The spectacular explosion of creativity and humour that forms the backbone of Trailer Park – a mobiletropolis exclusive to Electric Picnic – is a homage to the humble holiday caravan, the glittering airstream, the vaudeville circus van, and the wild imaginations unearthed in the wildly random ‘Design Caravan Competition’ announced earlier this year.
Trailer Park is an incongruous theatrical enclosure made of joined-up, stacked campers, vintage caravans, re-styled mobile homes, up-conditioned retro trailers, and an eccentric community of performers, stylers, feeders and imbibers, cultural clinicians, oddball vaudevillians, brazen architects, exotic hula dancers, burlesquettes, and a cluster of three-legged dogs.
The Mobile Home Stage plays host to bands in the living room, bedroom, kitchen and lavatory of a repurposed mobile home. Lit by the phenomenal Colour Sound Experiment who will transform the joint, this is the beating heart of Trailer Park.
Whether a newcomer such as Beached Whales or the MCs of Boss Level Series, or 50-person Ukulele collective, dingy bar crawlers The Cujo Family, solid gold seventies disco band Onassis or New York based dance funk collective Le Boom, the place will be hopping. Presenting Third Smoke, Manden Express, Formidable Vegetable Sound System, glitter queen Bronagh Gallagher, the watch-this-space spectacle that is CC Brez and Pete Pamf’s ubiquitous Sextette.
Having undergone a restoration, Jimmie Lees Juke Joint looks ahead to its best ever year. Creole fare – gumbo, cornbread and jambalaya – are served up in the exquisitely authentic old tin-roofed timber barn, and the music – soulful, southern blues, Louisiana jazz, Waitsian gowls, and bayou sirens. Jimmie Lee was a real man, with a real Juke Joint, and his granddaughter Tamala Clark decided this is how she’d like to pay homage to him. Can’t get more real than that.
Cathy Davey returns with her My Lovely Ranch party paddock – with an assortment of her rescued horses, donkeys, dogs – and an assembly of musician and comedian friends to take to the stage.
Trailer Park itself grows and grows. Caravanaoke is back, as is The Mad Deprogramming Machine, Car au Vin, the extraordinary Lord Ganesh’s Larder, Science Gallery’sMakeshop Caravan, My Big Fat Redneck Divorce….. And the newcomers? A Priscilla Queen of the Desert Bus called Gladrags and Glamfags; a chance to tie the knot in The Viva Electric Picnic Chapel; fly like Superman over Manhattan in the virtual reality caravan Holodeck; the ghoulish horror show in The Funeral Parlour; a double decker bus dropped out of the sky, arm-wrestling and shots at the Olde World Travelling Show, and plenty of other reasons to question what the point of it all is.
To top it all off, an architectural showcase of a cluster of pavilions – designs for unique festival accommodation – featuring the work of FKL, Meme Architecture, Noji, Ryan Kinnehan, Architectural Farm and others.
Trailer Park, there’s no moving us on!
MOBILE HOME STAGE
BRONAGH GALLAGHER * LE BOOM * MARC O’REILLY * CC BREZ * FORMIDABLE VEGETABLE SOUND SYSTEM * THE CUJO FAMILY * ONASSIS * BOSS LEVEL SERIES * MAD DOG MCCREA * THE EMERALD ARMADA * THIRD SMOKE * MANDEN EXPRESS * PETE PAMF SEXTETTE * AINDRIAS DE STAIC & THE LATCHIKOS * BEACHED WHALES * RICHARD RICHARD * STOMPTOWN BRASS * THE HIGH HOPES CHOIR * THE LUNA BOYS * MONGOOSE * FEATURING X * GAVIN GLASS * THE RATTLE SHAKES * THE DUBLIN UKULELE BAND * THE VERY REVEREND LORCAN RYNNE’S GOSPEL HOUR * FREEDOM 35s * TRINITONES * ROADHOUSE DOORS * RICKY BUSINESS * THE DYATRONICS * THE OPPOSITION * PHIL COSBY * MKAI * GRAND
JIMMY LEES JUKE JOINT
THE CLARK FAMILY PROJECT * OUT OF TOWNERS * THE CACKS * OLD HANNAH * OKI’S WAGON * PADDY DENNEHY AND THE RED HERRING * ROBIN JAMES HURT & THE BAND OF MOONLIGHT LOVE * ERIC BUTLER AND THE REVELATORS * HOMEBREW * LEMONCELLO * RHYTHYM N BOOZE * AND MORE
MY LOVELY RANCH
CATHY DAVEY * CHANELLE MCWILLIAMS * JOEY GAVIN * AE/MAK * SILE SOMERS * WE RAISE BEARS * DRIFTWOOD MANOR * NAOISE ROO * OISIN FURLONG * MAMA’S BROKE * TWISTED SISTERS * YE VAGABONDS * WINSTON PINSTRIPE * BRENDAN MCGLYNN * NEIL HANNON * AND LOTS OF OTHER SECRETS
CARAVAN CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA
SHE SAID * JUNKYARD GEORDIES * MINNIE AND THE ILLYWACKERS * MANDEN EXPRESS * AMBER AND THE BEAR * CARAVAN CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA CABARET * AND MANY MORE
DESIGN CARAVANS AND ARCHIPODS
CARAVANAOKE * THE MAD DE-PROGRAMMING MACHINE * CAR AU VIN * LORD GANESH’S LARDER * SCIENCE GALLERY’S MAKESHOP * GLADRAGS & GLAMFAGS * VIVA ELECTRIC PICNIC CHAPEL * HOLODECK * CARAVN MIRROR MAZE * HUXLEY HORROR FUNERAL PARLOUR * THE BUS THAT FELL TO EARTH * PLASTIC FANTASTIC * TRAILER TOWER * THE DEGUSTATION TEARDROP * CARAVAN OBSCURA * RECIPROCITY * SILVER SPACECRAFT * OLDE WORLD TRAVELLING SHOW * AND SEVERAL PAVILIONS BY SOME OF IRELAND LEADING ARCHITECTS