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In pics: A first look at Electric Picnic 2012

Take a sneak peek at the festival site…

THE THREE-DAY Electric Picnic Festival gets underway on Friday in Stradbally, Co Laois.

This year’s event features a range of headline acts including The Cure, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, Christy Moore, Elbow and The Killers.

While the MindField and Body&Soul sections features again this year at the festival, the Trailer Park is a new area which featuring a theatrical enclosure celebrating the mobile home and the American ‘front porch’ tradition.

EP’s organisers are also promising a “secret Cuban room” at the Casa Bacardí area. Reggae village Trenchtown is heading for the festival and, as Jamaica marks 50 years of independence, will bring revellers on a journey of Jamaican history.

For younger EP revellers, there are planned yoga sessions, fairy workshops and other arts and crafts activities.

The gates open at 9am on Friday, but the media was given special access to the site today to bring you a sneak peek of the festival site:

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In pics: A first look at Electric Picnic 2012
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    The finishing touches are seen during a site tour of EP 2012. (Photo: Niall carson/PA Wire)
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    From left: Hair stylists Dona Watchorne and Emma Clancy pose for pictures in the trailer park area during today's press preview of the site. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)
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    From left: Models Rebeca Hughes and Sinead Dunne pose in eco-fashion outfits from the Quack and Dirk Boutique during a site tour of the Electric Picnic in Stadbally. (Photo: Niall carson/PA Wire)
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    Two of EP2012's 200 volunteers, Cliodhna Dillon from Waterford and Lucy McCron from Donegal, take a load off. (Photo: Alf Harvey)
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    Karen Crowley and the Trinity orchestra performing. (Photo: Alf Harvey)
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    The 'Wyrd Wood' at this year's Electric Picnic festival. (Photo: Alf Harvey)
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    Boutique camping at the festival. (Photo: Alf Harvey)
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    From left: Hair stylists Dona Watchorne and Emma Clancy pause at the Trailer Park area of the festival site. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)
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    The Strypes performing for the press day at Electric Picnic 2012. (Photo: Alf Harvey)
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    Site owner Thomas Cosby meets the press during a media preview of Electric Picnic 2012. (Photo: Alf Harvey)

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