Finally getting around to sitting down to do this post, I seriously don’t know how other bloggers had their Picnic posts up on Monday night.. I’m still not fully recovered and I’m only half the person I was going! But anyway I’ll stop feeling sorry for myself (kinda) and get to it. I’ll start by saying it was the most enjoyable weekend ever. There’s nothing better then heading off to a festival with your best friends for a full weekend to just completely let loose and enjoy yourselves, and we’re quite good at enjoying ourselves so that’s exactly what we did 🙂
On the Friday morning, I went into the girls in Grafton Hair & Beauty who helped me get festival ready. Gosha did my nails which I loved and Mairead, Sarah and Dee tackled my hair. I had wanted to put hair rings in my hair but left it too late to order them so I made their lives difficult by asking them to put in normal rings I had laying around home. They were well up to the task and I kept my braids in all weekend in hopes of maintaining a somewhat frizz-free head. I picked up the gold tattoos in Penny’s a few months ago but you can get similar here and here.
We arrived at the campsite in the afternoon and set up camp. It was so busy but thankfully some of our friends had arrived before us and minded us a spot. After that it was time for a few well deserved drinks..putting up pop-up tents is hard work .. or so I’m told! We stayed around the camp for a lot of that night but were sure to leave in time to see Underworld!
On the Saturday we got up relatively early and went into the main arena. We needed to cure our souls with some hungover food so we headed for some of the greasier food stalls in sight. After that we went to the Body & Soul area and chilled out for a few hours, there’s so much to see in there and it’s the best place for people watching. We headed to the cocktail bar after that which was playing our favourite 90’s cheesey pop, perfection!
By the time we had danced our feet off it was time for me to go meet my dad (yeah, normal- I know). We try and meet up for a few hours at it and see a few gigs of artists we both love. Last year we went to see London Grammar and this year it had to be Future Islands. They were unbelievable! They are such amazing performers. We also managed to squeeze in The War On Drugs who were also brilliant, before parting ways again. I headed back to meet up with the gang again then before going to see Sam Smith and Blur. Again, I wasn’t left disappointed.
Sunday came so fast and even though we were all a little on the delicate side, we were still determined to make the most of it. We went to watch the Galway-Kilkenny match which was great craic, until Galway lost of course. That night we only went to see two acts. The first was Paul Kalkbrenner who was just phenomenal. After that we legged it to see the act I was most looking forward to all weekend, of course the one and only Florence. I had watched her Glastonbury and Coachella performances so many times and was dying to see her. She was remarkable. I think I cried around four times during the set, she just gives it absolutely everything. My highlight was probably St. Jude and of course, Dog Days Are Over. She isn’t called the Queen Of Peace for nothing.
All in all it was an absolutely amazing weekend. I know all festivals are brilliant but Electric Picnic just has this almost euphoric atmosphere where everything is accepted and everyone is happy. I’m already looking forward to going for a third time next year and the organisers have just announced that tickets for 2016 go on sale THIS Friday. They really don’t wait around!! Also thank you to some of the girls for letting me steal some of their pictures 😉 Did anyone else go? I’d love to hear how you got on! Hope you’re all having a good week!