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Thursday 16 August 2018

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It was a star-studded weekend at this year's Electric Picnic.

A host of Irish celebs partied the weekend away in Stradbally, Portlaoise including actor Jack Reynor, his partner Madeline Mulqueen, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, model Roz Purcell and radio DJ Jennifer Maguire.

Even celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean, dressed in a designer suit at the extremely mucky festival, made an appearance with his other half Lisa Murphy.

CHILLING

Transformers star Jack Reynor and his fiancee, model Madeline Mulqueen camped in the VIP area and were spotted enjoying the Dublin Gospel Choir early on Sunday afternoon before chilling out in the Casa Bacardi VIP area.

Other Irish celebs spotted enjoying the festival which is now in its tenth year included stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick and model boss Andrea Roche.

Herald columnist Rosanna Davison and new husband Wesley Quirke put in an appearance on Saturday afternoon to support family friend and homegrown talent Hozier.

The final day's weather was much improved from the beginning of the festival as sun-drenched revellers partied to Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Simple Minds and James Vincent McMorrow.

Summer

Helen Lavery (21) from Rathmines told the Herald that the festival was the highlight of her summer.

"I've been to Electric Picnic a good few times before but this weekend has been amazing," she said.

"The acts have been brilliant. Paolo Nutini was a definite highlight of mine, plus the weather has held out and it's really warm today which makes such a difference."

Maura Sweeney (23) from Glasnevin, was delighted with the variety of music.

"I loved the Dublin Gospel Choir, they were just a brilliant start to the final day," she said.

"I thought Paolo Nutini was brilliant last night and Lily Allen and Outkast."

Fans were loving the homegrown talent in particular and Kate Brian (21) from Galway, said that two Bray natives were a standout.

"I thought Hozier was just incredible. I love his music so much," she said. "I really like Sinead O'Connor as well. She looked and sounded really good."

Sinead performed songs from her new album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, even performing a duet with her daughter, Roisin. However, crowds were left disappointed when she failed to sing her iconic hit, Nothing Compares to You.

Lily Allen wowed crowds with her antics, from her purple hair to stripping down to her bra and shorts during her set. She told the crowds: "I love playing in Ireland, you're the best crowds."

While the music line up has been stellar all weekend - including headliners Beck and Outkast on Sunday night -there were plenty other activities for revellers to enjoy.

Book worms enjoyed readings of literary texts from the likes of The Wire actor Aidan Gillen.

And those who wanted something more sophisticated after days of camping enjoyed gastronomic delights created by Derry Clarke in the Fine Dining Picnic tent.

More than 41,000 people packed into Stradbally for a weekend of music, comedy, debate and great food.

BIGGER

And there was good news for fans who were left disappointed this year when the festival sold out. Speaking about next year's Electric Picnic, festival organiser Melvin Benn said it would be "bigger and better" with the potential for an increase in capacity of 5,000.

However, he ruled out rumours of U2 playing next year's festival saying: "They're bigger than us. They're more of a stadium band."

Early birds can purchase tickets for next year's Electric Picnic from today from Ticketmaster.

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