by / June 23rd, 2009 /

Extra-curricular activities announced at Electric Picnic 2009

And it will collectively be called Mindfield and will be set out over 6 stages at the festival as “Electric Picnic’s must-go zone to engage with the finest minds of our generation in incendiary debate and conversation on literature and poetry; science and human nature; politics and economics; theatre and music; photography and satire – even some as Gaeilge.”

Here’s the press release:

Leviathan Political Cabaret returns, enjoying its fourth year as the core of Electric Picnic’s spoken word programme, Leviathan and its host – writer and broadcaster David McWilliams – decamp to Stradbally for the weekend bringing cutting-edge debates on such issues as The Politics of Culture; The New World Order; Reform or Revolution and much more with journalists, writers, musicians, philosophers and even the occasional Government minister or two.

We are honoured to welcome the incisive and elegant Jon Snow from Channel 4 who will host a special debate as well as the MindField All-Star News Quiz with very special guests.

Guest host Ryan Tubridy will also join us direct from his maiden voyage on the world’s longest running chat show – The Late Late Show – to present an altogether different show with surprises for everyone in the audience. Also expect appearances from BP Fallon, satirical music and commentary from Paddy Cullivan and The Camembert Quartet and Readers’ Wives; Dundalk dystopia with Jinx Lennon; speed-debating in the hugely popular Salon du Chat; dodgy life-coaching from Batty Ryan; and brand new satirical shorts from the Doris/Magee filmmakers

Hosted by spoken word artist Marty Mulligan, The Word showcases a fine blend of poetry, spoken word, slam, prose, rap, readings, literature, comedy and music brought to you by an eclectic mix of national and international writers, poets and performers, all backed by The Aftermath, an act the Irish Independent rated as ‘the saviours of Irish rock’ and they’ll be mixing it up with some very special guest artists throughout the weekend. There will be readings from emerging and established writers such as Olaf Tyaransen, Ronan Sommerville, Ronan Casey and many more. We’re also thrilled to present The Book Club Boutique, which is rocking the London literary scene to its core with its outlandish shows.

Science Gallery makes its debut at Electric Picnic in 2009, based in a dramatic state of the art building on Dublin’s Pearse St, Science Gallery is an initiative of Trinity College providing an exciting and innovative new space for ground-breaking exhibitions, experiments, workshops and debates – a place where ideas meet.

Seed Dating hosted by Aoibhínn Ní Shúilleabháin is a fast-paced event designed to spark of creative connections and to allow people to share and develop ideas for innovative projects in arts, science, technology and media. Picnickers will also have an opportunity to take part in live Neuroscience Research and find out what is happening in their brain when they listen to two conversations at the same time or decide on the mood of a virtual crowd while wired up to an EEG machines. There’s Mindball, the Pinocchio Illusion and much, much more to blow out the synapses and expand the mind.

Back indoors this year, MindField plays host to another weird and wonderful programme of theatrical brilliance from the Theatre Stage which will transport you to another world. Highlights include: The Poe Show: Michael James Ford and Trevor Knight / Waiting for IKEA / Moonshine Travellers / Seven Times Me. Full details on all these performances can be found at

Literary Stage – following on from the success of the Arts Council Words and Music Stage, this year’s programme is curated by writer-in-residence Dermot Bolger. There will be conversations, interviews, debates and more with some of Ireland’s finest writers and a few from beyond our shores too. Themes will include artistic and ethnic exile, the work of Samuel Beckett; love and sex; and the language of photography with John Minihan, celebrated photographer of Samuel Beckett, Lady Diana Spencer and Francis Bacon. Expect a special announcement when the Literary Stage programme is finalised.

The Irish Language Stage or Gaeilge Beo returns this year with a riotous and irreverent mixture of programming with Rossa Ó Snodaigh of Kila as curator again. Peig it ain’t! Including a new one-man show from Manchán Magan, GAA commentary karaoke, How to Swear in Irish, puppet shows, quizzes, comedy and theatre and much, much more – all in our native tongue.

Finally Out Here in the Fields – A unique collaborative digital story created by MindField patrons over the weekend. Each contributor types 50 words which are saved into the memory, leaving just ten words visible to the next contributor who must continue the narrative. And our very own speakers corner – The Electric Pulpit – An ecclesiastical platform where you can get it all off your chest and inspire the crowds with your oratory.

Weekend Tickets are €240 / There are no single day tickets.Family Camping Tickets and Campervan Tickets are now sold out.

Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and usual outlets, / Credit Card Hotline: Ph 0818 719300 Republic of Ireland / 0870 2434455 UK/Northern Ireland. Phone / internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charges. Agents fee is €2.50.

  • barryb

    “Tickets are now sold out” ??? They might want to recheck that according to Ticketmaster!

  • Marleen

    To celebrate Bootcamp Ireland leading the way with Festival Fit at this year’s Electric Picnic, they are giving away full weekend tickets to Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall plus loads of runner up prizes too.

    Might as well check this out….

    visit for details