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Heading to Electric Picnic? Here's what you need to know

It will rain. We’re sorry.

SOME 50,000 PEOPLE will be making their way to Stradbally in Co Laois for the 13th Electric Picnic festival this weekend.

If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know.


Campsites will open at 9am tomorrow and will close at 1pm on Monday. General campervan and family campervan areas will open at 4pm today and close at 1pm on Monday.

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On Friday, the Late Night Arena will be open from 12pm-4am, the main arena will be open from 2pm until midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, the Late Night Arena is open from 8am-4am, with the main arena opening from 11am until 2am on Saturday, and on Sunday the main arena will open from 11am until midnight.

Sunday ticket holders can enter from 11am that day, there is no camping permitted for people with these tickets.

Full campsite and ticket information can be read here.


The main stage headliners are as follows: Chemical Brothers on Friday, LCD Soundsystem on Saturday and Lana Del Rey and New Order on Sunday.

Of course, there are several more stages – with lots of other music, comedy, theatre and art displays also happening.

ep Thomas Kane Byrne and Rebecca Proctor perform in The Hazel Wood, a new interactive theatre space in the woods, during a press preview of the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, County Laois. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A full list of stage times can be read here.


According to Met Éireann, there will be sunny spells and showers tomorrow. The showers will be most frequent during the morning, but should be more scattered later.

Highest temperatures in Laois will be around the 17 degrees Celsius mark. It’ll be dry for much of Friday night, but rain will develop on Saturday morning.

Met Éireann is predicting mixed weather over the weekend, with some heavy rain at times. Here’s how they put it:

The finer detail is liable to change, so stay tuned to updates. But, at this stage, it looks as if Saturday will be wet for much of the time, with some heavy and locally thundery rain.


Top temperatures will be 16 to 19 degrees.

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Sunday looks set to start off dry, bright and fairly sunny.

However, heavy rain is expected during the evening and early night. A clearance is expected to follow later on Sunday night and early on Monday morning.

So, as usual with an Irish festival, pack your rain jacket and some sun cream.


If you’re driving or taking public or private transport, a list of options on how to get to the festival is here.

Have fun!

Read: 7 essential tips from Electric Picnic veterans

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Órla Ryan

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