Monday, September 3, 2012

Electric Picnic 2012

Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois is like a giant shopping centre, holding the wackiest and most wonderful that art can offer. 

You stroll the 800 acres of rolling fields,

wander from hilarious readings by Una Mullally and Rachel (conversations overhead at Electric Picnic)

to exercise guru, Mr Motivator in the Dancerise tent,

where he lifted the crowd literally off the ground to thumping disco sounds,

(someone wasn't too impressed)

to Booker prize winning author, John Banville, where he chatted about the wonder of millions of people buying and reading books thanks to the phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Grey,
to Mahatmagansie (sp?) an Irish speaking band, who spat out Irish tunes in Greek/Russian style rhythms,

to punk poet, John Cooper Clarke who entertained a packed tent with anarchaic titled poems such as "Home honey, I'm high,"

to another Booker prize winning author, Anne Enright, who read from her scrumptious novel "The Forgotten Waltz" and chatted to us about the parellels between the excesses of the Celtic Tiger and the recklessness of her heroine, Gina's, adulterous affair,

to dangerously satirical comedians such as Dave McSavage, who did a far from respectful sketch of Joe Duffy's Liveline

while the man himself socialised just a few yards away,

to the Nuala's who glammed up the Comedy Tent.

You could also read tweets

or lurk around the Trailer Park

 or watch people getting a mobile massage

 or just watch people.

The wristband will be reluctantly removed sometime over the next week.


Murees Dupè said...

This looks and sounds like a lot of fun.

Words A Day said...

lucky, luck you! Thanks for the photos, and interesting take on 50 shades, its certainly got people reading:)

Mari G said...

Murees - it sure was. Maybe even worth a visit to Ireland for next year's which is Electric Picnic's tenth anniversary!

Hi Niamh - yes, John Banville certainly put an unexpected spin on all those booksales!

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Debbie said...

Looks like a riot Mari, of the best possible kind. I specially like the deeply dubious idea of trailer park lurking. Has the wristband frayed off yet or will it have to be surgically removed?Debbie X

Mari G said...

Hi Debbie.
Wristband is gone - fraying off is acurate description. The trailer park lurking was fun too.

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