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24 March 2006
Ireland's own Boutique festival returns to Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, for its third year on 1-3 September with the Pet Shop
Boys, New Order, Massive Attack and Basement Jaxx topping a stellar bill.
The impressive cast of international acts playing over the three days also boasts Groove Armada, Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, Graham Coxon, Belle and Sebastian, Rufus Wainwright (solo), Super Furry Animals (pictured
right), Alabama 3, Antony and The Johnsons, Elbow, Bloc Party and many more. Those
flying the flag for the Irish this year include David Kitt, The Frames and the elusive Damien
Today's launch at new music venue Crawdaddy featured comedian PJ Gallagher (flanked by two models,
pictured left), who is best known for his RTE series 'Naked Camera'. PJ will be appearing at the festival in the International
Comedy Tent. Previous years have had comedy greats such as Tommy Tiernan, Joe Rooney (Father Damo in 'Father Ted'),
and now resident MC, Des Bishop.
Other attractions will include the Body and Soul Village, offering massage and
healing; The Big Tree, a carbon neutral nature foundation set up by Damien Rice; a small cinema showing cult
movies; the Hot Press Chat Room, where fans can get up close and personal with festival performers; The
Foggy Nations Stage - showcasing exotic, mystical and mind-bending sounds; Lost Vagueness, with
its flamboyant burlesque theatre and cabaret; the world-famous Bacardi B-Bar, a Silent Disco
and, er, female urinals.
Full camping is available, but (VF's accommodation of choice) Podpads are on
offer for the more adventurous guest, as are Beach Huts and Tipis.
Electric Picnic 2006 takes place at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois - about an hour from Dublin - on
1st - 3rd September. Tickets go on-sale on Friday 24th March and are priced at €175 for the three days, including camping.
Please click on the links below for more info.