It's been a slower than usual start to Electric Picnic, what with the festival easing itself into its tenth year with an abridged Friday line-up before the real madness gets underway tomorrow. However, that's not to say that it's been any less of an occasion that previous years as the Picnic's emphasis on turning the Friday into a 'party' is beginning to shine through. Case in point: the obscenely large birthday cake we were given just outside of the Body & Soul section, along with a few hot chocolate to wash it down with.
At the time of writing (6.30pm on Friday) the festival seems to be just getting into its top gear. The sounds of Miles Kane on the main stage are currently reverberating through the media tent as a gaggle of music journos battle with the occasionally dodgy wifi bestowed upon us. But hey, this festival isn't about internet signals, or VIP areas, and nor should it be and the spirit the has Picnic attendees have held in such high regard over the years is in full effect as you'll see from our photographs (check tomorrow morning for those!).
Our first musical pursuit of the evening was The Eskies who held court in the natural amphitheatre of the Body & Soul stage just after 5pm. The Eskies have long been heralded as one of the best up n' coming live acts on our island and, having witnessed their raucous set, we can't say that we'd disagree with that assertion whatsoever. If you're hitting the Picnic on Sunday, you could do a hell of a lot worse than check out their set on the Salty Dog stage at midnight.
Our musical agenda for the evening is going to take in sets from My Bloody Valentine, Lisa O'Neill, R.S.A.G., Katie Kim (if we're still going at 3am) but in the meantime you'll forgive us if we cut this short to go get nice and deep in the crowd for our first ever Wu-Tang Clan show.
Check back later for more!