnic last year with intensely bad back issues, never again will I twist my spine in such a way. Only a bed will do for my demands.

The properties are near enough to the festivals that you can stroll on in any time of the day or night, but far enough away to get some peace, quiet and good sleep. We're sold, honestly.

Image credit: Flickr/Tim Callaghan

Our top music and arts festivals are fast approaching this summer, and hosts on Airbnb are expanding accommodations options beyond camping fields…Thank the Lord.

Putting a roof over your head this festival season has never been so easy. From Waterford, Westmeath, Bundoran's surf town in Donegal, Stradbally or Meath, Airbnb has a host for everyone.

Check out these fabulous homes near the key Irish music festivals; whether it's floating pods, stunning homes or earth houses; round off your summer season with style.

21 – 23 June: Kilrush, Co. Westmeath

Image: Kilrush Marina glamping pods

These adorable floating glamping pods would be ideal to stay in, as they're moored in the sheltered waters of Kilrush Marina along with the boats.

Each pod in this Clare hideaway has an outdoor seating area, a double and single bed, a kitchen and use of Marina Centre facilities like showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, toilets and free parking.

Kilrush town centre is also in close proximity, so you're not too far away from all the fun.

21- 23 June: Bundoran, Co. Donegal (Sea Sessions)

Image: Bundoran home in County Donegal 

Bundoran is the ultimate Irish seaside town, and a massively popular surfing area with some of the best waves on the east coast.

Staying on the beach at Sea Sessions can be a tricky one with all that Atlantic wind, trust us. This cool and comfortable coastal home is located in a quiet suburb, but is walking distance away from the town and river.

The house can fit over seven guests, with three bedrooms and an open plan kitchen. The true seaside feel with views of Tullaghan would be a great option, rather than getting blown away in your tent.

19-21 July: Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Image: Blessington house in County Wicklow

Ballymore Eustace is a stunning town in Wicklow, and who wouldn't want such a comfortable home to stay in for a weekend of music, losing your friends in crowds and getting covered in mud?

This modern, comfy house is located on the outskirts of the town, and is the ideal place for exploring the county as well as the festival. It's also near the direct route to Dublin, the 65.

The Angler's Rest can house seven guests easily, with three bedrooms and seven beds. Zero tents: Zero problems.

16-18 August: Killyon Manor, Co. Westmeath

The Cottage in Co. Westmeath

This hidden little gem is located in the picturesque town of Killucan, and the place is just a one minute walk from shops and local pubs, and 15 minutes drive from Mullingar town.

It can house four guests, and has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The private garden would be perfect for festival pre-drinks, and the rooms are all warm, sparkling clean and spacious.

2-4 August: Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford

Image: Riverside apartment, Waterford city

Why stay in a tent that's about five seconds from blowing away with a light breeze when you can have a whole apartment?

This airy, spacious apartment on the Waterford river is seriously impressive. Situated in the centre of the city, it's in a great location for all the key tourist sites and shopping areas.

The balcony has some unreal views of the river and boats, and the space itself has a king/twin bedroom and a comfy sofa bed.

Imagine, you have a kitchen, dishwasher, and a shower? For a festival? WOW.

30 August – 1 September: Stradbally, Co. Laois

Image: Earth House in Stradbally

Anyone who has camped at Electric Picnic and lived to tell the tale will tell you that it's a little too close to nature. This earth house allows you to feel relaxed while having a truly eco experience.

Located on two acres of rural bliss near Ballintubbert and Stradbally, it's equipped with underfloor heating, a green roof, Mexican clay tilted floor, three double bedrooms and a beautiful vaulted ceiling.

We're blown away by the round earth house, with the windows running across the south side of the house to provide passive solar heating. A masonry stove will also keep you warm.

The home has two double bedrooms, and the beautiful garden yurt also can also fit two double beds inside, so the place can house a big group of music lovers. Enjoy your back not being sore this year.

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Festivals are one of the worst places in the world when it comes to dumping unrecyclable trash on the ground, which goes straight into landfill.

This year, Body & Soul have roped in the legendary US junk artist Shrine to create an installation to highlight Ireland's need to recycle small electronic waste.

EPA Research has emphasised that our country hoards small electronic items rather than recycling them, almost as if they can't decide if it's trash or treasure. Answer: Your trash, somebody else's treasure.

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The European Recycling Platform (ERP) have now partnered with Body & Soul to commission a large-scale installation made from small household electronic waste.

The installation is set to appear at Body & Soul, which remains Ireland's leading creative festival during the summer, taking place in Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath this weekend (June 21 – June 23).

Australian eco-builder, Harrison Gardner has agreed to collaborate with Shrine to co-create a massive, illuminated tetrahedron from salvaged and recycled electronic materials, collected by ERP Ireland.

They plan on naming the installation 'SOLAS', and it's staged to be a glowing beacon of light at the festival site. It will be a whopping six metres tall and will be clad in materials like phones, chargers, laptops, cables etc.

Basically all of our old sh*t that we dumped in a drawer five years ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a research study: A Community Based Social Marketing Approach for Increased Participation in WEEE Recycling (ColectWEEE).

The behaviour and attitudes of Irish people to recycling small electronic items was examined, and accelerating tech development has increased the consumption of electronic goods but it reduces their lifespan.

People have a strange relationship with their possessions, and it's fairly clear that Irish people have a hoarding culture. I'm fairly sure I still have my iPod nano from 2009…

ERP Ireland hope that SOLAS will act as a call to action to the Irish public to stop hoarding unused or useless smaller electrical items in their homes. ERP want to increase the collection rate of the items.

CEO of ERP Ireland, Martin Tobin, expressed his pride at the future installation: "We are delighted to partner with Body & Soul to commission SOLAS – an incredible piece of artwork.

"Body & Soul places sustainability at the heart of everything they do, and we are delighted to be part of their 10th Year of Joy Anniversary of the festival. We are incredibly grateful to Shrine and Harrison Gardner for creating such a breath-taking installation. I think the finished piece speaks for itself.”

Shrine spoke about his joy at the message behind SOLAS: "I have worked on projects in countless countries on nearly all seven continents but a project with an important message such as this, always stands out to me.

"I cherish creating art from items discarded by humans all over the world, these can always be repurposed into something new and beautiful.”

You can recycle your e-waste at your local electrical retailer even without a purchase or at your local recycling centre, free of charge or one of ERP’s Free Electrical Recycling Drop Off events held across the country.

Final Weekend Tickets and Limited Edition Sunday Tickets for Body & Soul are on sale via their website.

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One of the biggest bands in the world have teased a potential Glastonbury headline show in 2020, and we are SHAKING.

Fleetwood Mac hinted that the festival's 50th anniversary would be the perfect place for the music legends to make their first appearance, saying they "have a big field to play."

The band's co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood dropped major hints at their Wembley show last Sunday, saying that Worthy Farm could be in the works.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mentioning playing “a rained-out festival in England next year”, fans at the show lost their damn minds, understandably.

Concert-goers quickly spread the news all over Twitter about the less-than-subtle clues about the highly-anticipated festival.

The band have never played Glastonbury, with 71-year-old Mick recently admitting that the group would "burn in hell" if they never accepted the slot as the headline act.

The rocker told The Independent that Fleetwood Mac have been approached about the opportunity: "Of course, we’ve been asked to play and it’s never worked out.

"I think I’ll burn in hell if we don’t do it one day," he added. Indeed they would.

This years' Glastonbury will be headlined by Stormzy, The Cure and The Killers.

Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, Mike Campbell, and Neil Finn would presumably take the top billing if they took the slot, and we're saying our prayers already.

Bear in mind, these rumours are based on a couple of concert-goers' fan tweets, and could be speculation.

We can still dream though, can't we?

Feature image: Instagram/@fleetwooddmac

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Avid gig-goers are going to be overjoyed with the never-ending list of gigs happening across Ireland this summer. It seems like there is a concert happening every other day here on the Emerald Isle.

Heineken® Live Your Music is set to dominate the music scene this summer across Ireland's biggest festivals and live gigs.

Heineken® Live Your Music will bring unforgettable live music moments to Electric Picnic and Longitude and Gig-lovers can also enjoy a refreshing Heineken® at Malahide Castle, Trinity Summer Series, Independent Park and so many more throughout the summer.

As always, Heineken® Live Your Music encourages music-lovers to tune into fresh new sounds, revel in epic experiences and share them with friends. Staying true to this, festival season kicks off with an epic line-up announcement for Longitude which will see Erica Cody, PrYmary Colours and George Feely take to the Live Your Music stage.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You never know what artist or band you’ll stumble upon on the smaller stages this summer. Plus, once they storm up the charts you can brag to your friends about how you saw them ‘before they were cool’.

Longitude will take place in Marlay Park from July 5 until July 7, 2019. We cannot wait to head along and catch our favourite Erica Cody on the Live Your Music stage.

To discover music that moves you and epic unforgettable experiences, with access to podcasts, exclusive events and the chance to win tickets to all the summer’s best festivals and gigs, sign up to Heineken® Live Your Music at HeinekenMusic.ie.

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It's that time of the year again, where we all crack out the Wellington boots, pretend the weather is higher than 18 degrees Celsius and pour glitter all over ourselves for no apparent reason.

Yes, I'm talking about festival season. With the planet in a state of climate disaster, it makes perfect sense why a growing number of festivals are banning glitter across the world.

Glitter takes years to break down, like plastic and other similar materials, but that doesn't mean you can't find amazing biodegradable versions for all your summer fun plans.

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As it turns out, you can be savvy about the environment while dancing the night away in a field simultaneously.

There are a huge amount of fantastic brands emerging which promote sustainability and recyclable materials, but we've made a list of our top ten biodegradable glitter options.

You'll thank us when your conscience remains clear while singing your heart out drunk to a band you don't know at Electric Picnic.

1. EcoStardust Peacock Biodegradable Glitter

Buy: ASOS
Price: €8.30

2. Dolls Kill 'Go Get Glitter' Anchor Up biodegradable glitter 

Buy: Dolls Kill
Price: €8.84

3. Festival Face biodegradable chunky glitter

Buy: Beauty Bay
Price: €5.50

4. In Your Dreams Biodegradable Glitter – Gold & Silver

Buy: ASOS
Price:  €8.30

5. BOD Mermaid Body biodegradable glitter gel – Silver

Buy: ASOS
Price: €6.91

6. Primark PS…Festival collection of biodegradable glitter

Buy: Penneys (prices from €2.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Sleek MakeUP 'Glitterfest' biodegradable glitter – Gold 10g

Buy: Look Fantastic
Price: €6.45

8. Eco-Glitter Fun

Buy: Eco-Glitter Fun (prices from €4.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Muobo 

Buy: Make Up or Break Up, prices from €4.50

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Bleach London Glitterati

Buy: Bleach London (prices from €5.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The prices are insanely affordable, so it's one of the easiest switches you can make in your lifestyle to improve sustainable festival fun.

Enjoy the Tinkerbell sparkle explosions, guilt-free of course.

happy party GIF by Cutters

Feature image: EDMTunes 

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