With over 1,000 artists set to perform at the Stradbally festival this year… I think the highlights and appeal of the festival even go beyond the music line-up. So I thought I’d share what I’m most looking forward to, and just get your excitement levels buzzing!

Electric Picnic – Top 3 Things to Look Forward to!

Where do I even start! :D So much to do in just one weekend… but it’s the highlight of Stradbally’s year and will probably shake up to be the highlight of yours as well… so start making the list of the must-sees and must-dos!

Other Voices Stage

The weekend is bound to be hectic enough, with headliners like Lana Del Rey, The Chemical Brothers and New Order on the bill… plus the massive live acts like The 1975, Years & Years, Catfish & The Bottlemen and James Bay… so take a little time to kick back and enjoy music from the more acoustic and intimate additions to the line-up. Not only will you discover some unreal Irish artists that may never have crossed your radar before, but actually it will set you up nicely for a bit of hype later in the night :D I suggest sticking around for: Sample Answer, Heathers and Booka Brass Band.

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Swimming!

For the first year in the history of the festival, you will be able to pack your swimsuits and get swimming in the lake!! The manmade like will have signs leading to it so just follow the route, break away from the crowds, and enjoy some Summer fun :D And yes, don’t worry – there will be lifeguards on site and there will be terms and conditions for entry. A great new feature for the festival though… it beats nipping back to the tent when there are no acts you want to see for a few hours. A bit of fun and the closest you’ll probably get to a shower for the weekend sooo… take full advantage! ;)

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Theatre of Food

Welcome the work of some celebrity chefs to your taste buds and feel almost in luxury for a little while… it’s a step up from your usual festival food, that’s for sure! And it’s not just about cooking and eating either… you’ll witness the food stars in action doing a series of demos, quizzes and even debates. So it’s bound to be more than just the pan getting heated! ;)

The thing about Electric Picnic is, the line up is so massive and diverse that we go for the food… but we talk about it for weeks on end after because of all the unique and special additions. It’s not just any old festival, so make the most of the extras and make the best festival memories you can imagine ;)

Festival vibes

It won’t be long now… so get those flower crowns on and have a poncho on hand at all times… you may be packing the swimsuit… but you’re still in Ireland! ;)