Electric Picnic takes place at Stradbally House County Laois with around 30,000 festival goers expected over the weekend to catch musical headliners like Arcade Fire, Pulp and Sinéad O'Connor.

Young festival goers will be catered for at the Soul Kids area at the family friendly festival which also includes a family campsite. Alongside music there are also literary, artistic and current affairs events planned throughout the weekend.

Louise Allen from the Craft Council of Ireland talks to RTÉ reporter Sinéad Crowley about the festival being a showcase of Irish craft. Naoise Nunn lists those who are scheduled to appear at the Mindfield area including politicians such as Luke Flanagan, presidential hopefuls Sean Gallagher and Michael D Higgins and writers including Roddy Doyle and John Banville.

For those who can't commit to an entire weekend at the festival, this time for the first time day tickets will be available for the Sunday.

An RTÉ News report by Sinéad Crowley broadcast on 2 September 2011.