‘We Could Fill A Freight Train Full Of Sleeping Bags’


Yesterday morning.

Footage of the tent-strewn site of last weekend’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois.


Via Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon (Dublin Talks)


Further footage from yesterday’s clean-up.

Via Ed Rice

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61 thoughts on “‘We Could Fill A Freight Train Full Of Sleeping Bags’

  1. Tom

    Who cares? Offer free tents ready made and recycled as part of the overpriced ticket then.

    Or just clean it up and dispose of them again given people are paying a fortune.

    If it was some small scale low price eco festival then they might have a point.

    1. Holden MaGroin

      Yeah fupp personal responsibility. Stuff is expensive and people should get to do whatever they want because they paid some money.

    2. Jeffrey

      How about pack and clean the space you used on your way in? Even if you plan to leave your tent there it could at least be collapsed and tidied up. Shameful but not unsurprising behavior “Someone else will do it” crap attitude.

      1. Tom

        It’s monday morning after a three day bender. Deconstructing, packaging and transporting a tent is simply not possible for lots of people.

        The organisers know this but they are quick to shame the punters when they could come up with a solution.

        What difference does it make? You take home a badly packaged tent full of piss and beer. It’s only good for the skip. The sscenario above is easier for everyone. It’s not like the field is being left like that forever more. Peoples anger at this is bizarre.

        1. Frilly Keane

          you have de’ answer there Tom

          The organisers to drop skips around the place and let the campers fill them
          and or have those interested in taking stuff off ’em on standby with their own containers and receiving areas

        2. Boules

          You have a fairly crappy attitude mate.
          The culture you support is what has the planet on its knees.
          If you’re not able to take pack up a tent after a weekend session you should stay home.
          Another 10 minutes with a bucket and sponge when you get home will have it sparkling.

          It’s complete laziness; it’s very bad for the environment and should be called out for what it is, shameful.

        3. edalicious

          “It’s monday morning after a three day bender. Deconstructing, packaging and transporting a tent is simply not possible for lots of people.”

          Possibly only for those who are used to having their Mammy tidy up after them?

  2. Mildew Mild

    Why not post those pictures of empty tents with the usual editorial pictures of middle class fruity girls with tattoos and pink wellies glamping it up Cosmo-cover style alongside for context?

    Manufacturing content again.

  3. Mildew Mild

    After wall to wall coverage from the Irish Times on this picpornfest – silence.

    Daddy G is 58, Millennials.

      1. Liquid Lunch Mulligan

        Millennials are not young people. Do the maths. Relaxed Fit Generation. Home to Pollute.

  4. Clampers Outside!

    It is getting too big.

    There were two occasions i found myself doing the crowd shuffle – hundreds moving slowly together through a bottleneck one small step at a time…
    That to my mind means the organisers couldn’t give a monkeys about those going, especially since hearing they are talking of extending the max by another 2 or 3 thousand next year.

    I’ll be going, but next year may be the year EP turns into everything that was disliked about Oxygen/Witness…

    Should be no need for that crowd shuffling anywhere at a festival… :/

    – – –

    My highlight of the weekend was without doubt Sleaford Mods on Sunday night. Damn that sound’d move a rock :)

    Hats off to the most minimal DJ effort ever !
    And the vocalist, makes up for that… some presence…. imagine Henry Rollins as a mod :)

    1. Friscondo

      As someone said looking in to campsite was like seeing savages lying in their own filth. And people pay for this experience?

  5. millie st murderlark

    I recall the last time we went, we brought black bags for clean up, and cleaned up our part of the campsite whenever we were leaving it. When we packed up on Monday morning, what remained was a bizarrely clean circle where our tents had been surrounded by the filth and litter of those lazy cnuts who’d been around us.

    It takes minimal effort to throw your stuff into a bag, and just a tiny bit more to keep your recyclables and your litter separate too, and you’ll have a nicer festival experience too. I don’t get it.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      You’re a right goody-two-shoes. Here: clean THIS!
      *flings used sanitary towel at Millie*

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      As an aside I saw a used tampon lying on Grafton St today. I did a little mouthpuke.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Whaddaya mean? You *know* you’d love stories like that after a few pints. Even before a few pints in my case.

  6. BS

    as soon as it turned from a festival with a cap of 30-35k people to this shambles it lost all its appeal.

    its just turned into Oxegen 2.0. terrible line up, just an excuse for 17-25 year olds to go and get pissed and put glitter on

    my advice, find a small european/uk festival that is half the price, and is much better organised. tis what i did this year

    1. Rob_G

      Rough sleepers in Ireland number in the low hundreds, while thousands upon thousands attend festivals each summer, very many of whom abandon their tents. There is only so many tents that charities can make use of.

      1. Frilly Keane

        heard it mentioned that the Charities that work with those camps in Calais and the like are the ones involved,
        particularly keen on collecting sleeping bags and ground mats

        lads on the wireless were saying Picnic’ers just left everything an’ anting behind
        drink, sanitary products, clothing & footwear, ipods, phones whatever they came with

    2. The Old Boy

      Apparently this widespread misconception has exacerbated the problem after it was reported that a handful of salvageable tents had been dismantled by volunteers and used for charitable purposes* after a festival a few years ago. Lazy buggers have managed to skew this in their minds as meaning “I’m helping the homeless by abandoning my torn, battered and hopelessly soiled tent in this muddy field.”

      *Edit: Frilly’s comment above has just reminded me that the charitable purpose was the camp at Calais.

      1. Frilly Keane

        Some festivals have depot areas for lads to leave stuff alright

        but it usually has to be packed up and bagged,
        like in the same state it arrived in

        not mangled and fulla wee wee like

    3. Grace

      Plus many charities won’t take them as they can be soiled by beer/puke.
      Can’t expect a charity to cover the cost of cleaning them

  7. Eco Warrior

    We stayed in the ECO campsite, you have to recycle all your rubbish and take all your belongings home, tent , camp chairs etc. There is also LooWatt toilets. This campsite is free, all you have to do is signup. Much quieter and cleaner. Extra security on the entrance. The other campsites looks like a scene from “the Leftovers”.

  8. Spaghetti Hoop

    Festivals in Spain rent out the tents to you and there is an accepted, adhered to and well-managed eco-policy on waste.

  9. ReproButina

    An Gaeltacht area of the campsite was left spick and span proving, once again, that Irish speakers are better people.

  10. newsjustin

    In fairness, the sandwich thing at the Pope’s mass was a central planning thing. The Electric Picnic waste is thousands of individuals making a personal decision to be wasteful and litter.

    Just ban camping/multi day festivals. The EP waste fiasco is the very definition of unsustainable.

    1. millie st murderlark

      Also, if I remember correctly – I read somewhere that the guy who was responsible for the organisation of EP originally, that his vision had been a boutique festival known for it’s good food and music, but also for it’s eco friendly and sustainable practices.

      I’m sure he thinks this year was a spectacular success all told.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        Yep, it’s the guy that has/had pod productions who started EP… init?

        He’s now running All Together Now which is, by all accounts what EP started out as… and its’ first year was deadly :)
        Bonus points for it… as it’s on a bank holiday!

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