Electric Picnic fever is in the air again so ahead of this weekend's festival of music, fun, food and whatever you’re having yourself we asked some of the acts, and some pretty well know EP fans some pressing questions...

Wild Youth (Main Stage, Saturday, 3.15pm)

Best Electric Picnic experience: Playing to a full tent last year

Worst Electric Picnic experience: Playing to five people the year before

Top EP tip: Prepare for all weather conditions

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP? Queen or Prince

Who not to miss this year: James Blake, Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy, the 1975, The Strokes, Charli XCX, Hozier and Inhaler

Aimée (Electric Arena, Saturday, 2.15pm)

 

Best Electric Picnic experience: Getting booked to play Electric Arena for the first time this year! What a buzz. Can't wait.

Worst Electric Picnic experience: Missing out on tickets for last year, but never dreaming I would be playing one of the biggest stages by the next year!

Top EP tip: Drink water! Go see Irish artists!

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: Beyoncé! After watching her homecoming showcase online, I would die to see that live on that big EP Main Stage!

Recommendation of who not to miss this year: Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy, Wild Youth

Leo Varadkar 

"EP now clashes with the All-Ireland football final and I am not missing that!" 

Best Electric Picnic experience: Electric Ireland throwback tent - Vengaboys, and SNAP! (I know. But I am a child of the 90s). 

Worst Electric Picnic Experience: Walking in the mud from the car to the campsite with heavy bags. 

Top EP tip: Bring two battery packs for your phone. And bring your rubbish home with you.

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: Bowie

Who not to miss this year: Dermot Kennedy. Don't think I’ll make it this year, however. EP now clashes with the All-Ireland football final and I am not missing that! 

Jerry Fish (ringleader of The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow throughout the weekend)

Best Electric Picnic experience: To be honest there have been so many, always have a fun time at the Picnic! I love circus sideshow, so hanging out with Jelly Boy the Clown at The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow last year and recounting the antics of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow in the 90's was lots of fun. I was dressed as a gorilla on the main stage one year for Basement Jaxx doing Where's Your Head At. Hard to forget that one! Haha! Hung out with Public Enemy another year and waltzed with the late George Byrne to Richard Hawley. Love the Picnic crew and building the stage every year, we are building a dream team with the Electric Sideshow at EP.

Worst Electric Picnic experience: I hate to see waste, so much stuff left behind, makes no sense, hopefully that will improve. We brought The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow experience to Kaleidoscope this year and 100% of tents and camping equipment went home with the owners, that was truly wonderful to see.

Roll up, roll up . . . 

Top EP tip: Pace yourself! Be kind and thoughtful towards others, have fun and meet new people. Festivals are all about community, where else can you meet people from every county in Ireland and celebrate what it means to be Irish. Bring the LOVE! Be the LOVE! Feel the LOVE!

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: I am very lucky to have played with and met many of my musical heroes; The Cramps, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Blondie to name but a few... But hey! wouldn't it be amazing to see James Brown at EP!

Big top fun

Who not to miss this year: Make sure you pay a visit to The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow. It's a festival within a festival and we have a really fun-filled line up this year with The Academic, The Franks, PowPig, Kid Karate, An Emotional Fish are getting back together and so are Sack (Martin McCann is one of my all time favourite singers), San Patricio Mariachi, Ajo Arkestra, Sideshow Disco, our Sideshow Sweethearts Foxy P. Cox, The Pony Girls and so much more. Roisin Murphy is definitely one not to miss, look forward to seeing Jarvis Cocker, The Strokes and Billy Eilish too. Electric Picnic is the perfect place to discover new music. The Electric Sideshow motto is "Unity through Diversity" keep an open mind.

Inni-K (Body & Soul main stage7.15pm, Saturday)   

Best Electric Picnic experience:  On my way in the pelting rain to see Massive Attack on the main stage, I stumbled across a bunch of friends in a tiny shack which was bizarrely plastered with teddies all over the walls! I missed Massive Attack, but stayed dry and had the best sing-song with a bunch of heroes!

Worst Electric Picnic experience: Poo outside the tent! (pretty low moment).

Top EP tip: Keep hydrated, earplugs, oh, and a dash of lavender essential oil in the morning - makes everything seem alright!

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: Leonard Cohen - he'd likely have a profound effect on the whole place.

Who not to miss this year: Christine & the Queens and Hozier, of course.

Junior Brother (Body & Soul main stage, 3.30pm, Sunday)

Best Electric Picnic experience: Undoubtedly, last year seeing Sleaford Mods, and immediately afterwards seeing Death Grips. Two of the best gigs I've ever been to.

Worst Electric Picnic experience: Undoubtedly, last year lugging all of my gear from one end of the site to the other as the car I came up in was parked as far away from my campsite as physically possible.

Top EP tip: Enjoy yourself, take her handy, stay hydrated, stay fed, carry around a map.

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP? Richie Kavanagh

Who not to miss this year: AE Mak, TPM, PowPig, Just Mustard, David Keenan, Paddy Hanna, The Claque.

Biig Piig (Cosby Tent, 5:15pm, Saturday)

Top Electric Picnic tip: Stay Hydrated and don’t be scared to dance your heart out.

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play Electric Picnic: The Notorious B.I.G or Alton Ellis.

Who not to miss this year: Christine and the Queens, James Blake, Four Tet, The Streets, David Keenan, Maverick Sabre, Shura, Courtney Barnett, Metronomy, Viagra Boys. There’s so many amazing acts this year, man.

Dan Hegarty (broadcaster, RTÉ 2fm)

Best Electric Picnic experience: Only one? Come on! From a performance point of view - Santigold in 2008 and 2011 was incredible. King Kong Company were amazing in 2017, as was Mark Lanegan in 2012. Others like PJ Harvey (2006), Gil Scott-Heron (2010), Crystal Fighters (2010), Sack (2016), Rusangano Family In 2017, and Tebi Rex, and Garbage at last year’s Picnic were pretty special too.

Worst Electric Picnic experience: We’ve all done it... you save a bit and go for the cheapest pop-up tent you can find. The year that I made this substantial mistake coincided with one of the biggest downpours that I remember at Electric Picnic. I woke up at around 5.00am with my tent welcoming the rain in at a rate of knots. It’s hardly festival chic!

Top EP tip: Get there early, and don’t stress about missing stuff. It always sounds a bit excessive leaving first thing in the morning, but you’ll thank yourself when you’ve missed the tailbacks.

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What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: For years I’ve always hoped that The B-52’s would get booked for Electric Picnic. They’d be a perfect fit for that classic act like Chic, Kraftwerk and Public Image Limited. From an Irish point of view a reformed JJ72, Rollerskate Skinny, and Republic Of Loose would be great.

Who not to miss this year: There’s a long list of acts that you should really try not to miss this year. DJ Seinfeld gave us the excellent Time Spent Away From U album in 2017, so it’ll be interesting to see him live. Girl In Red is the performing name for Norwegian artist Marie Ulven. Her set at last January’s Eurosonic festival was really impressive. Maverick Sabre’s When I Wake Up album is one of 2019’s best so far, so add him to your list along with Yonaka, Róisin Murphy, and Courtney Barnett. You should do everything you can to catch Irish acts like Inhaler, Just Mustard, and Silverbacks too.

Little Hours

Best Electric Picnic experience: Getting to play Main Stage in 2017

Worst Electric Picnic experience: I haven't really got any. Honestly!

Top EP tip: Explore everything! There is so much to do and see and you'll always stumble across something amazing.

What act - living, dead or otherwise - would you like to see play EP: Thin Lizzy

Who not to miss this year: The Strokes, Hozier and Duff McKagan

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2

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