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Electric Picnic 2008 05/09/2008

Posted by lmd64 in electric picnic, electronic music, festival, gig, review, travel, weekendbreak.

And so, once again, ventured down to Stradbally, Co. Laois last weekend for the as-always excellent Electric Picnic. Much more sensibly than last year, having Dermot in tow this time, we decided to leave Dublin at 10:30am, the car all loaded up with the relevant supplies and provisions (tents, sleeping bags, booze, etc). 

Our tent, before the rest of them all moved in

Campsite: The tent, with all the space around it before the riffraff moved in

Made it to the carpark by midday, a far more respectable time than previously, and had the tent pitched by 1pm. Though the walk from the carpark with all the bags and belongings was pretty torturous, what with the wheels on the trolley collecting far more mud and straw than was strictly necessary.

Cracked open a beer while waiting by the tent in the yellow campsite for a while for the sister and her mates to turn up, which they did eventually. Damn the lazy campers though, the myhabs and teepees and the rest in the purportedly posh Tangerine Fields campsite next door taking up a humongous amount of space. Hell, next year it’s the quiet site for me, if not a camper van.

I was a big fan of them as a child...

The Stunning: I was a big fan of them as a child...

Enough with the moaning, we headed into the main area around 6pm to catch The Stunning in the Crawdaddy tent. While I may lose street-cred for this, I really enjoyed them, having been a long time fan of their work since I was a small(ish) child. Whooped it up a storm for Half Past Two and December Sky. Though I did leave straight away as soon as Joe took over the vocal duties from Steve, never liked his songs/singing much.


Goldfrapp playing on the main stage

Goldfrapp: Playing the main stage

Wandered round up towards the main stage in time to get a great spot to see Goldfrapp. Great show, mostly the down-tempo pastoral psychedelia from Seventh Tree, with the odd track from Supernature and Felt Mountain too, which was a nice gentle lead-in to the thunderous Strict Machine and Train. Smashing performance from the waif-like Alison, stamping around the stage like a crazed Pierrot on angry pills.


The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

O2 Area: The giant lanterns had people swinging around inside them

Back up to the bar for more beers, the Paulaner was going down a treat. Stopped off at the O2 space, there was a show on which can only be described rather lamely as “people hiding inside giant paper lanterns while swinging around the place on tall bouncy sticks”


Sigur Ros taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros: Taking on the main stage after the sun went down

Sigur Ros were up next. Sounded great, huge, almost orchestral build-ups with the plaintive vocal wailings meandering over the top. Hell, don’t need to explain it to anyone, if you know them, you know what they sound like (and what they should sound like). They did sound like that too. Loud ambient drone music with rock subtleties? Not sure if it makes sense, but it did on the friday night after quite a few beers.


Sigur Ros, from the engineer's box

Sigur Ros: From the engineer box way further back

Met up with Eddie and Tony towards the end of the set, who were a little miffed at the fact that the bars had shut at 10pm while they were having dinner in Portlaoise. Boys, you need to get your priorities sorted! So, we decided to head up to the tent for more beverages and refreshments. 

Went for a wander down to the Bodytonic area, where we caught the Fish Go Deep lads playing a set of classic house choons. Given the fact that this was going to go on for a fair bit longer into the night, was pretty glad we hadn’t picked the Green campsite to stay, even if it was the nearest one to us on the way in from the long march to the carpark. Tried to get some cash from the sole ATMs on the site, but failed abjectly, owing to there being no cash in the machines at all at all, so went off to bed with ourselves.

Well fed and still cranky!

Breakfast: Well fed and still cranky!

Up early in the morning, went for the showers. Queues were mad at 9am for the private showers, so we bit the bullet and went for the communal ones, which were grand, not a bother (no photos though…) Went exploring round the area, and had ourselves a lovely veggie breakfast wrap and coffee just outside the Body & Soul area. Bumped into Fergal, a mate from school, and had a chat, his mate slagged off Dermot for being a bit kranky regards the state of the toilets/campsite/anything else that was bugging him. 


Wandering round the picnic

Main Arena: Wandering round the picnic

Wandered further and wider, around Body & Soul, taking the sights and sounds. Eventually headed back in to camp to drop off the towels, change the t-shirts, and pick up some beers. Eddie and Tony came back in and we had several drinks, with the very chatty Michael and Darragh. Had vodka too, mmmm, Absolut Vanilla, much nicer than it sounds.


From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Grace Jones: From waaaay back, I think she was wearing a golden witches hat and matching leotard. Glamtastic!

Back into the main area, ended up running around looking for various mates of the lads, before heading into Grace Jones. Stuck to the back of the tent, unfortunately, so her show was a brief glowing spot in the distance. You could still make out her weird contortionist dancing from a mile off though. Great show, particularly pleased by the fact that she sang La Vie En Rose

Underworld were up next, another great show from the two chaps. Left just before the end, thankfully as they finished up with Born Slippy, their best known but most over-played chav-anthem track. I don’t think they even went into Nuxx!!??! (I’m a closet Underworld fanatic, for them not to do Nuxx after Born Slippy is an absolute crying shame). Can anyone tell me if they played Rez, though? I can’t remember, everything/everything was a slight blur at this stage…

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

A rather blurry nighttime shot of the lads and Erin

We did bump into Erin O’Connor at one stage during the night, post Underworld, and took a blurry photo of her with the lads. And it didn’t get any less blurry, on account of having more drinks/pratfalls into our tents later on…


Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Dermot tries out the latest in festival sartorial statements.

Sunday morning came accompanied by a hangover. Another shower, another breakfast wrap, another wander round the Body & Soul area. Dropped off Dermot’s stuff at the car, but unfortunately missed Candi Staton in the process.


Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Hercules & Love Affair: Best show of the weekend, hands down!

Went back into the main area again, just in time to catch an amazing set by Hercules & Love Affair. Honestly, thought it was the best set of the weekend, though feel free to correct me on that one. Danced the whole way through, right up almost at the front.

Met up with the sister and her whole entourage outside the Bacardi tent in the wholly unexpected glorious sunshine, and just about managed to resist the temptation of a Mohito or two. I’d made the decision to drive home that evening. When the lads came in, had a single pint, had to really make it last.

Had dinner in Pieminister while listening to Spearhead and Michael Franti way off in the distance (pretty good actually). Chicken and bacon, mmm, scrumdiddlyumptious. And joy of joys! It’s coming to Dublin! (Finally!)

Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

This Is Pop Baby: Thankfully, the baby never popped nor pooped while we were in the tent

Went into the This Is Pop Baby for the live TV show with Panti, great craic. Back out into the sun for a while, though was starting to feel a bit chilly as the wind picked up. So back into This Is Pop Baby again for the drag show. There’s something about seeing all the girls performing up on a proper stage, with a gigantic inflatable baby hanging from the ceiling that added a certain extra frisson of, oh, I don’t know, je ne sais quoi maybe? The girls never looked so good, even the one who recognised Dermot in the audience and gave him the finger.


So, by now it was late Sunday evening, 9pm. Would have loved to have caught The Gossip, who by all accounts were absolutely excellent, but there was a tent to pack up, and I was by now freezing my tits off. Back we went, and managed the 30 min walk/stumble back to the car. Stocked up on several Diet Cokes to keep myself awake and in the fast lane, made it home in an hour, in bed by 12, wrecked to bits.

Woke up the next morning very glad indeed of the fact that I’d wisely had the foresight to take the Monday off. Tired but still exuberated



1. AstonishingSodApe - 05/09/2008

Underworld’s set was like this:

Glam Bucket
Beautiful Burnout
Two Months Off
You Do Scribble
King of Snake
Born Slippy

I was in the front row for the whole thing! Saw Grace Jones beforehand – best gig of the festival for me. Underworld came second. (Sorry, Underworld.)

2. lmd64 - 06/09/2008

Oooh, cheers for that, man! Spoonman for the intro, I definitely remember that I reckon I DID Stick round for cowgirl, regardless what state I was in, because I’d never leave during the middle of Rez,. Though I’ll agree, Ms Jones stole the show, just a short half hour beforehand. Diva-tastic!

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