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Friday 17 August 2018

Festival fan Amy hits picnic with her gal pals

Amy Huberman dined out on some festival action over the weekend while her husband warmed up for Ireland's World Cup campaign.

The petite actress enjoyed a day out with some gal pals as she made a glamorous appearance at the Electric Picnic in Stradbally.

Looking festival fit in a green parka, black shorts and pink wellies and sipping a Mojito, she's just back from working in London on her new series for Comedy Central.

And while she's "still not sure" whether she's going to be able to join other half Brian O'Driscoll and the boys in New Zealand, she tipped it to be a super tournament.

"The excitement is mounting now and it's going to be a good campaign," she said.



PARTYING

Chilled out Amy also took time out from her Picnic partying to brand the rugby WAG tag as "sexist".

Reacting to being labelled as such in a Rugby World Cup supplement in a Sunday newspaper, Amy said: "Ridiculous article on the wives and girlfriends of rugby internationals. Sexist."

Also adding some glam to the VIP area was RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, who was dressed down in a black blazer with jeans and biker boots.

She told the Diary that herself and hubby Steve Carson were "having a great day" and enjoying a child-free outing for a change.

Down to interview author John Banville at the Minefield area of the festival, she was later spotted in the comedy tent watching Abandoman.

The Prime Time presenter then took to the viewing platform in the VIP area to watch Arcade Fire perform, a band she said she has "loved for a very long time".

Meanwhile, U2 frontman Bono was a surprise no-show at the festival. Although his fellow band-member The Edge was down on Friday to see their pal Gavin Friday performing, Bono opted to give it a miss.

That didn't stop him helping out his Canadian pals Arcade Fire though. The guitarist invited them to spend the day at his Killiney mansion before ordering a helicopter to whizz them down to Laois for their gig.

The headline act lit up the main stage as they blasted out the hits for the 30,000 revellers in a two-hour set that was the highlight for many festival fans.







MEMORABLE

Alluding to the memorable gig the last time they played Stradbally in 2005, lead singer Win Butler said: "The first time we played Electric Picnic, it pretty much changed our lives. "So we wanted to come back to say 'thank you'."

Other big-name acts over the weekend included Pulp, PJ Harvey, Republic of Loose, Mundy, Sinead O'Connor, Rubberbandits, Chemical Brothers and Underworld.

In the VIP area, there was an abundance of well-known faces including Caroline Downey, Dave Fanning, Glenda Gilson with boyfriend Rob McNaughton alongside model Hayley Ryan.

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