Robert Morrissey has spent the summer hitting up all the best Irish music festivals, he reviews the one we were all waiting for and tells us his highlights and his disappointments...

It has been a great summer for most Irish music festivals, the majority sold out and plans are already a foot for next year. Electric Picnic has shut its gates until then, as many would agree that it provided the perfect end to an Irish summer filled with incredible music festivals.

The revellers

The festival crowd this year was quite the mix, many Picnic regulars returned as thirty-somethings brought their young, some post Leaving Cert students having one last meet up before going their separate ways for college, followed by the music lovers both young and elderly.

There was a relaxing vibe about Stradbally, the festival's crew were at ease, the crowd chilled and perhaps the line up reflected that too.

In case you've ever wondered what happens at night when the Main Stage winds down, Electric Picnic never sleeps.  Most stalls stay open, the range of food and drink is broad, and there's different options for everyone wanting to sleep or keeping raving until sunrise tells you it is time to get your dancing shoes (or wellies) on.

During the day in the arena, there were the usual spots to cater for all tastes. Tiger, Heineken, Bacardi and more were open late and provided some choice.  Food ranged from burritos to ostrich burgers.  Other than the music, there were art installations galore among the Body and Soul area, a funfair, Just Eat had hammocks and beanbags for relaxing in, particularly on Sunday when temperatures soared.


Friday night was all about Foals on the Main Stage for me.  'My Number', 'Inhaler', and 'Spanish Sahara' were standout tracks in the set. Elsewhere, Little Green Cars (pictured above) played a wonderfully intimate secret set in the Other Voices tent.

Saturday allowed a full day to wander about the stages.  Hozier probably had the biggest crowd all weekend. Paolo Nutini did an excellent Chvrches cover.  James Vincent McMorrow was as humbling and fantastic as ever in the Electric Arena, while Clean Bandit had a good following in the same tent, many were disappointed with their stage presence.

Sunday had extra footfall for the day ticket holders.  Many flocked early to Sinead O'Connor, but felt let down with her setlist.  The Electric Arena proved popular again, as the line up featured Laura Mvula, The 1975, and St Vincent.  Outkast were going to be popular since they were closing the Main Stage, but the constant shouts of "Hello Dublin" left the crowd rattled.  Jungle had a blinder of a set on the Rankin's Wood Stage, a great show to match a great weekend.

Tickets for Electric Picnic 2015 are on sale now.