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# ep - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

17 things we learned from a sneak peek at this year's Electric Picnic site EP

# ep - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

# ep - Thursday 15 March, 2018

Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D and Massive Attack have been announced for Electric Picnic 2018

Dua Lipa, Ben Howard, St Vincent, and Chvrches will also be appearing in Stradbally.

# ep - Monday 12 March, 2018

A look back at the changing Electric Picnic lineups over the past 14 years

There have been some excellent headliners over the years.

# ep - Saturday 2 September, 2017

14 tweets that sum up the Electric Picnic weekend so far

From energetic crowds to the best one-liners.

# ep - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

14 classic photos from Electric Picnic a decade ago

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the Green Party: A simpler time.

# ep - Friday 2 September, 2016

# ep - Thursday 1 September, 2016

16 classic photos from the Electric Picnic way back in 2005

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

# ep - Sunday 6 September, 2015

From 'Should we just sit at home twiddling our thumbs just because we have children?' Electric Picnic

'Should we just sit at home twiddling our thumbs just because we have children?'

Should people have to hang up their wellie boots just because they have kids?

# ep - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Electric Picnic Night One in tweets from Stradbally

A good time was definitely had by all.

From Here are our top 6 things to do at Electric Picnic today: Saturday Electric Picnic

# ep - Thursday 3 September, 2015

How Much Of An Electric Picnic Wimp Are You?

Hardcore or not? Find out.

# ep - Wednesday 2 September, 2015

# ep - Tuesday 1 September, 2015

Do You Even Know Who You’re Seeing At Electric Picnic?

Identify the bands you’ll be watching on stage this weekend.

# ep - Thursday 5 March, 2015

9 things people need to cop on to before Electric Picnic 2015

Please. Can everyone just stop.

# ep - Wednesday 4 March, 2015

11 of the best responses from the Electric Picnic Facebook page

People weren’t happy – and they made it clear in the most hilarious way possible.

# ep - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

From Electric Picnic sees 150 drug busts and 10 held for theft Ep 2014

Electric Picnic sees 150 drug busts and 10 held for theft

Oh, and one couple had to be rescued after their tent caught fire when candles were lit there.

# ep - Sunday 31 August, 2014

From Here's What Happened Today: Sunday News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about a drowning tragedy in Crete, Irish troops in the Middle East, peace, and EP.

# ep - Friday 29 August, 2014

Electric Picnic tickets for NEXT year going on sale on Monday

We’ll always be together…

# ep - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

# ep - Monday 25 November, 2013

From 'If you've got no vote, you've got no voice' - MEP pushes election registration European Elections

'If you've got no vote, you've got no voice' - MEP pushes election registration

Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins said we fought ‘long and hard’ for our democracy and people should participate in it.

# ep - Sunday 1 September, 2013

From 21 pictures of this year's Electric Picnic festival Electric Picnic This post contains images

21 pictures of this year's Electric Picnic festival

It looked epic and oh, so very colourful.

# ep - Saturday 31 August, 2013

From Electric Picnic festival goers warned to stay away from ‘dodgy pills’ Drugs Are Bad

Electric Picnic festival goers warned to stay away from ‘dodgy pills’

The drug known as ‘Blue Ghosts’ or ‘Casper’ is doing the rounds at the festival and organisers have urged picnickers to be careful.

From 20-year-old man dies at Electric Picnic festival EP

20-year-old man dies at Electric Picnic festival

Gardaí confirmed the sudden death but do not believe foul play was involved.

# ep - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Here's a sneak peek at the Electric Picnic site! The Build Up This post contains images

Here's a sneak peek at the Electric Picnic site!

There are seats in front of the main stage. SEATS!

# ep - Friday 23 August, 2013

From Still hoping to go to Electric Picnic? Hop on your saddle Sold Out

Still hoping to go to Electric Picnic? Hop on your saddle

The Stradbally festival has sold out for the first time since 2008. But if you’re fit enough you can still get in by cycling from Dublin to Laois.

# ep - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

From Mia, 12, will test new prosthetic leg in charity cycle Tour De Picnic

Mia, 12, will test new prosthetic leg in charity cycle

There were over 700 participants at the Electric Picnic bike ride last year, but organisers hope this year will be even bigger.

# ep - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

From In pics: A first look at Electric Picnic 2012 EP2012 This post contains images

In pics: A first look at Electric Picnic 2012

Take a sneak peek at the festival site…

# ep - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

The Summer’s music festival and nearly over but there is one left – Electric Picnic and tickets are a whopping €240 so we wondered what the best ways to blag your way into the festival maybe.

1.     Impersonation

Has anyone ever told you you’re a dead ringer for Rosanna Davison? or that guy off TwoTube? Well, now’s your chance to put it to the test.
Simply line up for the guest list and use that tried and tested line – “don’t you know who I am?”  I presume that’s what Rosanna would say if she were there. Pray, of course, that they don’t actually know the celeb look-a-like you’re trying to be – that could be a tad embarrassing.

There are alternatives:  you can always impersonate a security guard – it worked for Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris. Grab a high vis vest and a walkie-talkie and walk on in with authority.
2.     Request a Press Pass

You know that blog you’ve got? Ya, that one you only posted on once.

Well, it’s time you started blogging a little more. It’s not just the broadsheet and music mags who get press passes at festivals, bloggers get passes too, so quickly add the world and its mother to your Twitter and show that you’re uber popular online. You never know,  maybe you just might be able to wangle a pass.

Otherwise you could lie and say you’re working for The Daily Planet or your college magazine. Press passes have the added extra of giving you access to a working toilet, complete with bog roll – luxury.

Failing the press pass just get yourself a camera with a huge lens, or better still a video camera and a mic. It worked for former wacky weatherman Alan Hughes who blagged his way into the MTV Awards a few years ago.

3.     Just rock up

Last year my mates just rocked on up to Oxegen in their car. “We’re with MTV, we’re looking for the VIP car park” said one. “Do you not have a pass?” answered the security guard, “No, we’re going to collect it, could you please tell us where the VIP car park is?”

Unwittingly they arrived behind the main stage next to Blur and Snow Patrol’s dressing room. “Well, our car will be safe here” they thought, and walked right in… After all, if you’re backstage no one’s going to ask to see your pass just so you can get out to the plebs in the main arena. Now, they were actually going to collect passes but it makes you wonder can anyone just rock up in a car and blag their way in?

4.     Become a Band Aid
It seemed to work in the film Almost Famous, but if you’re thinking Band Aid is about getting your musical mates together for a rendition of Do They Know Its Christmas then you’re sadly mistaken. It’s more about batting your eyelids and fraternising with the drummer or a roady. One mate of mine managed to hop on a tour bus and crash her way into a music festival simply because she was a good talker – or so she says.
5.     Hop the fence
It’s quite traditional this one, but there have been reports of people hopping fences at Electric Picnic and Oxegen and managing to make it into the main arena with nothing more than a bit of sheep doo on their wellies. Others haven’t been so lucky – at best their attempts to scale festival hoardings have been blocked by security and at worst you could end up like Robert Uhlenake who fell to his death attempting to gain entry to a Metallica concert – perhaps you could avoid this one, or just bring your own ladder.

6. Get a job?
No I don’t mean staking shelves to pay for your ticket, although a bar job at the festival wouldn’t be the worst thing – money, drink and a free pass – what more could one want?

Alternatively you can volunteer at Electric Picnic either over the course of the weekend or in the week leading up to it. If you do 24 hours of work you’ll get a free pass. But don’t think you can just make a dash for it once you get your pass. The guys at Electric Picnic have thought of everything and you’ll have to pay a €240 bond to ensure you’ll fulfill you’re part of the bargain.

7. Tour de Cycle
You could just cycle down. This year the festival, in conjunction with Temple Street Children’s Hospital, is offering those who wish make the 90kn route by bike the opportunity to get in for free. If you can raise €500 and bike down they’ll transport your tent and camping gear to the festival site and even give your bike a lift back to Dublin.

8. Sob story

“My friend’s inside and she has my ticket and my phone’s not working and I don’t know her number, and she’s about to score my boyfriend, and my dog died yesterday and all I want to do is hear LCD Soundsystem ’cause I was meant to see them play in April but they were canceled due to the volcano. Cue tears. It could work, but it’s probably best to stay clear unless you’re a 16-year-old-girl.

9. Bribe the bouncer
How much are these guys getting paid? Not enough, I’m sure, not for all the great work they do. it’s important that they be rewarded for helping out festival patrons – right? A ticket is €240, but perhaps these guys would like an extra €50 on top of their wages? Or even €100? Still cheaper than a ticket. Pray you don’t get a box for being cheeky.

10 Build your own furniture

The European Recycling Platform is giving budding furniture designers the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the festival by designing a piece of furniture out of recyclable materials. So get your pen out, you have till August 20th to submit your design ideas.

If these ideas feel a little too daunting or impractical then perhaps you should just buy a ticket. Three-day camping tickets are €240, but there are no one- day tickets.

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois from September 3-5.