As well as the amazing music, there is a whole host of exciting highlights at this year’s Electric Picnic

With just over a week to go until Stradbally Estate opens its doors to over 57,000 festival-goers for another year of Electric Picnic, we’ve rounded up a few of the highlights to expect. Tickets are sold out, so if you’re lucky enough to have one these are a few of the exciting events to look out for:

The Banquet

Back again this year is The Banquet at Electric Picnic – a fine dining banquet curated by top chefs Derry Clarke and Mark Moriarty, using only the Tesco finest* ingredients.  Tickets are €120 and all funds raised go to Temple Street, Tesco’s charity partner, and Pieta House.  Find tickets here.

Little Picnic for little festival-goers

The Little Picnic is back this year with lots of fun for children at this year’s EP. With four stages and a sports area, you can expect performances and workshops from The Ballymore Brass Band, the Explorium Family Science Show with Mark the Science Guy, Gaiety School of Acting, Marty Moncrieff the Teddy Bear Thief,  the Laois Youth Orchestra, and many more.

Theatre of Food

We love all things food here at Irish Country Magazine, so another highlight at Electric Picnic has to be the Theatre of Food. It’s taking place across four stages, including the Main Stage for cookery demos, the Fringe Theatre for workshops and talks, the Drinks Theatre and, for the first time, the Garden Stage, where chef Caitlin Ruth will be showing festival-goers how to make their dream of cooking in a food truck come true. Curated by Sally and John McKenna, of McKennas Guides, Theatre of Food has a jam-packed line-up across the three days.

Global Green Village

EP’s eco-conscious corner is back again with some great food stalls, panel discussions and brilliant acts performing in The Village Hall. This year, look out for hip hop artist and winner of the prestigious 2FM/BIMM scholarship, NibZz, who’ll be performing.

Top it all off with a pamper package!

A muscle melting back massage. A two-hour spa experience in a thermal suite. An overnight stay in a deluxe room. Could you imagine doing all of this on the Monday after Electric Picnic?! Well now you can, thanks to The Heritage Hotel in Laois, located just a short distance from Stradbally. The Post-Picnic Pick Me Up package is an oasis of comfort and relaxation after a weekend of camping and partying. It’s €199 for two people and includes breakfast, spa treatments and more on Monday 2 September. Find the full details here.

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