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16 classic photos from the Electric Picnic way back in 2005

Gonna party like it’s two-thousand-and-five.

1. 11 years ago, the very first full weekend Electric Picnic was on in Stradbally Hall – and this was the line-up

electric Source: electricpicnic.ie

2. Bez bucket hats were all the rage in 2005

SHOWBIZ Picnic 5 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

3. And Wayne Coyne was still crowdsurfing on a giant inflatable ball for the craic

SHOWBIZ Picnic 11 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

4. The blurry evidence of a legendary weekend just about remains

SHOWBIZ Picnic 12 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

5. Where gas tent paintings were the order of the day

hullo! Source: VMOS

6. And Arcade Fire put in *that* performance that everyone claims they saw

arcade Source: RTÉ

7. It was a simpler time

dj format Source: (M.E) Morgan

8. Perhaps a better time

SHOWBIZ Picnic 13 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

9. Electric Picnic had the glamour, even back then

SHOWBIZ Picnic 7 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

10. And Kraftwerk gave it the credibility

SHOWBIZ Picnic 10 Source: Haydn West

11. Fat Boy Slim provided the sesh music

arcade2 Source: YouTube

12. Mildly suggestive t-shirts were on show

all night... Source: (M.E) Morgan

13. And Doves were still a massive thing

000_2552 Source: Paradasos

14. There wasn’t quite the variety of food stalls back then though

IM000222 Source: Paradasos

15. So you had to make do with what you could

instant Source: skunkpiks flickr

16. But the more things change, the more they stay the same

sleepy time Source: VMOS

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