Roll Up Roll Up Roll Up!!!
Tickets went on sale Friday morning bright and early.
The starting gun has fired.
There are 357 sleeps till the next EP
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING
Mr. MJohnstons Stylish And Tasty Graphical Listing
Mr. MJohnstons Proper Map Of The Site
Note : Given the only thing that's shifted over the last few years has been the family camping, it's a fair bet that all campsites and amenities will be roughly in the same location.
My Essay Of Stuffs
Q - Do I pay extra for posh camping (Pink Moon etc)?
A - Yes, these are separate companies providing services on site, you book for them through their websites.
Q - Can I bring my own tent/gazebo/family into the posh camping sites?
A - No.
Q - How do I camp in ECO Camping?
A - 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
Q - Which camp site is quiet?
A - Joplin / Chaplin / ECO / Boutiques are much quieter than Hendrix and Wilde.
Q - What sort of tent should I bring?
A - 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 of at least 2000mm (higher is better)
Q - Can I camp in ECO / normal sites with a family camping ticket?
A - 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
Q - Will there be more family / campervan / non-standard tickets on release?
A - 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 younglings.
Failure to do so will likely result in them being placed on donedeal where you will not recoup your investment in them.
Q - Can I camp with a Sunday only ticket?
A - You're not supposed to.
Q - When will the Sunday tickets be released?
A - Around the time of the main announcement. These are of limited supply.
Q - What beers are available in the arena?
A - Heineken currently have the contract for bars in the arena so it's their brands only which are on sale.
You can BYOB ONLY after the arena bars close at night time.
There is no restriction however around having your own beer at the stages outside the main arena such as The Salty Dog.
Q - Is there an off-licence in the camp sites?
A - Yes, there's one you can pre-order from which takes orders in the weeks running up to the event or you can walk into Stradbally
Q - Are there showers / toilets in the camp sites?
A - Yes
Q - Are there lockers / secure storage in the camp sites?
A - Yes, there's a company that runs them and they can be booked via the EP Website.
Q - Can I bring in spirits?
A - To the campsites, yes, but they must be in a non-glass container.
Q - Where should I park?
A - 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.
Q - Can I charge my phone there?
A - There are some phone charging stations, see EP website for details but you're likely better off bringing your own battery pack
Q - What's the best type of battery pack?
A - There are many brands and sizes, aim for 10,000 mAH or higher.
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
Q - Can I bring a bag into the arena?
A - 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
Q - When will the stage times / days be announced
A - 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.
Q - Will anywhere being showing "insert name of sporting event here"
A - Possibly the Newstalk tent in Mindfield or your best bet is a pub in Stradbally
Q - Why is the line up crap?
A - Because you are a child.
Q - What's the long term weather forecast?
A - 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.
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.
If anyone can think of the other questions that keep popping up then PM me and I'll add them in here for as long as i've editing rights on the post.
No questions on R-Word will be entertained and will be met with a swift and harsh (but fair) paddlin.