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Dublin: 7 °C Thursday 14 November, 2019
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17 things we learned from a sneak peek at this year's Electric Picnic site

Featuring MudWatch.

IT’S ONLY A matter of days before we head down to Stradbally to enjoy three days and nights of deadly music, comedy, and overall fun. 

Today, we took a trip down to Laois to take a sneak peek at the site as it undergoes construction before the weekend. 

Here’s what we learned. 

1. Jerry Fish has the coolest arena transport 

Look at this for a minibus! 

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2. Golf buggies remain the best way to get around EP

Pity you can’t have one. 

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3. There’s a Little Picnic for kids 

Had anyone any idea that this existed? It’s great for kids, with entertainment all weekend.

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4. The mud hasn’t gotten too bad yet 

It’s early days though, bring the wellies. 

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5. Transmission is a lot freakier at night than in daylight, sober 

Why are those aliens starring at me? Maybe they want to be friends. 

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6. Trenchtown got a whole lot bigger

And weirdly, they want you to remember to give your mam a buzz. While you buzz. 

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7. You can exercise on site 

Flyefit will be in the Dairy Council’s area for the week providing warm ups, cool downs, and festival fitness mornings. G’LUCK. 

8. I am afraid of heights

Yes, I learned this, watching La Fura dels Baus. Basically, they put a bunch of people on a pyramid and send them up into the air on a crane. I’m queasy, but it looks spectacular. 

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9. Backstage on mainstage is not that special  

Brilliant, portaloos. 

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10. The notiony campsite is seriously, seriously notiony 

In the new Harvest Moon campsite, you can get a pod or yurt with a king sized bed, power, and even rads. Would you be able. Prices start at around 800 euro. 

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11. Organiser Melvin Benn revealed that contactless payments are now accepted on site 

Christ, that’s all we need.  

Melvin also revealed that there’s going to be a secret Berlin bunker, featuring DJs from Berlin. Where is it? You have to find out. 

12. You can actually get a five course dinner in a field 

The Banquet is a new area at the picnic which is serving up a five course gourmet meal in the middle of a field. It’s outrageous, but costs €120 a head and all funds raised go to Pieta House and Temple St Children’s hospital. Tickets are still available.  

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13. Derry Clarke and Clodagh McKenna are heading it up 

Yep, the two top chefs are cooking up Tesco’s finest food. Just don’t show up with a hangover. 

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14. You can’t avoid the wasps

Cover your ciders. 

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15. As are apples 

Grab a free apple if you’re feeling a bit malnourished after your third curry chip of the day. 

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16. The best hangover hideout is in the Little Picnic

However, you need a kid to get in. Just saying. Might not be a good combo. 

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16. Finally, it’s gonna be great craic

You can even rent a sesh if it’s not. 

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