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A Piece of the Picnic – Documentary on two years without the festival to air this weekend

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As the country waits in excited anticipation for the reveal of the Electric Picnic line-up for 2022 on Thursday, a brand-new documentary will premiere on RTÉ 2FM’s YouTube channel.

A Piece of the Picnic will be shown on the evening of Sunday March 6.

It will tell the story of the past two years when Electric Picnic didn’t happen, and how a community of festival makers and musicians came together to capture a Piece of the Picnic.

It will give audiences a flavour of some of the most-loved elements of Ireland’s largest gathering of music and arts Electric Picnic.

Everyone has missed the presence of the Picnic on the summer calendar over the last two years and this documentary invites you to take a trip down memory lane ahead of the long-awaited return of music, arts, and free-spirited revelry at the Picnic this year.

With performances across an array of genres in a festival setting, featuring the very best Irish musicians, artists, comedians and more across some iconic Electric Picnic stages and installations, the film captures the unique essence of the festival through the eyes of those who contributed not only to this project itself, but who are pivotal year upon year in creating the magic at Stradbally Hall.

As Salty Dog curator Chaz Preston puts it: “Whether you are 11, 75, 80, 100 you are inspired by your surroundings, the people, the ideas, and that is what the Electric Picnic is about, it’s a festival of music, creative ideas and breaking the moulds of our daily lives and realising anything is possible.”

The project engaged with Irish artists, crews and contractors to build the production from the (literal!) ground up, all the way through to making this very film you’re watching itself.

It’s a celebration of all things LIVE – the people, the art, the festival, and the industry. A Piece of the Picnic was funded and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as part of the Live Performance Support Scheme 2021.

The project could not have been created without the hard work and support of the artists, crews, contractors and contributors who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.

A particular thanks must be said to Thomas Cosby, and the curators, makers and creators from Art Lot, Conradh na Gaeilge, Cerebral Fortress, the Comedy Stage, Crypto Mining Co., Greencrafts, Hazelwood, Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, Mindfield, Salty Dog, Trailer Park and Trenchtown.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.