Dancing the summer away at the Electric Picnic
It has been described as "Ireland's version of Glastonbury". But the music at the Electric Picnic is far more eclectic than that at the more famous English event. Rolling Stone magazine called it "one of the best festivals we've ever been to" .
When: 4, 5, 6 September.
Where: Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland.
Music: This year's line-up includes: Florence & The Machine, The Flaming Lips, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Fleet Foxes, Lisa Hannigan, Marina & The Diamonds, The Michael Nyman Orchestra and The Whitest Boy Alive. Past Picnics have featured Björk, the Beastie Boys, Kraftwerk, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Röyksopp, Sigur Rós and Scott Matthews.
Karma: The Electric Picnic has been praised for the quality of its services, such as the food and accommodation and a very relaxed atmosphere. The "Body and Soul" area offers massages and tarot card readings, while the political emphasis is on "green" thinking and sustainable development.
From the Electric Picnic website FAQ:
Question: How much beer can I bring in with me?
Answer: "48 cans per person. There will be an off-licence on site for purchasing alcohol throughout the weekend. You can also buy your drink online in advance from the Online Off-Licence and have it chilled and ready for you on arrival."
History: Stradbally Hall was given to the Cosby family by Queen Elizabeth I in 1562. Because of financial problems, the Cosbys left Ireland for Bristol in the early 18th century, but they returned quickly to Stradbally — "not all of us liking England". The hall is located in the middle of a picturesque 250-hectare estate, complete with lake and ancient oak trees.