- 31 Aug 17
Now in its 13th year at Electric Picnic, the Casa Bacardi stage has firmly established itself as the best locations in Stradbally to get you dancing. In preparation for the weekend, we got the man who's closing the Stage on Sunday night to talk us through it.
Dec Lennon, aka Krystal Klear, has had a fairly hectic summer. Dividing his time between Dublin and his adopted home in New York - where he's been busy producing a series of dance records with some of the best in the business - the Dublin native has taken a break from the festival circuit this summer to work on various new projects.
But when the Casa Bacardi lit the beacons and called for aid to close out Sunday night in Stradbally, Krystal Klear answered. He's all set for his 10pm-12pm slot.
"I knew I was coming back to Dublin around September time so I couldn't resist playing Electric Picnic," he tells me. "I love it. Every time I've been there I've had a blast and the Casa Bacardi tent never fails to disappoint."
What can people expect from his set?
"I'm generally always improvising when it comes to a set. I think a lot of DJs prefer that. I don't like having a strict setlist cause it feels a little bit like cooking dinner for a bunch of people when you don't know what their tastes are. If it's pouring rain, people aren't going to want to hear a lot of techno - that sort of thing. So I'll be watching the crowd, seeing what the vibe is on the night. But it'll be full of bangers.
"I think people are in for a serious treat at Casa Bacardi this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing Late Nite Tuff Guy, who's on just before me on Sunday. I've been buying his records for about 10 years and it'll be a pleasure to share a stage with him. I won't be there on the Saturday night but if I was I'd be going to see my old pal Jackmaster. One of the best DJs in the world.
"And as many recommendations as I can make, I think it's worth just exploring the line-up that Casa, and EP in general, has to offer. It's such a great festival. I think people were worried that after Oxegen got cancelled that Electric Picnic was going to go in a different direction and just try to fit as many big international stars onto the bill as possible at the expense of having a really diverse line-up. But if you look right down the bill at every stage, there's always something worth seeing. It's kept up its reputation as being a festival young and old people and people of really diverse tastes. So I'm really looking forward to it!"
Krystal Klear will play at the Casa Bacardi Stage at 10pm on Sunday, September 3.