Electric Picnic 2016: Everythi...


Electric Picnic 2016: Everything You Need To Know


02:39 31 Aug 2016

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From this Friday, 1000 acts will perform to a record crowd of 55,000 at Electric Picnic.

The Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem and Lana Del Ray will headline the Main Stage over the three nights, while RTE's Concert Orchestra are expected to be a massive hit as they re-create dance classics in the Rankin's Wood tent on Friday from 9pm.

This is the 14th year of the festival, and if you're heading along we've put everything you could want to know in one handy place - right here.

You'll need to pack wellies and suncream! The weather forecast is mixed, with some strong sunshine and the odd heavy shower. You can read more on the weather for the weekend here.

Getting There (from Dublin)

Car Take the M7, and exit at Junction 16. Electric Picnic will be well sign-posted. You're best to follow these, and not your sat-nav as the route Google takes you could be longer.

Bus Companies like Marathon Travel are running bus services from Dublin city centre to the festival, and back again. 

Train You can get the train from Heuston to Portlaoise, and then take a shuttle bus from there to the festival.

Getting Around

Once you're there, there's a lot to get around over the weekend. A record crowd of 55,000 people will be there, so some new areas have been created. Make sure to check out new areas like The Hazel Wood and Anachronica (rave in the forest).

There are loads of stages dotted all around, from big to small, in forests and in fields. There really is something for everyone. If you haven't got a shiny lanyard with stage times on it, we have the full list of times here.

Campsites open at 9am Friday, and will close at 1pm Monday. If you're in a campervan you can get in from 4pm Thursday. Sunday ticket holders can enter from 11am Sunday.

The Main Arena will be open until midnight Friday and 2am Saturday and Sunday, while the Late Night Arena (the woods) will be open until 4am.

This year instead of leaving your phone in to be charged, Three will be selling battery packs to take around with you. Once you return it, they'll give you another fully charged.

Other Handy Bits

  • While there are ATMs and a shop that accepts cards, it's probably best to take cash out before you leave 
  • Only bring what you can afford to lose; there is no way you can make a tent fully secure
  • There are loads of toilets, but pack some toilet roll and wet wipes just in case

For a full list of things you can and can't bring, click here.

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