2020 Electric Picnic will take place 4th - 6th September 2020
Final update to faq will occur eod Wednesday 4th when loyalty applications terminate.
Anyone got suggestions, get them in by then.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION
I didn't get my loyalty code what do I do?
There was a change this year where you need to register your interest in the loyalty scheme for 2020. EP/TicketMaster sent an e-mail out flagging that you have until the 4th of September to register for the loyalty scheme. If you've bought tickets from them on your account and have not received the e-mail then check your spam folder or contact them.
To register for it if you've not received your e-mail to go : https://www.electricpicnic.ie/inform...-discount-code
What sort of tickets are available, can I just buy Saturday?
Electric Picnic has just two types of tickets on sale
Weekend: these are the 3 day tickets, you can camp with these (The weekend tickets are split into normal and family camping)
Sunday: these are just for the Sunday, only for the Sunday, not for any other day. These are not camping tickets. These will be on sale in March(ish) 2020.
There are performer/other type tickets too. EP website will likely have information on these, if it does not then well... you’ve bought a ticket that’s not supposed to be sold, not our problem (in fact, nothing is, this is all just done to hopefully provide some guidance but none of it is official so legal disclaimer over, back to sarcasm) so well done on getting a ticket and have a pat on the head/arse (I’m not fussy).
Will there be more family / campervan / non-standard tickets on release?
No, these are of limited supply and usually sell out within the first few days of ticket release.
If you've missed them then please keep your eyes on Toutless to try and pick up one at cost price.
Note: For family camping, you MUST pre-register your crotch fruit.
Failure to do so will likely result in them being placed on donedeal where you will not recoup your investment in them.
Do I need to do anything to partake of the Thursday early opening?
Yes, you need to buy an early camping pass
What do I need if I want to early camp on the Thursday in Pink Moon / other posh camping provider?
You need to buy the EP early camping pass AND an early camping pass from Pink Moon / other posh camping provider
Do I pay extra for posh camping (Pink Moon etc)?
Yes, these are separate companies providing services on site, you book for them through their websites.
How do I book posh camping?
All the camping companies will have links from the EP site
They usually open booking around the same time as the loyalty / early bird tickets go on sale.
How much does posh camping cost?
Go to the EP website and camping company links, they'll have the information, this is an FAQ, not a booking agency.
Can I bring my own tent/gazebo/family into the posh camping sites?
Can I visit my mates in Pink Moon / Harvest / Podpads etc.. ?
NO, No you cannot, we pay extra to keep the likes of you out.
How do I camp in ECO Camping?
Keep an eye on the EP website and also their e-mail shoots, they are by registration only and usually open for registration around or after the first act announcement
What sort of tent should I bring?
Get one suitable to the size of the number of people in it.
Do remember though that a two person tent also has to hold their gear and beer for the weekend along with two people so try to get a tent one person bigger than the party staying in it.
For weather protection, aim to have a tent with a hydrostatic head (heh) of at least 2000mm (higher is better, even Pink Moons cheapest two man tents have a HH of 3000mm)
Where can I get a cart to carry all my stuffs?
Halfords and other places usually have some carts but this can be variable as to what's available.
Do not buy little "festival" carts or anything with small wheels, they are a complete waste of money and you'll wind up dumping/chucking them after your stuff has fallen over for the 17th time before you've left the car park.
Remember, the car parks are just fields, not smooth wonderful skating rinks for your sh1t to glide across and the paths in the woods are uneven stoney muddy paths in woods, cop on and stop buying this stuff.
Either have a decent 4 wheel trolley or two wheel with large pneumatic wheels, bring less stuff or else get your biggest mate and just load him up like a donkey and slap his arse to get him moving.
Can I camp in ECO / normal sites with a family camping ticket?
Yes, but please try and swap with some one looking for a family ticket, they are in very short supply and you'll make someones year.
Do this via Toutless
It's sold out, where can I get a ticket on resale?
Stick to Toutless and check out the sellers very carefully or else hold your nerves!
There are always tickets available in the final week and days beforehand as life happens to other people and they cannot go or TicketMaster release what ever they have left in the last few days.
It can seem hopeless but there will always be tickets.
DO NOT PAY OVER THE FACE VALUE FOR TICKETS!
Can I camp with a Sunday only ticket?
You're not supposed to.
When will the Sunday tickets be released?
Around the time of the main announcement i.e. sometime in March 2020.
These are of limited supply.
What beers are available in the arena?
Heineken currently have the contract for bars in the arena so it's their brands only which are on sale.
It's piss, actually it's overpriced piss but thems the breaks.
You can BYOB ONLY after the arena bars close at night time.
Are there showers / toilets in the camp sites?
Are there lockers / secure storage in the camp sites?
Yes, there's a company that runs them and they can be booked via the EP Website.
Can I bring in spirits?
To the campsites, yes, but they must be in a non-glass container.
Where should I park?
Unless you're early/lucky, you will not be parking in Green. Green was designated for day parking in 2017.
Most people will be directed to Red.
Can I charge my phone there?
There are some phone charging stations, see EP website for details but you're likely better off bringing your own battery pack
What's the best type of battery pack?
There are many brands and sizes, aim for 10,000 mAH or higher. I had a 25,000 mAH one with me this year which fed my phone and the tent neighbors.
They'd brought junk chargers as per the note below
Note: If somewhere is selling them for a fiver and there's no rating on it, do not buy it.
Most smart phones have batteries in the 2,500 - 3,000 mAH range so that tells you how many charges you will get in a best case scenario.
You cannot buy from Amazon as they will not ship to here, start looking for these at least 1 month in advance of the festival
Can I bring a bag into the arena?
Yes, but as of 2017, the queues into the arena were segregated by security depending on the size of your bag.
Even if you have a small bag, you are likely to be searched. Not having a bag does not guarantee not being searched
When will the stage times / days be announced?
Dates and stage times are not normally released until the week leading up to the event though some acts may pre-announce this on their own.
Will anywhere being showing "insert name of sporting event here"?
Possibly the Newstalk tent in Mindfield or your best bet is a pub in Stradbally but seriously, if you're more worried about a score than what's on stage then you need to question why you came.
Why is the line up crap?
Because you are a child.
There's always something there for everyone, get your head out of 2FM / FM 104 and listen to other stations, recommend 8Radio and BBC R6 for a better musical education.
Am I cool or wha for lifting Deco on me shoulders during Richard Ashcroft?
It took every ounce of "I want to kill him but don't want to go to prison" in me not to kick the back of your knee whilst you had him up there.
Don't do this, you look like a twat and it's a pain for the more crowded shows as most of the people behind you cannot move elsewhere and are not 8 foot.
What's the long term weather forecast?
There will be weather. No semi accurate forecast worth a damn is available until about a week leading up to it with properly accurate forecasts in the days leading up.
All that we know is that snow is unlikely and a tornado would be rare.
Anyone claiming otherwise is either a fibber or too busy poking round in chicken entrails to seek aid with their delusions.
Villan (Carlow Weather) of this parish usually provides updates that are worth a sh1te in the days leading up.
Note: Most questions that get asked every year can be answered with a quick visit to official EP Pages such as https://www.electricpicnic.ie/information/camping.
Hopefully this missive will cut down on the main FAQs and allow us to bitch at each other over our respective musical tastes and judge real hard at the bukeface whingers in a more productive manner.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING
Mr. MJohnstons Stylish And Tasty Graphical Listing
Note: The camping guide in this link can no longer be considered to be up to date due to the moving around of campsites. It could be still accurate but we need the 2019 thread feedback to consider it so.
Backup copy of this on g-drive (hope he does not mind)
2019 Map of the site
My Essay Of Stuffs
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: 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 - Microfibre Towels
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/usb-c 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 not 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 - Toiletries : chapstick / sun protection spray / aftersun (I got burnt this year and it was a godsend) skin moisturiser (you might be roughing it a little but you don't need to be roughed up), bog roll x 2 (one in tent, one in car), roll on smellies only, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, Pain killers of choice, a packet of rennie/antacid type thing and just in case a packet of immodium or cheaper generic ****stopper
26 - Consumables : vitamin pills/ berocca type thingy for in the morning, dioralyte for with your water before bedtime.
27 - Rubbers, you want to leave the weekend at the weekend, not have it follow you for the rest of your life
28 - sunglasses (gots to be funky)
29 - small bag for during day (do not use a big backpack in crowds, that's a paddlin)
30 - neck gaiter/warmer can be handy in the evening if it's cold
31 - camping pillow
32 - small pair of field glasses are right handy
33 - flipflops for shower time (best not to wear into the bogs though or to walk around the main bog areas in them cos squealchy)
34 - Pair of runners to be left in car, nothing beats that aaaaaaah feeling as you slide your weary feets into comfy happiness on a Monday morning before you get nicked for drunk driving which leads us to
35 - 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
36 - Ziplock bags, they keep "small things" fresh and dry and certain smells in.
If you need this explained then you may be too young to be going.
37 - Reusable water bottle, they have water stations outside all the main toilet areas, you don't need to get ripped off for 4 euro everytime you need water.
Keep hydrated at all times (makes for lesser hangovers)
And just to add a list of what not to bring
1 - CANDLES - be cool, don't be crispy, seriously don’t though, there was a horrific incident in Pink Moon a couple of years back. Candles and tents do not mix. Similarly for BBQs, do not use them right beside tents unless you want to hear screaming for the rest of your life. There are dedicated areas for these.
2 - FLARES - be cool, don't be shot to death with balls of your own sh1te for being "that" tosser
Some one let one off during Richard Ashcroft this year , they and it were swiftly dealt with and hopefully hoofed out of the event
3 - GUITAR - any attempts at wonderwall will result in you being shot to death with balls of your own sh1te, no jury would convict the shooter, just saying.
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
Questions on R-Word / Aphex Twin will be not be entertained and will be met with a brutal and bloody (but fair) paddlin.
Post event whingin about "hello Dublin" will also be met with a paddlin, we're a piss ant country on the outskirts of a collapsing mad house next door to Europe, it's not the end of the world that the acts are not geography teachers and they're not trying to insult you, get over yerselves.
Final Note: Clean up after yourselves, don't be a dick, everyone is there to have a good time and let your Ma know you're ok during the weekend.