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35,000 plugged in for Electric Picnic

Over 35,000 music lovers will be heading to one of Ireland’s biggest music festivals this coming weekend for the return of the Electric Picnic.

International artists Mumford And Sons, Hot Chip, Seasick Steve and Fever Ray will be sharing the stage with some homegrown talent, including electropop band Two Door Cinema Club from Bangor and Donaghadee.

It’s been a big year for the Co Down band with the launch of their debut album Tourist History in March and a number of high-profile gigs.

Billed as Ireland’s second-biggest music festival after Oxegen, the annual Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois, from Friday through to Sunday evening.

Organisers insist the Electric Picnic is about much more than music.

There are a variety of attractions including a theatre, a circus, burlesque can-can girls, 1950s cocktail boudoirs, a pantomime, a healing village, a silent disco, political debates and a cinema.

Music and art lovers have ensured that it has been a sell-out since its inception, and despite the recession, more than 35,000 people are expected to pay the €240 ticket price to attend the event, which is arguably only eclipsed by the UK's iconic Glastonbury festival.

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