Read all about it: Elec­tric Pic­nic’s grow­ing up with the rest of us

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CHANCES ARE many of you are read­ing this on the road to Strad­bally. (With luck, you’re not read­ing and driv­ing at the same time.) Elec­tric Pic­nic’s clar­ion call has been pulling thou­sands of mu­sic fans and fes­ti­val freaks to Co Laois at the end of the sum­mer for the past cou­ple of years.

As the fes­ti­val has de­vel­oped from a one-day af­fair in 2004 to a week­end-long tribal gath­er­ing of mu­sic, art and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, the ex­pec­ta­tions have also grown.

You can see this in the an­nual back and forth over who’s on the bill. This has been go­ing on since the fes­ti­val first ap­peared on the cal­en­dar, as Pic­nic­go­ers ar­gue about who is and, just as im­por­tantly, who is not play­ing.

As with lists of any sort, you’re never go­ing to please all the peo­ple all the time – or even some of the more vo­cal peo­ple some of the time – but this year’s bill, like all bills, cov­ers enough ground to give ev­ery­one some­thing they’re af­ter.

One ob­ser­va­tion in re­cent years has been about the on­go­ing chang­ing of the guard in the au­di­ence. While there are still vet­er­ans who re­mem­ber the 2004 heat­wave and bar queues, or the Ar­cade Fire and Kraftwerk dou­ble whammy in 2005, the Pic­nic is now draw­ing a dif­fer­ent crowd, as some fans stay at home and new faces take their place.

Be­fore peo­ple launch into a mis­guided tirade about Ox­e­gen fans mov­ing en masse to Strad­bally, re­mem­ber that fam­ily groups also make up a grow­ing part of the Pic­nic con­stituency. And it would be a sorry state of af­fairs if the fes­ti­val were still just at­tract­ing the 2005 or 2006 au­di­ence.

One fix­ture at Elec­tric Pic­nic since 2007 has been The Ticket@ Elec­tric Pic­nic.

Con­tain­ing re­views, pre­views, fea­tures, news up­dates, line-up changes some jokes and tons more, The Ticket@ Elec­tric Pic­nic aims to be your es­sen­tial guide to the fes­ti­val. It is – and we’re fairly sure of this – the only daily news­pa­per pro­duced in a shed in the mid­dle of a big field in Co Laois.

The sup­ple­ment will be avail­able on Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings from 10am. You can pick up your free copy from our dis­tri­bu­tion staff in the camp­sites and main arena.

For those of you who won’t be in Strad­bally this week­end, all re­views will be pub­lished on­line on irish­, and there will be cov­er­age in Satur­day and Mon­day’s news­pa­pers. And, don’t for­get, we’ll be fea­tur­ing all the post­match re­ac­tions on the On the Record blog on Mon­day.

Stand and de­liver: The Ticket @ Elec­tric Pic­nic is the es­sen­tial guide to the fes­ti­val

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