FOR many, Electric Picnic symbolises the end of the summer in Ireland.
This is the 15th year of Electric Picnic and it is getting bigger and better each time.
This year there will even be a brand new area never seen before, Freetown, as well as the old favourites, Trailer Park and Trenchtown, as well as Salty Dog and Body & Soul.
Here NICOLA BARDON provides a comprehensive A to Z guide to Ireland’s biggest festival.
APRES Ski. Trailer Park is a favourite among festival-goers and returning is the Apres Ski area, hidden within it all. The ski lodge where it always snows!
BERLINHAUS. You may never have even heard of this place as it is so secret. The location is never revealed but follow the techno music and you might find the hidden underground bunker.
CASH. Yes there are ATMs on site but the queues are so long and there is always a chance of it running out. Be safe and bring cash. There will also be contactless points in the bars.
DON’TS. What not to do — don’t bring glass, drones, drugs, and don’t buy tickets off people outside, as you could be wasting your money on a fake.
EARLY entry. For the few thousand fans who head down on the Thursday, gates will be open from 4pm and there will be an all-female comedy line-up for those select few in Hazel Wood.
FINEST Banquet. The food at EP is legendary but there is nothing better than the Banquet. The menu has been created by Derry Clarke, right, and Mark Moriarty and guarantees the best food on offer. Tickets are still available.
GLAMHER. The female festival-goers will know how hard it can be to keep yourself looking good across the weekend, so get down to the Jimi Hendrix site to the GlamHer van for lashes, glitter and hair braiding.
HEINEKEN. The Heineken Live Your Music area is one of the most fun at the festival. The open air area will have their own acts, from Ibiza Classics with Davey B to Sing Along Social.
IRISH music. This year sees a stellar line-up of Irish acts from Dermot Kennedy, Roisin Murphy, Aimee, Wild Youth, Kodaline and Gavin James.
JOURNEY. Plan your journey before you go. Whether it is the designated driver, who stops drinking early on Sunday for the Monday leg back or public transport by coach — know how you are getting there and most importantly, how you are getting home.
KEVIN Kilbane. Yes really. The footballer will make his festival DJing debut at the AIB Tap House. Catch him on the Saturday night where he will be performing as DJ Killa.
LAUGHS. Every year, the Comedy Tent brings the best in local and international comedians to help you through the hangover. David O’Doherty, Deirdre O’Kane and Daniel Sloss will be some of the many acts.
MUSIC. Sure isn’t that why you are here? Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, the 1975, Hozier and countless other acts, all in the one field over the three days.
NOISE. Yep, it is going to be noisy in the camp sites. Other people are going to play music, sing and laugh even though you want to sleep. So bring ear plugs to make sure you get some sleep.
OTHER Voices. It is gone this year! Fans of the stage will be gutted but fret not, as 3’s Made by Music has taken over and you will find the best new acts and more there — and you can charge your phone!
PORTALOOS. No matter where you stay, glamping or camping, you have to face the portaloos. So bring hand sanitizer and tissues every single time. Oh and block your nose.
QUEUES. There are queues everywhere — ATMS, bars, tents, but mainly when you are going in. So make it easy — have everything ready to show staff and guarantee a quick wait.
RAVE in the Woods. Some people have never been, some never miss it. Officially it is called Anachronica but everyone calls it the Rave in the Woods, which kicks off deep in the forest when the main arena is winding down.
SALTY Dog. That pirate ship with a stage lying in the woods, above, is somewhere everyone has to visit over the weekend. Otherkin, Cathy Davey and Moxie will all be on stage over the three days.
TOUR de Picnic. This is the biggest Tour so far with cyclists biking it down from Dublin to Laois, with snacks provided by Complete Natural to keep them going. This year the money they raise will go to Pieta House.
UP-and-coming. There are so many acts that you will never have heard of before, and this is the joy of EP. Wandering around the areas will give you a chance to see someone who could end up headlining next year.
VEGAN. The food at EP is from some of the best vendors in the country, with something for everyone. Roz Purcell has designed a vegan burger at Just Eat Flavourville.
WEATHER. Unfortunately, it is not looking to be a scorcher like last weekend, so make sure you have a raincoat and wellies.
X marks the spot. Make sure you know where all the important places are — the Gardai, first aid, lockers, lost property, in the rare case something bad happens.
YOU. Make sure the festival is fun for you, from discovering new acts to seeing your favourites. But remember to be safe and have a pal with you at all times.
ZZz. Sleep. You won’t get your best sleep at EP but there are ways to make it easier. Bring a pillow and a blow up mattress — it is the closest you’ll get to your own bed this weekend.