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Electric Picnic Diary: High Security, the year that almost wasn’t and weather predictions

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One more sleep!!

This time tomorrow, many of us will be landing in Stradbally with butterflies in our stomach’s and cans in our hands.

Laois is already buzzing with reveler’s arriving early to avail of now sold out Thursday night entry.

High security 

Armed Guards will be in place to keep an eye on drug use and theft over the weekend.

A source says there will be a “zero-tolerance” approach to drug use.

Gardai urge festival goers not to leave valuables in tents or cars unattended.

Electric Picnic Past – 2015 

In 2015 the festival had grown from 10,000 to 50,000 ticket holders.

Florence + the Machine returned after her debut six year before to headline along with Sam Smith, Blur, Grace Jones and Underworld.

Previous headliners Interpol returned along with Hot Chip. FKA Twigs jumped from the Little Big Stage of 2014 to one of the main attractions with Manic Street Preachers and The Boomtown Rats and Tame Impala also included in the solid line up.

Instagrammar to follow – @alisonspittle

Flying the flag for women in the comedy tent this year is the hilarious Alison Spittle

Alison is an Irish comedian, comedy writer, radio producer and actress, and you can see from her Instagram alone that even in her day to day life, she is a hoot.

She wrote and starred in the RTÉ Two sit-com Nowhere Fast in 2017, and this weekend you will find her at the Comedy Tent at the Electric Picnic.

Did you know?

Electric Picnic almost didn’t happen in 2013

A legal dispute between POD Concerts, who founded EP, and Festival Republic who run it meant the announcement of EP 2013 was delayed.

However, the Picnic went ahead with Fatboy Slim, Björk and Arctic Monkeys all headlining. Other notable acts included Ellie Goulding, My Bloody Valentine, Disclosure and the Wu Tang Clan.

Must have item 


With local weather forecasters predicting rain on Friday, wellies might well be needed on both Saturday and Sunday – but high temperatures and sunshine are due to come out to play on both of these days.

SEE ALSO – Electric Picnic Diary: Papal Portaloos, 7 years of Electric Picnic and Pink Gin

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Sarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs.