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In photos: Setting up camp at Electric Picnic 2011

Revellers streamed to the Stradbally campsite in droves today for start of the three-day festival.

Soaking up the atmosphere on day one of Electric Picnic 2011.
Soaking up the atmosphere on day one of Electric Picnic 2011.
Image: Stephen Kilkenny

THOUSANDS OF MUSIC fans have descended on the Electric Picnic site in Stradbally, Co Laois today as the three-day festival got underway.

Almost 1,000 people set out from Tallaght Stadium in Dublin this morning to raise money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital by cycling the 80 kilometres to Stradbally.

The 2Wheels Tour de Picnic event – one of the biggest leisure charity cycles in the country, according to organisers – was supported with a €30,000 donation from the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. Brian McDermott from 2Wheels said that the event has grown from 45 cyclists two years ago, to almost 1000 in 2011.

Gallery: Day 1 at the Electric Picnic:

In photos: Setting up camp at Electric Picnic 2011
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    Go Team Pacman! (Image: Michelle Geraghty)
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    Sun, rain, a sudden drop in temperatures: this festival goer is set for all conditions. (Picture: Tony Kinlan)
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    Tour de Picnic cyclists weave through Kilcullen, Co Kildare en route to the Electric Picnic. (Picture: Tony Kinlan)
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    Gavin Kelly and Stephen McCrudy from Derry get into the spirit of things. (Image: Andres Poveda)
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    Jack (age 7) Maeve (age 4) and Rachel McCarthy (age 6) from west Cork await the first act to take to the main stage in Electric Picnic 2011. (Image: Andres Poveda)

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