Well here we go...
Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine (uurgh), The Frames, Hozier, Chance the Rapper, Hot Chip, Royal Blood, Janelle Monet, for the top line acts.
St Vincent, Sigrid, Wolf Alice and Chic being my highlights this year.
The ladies pulled off a winner this year , Sigrid especially, so much fun and energy. Kendrick being my fail of the fest. Left after 5 songs.
Dave McSavage was great and Trailer park was as epic as ever. GF was won over by the kids selling lemonade at their stand.
Food awesome, hangovers not so much. Had no issues apart from people walking on my feet/people pushing (which is the usual) and general post hangover lack of energy.
Having said before that i'd go to All Together Now this year I think i'm more committed to EP.
Tickets on sale Friday and if anyone isn't using their 3 or more code i'd gladly appreciate it as while I have 3 fests done only two of these are through my ticketmaster and the last one was 2006 with no photographic record kept. Rather save that extra 20euro if possible.
Hope you all enjoyed and here's to a years time when we make the pilgrimage again.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING
1 - Ticket, the most important thing
2 - Tent + Sleeping bag (unless you're posh camping it, in which case just sleeping bag)
3 - Self inflating mat for sleeping bag (keeps you off the ground which can be really cold at night)
4 - Walking boots (you're going to be on your feet for 3 days solid, racking up a lot of milage, comfy, protected feets are best feets)
***NOTE OF CAUTION : Do not buy boots and break them in at the festival, you'll **** your feet up.***
5 - Camping chair, see #4, when you stop, you will want to rest your arse, do it in luxury
6 - Rain gear (you want to have it but not use it)
7 - Hat, I bring two, one for the sun and one for at night (no hair = v.cold head)
8 - Spare clothes (kept in car for emergencies), clean fresh socks every day people, even if you don't change anything else!
9 - Fleece type garment for the nights (again, it gets cold down there)
10 - Plastic bags for wet gear, should the nasty happen, you will need these, also good for tent bin.
11 - torch (I take two, a small v.powerful hand held and a head lamp type, might be overkill but it is handy)
12 - Spare batteries for torches, I fit fresh ones in before the weekend and keep spares in the car
13 - Towel (for when hitching a lift from the Vogons), I bring two with me, both large microfiber towels which fold down to nothin, one stays in car though with spare clothes
14 - Beer/Spirits (note, for spirits I just want a few whiskeys late at night so I decant my poison of choice into a metal water flask before leaving house, you don't want to be arsed with carting glass bottles down there and then having to decant. Do it at home and breeze through security).
15 - Cold bag for #14
16 - Tent food, usually just pack a box of breakfast type bars, there are so many different food offerings in the main arena that you are not gonna go hungry
17 - Portable phone charger (aim for a minimum of 10,000mAh or higher (15,000mAh if there's more than one of you hanging off it)) and don't forget your micro usb/lightning cables
18 - Water, if you are moving all day and drinking then you need lots of water, usually pick up a 6 pack of 1.5lt bottles, 3 in car, 3 in tent (water is heavy so no point killing self carrying an extra 9kg in on top of the rest)
19 - ear plugs for sleeping at night (boots have lots of silicon/waxy types)
20 - gig/music ear plugs for those of us who don't want to go deaf
21 - Lighter, even if you don't smoke, it's very handy to have
22 - Cash, there are ATMs on site, do no rely on them to be full or not mobbed by the rampaging hordes of the walking dead trying to get cash out to get a cocktail
23 - Small packets of wetwipes and or bottles of hand sanitiser to have on you all day
24 - Packet of large wet wipes for quickie freshing up in the tent
25 - chapstick / sun protection spray / aftersun (keeping hopes up) skin moisturiser (you might be roughing it a little but you don't need to be roughed up)
26 - bog roll x 2 (one in tent, one in car)
27 - toilet wipes (I am v.large male in mid 40s but they make my festival botty uber smooth and clean)
28 - "Box of balloons
With the feather-light touch
Pack of party-poppers
That pop in the night" *
29 - toiletries (roll on smellies only, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste)
30 - Pain killers of choice, a packet of rennie/antacid type thing and just in case a packet of immodium or cheaper generic ****stopper
31 - first aid kit (you should have one in your car anyway but if not then get one)
32 - vitamin pills/ berocca type thingy for in the morning
33 - dioralyte for with your water before bedtime
34 - sunglasses (gots to be funky)
35 - small bag for during day (do not use a backpack in crowds, that's a paddlin)
36 - neck gaiter/warmer can be handy in the evening if it's cold
37 - camping pillow
38 - small pair of field glasses are right handy
39 - flipflops for shower time (best not to wear into the bogs though or to walk around the main bog areas in them cos squealchy)
40 - Pair of runners to be left in car, nothing beats that aaaaaaah feeling as you slide your wear feets into comfy happiness on a monday morning before you get nicked for drunk driving which leads us to
41 - Alcohol breathalyser test kit for in the car, you get them in halfords, don't be a dick and ruin your or someone elses life on a monday morning
42 - Ziplock bags, they keep "small things" stuff fresh and dry and odd smells in.
And just to add a list of what not to bring -
1 - CANDLES - be cool, don't be crispy
2 - FLARES - be cool, don't be shot to death with balls of your own sh1te for being "that" tosser
3 - GUITAR - any attempts at wonderwall will result in you being shot to death with balls of your own sh1te
4 - SENSE OF SHAME - it's not needed for the weekend
5 - CAMERA - live the bloody moment, don't try to be Senor Speilbergo capturing it
* #28 is actually appropriate this year
If anyone can think of the other questions that keep popping up then PM me and I'll add them in here. Copypasta provided by Scruff Monkey
A woman’s heart reunion
What was so bad?
I like his records, just felt it didn't translate to the stage well. Brother had bigged him up after the 3arena show.
I've just seen better live hip/hop/rap acts. Childish Gambino was a great one I saw earlier in the year.
Is the price the same for 2019 early birds?
Undecided about buying them for now. Didn't go this year as the lineup overall didn't do it for me, we seem to be drifting apart.
They said in RTE that prices will remain unchanged.
Do the codes get automatically emailed by Ticketmaster?
Or do you have to register for this somewhere?
But in my case if i don't get a 3 or more fests discount code from a Boardsie not using theirs i'll have to contact TM and provide photo evidence of three picnics.
I'll still have my two fests code but it's 165euro vrs 185. Not a big deal if TM don't give me one.
But you do have to tick a box in your TM account saying you wish to be contacted for concerts or marketing or something along those lines.
@Rico, can you edit yer first post to have an FAQ and other bits like we did last year, it helped cut down on a lot of the usual questions in the thread.
I think i'm going to crawl into a hole and die now.
Done and Done, Copypasta
Childish Gambino Friday and one of Tame Impala or Foals taking another headliner slot with their new albums
I'd love a couple of 3 or more codes if anyone has any they won't be using.
I've been to the last two EPs but never received a code last year even after I emailed them and requested one. Might be the same this time too.