Electric Picnic

News and reviews live from day three at Stradbally

Leonie Corcoran, Dominique McMullan, Louise Bruton Sun, Sep 3
 
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  • 10:35
    Good morning! Have you the car packed? Have you the tickets printed? Have you the sleeping bag borrowed? Have you the suncream stuffed in the socks, stuffed in the hat, stuffed in the wellies just in case? Because it's time for Electric Picnic 2017!!!
  • 10:38
    This is Laurence Mackin and for the next few hours I'll be running the
    live blog while the rest of the team assemble, like avengers but paler and weaker.

    If you're on the road down, if you have a question, if you've got a request, tweet me @laurencemackin and we'll do our best to answer it.
  • 10:41
    Here's a little romantic picture I took last night as the sunset and the mist came in and the spirit of the Picnic was being summoned and I realised how bleedin' freezing it was
    Here's a little romantic picture I took last night as the sunset and the mist came in and the spirit of the Picnic was being summoned and I realised how bleedin' freezing it was
  • 10:45
    Speaking of which - let's talk forecasts. Today temperatures will range from 15 to 18 degrees during the day with not a drop of rain forecast. At night though it drops to about 8 degrees. Remember though Stradbally always feels a few degrees cooler to coastal areas and the temperature drop off around 7pm is serious. There has been a really cold mist down here the past day or two also. So bring lots and lots of layers. I was genuinely frozen last night when going to sleep.
  • 10:49

    I should point out that this isnot Harry McGee. Harry has a proper job and the respect of his peers. I am sitting in a blue metal shed out the back of Electric Picnic wondering where it all went right.  



  • 10:53

    If you're still planning your EP attack, here's our complete guide with stage times, driving directions, security advice and basically everything we could think of.  

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/electric-picnic-a-complete-guide-to-the-best-festival-of-the-year-1.3203295

  • 11:00


  • 11:01

    That's a really interesting tip from Conor Steenson. I haven't a notion if there is a grain of truth in it. But I like his style.  



  • 11:07

    Now maybe you're the kind of person who has methodically planned out your day, has the timetable all highlighted and ready to go, got plenty of sleep last night and will stay hydrated all weekend. Or maybe you've just shoved a duvet and a six pack into a Dunnes bag and headed for  Laois. If se, we have you covered: here's a roadmap for the best of Friday's action  

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/electric-picnic-our-guide-to-friday-s-early-action-1.3204781



  • 11:16
    All weekend the Irish Times Arts and Ticket team will be onsite, producing a special edition of the Ticket, which we'll distribute around the campsites on Saturday and Sunday. So keep an eye our for our team of writers and reporters - and our photographers Dave Meehan and Brenda Fitzsimons
  • 11:18
    My breakfast has arrived! All is well with the world  
  • 11:20

    For those of you not Electric Picnic we'll have all the news, features and colour from the last of the summer parties. If like me you suffer from FOMO this is probably not the best place for you to be



  • 11:27

    Let it be noted that Una Mullally's car wouldn't start this morning and she still made it on site before all the other workshy writers.  



  • 11:31

    I was at a media site visit here on Tuesday and someone asked Melvin Benn if Festival REpublic had any intention of lengthening the festival to four days. There was no enthusiasm for that (and I don't think there is demand for it) but they are certainly stretching themselves a little more this year. CAmpers could book in for early campsite tickets and several thousand people arrived down last night to set up early. A lot of the stages are open tonight where in previous years it was just a handful, and things are properly kicking off in most places around the 5pm mark.  



  • 11:31
    Weather update: GLORIOUS. And my coffee pot is ready  
  • 11:34
    I took a shneaky spin through the woods last night. Check out the art in the trees when your strolling through the stages. It's really lovely and atmospheric.  
  • 11:35
    I would also imagine that most of you will be making a beeline from the Red Bull Soundome. IT's quite the trip. 45 calibrated speakers in a dome around you and your mates, with five speakers/subwoofers in the floor beneath you. The sound is super crisp and physical. It'll be well worth the inevitable queue to get in.  
  • 11:45

    Other new things we've spotted so far: the Hot House polytunnel restaurant. You grab a seat and order off a big menu of suppliers. And waiters bring your booze and food to you. There are lobster rolls. There better be champagne to go with it becuase yes we packed our notions.  



  • 11:45
    TRAFFIC UPDATE: Una just arrived on site and there is NONE. Expect that to change though in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...  
  • 11:49

    Are you in a car? Tweet me @laurencemackin with pics and gossip. Do you need some tunes? Our VBF Nialler9 has done this terrific EP 2017 mixtape. Get shtuck in lads


    https://soundcloud.com/nialler9/nialler9-electric-picnic-mixtape-2017

     

  • 11:54

    Oooooh. Pretty things  

     


  • 11:55
    So last year's Friday night highlight was Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Tonight she's back, and Mo K is coming along for a double header of whopper tunes. Can. Not. Wait.  
  • 12:02

     

    We for one are delighted  



  • 12:09
    We're shameless with our branding this year  
    We're shameless with our branding this year  
  • 12:12
  • 12:30
    More traffic news from our assembling masses. Traffic plan is full in place so expect to get directed around the houses a bit to get you in safely and orderly. Queues are now forming up so expect to be in your car for a bit at this point.  
  • 12:31
    IMPORTANT NEWS JUST IN: the headers in SuperValu in Stradbally have  a set of decks and tunes going in the middle of the shop. Respect  
  • 12:48
    Don't forget to check out our second Irish Times outpost at #ep2017. You'll find our little blue caravan in the Trailer Park area. Come in and say hello.  
  • 12:49
  • 12:51

    This is sacrosanct. Also no rain will dampen spirits in our copy.  

     


  • 13:03

    I may have talked a LOT about how cold it was last night. But right now you need ALL the sunblock. The weather is beautiful here.  



  • 13:04


  • 13:49

    Things have gone a bit quiet as we are having our editorial meeting where everyone argues about who gets to review Young Fathers  



  • 14:01
  • 14:04
    Hello Picnicers, Una Mullally here taking the live blog by the horns for the next couple of hours.

    The sun is only belting down in Stradbally right now, so get your sunscreen on. I think there was a song about that...
  • 14:10
    This is the weather we're looking at right now. Scorchio!
    This is the weather we're looking at right now. Scorchio!
  • 14:13
    Poutine has hit the Picnic. Very much looking forward to chowing down on some cheese curds and gravy at Lala Poutine in the Mindfield area.

    They are located near the Hotpress tent.
  • 14:20
    Friends of the Earth just called around to the Irish Times shed.

    They're asking Leo Varadkar to create a fair payment for solar power for those who want to sell energy to the national grid. Last year at the Picnic, he signed their petition, but it's unsure whether the Taoiseach will be down on site this weekend.
  • 14:24
    Some serious money-making and waste-saving stats for you right now.

    You'll notice in the bars that drinks have a 20c surcharge. This 20c can be redeemed by bringing your cup to a Friends of the Earth recycling point on site, of which there are three, one just by the main stage.

    Last year, a whopping €31,000 was handed out to people bringing back cups to be recycled. One entrepreneurial punter made €2,000 by gathering and recycling cups.

    So if you want your weekend to pay for itself, you know what to do.

  • 14:32
  • 14:57
    Here are the times for the Electric Ireland shindig. Aint no party like an S Club party, etc.
    Here are the times for the Electric Ireland shindig. Aint no party like an S Club party, etc.
  • 14:59
    The tunes are kicking off on site already, with Trenchtown and The Salty Dog turning up.

    The Salty Dog has had a bit of a facelift for 2017, so head over to the woods to check out its new structure.
  • 15:02
  • 15:09
    See how sunny it is? See how happy people are? Extra points for the bucket hat.  <br /><br />(Credit: Niall Carson / PA)
    See how sunny it is? See how happy people are? Extra points for the bucket hat.  

    (Credit: Niall Carson / PA)
  • 15:16
    Behold, the Circle Of Trust convenes in Stradbally.  
    Behold, the Circle Of Trust convenes in Stradbally.  
  • 15:22
  • 15:28
    A Picnic punter uses his head. #smart
    A Picnic punter uses his head. #smart
  • 15:33
    Now That's What I Call A Bag Of Cans Vol. 1  
    Now That's What I Call A Bag Of Cans Vol. 1  
  • 15:36
    Our intrepid reporter Jenn Gannon brings this news from the centre of the site, "There's a lovely man part Kris Krisofferson part Catweazle wandering around in his bare feet looking like he's been transplanted from Venice Beach 1967. He may live here."

    Shine on, Kris Catweazle.
  • 15:39
    Exclusive pic of a new pop up on site this weekend.
    Exclusive pic of a new pop up on site this weekend.
  • 15:43
    We're minutes away from the traditional kick off at the Other Voices stage with Booka Brass Band, so if you want to follow some people through the woods leading you to the Other Voices church deep in the Stradbally woods, now is the time to head over that direction.
  • 16:05
  • 16:06
    Everything Everything having the chats in the Hotpress Chat Room right now.
  • 16:10
    The eternal battle for a food stall pun. (via Dave Meehan)
    The eternal battle for a food stall pun. (via Dave Meehan)
  • 16:12
    Dedicated Barman of theWeekend (so far) goes to the chap in Casa Bacardi who has the Bacardi bat shaved into the back of his head. That gem was spotted by Irish Times rum correspondent Dean Van Nguyen.
  • 16:15
    Did someone forget to do a noise check? Our folks in the field are reporting pretty ropey music bleeds from the Bermuda Triangle that is the meeting point between the 3 stage, Today FM's soundsystem and Casa Bacardi. Hopefully they'll fix this sound-hole over the weekend.
  • 16:26
    The Irish Times Electric Picnic shed has very strict editorial rules.
    The Irish Times Electric Picnic shed has very strict editorial rules.
  • 16:28
    Just half an hour until the main stage kicks off, with Little Hours first up. Then the real Picnic action starts.
  • 16:30
    Some key food highlights being mentioned so far are Bobs BBQ with its excellent meat salad, a grilled cheese spot, and a lobster truck.

    Getting seriously hungry here.
  • 16:43

    Check out our latest  photo gallery from Electric Picnic.

     

    Photographs: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

  • 16:47
    Our favourite punter at the Picnic so far is this nun on the run. Congrats, Sister Legendia McPartyface.
    Our favourite punter at the Picnic so far is this nun on the run. Congrats, Sister Legendia McPartyface.
  • 16:59
    Patrick Freyne's observations so far

    1. Lots of topless men
    2. One topless man with perfectly placed smiley-faces on his nipples
    3. He takes number 1 as a personal slight
    4. Wasps are natures drones, or possible drones are science's wasps
    5. Corporate canned beer tastes nicer in a field

    Thanks Patrick.
  • 17:00
    Ok guys, it's time for me to see some music. That's all from me for this afternoon, I shall leave you in the capable hands of Dominique McMullan.

    See you down the front at Vince Staples
  • 17:04
    Afternoon revellers (whoops sorry), Dominique here. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the rain clouds are gathering over the main stage here at Stradbally. I'll keep you updated.
  • 17:07
    Would you believe this is Dean Van Nguyen's first time at the picnic? Here are his first impressions

    "It's big. Really big. Maybe world class in scope and scale. I didn't expect Electric Picnic to be so broad given it was ostensibly Ireland's second biggest festival before Oxegen fossilised. The canvas is flooded with a whole lot of colour too. There's enough bits and pieces to keep your head on a swivel: get a massage here, take your picture with giant Timmy Mallet glasses there. Much bares corporate branding – everyone wants a piece of EP. But there's no time to take it all in, especially if spending quality time outside your tent with that garden furniture you hauled down is a key component to your weekend. And forget about finding anything specific without a map. The woods is laid out for wandering.

    Also striking is the mix of ages, featuring everyone from kids in the buggy up. It's great to see – a solid generational mix is always a good indication of how chill an event will be. And it's pretty chill so far, but with the tantalising prospect of the impending weekend pulsing below the still-fresh grass. Let's go!"
  • 17:12

  • 17:20
    We've got our first review in and it's of Wednesday Gang who just played on The Salty Dog Stage, Silpa Ganatra has given them 4/5 stars. Must have been quite the performance, here's the review

    '"Anyone here from Slane?" asks the compere; half the crowd yell back in return. From the confines of Boyle's pub, their Wednesday night house band take things outside and on a Friday daytime too. It's a genius idea - who better to warm up the newly arrived crowd than an act whose M.O. is to rustle up a raucous atmosphere.
    The eight-strong troupe show their influences in the acts they cover: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Mumford and Sons and The Fureys are all given the Wednesday Gang treatment, of ramshackle rock'n'roll that isn't that ramshackle at all, but actually finely-tuned. For the real benefit in weekly gigs is their cohesiveness; the pace, the harmonies and subtle changes are all honed above the level expected for their 3pm timeslot.
    With a good gauge of their crowd - that leads to an almighty interplay for Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - it's a rollocking gig that kicks the festival off to a promising start."
     
    In three words: Pub band redefined

    If you like this, go see: The Strypes
  • 17:32
    We're sensing a theme
    We're sensing a theme
  • 17:45


  • 18:04
    Una Mullally reporting from the field

    "I just had some delicious garlic and cheese home fries at the imaginatively titled Home Fries in the Trailer Park while listening to the sweet sounds of Roisin O. Not bad."
  • 18:07
    Meanwhile Louise Bruton is enjoying the Caravan Park

    "Tow Ho Ho, a Christmas-themed caravan, a woman singing Sia's Chandelier and a mushroom draughts table. This isn't a trip gone horribly wrong, this is the Trailer Park.

    The meandering path throws everything at you and it's up to you to wade through the frightful, the quirky and the kooky to find The Gin Palace, located beside the Gas Haven for a designer €8 gin and tonic. The designer is code for fennel, rhyme and cardamom.

    Next door is Caravanaoke and when you see this van a-rockin', you come a-knockin'.

    Absolutely anything goes here and you could lose three years of your life here, becoming a trailer person, never to leave until Jerry Fish grants you a pardon."
  • 18:35
    Wondering what to see? Our pick of first-timers and new artists you should see in Stradbally this weekend

    https://www.irishtimes.com/...
  • 18:38
    For all the lazy Picnicers out there, or people who want a bit more luxury, pay the Charity Concierge €6 and they'll look after you for the weekend, fetching you a round of up to four drinks if you don't want to leave your spot.
    For all the lazy Picnicers out there, or people who want a bit more luxury, pay the Charity Concierge €6 and they'll look after you for the weekend, fetching you a round of up to four drinks if you don't want to leave your spot.
  • 18:39
    <span>Straight from our people in the caravan park   </span>
    Straight from our people in the caravan park  
  • 18:40
    <p>Just in from Una Mullally</p>
<p>'The Haunt in Body&Soul is like a Victorian dive bar. Very cool. Best new venue at the festival?'</p>

    Just in from Una Mullally

    "The Haunt in Body&Soul is like a Victorian dive bar. Very cool. Best new venue at the festival?"

  • 18:42
    A nice addition to the main stage is that the Electric Picnic logo now appears to be bordered in neon, bet that will look nice at night
    A nice addition to the main stage is that the Electric Picnic logo now appears to be bordered in neon, bet that will look nice at night
  • 18:45
    We've another review hot off the (digital and not at all hot) press
    Louise Bruton at Little Hours

    https://www.irishtimes.com/...



  • 18:45
    <span>Little Hours opened the Main Stage at Electric Picnic 2017 in Stradbally on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times</span>
    Little Hours opened the Main Stage at Electric Picnic 2017 in Stradbally on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
  • 18:48

  • 19:01
    So far the best thing Peter Crawley's seen is Hudson Taylor (it's the only thing he's seen)

    What did he think? "They are winsome clean and appeal to people who have never had to consider a life harder than losing your milk teeth."
  • 19:03
    Shilpa Ganatra: "Entry/traffic seems to be v smooth this year. And Melvin Benn basically said all the extra security were in hiding, ready to jump out if needed, which sounds kinda cool."
  • 19:05

    Dean Van Nuyen was at Irie Ireland in Trenchtown


    3/5 stars

    Irie Ireland is the placeholder. Trenchtown will be bringing Caribbean vibes to Electric Picnic all weekend, and so DJ Carlos Irie, Aunty Shimmy and Boggle test the speakers with a DJ set of blazin', bass-heavy reggae and dancehall bangers. Nasty cuts from Dub Gabriel, Cali P and Dubmatix burn like fresh fire. It's still early and the crowd is small, but they feel the rhythms. A small smoke cloud in this woodland pocket of Stradbelly may or may not already be forming overhead.

    In three words: Just like 4/20

  • 19:08
    Artist at work in Body&Soul
    Artist at work in Body&Soul
  • 19:17
    "These routines must have been rehearsed religiously in suburban bedrooms from childhood"
    Jennifer Gannon caught a gang of “influencers” and plebs lip syncing for their Picnic LEGACY (and free tickets for 3 Arena gigs)
    Read her full review here
    https://www.irishtimes.com/...
  • 19:19


  • 19:27
    Jennifer Gannon's just back from TALOS at Other Voices

    4/5 stars

    "TALOS in the perfect surroundings of the over-stuffed Other Voices wooden Wendy house is the ideal way to ease yourself into your Picnic weekend good & proper. The sky-scraping vocals & Sigur Ros soft melodies bewitch the chatty festival-fresh crowd into a hushed half-silence.

    The former architect Eoin French knows a thing or two about a good build & boy can he assemble them to dizzy heights. A cacophony of synths, strings & guitars weave together along with his glass-sharp falsetto to create a heavy moody stew. With the set list mostly pulling from new album Wild Alee it's an introduction to soon-to-be favourites like the glacial This is Us Colliding and the brooding Odyssey. With his fanbase extending ever further, this may be one of those mythical Picnic gigs that hundreds claim they were in attendance at when TALOS start to soundtrack serious moments in Netflix binged telly shows & take to stages much bigger."

    Gig in three words: brittal emosh moments

    If you like this go see: Elaine Mai
  • 19:36
    As the sun sets behind the fluffy clouds over a big field in Laois, we're calling it a day. I'm going to catch the end of Divine Comedy and I recommend you do the same.

    If you just can't get enough Irish Times Electric Picnic coverage (and goodness knows we don't blame you), there's loads more to read over on irishtimes.com/culture.

    And don't fret, we'll be back with you live blogging first thing tomorrow (that's Stradbally time mind you).

    Nighty nighty picnicers
  • 12:42
    Afternoon all! It's day two at EP2017, and The Irish Times crack team are back on the wagon, ready to bring you all the news, reviews, and everything else you need to know from Stradbally.
  • 12:59
    The sun is doing its damnedest to push through the clouds here - it was a dry but frrrrrrrreeezing night last night so if you're only making your way down to the Picnic today, bring layers, and lots of them.
  • 13:05
    "If you don’t wake up feeling like you’ve eaten a whole box of cigarettes or gargled some glass shards, well done you, you’ve earned that smug expression. But perhaps you did your first night wrong; luckily you can rectify this today," writes Jennifer Gannon, who brings you a roadmap of the all best things to see and do on day two.
    https://www.irishtimes.com/...
  • 13:05
  • 13:22
    So, what bands rocked Friday for our writers?  
    Peter Crawley:    "Super Silly. They currently have, as we say euphemistically, a select appeal. But that is going to change pronto as more people encounter the effortless bounce of their broken-hearted music, a vibrant melding of wincing soul and lubricious RnB. “It’s going to get vibey,” they warn us. And vibey it gets."  Full review here


  • 13:25
    Dean Van Nguyen: "Young Fathers at the Electric Arena. Battering drums, booming vocals and wild electronics – the tones and textures coming from the stage were insane. A monstrous cacophony that probably left a crater in the Stradbally turf." Read Louise Bruton's full review here
  • 13:30

    Una Mullally has found an all new favourite Picnic hangout in The Haunt, a Victorian dive bar that's "creepy, weird and fun, with couches, DJs, and, um, animal skeletons."  



  • 13:33
  • 13:48

    Just two bands got five star reviews at the Picnic yesterday: DJ MoK & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Rankin's Wood were an "absolute triumph... the perfect festival formula of musical prowess and unadulterated pop fun", while London Grammar's headline-worthy set was "hauntingly captivating" on the Main Stage.

  • 13:52
    The Main Stage is grinding back into gear right now with  Keywest opening. For the full list of stage times today, and everything else you need to know, check out the Complete Guide.
  • 14:01
    OMG, we found some actual revellers.
    OMG, we found some actual revellers.
  • 14:04
    Louise Bruton proposes a "silent tent" next year. "No karaoke, no reggae covers of Robyn songs, no energetic volunteers trying to cajole you into taking part. No influencers selling you electricity in a place where you're meant to switch off. Just a quiet zone. No craic. No interaction."
  • 14:06
  • 14:19
    <span>Is that Damien Rice spotted by one of our writers out in the field, 'sitting under a tree like he's shooting a terrible album cover'??</span>
    Is that Damien Rice spotted by one of our writers out in the field, "sitting under a tree like he's shooting a terrible album cover"??
  • 14:35
    WOW.
    WOW.
  • 14:46
    Still feeling a little delicate after last night? Here's our Dominique getting puppy snuggles to give you the warm and fuzzies. You're welcome.
  • 14:51
  • 14:57
  • 15:06
    What's that we spotted on the wander home last night? Just a woman sitting on a unicorn, in a bear suit brushing her teeth. Of course it is.
    What's that we spotted on the wander home last night? Just a woman sitting on a unicorn, in a bear suit brushing her teeth. Of course it is.
  • 15:20
    Patrick Freyne's take on EP day one: "The youngsters wear facepaint and culturally confusing sombreros and shorts with wellies (a symbol for our meteorologically confused nation?) and say things like (seriously): “Will we get an auld tattoo?”"
  • 15:20
  • 15:30
  • 15:37
    Hello Picnicers, Ciara Kenny has been released from blogging duty and Peter Crawley has been substituted. Be kind.
  • 15:42
    Starting imminently in the Leviathan Political Cabaret tent at Mindfield, Amnesty Hour returns at 3.40pm with the panel conversation It’s Time: Repeal the 8th. The contributors are Tara Flynn, Roisin Ingle, Anne Ingle, Lynn Ruane and Colm O’Gorman.

  • 15:56

    It's all happening right now at Mindfield, which, as one of Patrick Freyne's informants marvelled last year, is known by newcomers as "an old people zoo".

  • 16:00
    <span>The Ticket's Louise Bruton dropping knowledge at the Science Gallery tent during Ignite: a cabaret of five-minute inspiring talks.</span>
    The Ticket's Louise Bruton dropping knowledge at the Science Gallery tent during Ignite: a cabaret of five-minute inspiring talks.
  • 16:08

    Because my editor is gleefully sadistic, I have been sent out into the field today to be entirely out of my depth and write a fashion report on Electric Picnic.

    Thankfully, so far, I have been shown some pity by the fashion forward. I'll share my insights as soon as I can fake some. What I have gleaned so far - IN: Short shorts. OUT: Any kind of top.

  • 16:15

    We have new reviews rolling in which you'll get to savour here first. Lucky you.

  • 16:15

    The Strypes

    Main Stage

    **

    It's a surefire way to gauge a band's demographic, to watch who weaves between the standing crowd as they come on. In this case, it's the kids of Electric Picnic. All of them. For their crowd, The Strypes do admirably, bringing the energy to the main stage when they begin with Behind Closed Doors. It continues with a well-paced, tight set that's smooth and shiny like a Ken doll.

    But where's the edge? It's not in two of the four wearing sunglasses on stage, which is frankly a bit rude. Nor is it in the frenetic guitar solos, which tread familiar ground. The part when frontman Ross Farrelly and bassist Pete O'Hanlon played one guitar together is pretty cool, but aside from these three seconds, it's fairly by numbers. Which might explain why the kidz love it so.

    There are worse things at a festival than a fast-paced rock'n'roll band, but so many better things too.

    -  Shilpa Ganatra

    In three words: Rock by numbers

    If you like this go see: Keywest

  • 16:28

    Katie Laffan

    Other Voices

    *****

    I'll be god damned if the Other Voices stage isn't the grooviest corner of Electric Picnic when Katie Laffan and her "deadly band" are unleashing their scintillating rhythm and blues numbers. A late sound check means we get a short solo guitar 'n' vocals performance of I Don't Mind, the Dubliner's absolute rum-punch of a cosmic funk single, before the show starts. It's even better about 20 minutes into the set when rolled out smooth as an old school Chevy, full backing coming from a two-part brass section, some freaky electronic squiggles and a bass turned way, way up. BF is a sensual song for lovers, while Laffan's more muscular guitar chords on Monster add in some indie propulsion. That is, until the mid-track sax and trumpet break-down presses down – horns that would make Al Green's knees shake.

    "I hope Frank Sinatra won't notice," jokes Laffan before getting into That's Life. But her song draws from Frankie in spirit only. Over chipped guitar chords that have a reggae vibe, Laffan name drops, among others, Rick James and Erykah Badu, the latter being the most obvious influence on her soulful, idiosyncratic vocal style. But while her music summons the spirit of a couple of dozen funky legends (the final song, not including a second performance of Ego as an encore, features the old school tradition of mini solos for the entire band) it's not overly indebted to any single artist. These are songs as fresh as day-old haircuts.

    Laffan and band play again tomorrow at Body & Soul: Earthship Stage. Get to that, soak it in. If there's any justice in the universe, it'll be another early stop in a swaggering, neon-lit journey to a place that could be very special.

    - Dean Van Nguyen

    In three words: Freaky cosmic funk.

    If you like this, go see: Barq

  • 16:46
    The skies over Stradbally are now the same silvery grey of the Main Stage protective covering. This is not encouraging. Chances of rain are currently at 100% according to my phone. And it is paid to know.<br><br>This also puts the chance of seeing our favourite cliché appear in print at a roughly similar percentage. We, sadly, have been banned from using it. But if you find an Irish Times writer on site, please be sure to tell them about the direct effect this rain has had - or, more specifically, <em>not</em> had - on your spirits, and use appropriately metaphorical, moist terms. Insist on being quoted directly. Let's keep the cliché alive.  
    The skies over Stradbally are now the same silvery grey of the Main Stage protective covering. This is not encouraging. Chances of rain are currently at 100% according to my phone. And it is paid to know.

    This also puts the chance of seeing our favourite cliché appear in print at a roughly similar percentage. We, sadly, have been banned from using it. But if you find an Irish Times writer on site, please be sure to tell them about the direct effect this rain has had - or, more specifically, not had - on your spirits, and use appropriately metaphorical, moist terms. Insist on being quoted directly. Let's keep the cliché alive.  
  • 16:55
    Picnic Hamper. Two of the festival's younger patrons outside Trailer Park on a parent-drawn buggy. Photo: Dave Meehan
    Picnic Hamper. Two of the festival's younger patrons outside Trailer Park on a parent-drawn buggy. Photo: Dave Meehan
  • 16:56
    There are, of course, less elaborate but clearly more snug options. Photo: Dave Meehan
    There are, of course, less elaborate but clearly more snug options. Photo: Dave Meehan
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  • 17:29

    Ireland is leading Georgia 1-0 in the World Cup Qualifer, which, from this womb of music, is like a muffled a message from the raging world beyond. Does anyone know where you can watch the match at the festival? Share your knowledge with me on Twitter: @IrishTimesCultr

  • 17:33

    I mean, I'm not going to watch it, obviously. There's a perfectly good live blog about the football here.  


    Disclaimer: Entering an Irish Times live blog from another Irish Times live blog may cause reality to distend under a series of pressurised layers, much like that Christopher Nolan movie, Inception. Or Dunkirk.

  • 17:35
  • 17:39

    The Ticket's Louise Bruton has taken a cerebral approach to Mindfield and written up a critical precis. Here's a sneak peek:

    "EP can be an attack of the senses. Noise. People. Fun. Ugh. Every chip stall is a audio visual display. Tea suppliers have sound systems, cajoling people too sing for their supper. It’s a lot to take in and if you need a break, slip away to Mindfield. Once you pass under their arch, calm ensues. Conversations are at room level, except for the people with microphones."

  • 17:44

    Overheard by one of our roving reporters at Madness, currently bounding all over the Main Stage:

    "They're real Brits, but I like them!"

    Electric Picnic: Dismantling prejudice one song at a time.

  • 18:14

  • 18:26
    All things Irish Times . . .  
    All things Irish Times . . .  
  • 18:28

  • 18:30
    Overheard by Louise Bruton, drunk man saying to very visibly upset woman: sure how could you NOT have a good time? IT IS ELECTRIC PICNIC
  • 18:32

    On right now at the Theatre of Food, in Mindfield, our colleague Fintan O'Toole and guests are talking about Food Sustainability, which ought to be one of the critical issues of our time.  


    Fintan was this year awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism, and, with a satisfying sense of symmetry, George Orwell himself contributed to the annals of food writing. Here's a delicious snippet:



    "A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into; the other functions and faculties may be more godlike, but in point of time they come afterwards. A man dies and is buried, and all his words and actions are forgotten, but the food he has eaten lives after him in the sound or rotten bones of his children. I think it could be plausibly argued that changes of diet are more important than changes of dynasty or even of religion... Yet it is curious how seldom the all-importance of food is recognised. You see statues everywhere to politicians, poets, bishops, but none to cooks or bacon-curers or market-gardeners."



    From The Road to Wigan Pier




  • 18:33


  • 18:36

    This might be useful for anyone thinking about legging it before the rain starts (not that we are condoning that kind of behaviour)


  • 18:51

    Jennifer Gannon has noticed a bit of a change in the picnicers this year.

     
    "In previous years,  
    Electric Picnic  was the home of the indie-disco kids. Not any more. Now we’re back among the sweaty walls and hormonal scents of the teen disco.  


    Girls with cute rave-buns, giant runners and A-line dresses roam the fields, smelling of the candiest  Vera Wang  perfume. No jackets required: the hardcore kids feel no cold."


    Read more of her observations here

  • 18:56

    For the sports fans out there, we believe there are some of you,


    A below par Ireland drew 1-1 in Gerogia dealing a blow to thier chances of qualifying for the World Cup.


    Or so we hear.  

  • 19:01
    <p>Holly Hannon, age 7, from Prosperous, Co Kildare, competes in a dance-off at Electric Ireland's Throwback Stage. Photograph by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile  </p>

    Holly Hannon, age 7, from Prosperous, Co Kildare, competes in a dance-off at Electric Ireland's Throwback Stage. Photograph by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile  

  • 19:11
    Well they said it was coming and now it's here. Take cover picnicers. HERE COMES THE RAIN.
  • 19:12
    Jennifer Gannon is attending S Club Party despite the deluge.

    Jennifer Gannon: "There's a man at S Club valiantly attempting to shield his head from the rain using a disintegrating pizza box."
  • 19:30
    Overheard at electric Ireland: I'm switching to Bord Gais
  • 19:39
    Shilpa Ganatra is just back from Rusagano Family in Rankin Wood
    She's given them a big fat 4/5

    "The Limerick hip-hop crew might be all couplets and commentary on record, but they've the smarts to know that doesn't carry a festival show. So the sound is turned up to 11, and the experience is equally immersive.

    Attired in matching printed shirts (nice touch), mynameisjOhn remains behind the decks in body but not in spirit, while the double act of God Knows and MuRli hop, skip and jump around the stage like they're there to burn off calories.

    Even with mid-tempo tracks like Heathrow, the gusto doesn't change with the beat. It's here when the shirts come off to a thumping bass, continued with the high-speed grime anthem of Soul Food, where the audience join in for a spot of shirt-waving. Truly, just watching Rusagano Family is tiring - in the best way possible."

    In three words: So. Much. Energy.

    If you like this, go see: J Hus
  • 19:43
    Dean Van Nguyen's also just back and he's reviewed Jagwar Ma in The Cosby Tent

    It's a grand 3/5 from him

    "Is that a bucket hat on Gabriel Winterfield? I really doubt the Jagwar Ma singer's cotton crown is incidental. The group wholesale pilfer throwback Madchester veterans like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. The Cosby Tent is zapped into northwest England 1990 with the Australian group's fat basslines, bouncing electronics, programmed drums and shades of druggy acid house forming thick psychedelic grooves that get the crowd moving like it's the Hacienda. Winterfield shifts from melodic vocals to raucous yells over the intense instrumentals of O B 1 and Give Me A Reason. His voice has technical limitations but has a kind of everyman charm when he screams over the sledgehammer-powerful drums. The similarly paced tracks bleed into one another with few breaks, meaning Jagwar Ma's set lacks form. But it's good fun – no extra substances wholly necessary."

    In three words: Shaun Ryder's offspring

    If you liked that go see:  Soulwax
  • 21:42
    <span>The Ticket's own Louise Bruton repping while weathering the storm. Love you LouBru</span>
    The Ticket's own Louise Bruton repping while weathering the storm. Love you LouBru
  • 21:44
    <span>Shilpa Ganatra is noticing more uniformage at Rusangano Family  </span>
    Shilpa Ganatra is noticing more uniformage at Rusangano Family  
  • 21:44
    <span>Reports of excitment building and crowds gathering for S Club Party. Becauase there ain't no party</span>
    Reports of excitment building and crowds gathering for S Club Party. Becauase there ain't no party
  • 21:46
    <strong>Shilpa Ganatra at Everything Everything.</strong><span>  </span><br /><span>'They all look fetching in their uniform of white shoes, jeans, salmon-pink t-shirt and blue jacket. Thought has gone into this. Possibly even style consultancy.'</span>
    Shilpa Ganatra at Everything Everything.  
    "They all look fetching in their uniform of white shoes, jeans, salmon-pink t-shirt and blue jacket. Thought has gone into this. Possibly even style consultancy."
  • 21:48
    It turns out most Picnic parties are better than an S Club Party
    Louise Bruton is just back from S Club Party

    "Aided by the rain, the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage is well over capacity for the three remaining S Clubbers who need a bit of cash. Tina, Bradley and Jo. Everybody’s fave...
    Starting with S Club, the song is cut short, removing the parts of the verse that celebrate Paul, Hannah, Jon and Rachel. How cruel. We came here for the music, not the politics.
    “Alright guys, we’re gonna take you down a trip down memory lane,” says Bradley, interrupting Jo and stating the bloody obvious."
    Read more
  • 21:50
    <p>And so, just like the myseterious caped crusader, we will walk confidently into the long, dark, wet night here in Stradbally.<br /> If you're at home, snuggled into the comfort on your couch and looking for some reading material, then log on to  <a href='http://irishtimes.com/culture' target='_blank' target='_blank' >irishtimes.com/culture</a>       <br /> If you're picnicing I'll see you behind the third pillar of the left at Annie Mac.   <br /> Stay safe out there picnicers   </p>

    And so, just like the myseterious caped crusader, we will walk confidently into the long, dark, wet night here in Stradbally.
    If you're at home, snuggled into the comfort on your couch and looking for some reading material, then log on to  irishtimes.com/culture      
    If you're picnicing I'll see you behind the third pillar of the left at Annie Mac.  
    Stay safe out there picnicers  

  • 13:51
    Afternoon  Picnicers, Leonie Corcoran starting our Day Three live blog from a dry, (yes dry) Stradbally
  • 13:55
    Let's catch up on a few gems from yesterday. First up, Peter Crawley. On fashion. Never has eye make-up been described so beautifully  https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/electric-picnic-style-glitter-short-shorts-fishnets-nipples-1.3207868
  • 13:55
    By the by, I lied. It's raining. Proper rain.
  • 14:00


  • 14:09
    Overseen at Sunday lunch
    Overseen at Sunday lunch
  • 14:11
    I'm giving up on weather updates (Ps It's not raining anymore).
  • 14:16
    If making a plan for today is seeming like a mammoth task, lean on Shilpa Ganatra. We wisely asked her to plan for all of us. Plan starts in Mindfield and includes 1970s grooviness (The Lemon Twigs @ 4.30pm), Chaka Khan (7.15pm) and Car Seat Headrest (9.15pm) and I'm too tired to go any further than that:  https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/electric-picnic-what-to-see-and-do-on-sunday-1.3207798

  • 14:19
    Today our EP Ticket crew are pulling together THE Ticket Awards. We'll bring them to you over the afternoon. First up is Hero of the Weekend from Jenn Gannon:  

    The Throwback Stage DJ who plays Scatman on the hour every hour like a stuttering pop Angelus. Reviving flagging spirits with Gala and Living Joy's Dreamer. Turning the crowd of glitter-faced girls into that rascal Shaggy as they try their damnedest to singalong to It Wasn't Me. It's your Atlantic 252 dreams come true.

  • 14:22
    Pillow Queens at Other Voices. Sunday is kicking off
    Pillow Queens at Other Voices. Sunday is kicking off
  • 14:26
    Speaking of kick-off, there are plenty of Deise jerseys circulating. To catch the action, check out the Off the Ball special in the Newstalk Lounge in Mindfield in an hour
  • 14:27

  • 14:31
    More Ticket Awards: Best posh food

    Oysters at the Salty Dog stage. Putting the arrrr into artisan, the most decadent of delicacies was available in the maritime-themed area thanks to Flaggy Shore Oysters. €5 bought you an oyster and a dirty mary to wash it down - and a bit of unexpected fancyness.

    Thanks Shilpa Ganatra
  • 14:36
    <strong>Steal his look:</strong> We found James Joyce
    Steal his look: We found James Joyce
  • 14:46
    The Ticket's Electric Picnic awards: Best coffee goes to Amnesty’s Freedom Cafe
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  • 15:03

    If you missed our reviews from yesterday, check 'em out: The Strypes, Katie Laffan, Jagwar Ma, All Tvvins, Mura Masa, Phoenix and Perfume Genius.  https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/electric-picnic-2017-reviews-from-day-two-1.3207777

  • 15:07

    Louise Bruton was at Interpol last night. It was an emotional journey and a big stonking five star experience:

    "Some albums really make their mark the first time you hear them and when the magic holds strong 15 years later, you know it's true love.

    Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol's 2002 debut, is dark and poetic. Anxiety, torment and paranoia are the key elements here and Christ! I love it.

    Playing the album from start to finish is the only way TOTBL should be heard. Untitled and Obstacle 1 put your heart on hold and drive a stake right in.

    Backlit in red, with the silhouettes of the band moving ever so slightly, the imagery of the album is delivered to us on a plate.

    It's music very much of a time, New York indie rock's most recent prolific period, but the way they still connect with a very heavy hearted yet dutiful audience proves that sometimes the torment we put ourselves through years ago can sometimes live on, but in a gentler retrospective way."

    Gig in three words: heartache's gentle throwback

    If you like this, go see: Band of Horses

  • 15:18
    We would...if we could find the water stations
    We would...if we could find the water stations
  • 15:23
    We have to share this pic one last time. She takes the honours for the Best offstage outfit. Give it up for her.
    We have to share this pic one last time. She takes the honours for the Best offstage outfit. Give it up for her.
  • 15:24
    Right I'm off to catch Waterford and Galway action. I'll hand you over to the dazzling Louise Bruton
  • 15:43

    Una's just back from Kojaque at Little Big Tent

    4 stars

    Opening the Little Big Tent on a Sunday at 2.30pm feels like the kind of slot you'd reasonably expect there to be a couple of dozen of punters at. But not today.

    Hundreds turn out for Irish rapper Kojaque, whose confidence as a performer is hugely engaging. Managing to create a brilliant vibe in the tent, his avant garde, introspective rap pulls in countless new fans. Live, 'Wificode' takes on a new dimension, launching itself out of a curiously thin sound into much beefier territory. 'Midnight Flower' is woozy and indignant.

    Kojaque is doing right what so many pretenders try to reach for: downbeat hip hop that actually has a brilliant live energy. His flow never falters, each tune is as tight as a drum, he's gracious and the performance clearly indicates he's putting the work in. Seriously impressive stuff.

    In three words: Soft Boy wins
    If you like this go see: Section Boyz
  • 15:46
    Hey, it's Louise here. Join me on this magical journey we call Sunday.
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  • 15:53

    It's all go here.



  • 16:01
    Aldous Harding has had to cancel her set in Body & Soul today and Alma, whose single Chasing Highs has been doing the rounds all summer, will be taking her slot from 7.15 - 8pm.
  • 16:35

    If only there was some way to let people know how the game was going. A cheering system or something.  



  • 16:44
    Peter Crawley has just returned from conceptual absurdist experimental screen therapy theatre. He needs to be restrained.
  • 16:46

    Dean Van Nguyen went down to the Other Voices stage and caught Jealous of the Birds. Here are his thoughts, PHRESH OFF THE PRESS...


    Jealous of the Birds

    Other Voices
    Three stars

    "I feel like everybody, including me, is nursing a hangover," says Naomi Hamilton. Fortified, for some reason, with an absolute demon of a guitar that looks straight out of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (one of a couple of axes she'll arm herself with), the Jealous of the Birds frontwoman leads her band through a set of soft indie rock numbers that shouldn't accentuated any lingering head pain.


    With its slow-hand guitar strums, "Parma Violets" connects the dots from Fleetwood Mac to Thunderclap Newman. Hamilton's instrument is always rhythmic and low key – the perfect hand to lead arrangements that veer from soft rock jams that recall Iggy Pop at his most melodic, to smoky, midnight blues club ballads, to more jagged-riffed rockers. It's all punctuated by a voice that's subtly soulful on the ear.

    Gig in three words: Spotless, melodic indie

    If you like this, go see: Real Estate

  • 16:47
    Crowd at Newstalk tent for Galway v Waterford
    Crowd at Newstalk tent for Galway v Waterford
  • 16:48
    From Peter's perspective as a 'volunteer' on his back, on the floor of the stage, holding a potted plant, during Paul Currie's Fffffffmilk!
    From Peter's perspective as a "volunteer" on his back, on the floor of the stage, holding a potted plant, during Paul Currie's Fffffffmilk!
  • 16:49
    It's all about the small screens baby
    It's all about the small screens baby
  • 16:51
    Catch up on last night's best (and worst) performances here

  • 16:54

    The Elbow is out of the bag.



  • 16:54




  • 17:09
    Poor old Tale of Us missed their flight so their set is cancelled. Mano Le Tough will be stepping in to fill their shoes with an extended set running 8 - 10.30pm at Rankin's Wood.
  • 17:26

    Peter Crawley went to review Paul Currie's  Fffffffmilk! in the Theatre Tent and little did he know that it would change him, emotionally and psychologically, forever more.  


    Fffffffmilk!
    Begins
    So here I am, lying flat on my back on the stage of the theatre tent, holding on to a potted plant for dear life, while Paul Currie, an impressively hirsute man in white boiler suit, straddles me and plays the 1969 electronic instrumental Popcorn with a virtuoso pinching of its leaves.

    This, as you will have surmised, is conceptual absurdist experimental nostalgic scream therapy theatre – with a difference. Currie’s agenda is both wildly anarchic and utterly big hearted: an exhortation towards childish behaviour for the reluctantly full-grown.  

    “Hoof hoof!” he cries, and we raise our crimped hands in galloping response: “Hoof hoof!” Trying this out on the joyless souls in The Irish Times production shed, they become visibly distressed. “Have you joined a cult?” asks Patrick Freyne, with grave concern.



    The short answer is yes. For the previous hour, with a group of now inextricably combined souls, I have ridden a luck dragon, meowed along to The Bee Gees’ More than a Woman, watched three volunteers assist Currie in a live scouring of a Where’s Wally book, and cheered on another lucky “volunteer” in a fierce tournament of bum wrestling. (Man, I got off lightly.)



    “You just rode a fricken dragon,” Currie tells us, with a sweep of his moistened hair. “That just happened.”


    In between, he screams about his lifelong depression to the This is Your Life soundtrack, performs a devastatingly affecting routine on a parent with Altzheimers by feeding sweet corn to a distracted pedal bin, and depicts the lonely ambition of the guy playing the shaker on John Denver’s You Fill Up My Senses. This is a effervescent show about adulthood and its discontents, a hoof-hoofing rally to never put away childish things.

  • 17:39
    There's Shilpa Ganatra's sneaky side of stage view at Elbow's surprise set at the Other Voices stage.
    There's Shilpa Ganatra's sneaky side of stage view at Elbow's surprise set at the Other Voices stage.
  • 17:41
    A staff member's car is completely zonked. If anyone has any leads on a lift from EP to Rosslare, holla.
  • 17:51
    What a pro.


  • 18:04

    Not only can Shilpa  Ganatra take sneaky photos of Elbow, she can also review them.  


    Elbow

    Other Voices
    Five stars

    Once Guy Garvey's unmistakable voice is heard in the woods, it takes about zero seconds for the Other Voices area to overflow. For Sunday's very special guests are... Elbow, playing to a crowd a fraction the size of their evening main stage audience.


    Ordinarily, Guy's personable approach can make a field feel like a living room, so in front of a couple of hundred people it feels less like a show than a serendipitous love-in. When it's song time, the group effortlessly deliver dreamy melodies like, oooh, they've been doing it for 26 years. In between, Guy jibes and jokes with the crowd, with individuals and with members, holding court with tales of Dingle, explanations of songs, and goings-on with the sweaty audience. He even interrupts the energised Grounds for Divorce intro on account of a 'really good story'.



    Far from a best of, it's a chance for their more considered tracks to get a look in; the closer is Scattered Black and Whites, delivered with such gentleness that it's impossible not to receive its nostalgic warmth.
    For a band well familiar to Electric Picnic audiences, it was a well-chosen chance to stay at the forefront of our minds.



    "Thank you very much for coming," Guy says, raising a hand to the crowd. "I hope you'll be around later... to hear the songs again."

    Gig in three words: Surprised and delighted

    If you liked this, go see: Elbow, as requested

  • 18:28
    We're all ready to sign off here so our last act is your list of what not to miss - Chaka Khan, Duran Duran and finish up no-where else but Body&Soul.
  • 18:30
    'Til next year.... it's been fun. And check out www.irishtimes.com/culture for reviews from this evening.