This year I had the enormous pleasure to attend the Electric Picnic with the Little Cinema. If you haven’t heard about the Little Cinema yet, it’s a monthly short film showcase here in Galway, that I co-run with my boyfriend Kenny and our good buddy Liam! We show indie films under 10 minutes, all made by talented Irish film-makers!
We got invited to put on a cinema at the Picnic at the Fossetts Circus tent. Every night we showed short films for an hour and a half of comedy sketches and music videos, over 100 films altogether!
I’ve been to the Picnic once before, in 2012, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the time! I thought it might be a bit too messy for me, which in a way it is, but it’s also mega fun, artistically enriching and full of cool people!
My favourite place to hang out that year was Body & Soul area and it was no different this year! It’s almost a spiritual experience in there! This year I also loved the Other Voices area, so many amazing acts to discover in a very intimate setting! I would join Kenny at the Comedy Tent too during the day – it’s a great spot to just chill on the floor and laugh your head off in between acts.
I was most excited to see London Grammar play this year, as I’ve been listening to them on repeat for the last few months. They make me feel things. They didn’t disappoint, she sounds exactly the same live as she does on the record!
Kenny and I made our most exciting new musical discovery at the tiny Band Stand in Body & Soul, where we heard Plutonic Dust play for the first time! We ended up dancing to their music until wee hours and we weren’t the only ones, they had everybody buzzing! Make sure to check out their SoundCloud for some fine tunes, especially the song Triangulate!
My top pick for food has got to be the Food Project at Global Green. So much healthy stuff with such surprising flavours! They had great coffee too a close tie with the coffee at Attridge & Cole. Tiny Tea Tent was amazing for herbal teas and general cosy hanging out! I became addicted to the hot chocolate and energy at Hurly Burly tent, where they combine lovely eats with random theatrical performances!
I am always unsure whether or not to take my camera to events like these, but if I don’t, I always end up regretting it! So I begrudgingly dragged it with me and I am so glad, as I ended up with one of my favourite photo diaries to date! I didn’t photograph the main acts at all, as I thought there’ll be enough of that, instead I focused on documenting the atmosphere, people, food, and the odd picture of my outfits! Ah, if only life was a festival all the time!