It wouldn't be Electric Picnic without a little rain and, in true Irish festival form, the heaven's briefly opened for a rainshower just prior to the Wu Tang Clan's (late) arrival on the main stage. The New York hip hop ensemble seem to have brought their B team to Stradbally, with some famous names missing from their collective but those who made the trip - particularly Inspectah Deck - gave the largest crowd at Electric Picnic '13 the best show of the day so far.
Wu Tang's DJ, who goes by the suitably precise moniker of Mathematics, is suitably precise behind his decks while the several assembled Wu Tang members goad the audience to 'jump', 'scream' and occasionally shout expletives into the Stradbally twilight. Purveyors of true east coast hip-hop, Wu Tang Clan's set was the highlight of Friday's Electric Picnic (so far, anyway), being the most raucously fun hour of the day so far.
My Bloody Valentine, making their first appearance in the fields of Electric Picnic since the Electric Arena in 2008, are pounding out the last furious chords of their set as we write this. Kevin Shields and his band, perhaps the originators of the shoegaze brand of music, are the undisputed masters of controlled noise. 'Only Shallow', from the band's seminal 1991 release Loveless, was our favourite track of the evening but what was particularly interesting was listening to the seamless blend between the tracks from the album and this year's offering MBV, especially given the 22 year gap between them.
Fatboy Slim is due up in a matter of moments to bring Friday's Electric Picnic into the wee hours but that isn't the only place where you'll find great music tonight. The Salty Dog stage, Trenchtown, Trailer Park stage and the other myriad of musical locations are open 'til silly o'clock.
Us? You'll find entertainment.ie firmly parked at the Body & Soul stage for R.S.A.G. at 11.45pm. Come and say hello!