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Dublin: 10 °C Friday 26 April, 2019
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Heading to Electric Picnic? Here's everything you need to know

More than 50,000 people are set to descend upon Stradbally in Laois for the biggest event of the Irish festival calendar.

Festival-goers at Electric Picnic
Festival-goers at Electric Picnic

IT’S OFFICIALLY THAT time of year again. Between today and Sunday, more than 50,000 festival-goers will flock to Stradbally, Co Laois for this year’s Electric Picnic.

This year’s headline acts include Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack, and The Prodigy, while there’s a strong local feel to the lineup, with Irish acts Picture This, Gavin James, and Walking on Cars all featuring prominently on the bill.

Meanwhile, the Comedy Tent, Mindfield and the Theatre of Food all return for the festival’s 15th year, offering plenty for those who want to take a break from the main acts.

Are you one of those heading down? Here’s what you need to know…

Getting there

If you’re planning on taking public transport, there are plenty of options, although you might want to hurry to get your ticket.

If you’re going from Dublin, Bus Éireann are operating a number of services departing from Custom House Quay.

Advance booking is recommended, but some tickets will be available to buy this morning.

Marathon Travel are running a service from the 3Arena on North Wall Quay, which will cost €30 if you haven’t booked in advance.

Trains are also running to Portlaoise Station, from Limerick, Cork and Dublin, with a Martleys shuttle bus operating from the station to Stradbally for €5 each way.

For those driving to the festival, you can take the M7 (both northbound from Limerick and southbound from Dublin), the M8 if you’re coming from Cork and elsewhere in the south, or the N80 (from the west, and from Carlow and the south-east).

However, organisers have warned that there are major road works on the two main routes leading to Stradbally, the M7 and M8, which have been causing big delays.

Speeds are reduced to 60km per hour on the road, so drivers are told to prepare for delays, particularly at rush hour.

All festival-goers are also advised to leave plenty of time to get to the venue, and you can find all you need to know about getting there here.

Weather

You’d have to have been out of the country or living under a rock not to have noticed that it’s been an incredibly warm summer in Ireland.

And while the heat has died off a bit in recent weeks, the good news is that the forecast is good for Stradbally this weekend, with mild weather and sun expected across the weekend.

Top temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius are expected over the weekend, with Saturday expected to be the best day weather-wise.

The bad news is that there’s also a risk of showers, particularly on Sunday, so make sure to bring a rain jacket just in case.

Top tips

TheJournal.ie office has its fair share of seasoned Electric Picnic pros who were happy to share their recommendations to help you make the most of the weekend.

Here’s what they had to say.

Hannah Popham has some recommendations for those who want to stray from the Main Stage:

If there’s someone you really want to see and no one else will go, just head by yourself – they could be the highlight of the weekend. And try to catch as much of the Other Voices tent as possible; it always has really good surprise acts at night time.”

Claire Woods has some solid advice for the cold evenings:

Bring a hot water bottle with you. You can get hot water from Centra to keep yourself warm.

Nicky Ryan has some Bear Grylls-esque level of wisdom:

Wrap your cans up in a bin bag so if they burst in your bag, everything won’t get soaked. Also bring a couple of cheap ponchos. If your tent starts leaking, you can rip the poncho down one side so you have a large plastic sheet that you can throw over the top of it.

Aoife Barry gives her insider tip for anyone looking for some non-musical entertainment:

Check out Theatre of Food at around 4pm on Sunday for some scintillating chat.

While The42′s Gavan Casey has this nugget for GAA fans:

“The All-Ireland final will be shown in the An Puball Gaeilge tent at Mindfield on Sunday.

And finally, Paula Lyne has a practical tip to help you avoid getting lost:

If you’re going with a group, make a totem with anything tall and light, and put waterproof string lights on it. You can find your pals from hundreds of feet away, which is handy at a crowded festival.”

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