|Electric Picnic survival kit|
Best Large Act The Killers Laser beams, moving images and rockin anthems
Best Solo Artist Van Dyke Parks Masterful piano playing, wistful lyrics
Best Spoken Word Event Salon de Chat at Leviathon tent So simple, such fun
Best Tent Event Staff Benda Bilili at Cosby Tent Wheelie good Latino and R&B rhythms
Best Food: Bia trí Gaeilge Black pudding and bacon . Druid Chef , Rory Morahan at Puball Tent
The sun made a prolonged guest appearance on Sunday at Stradbally, Co. Laois for the annual open air music festival tempting me to make my first foray to the Electric Picnic. Was it fantastic?- an envious pal enquired ? Well-- like the proverbial curate's egg, Yes and No and good in parts
I spent the early part of the day in the Mindfield, a cosy collection of small tents devoted to the spoken word. A frivolous Sunday morning panel of RTE chat show folk in rather un-pc weekend banter mode was actually more fun than I would like to admit and at least, Colm O Regan, creator of @Irishmammies, twitter phenomenon and Des Bishop's distinctive hybrid tones diluted the Dublin 4 ones a tad. Dublin Gospel Choir in the Hot Press Tent were charming but star of the Mindfield was Druid Chef Rory, Morahan who extolled the virtues of Celtic Cuisine as Gaeilge with great gusto while cooking tasty bacon and black pudding treats. Maith an fear thú Rory.
|LAPD photo Irish Times|
|Druid Chef Rory|
|Van Dyke Parks|
|Staff Benda Bilili photo Phillip Ryall|
Overheard at Electric Picnic 'The scallops were huge!'