The Roots, Gemma Hayes added to Hot Press Chatroom

The Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic line-up continues to swell, with two new additions.

Philadelphia hip hop legends The Roots and ace Tipperary chanteuse Gemma Hayes (pictured) are both set to meet their adoring public on the Sunday at Stradbally Hall.

Previously announced at the Chatroom are Carbon/Silicon, Elbow, The Flaws, That Petrol Emotion, The Stunning, Mark Geary, Cathy Davey, Kíla, Josh Ritter and James Yorkston.

Stay tuned to hotpress.com for more additions and provisional times for these not-to-be-missed public interviews and q&a sessions.

 

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Electric Picnic Launch Party

Electric Picnic Launch Party at Fitzwilliam Square

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Arctic Monkeys, Bjork & Fatboy Slim top the Electric Picnic bill

The line-up for the 2013 Electric Picnic has just been revealed...

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My Bloody Valentine and more added to Electric Picnic line-up!

My Bloody Valentine, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Uhuru and The Knife are the first group of acts to be added to Stradbally's already strong line-up

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Electric Picnic is definitely on; ticket details released!

After much “will it/won’t it?” speculation, this year’s Electric Picnic is definitely going ahead with a line-up announcement on Thursday April 25. Needless to say, hotpress.com will be all over it like a rash!

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Electric Picnic Resolution Could Be In Sight

The court case between POD Music Ltd. and Festival Republic Dublin Ltd. was adjourned yesterday in order to allow the parties to enter into mediation.

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Mindfield at Electric Picnic

Highlights from one of the Picnic's best corners...

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Watch! Heineken Out and About at Electric Picnic

If you're still feeling those post EP blues, this heart warming video of Picnic highlights is sure to cheer you up.

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Out and About at Electric Picnic 2012

Out and About at Electric Picnic 2012

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Out n About at Electric Picnic with drinkaware.ie

Out n About at Electric Picnic with drinkaware.ie

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WATCH! Ham Sandwich in the Chatroom

The Kells act joined us in Stradbally over the weekend...

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Pics: Best of the Chatroom

Here's the highlights from the weekend at Stradbally!

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Electric Picnic 2012 Live Sunday

All the best of the action from around the stages on the final day of Electric Picnic 2012

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Ding ding round 3!

Sunday shenanigans are well underway in sunny Stradbally...

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WATCH! Le Galaxie at the Chatroom

The boys stopped by ahead of their must-see performance last night...

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Electric Picnic - Saturday live shots

Check out our gallery of pics from Day Two...

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WATCH! John Cooper Clarke in the Chatroom

The English bard called in, not once, but twice!

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WATCH: The Vaccines in the Hot Press Chatroom

Another superstar act for the HP tent...

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WATCH: Kid Karate @ Electric Picnic

Propulsive two-piece chat to Hot Press...

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Electric Picnic - Day Two in full swing!

It's all go in the Hot Press Chatroom...

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Electric Picnic - live shots

Check out our gallery of live pics from Friday...

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WATCH: Overhead, The Albatross @ Electric Picnic

In conversation with one of Ireland's hottest up and coming bands...

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WATCH: Croupier @ Electric Picnic

Hot Press sits down with the excellent act...

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Electric Picnic is GO!

The Chatroom is buzzing...

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WATCH: Hot Press @ Electric Picnic 2012

Roving reporters Craig Fitzpatrick and Celina Murphy reveal their festival picks for this year's Stradbally extravaganza...

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Electric Picnic Timetable released

The download timetable has just been released - a day early! - for the Electric Picnic.

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John Banville to 'talk to Joe' in MindField

Joe Duffy will conduct an hour-long interview with the Booker Prize winner.

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Electric Picnic Forest Stage line-up

The magical Forest Stage of Electric Picnic

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Electric Picnic day breakdown announced

Only three weeks to go, it's time to get excited....

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Electric Picnic reveals Comedy Tent line-up

It'll have you in stitches...

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More additions to Electric Picnic line-up

Cathy Davey, Cashier No. 9 and Davit Kitt have joined the party...

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Electric Picnic announces Little Big Tent Additions

Including dj set from former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy…

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Electric Picnic 2012 Launch

The Market Bar, Dublin was the venue for the launch of this years line-up

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The Cure to headline Electric Picnic 2012

We're already looking forward to the end of the summer!

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Electric Picnic wins big at festival awards

Eight gongs for the Stradbally spectacular...

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Bacardi Ireland scoop UK & Ireland Festival Award

The rum company picked it up for the Bacardi Get Together Arena at this year's Electric Picnic.

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electric picnic: friday, september 2

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Electric Picnic: saturday, september 3

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Electric Picnic: Sunday, September 4

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Electric Picnic 2011 - Out n About

Out and about at Electric Picnic 2011

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Out And About at the Picnic: In Pictures

If one of our photographers nabbed you for a photo over the weekend, you might well feature here...

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Electric Picnic 2011 wraps up

Three great days of music and chat have drawn to a close in Stradbally

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Electric Picnic 2011 - Saturday

All the best of the action for the second day of this year's Picnic

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Electric Picnic 2011 - Sunday

Pulp were the main attraction on the final day of this years festival

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And Day Two has kicked off at Electric Picnic!

We've got Mundy, Ham Sandwich, Death In Vegas and OMD in the Hot Press Chatroom...

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Electric Picnic 2011 - Friday

Live shots from Friday, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois

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Another day nearly down at Electric Picnic!

We've had a great Saturday in the Chatroom - and it's not over yet!

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The Hot Sprockets rock the Hot Press Chatroom

Rocking the HP Chatroom, Sprockets style...

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Picnic Treats: ten acts you have to see

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Day One kicks off at Electric Picnic

The Hot Press Chatroom is gearing up for one star-studded weekend!

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Hot Press TV @ Electric Picnic

Like a fly on the wall...

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Olaf Tyaransen on Gavin Friday

Some post-Chatroom reflection from HP'a writer-at-large...

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MindField Line-Up Revealed

Electric Picnic's spoken word area looks set to be buzzing this weekend

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Love Music Hate Racism @ Electric Picnic

Check out the line-up at the stage's festival debut!

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Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic: The times

The full rundown on who is talking and when, right down to the minute.

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Mojito Picnic

300,000 mint leaves, 17 tonnes of ice and 200,000 limes are making their way to the Bacardi Get Together Arena at Stratbally.

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Electric Picnic Stage Times Available

You can get the full rundown now

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Four bands to battle for Electric Picnic slot

Tandem Felix, Eatenbybears, The Depravations and Leaders Of Men will fight it out for an Electric Picnic spot at the Heineken Music and POD’s Pick for the Picnic at Crawdaddy on September 1.

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Beirut join the Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic

Yet another big musical name will be stopping by at Stradbally

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Pick For The Picnic - Grand Final

One of four bands will secure a slot at Electric Picnic when they battle it out on September 1

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The Go! Team join Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic

Another name for the list!

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White Lies join the Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic

Another name joins the fray!

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Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic returns!

Check out the first acts announced.

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Body & Soul at Electric Picnic line-up revealed

Check out the full breakdown.

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ERP Electric Picnic Art Competition shortlist revealed

Shortlisted finalists announced for ERP Electric Picnic Art Competition.

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Bacardi Get Together at Electric Picnic takes shape

Get those dancing shoes ready.

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Recycle a masterpiece!

Attention artful and creative types!

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More acts for Electric Picnic

Warpaint, The Rapture, James Blake and many more!

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Electric Picnic 2011 additions!

Santigold, Best Coast, Public Enemy, Joan as Policewoman and more....

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Arcade Fire & Pulp to headline the Electric Picnic

The full line-up has just been revealed and we reckon it's pretty knock-out!

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Electric Picnic booker tells Hot Press how they got Arcade Fire

Declan Forde on this year's festival, and securing one of the most celebrated bands in the world

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Electric Picnic & Soul Poison

Our columnist takes issue with John Waters' negative comments about Electric Picnic

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Out And About @ Electric Picnic 2010 PT2

more scenes from across the site last weekend

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Out And About @ Electric Picnic 2010 PT1

See if you can find yourself in our first lot of Out n About pics from this year's Electric Picnic

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A great picnic weekend

Electric Picnic is known for it’s great line ups, but also for it’s fringe acts. There were so many highlights over the weekend.

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SUNDAY LIVE @ ELECTRIC PICNIC 2010

We round off what was a brilliant weekend of live music with shots from across the stages at this year's Electric Picnic

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SATURDAY LIVE @ ELECTRIC PICNIC 2010

The second day of the festival brings highlights from Imelda May, LCD Soundsystem and The Frames among others

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FRIDAY LIVE @ ELECTRIC PICNIC 2010

Here's the first of our live galleries with all the action from Electric Picnic 2010

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Day three begins at Stradbally

We've got another impressive line-up at the Hot Press Chatroom for your enjoyment!

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Dublin Gospel Choir rock the Chatroom

The group stopped in for an electrifying performance, which went down a storm!

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O Emperor confirmed for Chatroom interview

Paul from the Waterford/Cork collective will also perform an acoustic set

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Dead Cat Bounce wrap up our Chatroom

It's been an amazing day here - now to hit the arena for some Massive Attack, National and UNKLE

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Heathers added to tomorrow's Picnic line-up

The sister act will replace The Tallest Man On Earth in the Crawdaddy tent

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Stef pays homage to GaGa

The Mighty Stef played a few choons in our Chatroom - including a haunting rendition of Lady GaGa's 'Bad Romance'!

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Ding ding Round Two!

There may have been a few "sun" showers this morning at Stradbally, but otherwise we feel a brilliant day coming on

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And So You Watched Them From.. up quite close actually!

Chris and Tony from And So I Watch You From Afar are our latest Chatroom alumni

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Dublin Gospel Choir for Chatroom

The perfect antidote for hungover heads on Sunday!

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Ladies and Gentlemen: Leftfield!

The night is really just beginning here at Stradbally, but we're finishing up Saturday's Chatroom on a high...

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Getting There: How to make your way to the picnic

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Hot Press Chatroom 2010 - Jerry Fish, The Mighty Stef & Beardyman just added!

We're please to announced the initial timetable for the Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic.

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Final EP ticket winner

We've got one last pair to give away...

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UNKLE, Friendly Fires & ASIWYFA added to HP Chatroom @ Electric Picnic line-up

We'll be open for Stradbally business on Friday!

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Full Electric Picnic stage times announced

Friday can't come too soon!

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LCD Soundsystem to grace the Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic!

Mr. Murphy will be dropping into us on Saturday.

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UPDATE: And the winner is...

Congratulations to Olive Lyons who has claimed her tickets

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Stand by - another pair of EP tickets are about to be given away!

We'll be announcing our next winner at 5pm - and they'll have 15 minutes to claim their tickets...

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UPDATE: Another day, another winner!

Congratulations to Sarah Emerson who has claimed her prize and is officially Stradbally bound!

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Leviathan & Literary Stage Picnic timetables revealed

Let the planning begin!

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Body & Soul announce Picnic stage times

We suspect they're going to be rather busy at 10 o'clock on Friday night!

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And the winner is...

Team Hot Press can now reveal the lucky winner of those golden Electric Picnic tickets...

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ESB Picnic Power

Cyclists will power the sustainable showers at this year's Electric Picnic - so don't forget to pack your bikini!

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra added to Picnic line-up

The Electric Proms take place on the Sunday at Stradbally

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Electric Body & Soul line-up revealed

Omar Souleyman & our old mate John Cooper Clarke are both on the bill.

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Electric Picnic day breakdown

Bring it on!

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More additions to the Hot Press chatroom at EP

The good news just keeps coming - we can now confirm that Imelda May, current cover stars Fight Like Apes, Cathy Davey and Stars will also be stopping by!

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Marc Almond added to the Electric Picnic

The Soft Cell man is appearing as part of the THISISPOPBABY festivities.

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Bacardi B-Live announce Dublin event

Headline duties are being taken care of by DJ A-Skillz.

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Janelle Monáe leads Electric Picnic additions

The equally fabulous Neon Indian have also joined the September 3 to 5 line-up.

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Electric Picnic announces Mindfield line-up

Ryan Tubridy, Mike Scott, Irvine Welsh & Howard Marks are among the attractions.

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Electric Picnic additions

More acts have been added to the Electric Picnic, which takes place between September 3 and 5.

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Foals, UNKLE and Cathy Davey among Electric Picnic additions

The Stradbally Hall line-up just gets better and better!

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New Electric Picnic Additions

EELS, Friendly Fires and more announced for Laois Festival

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Electric Picnic line-up announced

Line-up includes Roxy Music, The Frames, PIL, Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, Leftfield, The National, Modest Mouse, Mumford & Sons...

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Electric Picnic to announce line-up details on March 24

We are officially excited!

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Out And About at Electric Picnic 09

We get up close and personal with the crowd in Stradbally

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Out And About 2 at Electric Picnic 09

More images from around the festival

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Friday Live at Electric Picnic 2009

The best bits from from day one of the Electric Picnic 2009

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Saturday Live At Electric Picnic 2009

A collection of the choice shots from day two of Electric Picnic 2009

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Electric Picnic's a sell-out success

Elecrtic Picnic mainman John Reynlods has declared this year's event a sell-out.

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Seasick Steve joins the Chatroom action + full timetable

It's not long to go now!

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Stage Times up for Electric Picnic

Detailed running order available

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Alabama 3 & Tommy Tiernan added to Chatroom line-up

We're going to be seeing them and you at the Picnic!

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Poptopia at Electric Picnic adds Welsh and Cosby

Trainspotting author as well as Stradbally owner to appear.

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Friday afternoon Picnic video feast!

Here's something to keep you occupied until knocking off time!

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The best live moments from Electric Picnic 08

Get in the mood for this years shenanigans in Stradbally by revisiting the best live photo from Electric Picnic 08

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First Hot Press Chatroom acts announced

Bell X1, Damien Dempsey & Dinosaur Jr. are among those meeting their public at the Electric Picnic.

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More Electric Picnic additions

Passion Pitt, The Hacker and David Kitt are among those joining the bill.

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Poptopia! line-up at the Electric Picnic announced

Dark Room Notes, Neosupervital & Miss Panti are among those doing it for the kitsch!

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More Electric Picnic acts announced

They include a back in business Lamb.

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Electric Picnic announces comedy line-up.

Sean Hughes tops the Stradbally Laughs bill.

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Electric Picnic MindField details announced

There's some very good news for Jon Snow fans!

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Electric Picnic bill

We'll have full details for you at 6pm!

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Electric Picnic bill unveiled

Orbital, Flaming Lips, Basement Jaxx, Madness & MGMT are among the headliners.

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The Hot Press Chat Room @ Electric Picnic 2008

All the thrills and spills from the Hot Press Chat Room at Electric Picnic 2008 ...

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Electric Picnic 2008 receives Greener Festival International Award

Electric Picnic has become the only Irish festival to win a Greener Festival International Award for 2008

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Electric Picnic 09 to release Early Bird tickets

Next month will see the release of a limited number of Early Bird tickets for Electric Picnic '09.

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Electric Picnic 2008: Crowd shots

Check out Dermod Moore's shots from around the festival site over the Picnic weekend – taking in the fun, frolics, bubbles and bananas...

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Live at Electric Picnic: Friday August 29

All the best live shots from Friday at the Electric Picnic, featuring Christy Moore, Goldfrapp, Jape, Kíla, Sigur Ros, The Stunning and more...

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Live at Electric Picnic: Saturday August 30

The cream of the crop from Saturday's live pictures, taking in Crystal Castles, Elbow, Duffy, Franz Ferdinand, Grace Jones, Lisa Hannigan and tonnes more!

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Live at Electric Picnic: Sunday August 31

Sunday's top Picnic shots bring you The Gossip, Cathy Davey, Foals, CSS, Faust, Sex Pistols, My Bloody Valentine and Grinderman, among others.

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Sunday's chatter: a full report

The sun shone on our Sunday Chatroom, with talkative adventures aplenty and guests The Flaws, Gemma Hayes, Mark Geary, Hadouken, Foals, The Roots, Michael Franti and more!

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Electric Picnic 2008: Friday

Friday at Electric Picnic saw Sigur Ros pull off a spellbinding main stage performance, Christy Moore lift the mood of all, and many comings and goings at the Hot Press Chatroom.

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Electric Picnic 2008: Saturday

Day two, and Franz Ferdinand provide pure entertainment, That Petrol Emotion win the attention of a new generation and the Body And Soul area hosts the mother of all night parties.

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Electric Picnic 2008: Sunday

My Bloody Valentine, Grinderman and Sinead O'Connor all star on Sunday, but the abiding question remains: were the Sex Pistols any good?

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Team HP hits Electric Picnic, and Chatroom stage times confirmed

With just a few a minutes to go till the punters arrive, the Hot Press Chatroom is looking fab, and we're ready to rock 'n' roll, with times confirmed for this evening's acts.

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UPDATED: Electric Picnic competition winner

We have a winner – the first pair of Electric Picnic tickets are officially gone!

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Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic: provisional times revealed

With just hours to go until Electric Picnic 2008, Hot Press has announced provisional times for the ever-popular Hot Press Chatroom.

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FRIDAY'S FINAL FINAL FINAL ELECTRIC PICNIC WINNER

We have a winner – the final pair of Electric Picnic tickets are officially gone!

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Electric Picnic official stage times announced

The Electric Picnic organisers have released full stage times for this weekend's Stradbally soiree.

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Foals confirmed for Hot Press Chatroom

Math-rock heroes Foals are the latest addition to the Hot Press Chatroom at this weekend's Electric Picnic.

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Win tickets to Electric Picnic!

Hotpress.com are giving away two pairs of tickets to this year's sold-out Electric Picnic.

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David Holmes joins Hot Press Chatroom line-up

David Holmes, whose latest album The Holy Pictures received a resounding thumbs up in the latest issue of Hot Press, will join the Hot Press Chatroom at the Electric Picnic.

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Updated: Oppenheimer, Joe Rooney, Jinx Lennon for Hot Press Chatroom

Oppenheimer, Jinx Lennon, Joe Rooney and his very special comedy guests are the latest additions to the Hot Press Chatroom at this weekend's Electric Picnic.

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Michael Franti added to Hot Press Chatroom

Radical US musician Michael Franti has just been added to the Hot Press Chatroom lineup at the Electric Picnic.

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Amnesty International to celebrate 60th anniversary at Picnic

Amnesty International are to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a series of events at Electric Picnic.

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Bacardi B-Live announce full Arena lineup for Electric Picnic

The Bacardi B-Live gang have announced full details of their Arena lineup for the Electric Picnic, with Tom Middleton, Krafty Kuts and Norman Jay among the highlights.

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Electric Picnic temple builders hold warm-up party

This Thursday (August 14) Dublin's Radio City will host a warm-up party for the groups who've been commissioned to build a full-scale temple to be burnt at the end of the festival.

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Hot Press Electric Picnic special and
Un-Laoised CD on their way

The countdown to the Electric Picnic starts in earnest on Thursday August 14 when Hot Press unleashes its bumper Stradbally Hall special.

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Bodytonic Electric Picnic lineup gathers pace

The Bodytonic gang have bolstered their Electric Picnic village with a slew of new additions.

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Electric Picnic expands line-up

As the countdown to Electric Picnic continues, line-up additions are gathering pace, with dozens of acts added in the last few days.

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Full-steam ahead for Electric Picnic

Concerts supremo John Reynolds has confirmed to Hot Press that there is absolutely no danger of this year’s Electric Picnic being cancelled.

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UPDATE: IMRO and POD Concerts reach settlement

The wrangle between POD Concerts and the Irish Music Rights Organisation over royalty payments has been resolved.

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Festival bosses join forces to form Association of Independent Festivals

POD Concerts supremo John Reynolds is one of the founding board members of the Association of Independent Festivals.

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Electric Picnic SOLD OUT!

The Electric Picnic festival, set for Stradbally at the end of August, has officially sold out for the third year running, Hot Press has learned.

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Electric Picnic 2006 - bands on Friday

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Electric Picnic 2006 - bands on Saturday

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Electric Picnic 2006 - bands on Sunday

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Electric Picnic 2006 - crowd shots

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Electric Picnic 2006 - Hot Press Chat Room shots

Pics: Graham Keogh, Andrew Duffy, Naomi McArdle

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Electric Picnic 2006: Pics by you!

Send your pictures to yourelectricpicnicphotos@hotpress.ie

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Electric Picnic introduces eco-friendly camping

If you haven't exactly earned your Boy Scouts camping badge yet, why not consider Electric Picnic's luxury alternative?

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Electric Picnic Line-Up Announced!

The Sex Pistols are back! In what has the look of a major coup for the event, punk’s great trailblazers are among this year’s headliners at Electric Picnic 2008, which takes place in Stradbally over the final weekend in August.

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Electric Picnic tickets go on sale next Friday

Tickets for this years Electric Picnic go on sale this Friday, with confirmed appearances from My Bloody Valentine, Faust and Tindersticks.

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Electric Picnic tops Irish Festival Awards

The results of the first ever Irish Festival Awards are in, and Electric Picnic was among the winners, scooping the top prize for Best Large Festival.

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Electric Picnic '08: Early bird tickets go on sale

A limited release of early bird tickets will be available from next week.

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Mind, Body & Soul

In between all the gigs, there was a multitude of intriguing non-music events at the Electric Picnic.

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Electric Picnic 2007: Sunday

From the goodtime vibes of Hot Chip to the full-on sonic assault of Primal Scream, this year's Electric Picnic achieved the impossible by being even more fab than its predecessors.

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Electric Picnic 2007: Saturday

From the goodtime vibes of Hot Chip to the full-on sonic assault of Primal Scream, this year's Electric Picnic was even more fab than its predecessors.

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Electric Picnic 2007: Friday

From the goodtime vibes of Hot Chip to the full-on sonic assault of Primal Scream, this year's Electric Picnic was even more fab than its predecessors.

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Sadness after death at Electric Picnic

The mood on Sunday morning in Stradbally was sombre as Picnic-goers woke up to the tragic news.

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Picnic Newsflash: Polyphonic Spree and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah for Hot Press Chatroom

Hotpress.com can announce two new additions to the Hot Press Chatroom lineup at Electric Picnic: The Polyphonic Spree and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

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RTE 2XM to offer 'Picnic Basket' catch-up service

RTE's digital radio station 2XM is set to re-broadcast select live performances from Electric Picnic in the week following the event.

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Picnic newsflash: Provisional Chatroom timetable

The Manic Street Preachers are set to kick off a packed lineup at this year's Hot Press Chatroom at the Electric Picnic.

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Picnic Newsflash: Aliens confirmed for chatroom

Scottish three-piece The Aliens are the latest act to be confirmed for the Hot Press Chatroom tent at Electric Picnic.

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Electric Picnic Competition Winner

5 pm: The Winner of the Electric Picnic Tickets is:

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Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic: The lineup

The first confirmed acts for the Hot Press Chatroom at this year's Electric Picnic have been revealed.

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The Hot Press Chatroom 2006

Here's what went down in the Hot Press Chatroom at last year's Picnic...

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Warchild announce "Pimp My Tent" competition

War Child Ireland are offering Electric Picnic-goers the chance to attend the festival in style - and meet a headliner.

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Simple Kid leads Electric Picnic line-up additions

Simple Kid is among the slew of new acts confirmed to play this year's Electric Picnic.

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Electric Picnic hosts Nokia Trend Lab bands

The latest addition to the Electric Picnic line-up is the Nokia Trend Lab stage, featuring Simple Kid, Nouvelle Vague and 65 Days Of Static, among others.

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More acts announced for Electric Picnic

Manic Street Preachers are among the new acts set to play the sold-out Electric Picnic.

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Electric Picnic sells out

Hot Press has learned that Electric Picnic 2007 is a complete sell-out.

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Electric Picnic line-up revealed!

After plenty of industry speculation, the initial line-up for the Electric Picnic has been announced.

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Electric Picnic accomodation details disclosed

There’s good news for people who don’t do flysheets and guy-lines with the Electric Picnic unveiling a range of luxury camping options.

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Chatroom with a view

Annual article: The Electric Picnic wasn’t just one of the musical events of the year; it also let us chow down and have a natter with some of the top pop combos of the day, including Bloc Party, Gang Of Four and New Order.

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Electric Picnic 2007 preparations commence

And tickets are available from Monday.

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Video interview: Duke Special @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

Ireland's most innovative troubadour Duke Special is in the hot (press) seat.

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Electric Picnic 2006: video interviews

More stars descend on the Hot Press than are in the sky. Yes, really.

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Video interview: Bloc Party @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

Kele Okereke, Gordon Moakes, Russell Lissack and Matt Tong, collectively known as Bloc Party, descend from their heavenly planes to the Electric Picnic.

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Video interview: New Order @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

Just before headlining the main stage on Saturday night, New Order - all of them - drop into the Hot Press chat room to regale us with their rock'n'roll tales.

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Video interview: Broken Social Scene @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

We couldn't fit them all in, but at least some of Broken Social Scene get a Hot Press style grilling.

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Video interview: The Rapture @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

We're not worthy! New York's The Rapture come in for a cup of tea and biscuits. Or a beer and some chat.

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Video interview: DJ Shadow @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

DJ Shadow comes out of the shadows for a rare interview with Karla Healion.

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Video interview: Josh Ritter @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

Ireland's adopted son gives us a candid interview.

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Video interview: Elbow @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

Manchester's finest entertain the intimate crowd in the HP chat room.

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Video interview: Gang Of Four @ the Hot Press chat room, 2006

The legends - yes, legends - that are Gang Of Four are quizzed. But be warned: they request the lighting to be turned off, so this is more of an audio thing and less of a video thing...

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They said it couldn’t be done, but this year’s Electric Picnic achieved the impossible by being even more joyous, vibey and action-packed than its predecessors. Hot Press was in the thick of things as 200 acts and 30,000 music lovers descended on one very big house in the country.

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Electric Picnic: Sunday report

The last day of Electric Picnic was marked by sunny skies and chilled-out vibes.

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Electric Picnic: Saturday report

Rain didn't stop play on the first full day of the festival.

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Electric Picnic 2006 is go!

Electric Picnic 2006 began yesterday (September 1) in fine style.

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Send us your Electric Picnic photos!

Going to the Electric Picnic this weekend? Send us your photos!

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Electric Picnic Festival to be televised

If you missed out on a ticket to this weekend's Electric Picnic, you can still catch the action on RTE Two.

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Electric Picnic 2006 preview

We hope you're feeling hungry because on September 1, 2 and 3, over 50 of the hottest live acts and DJs around are descending on Stradbally Estate in Laois for the Electric Picnic.

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Getting there

And other useful Electric Picnic facts.

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Electric Picnic sells out

All 30,000 tickets for the Electric Picnic in Laois have officially been snapped up.

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Electric Picnic documentary to be aired

If you missed the Electric Picnic Festival in Co. Laois last September - or if you're just aching to relive the experience - here's your chance.

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More acts added to Electric Picnic line-up

The boutique festival just gets bigger and better, with some top Irish and international acts being added to the bill.

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Electric Picnic 2006: more bands confirmed!

The Electric Picnic bill gets better by the day.

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More names added to Electric Picnic bill

Irish fans will be able to catch a live earful of the new Rapture album when the New Yorkers jet in for the Electric Picnic, who lead the new set of acts on the bill.

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Gnarls Barkley added to Electric Picnic

The Electric Picnic has scored another major coup by snapping up Gnarls Barkley for their debut Irish appearance on September 3.

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Electric Picnic 2006: First bands confirmed

The time has come: the main bands set to play the increasingly popular Electric Picnic have been confirmed.

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The Hot Press chatroom

Relive one of the highlights of 2005: the Hot Press tent at the Electric Picnic.

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Details revealed for Electric Picnic 2006

As revealed by Hot Press shortly after this year’s bash, the 2006 Electric Picnic will be a three-day event running from September 1 to 3.

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Tales from the chat room

Along with the music, beer and scoffing, there was some serious talking done at the Electric Picnic. Shilpa Ganatra was taking notes as The Chalets, Flaming Lips, JJ72, Bob Mould, James Blunt, Tommy Tiernan, Declan O’Rourke and The Devlins were subjected to a public grilling by the Hot Press journalistic elite. And John Walshe.

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Electric Picnic to become a 3-day fest

Following on from the runaway success of this year’s event, the organisers have confirmed that the 2006 Electric Picnic will be a three-day affair running from September 1 to 3.

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Electric Picnic 2005: Sunday round-up

Electric Picnic is sadly over for another year now, but the second and last day rounded off the festival in fine style.

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Electric Picnic 2005: Saturday round-up

The first day of Electric Picnic went according to plan, with some top-quality musical entertainment - and great weather.

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Electric Picnic & HP chat room kick off!

Electric Picnic has kicked off to a sunny start, including the Hot Press chat room...

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Electric Picnic 06 news: main page

Check out all the latest goings-on from the festival, taking place on 1, 2 and 3 September 2006.

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Electric Picnic news: main page

Check out all the latest goings-on from the festival, taking place on 3 and 4 September 2005.

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Electric Picnic 2005: Photo galleries

Photos: they're the next best thing to being there, and an even better thing in you were actually there. Our resident snappers Andrew Duffy, Graham Keogh and Karla Healion are on hand to catch all the action. See the fruits of their labour here...

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hotpress.com chat room details revealed!

It’s Electric Picnic time again, and this year Hot Press are planning something pretty spectacular if we do say so ourselves.

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Electric Picnic 2005 preview

We hope you're feeling hungry because on September 3 and 4 over 50 of the hottest live acts and DJs around are descending on Stradbally Estate in Laois for the Electric Picnic.

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Electric Picnic preview: The essential picnic

All you need to know about getting to Stradbally Hall, and having a blast while you're there!

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Electric Picnic line-up grows

Matthew Herbert Big Band and James Blunt are among the new additions to the Electric Picnic bill

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More additions to the Electric Picnic bill

Roisin Murphy, Dangermouse and The Chalets are among the new bunch of recruits

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Electric Picnic 2005 Line-up Revealed

Fatboy Slim, Flaming Lips, Damien Dempsey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mercury Rev and Public Enemy are some of the heavyweight attractions at the Electric Picnic, which this year is a two-day event taking place on the Stradbally Estate, County Laois on September 3 and 4.

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Festival light

Announcing a new festival for the faint-hearted but funky-ass masses: Groove Armada, Super Furry Animals, Jurassic 5, Grandmaster Flash, Arrested Development, Lee Scratch Perry, Solwax + more!

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