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Electric picnic 2015: what to do during the day?

The final festival of the year is only two days away, attracting over 45,000 music lovers from around the country to a field in Co. Laois. 
For festival virgins, you are probably quizzical as to why anyone would want to stand in the rain for a weekend to listen to music, whilst camping and queuing for a toilet experience like none other. 
For those in the know, the weekend of the 4th of September has been planned in advance as a spectacular showcase of all that entertainment has to offer. 
Headlining this year’s Electric Picnic 2015 are Florence and the Machine, Gavin James, The Villagers, Sam Smith and the Manic Street Preachers among many more. 
However this festival isn’t just about the music, there are a variety of things to keep attendees entertained throughout the day.
An array of food is on offer over the course of the weekend, also known as traders or The Theatre of Food. Adare Farm will be present at Disco Brunch on Sunday. Hosted by Red Bull and the Gentleman’s Academy from 12 to 4 pm, it will serve pork delicacies from a spit, among other sweet treats.
Some chefs to mention are Neven Maguire and Clodagh McKenna, along with a list of Michelin star chefs like Ross Lewis and Kevin Thornton. Electric Picnic will have a variety of cuisine to choose from, such as exotic street food, vegan cooking, as well as many different foods from around the world. 
This will take place in Minefield, where you can also avail of classes on icing a wedding cake, turning beer into ice cream and making bread. Won’t Granny be proud? 
A main attraction each year is The Theatre of Food Mixology. Festival goers can learn how to make cocktails, with awards for the best drinks. All food will be provided in Arkeen Quality Food Stores kitchen on site.  
The Comedy Tent can be the highlight of the weekend for many picnic goers. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind from the music with the very best that stand up can offer. 
Among this year’s line up is Des Bishop, Colm O’Regan (author of The Irish Mammies Twitter account and books), Al Porter, The Rubberbandits and Deidre O’Kane.  
The Magic Mush Room is a new edition to EP this year, here, festival goers can enjoy some magic showcases by the likes of Shane Gillen. You will have the opportunity to ‘control’ a magician, and link themselves to pick pocketer Biran Daly via a live transmission. 
Participators will be able to speak through an ear piece to Daly, who will roam the grounds and offer something different in terms of entertainment.  
If it’s intimacy you’re looking for, Other Voices is the place to go at this year’s Electric Picnic. Last year’s guests included Hozier and Little Green Cars, while 2015 will see Gavin James and The Staves take to the stage. Other Voices has attracted a huge celebrity fan base such as Jessie Ware and Ellie Goulding.  
Mindfield: Spoken Word is also worth attending over the course of the weekend. Set against a backdrop of trees, you can enjoy a variety of political debates, quizzes, inspiring talks, science experiments and performance poetry.   
Needless to say there is an exemplary amount of bars available to fuel energy throughout the days and nights. Cue sighs, angry tweets and Facebook posts as the unlucky watch on jealously as one of the biggest smash hit events of the 2015 calendar approaches in what will surely be another successful year. 
Photo: Teep & Rach/ Flickr