Now home to the work of over twenty new caravan creators, Trailer Park – exclusive to Electric Picnic – enters its third year paying homage to the humble holiday caravan, the glittering airstream, the vaudeville circus van, and the wild imaginations unearthed in this year’s Art Caravan competition...
Trailer Park is a mobiletropolis, a spectacular and incongruous theatrical enclosure made of joined-up, stacked campers, vintage caravans, stylised mobile homes, reconditioned retro trailers, and an eccentric community of performers, stylers, feeders and imbibers, miniature restaurants, wacked-out cultural clinicians, oddball vaudevillians, exotic hula dancers, burlesquettes, acrobat clownsters, and a cluster of three-legged dogs.
To add to the mayhem, earlier in the year Trailer Park opened its doors a couple of inches to see if there was anyone out there who wanted to get involved, to bring their own caravan or mobile home dream to life, and host it at the Electric Picnic. One hundred and twenty people with steam coming out of their ears responded and we selected the most impractical of them, and invited then to run away with the circus.
The CARAVAN STAGE
hosts bands in the living room, bedroom, kitchen and lavatory of a mobile home (28 of them across the weekend, ranging from rock n rollers The Whereabouts to Kevin Doyle’s rockabilly Elvis homage The Way It Was, to festival newcomers A Cult Called Man, White Chalk and Risky Business, plus the highly anticipated Caribbean-infused Kingston, to favourites of the Galway streets My Fellow Sponges and Mikey and the Scallywags, high energy Moo!, Tucan. We're bringing you the best of bootleg, not just The King, but Neil Young, The Doors, Motown to shake your stuff in the park.... There will also be a little catwalk action as JUNK COUTURE
strut their stuff).
The newly curated TRAILER PARK BAR
will fill you in on the gossip while you navigate a garish Pina Colada; THE FOOT HOSPITAL
is an ambulance for folks to sink into an armchair with the newspapers and plunge their tired feet into a hot seaweed bath; DUBLIN VINTAGE FACTORY
and BETTY BANGS
will provide trailer park makeovers (guys: clip in mullets; trucker hats; handle-bar moustaches; girls: false lashes; quiffs; gum and beauty spots) and then wheel out rails of 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s vintage clothing to sift through... and find the new you. THE MOVEMBER CLINIC
will offer gents (hell, ladies too) facial hair suggestions and furnish them with exotic hairy lip-limpets. JIMMIE LEE'S JUKE JOINT
will serve up authentic gumbo while out back someone makes light work of a washboard (performances include Whistle, Crow Black Chicken, Prairie Dawgs, Old Town Rounders and the extraordinary Eric Butler and the Revelators).
And musician CATHY DAVEY
takes up residence in Trailer Park with MY LOVELY RANCH
- a collective of horses, donkeys, and dogs to hang with for the weekend, while she plays some tunes with friends on her hay-bale stage or hosts a flash-mob silent disco. CAR-AU-VIN
is a Provencal wine cave, where a sommelier and a comedian (identities not revealed) will take you through a tasting of fine wines.
Adjoining this, in the TATTOO BAR
, arm-wrestling-and-shots will lower the tone. Three deranged and spectacular art creations with stand at the entrance to Trailer Park: Seamus Scullion’s THE OLD OCTOPUS MEDICINE SHOW
gurgles and fizzes and spurts out life-restoring elixirs; David Sumray’s THE INCREDIBLY MAD DE-PROGRAMMING MACHINE
offers festival goers a colander on their head plugged into the blinking, bleeping ‘doctor’s’ invention; Patsy Preston’s STEAMPUNK TIME MACHINE
looks like a cross between a combine harvester, a moon landing vehicle and Viking-era slingshot.
Inside the futuristic retro village, punters will lose themselves in all manner of other peculiarities: CARAVANAOKE
will be on hand to dress you up and film you belting out ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, CARAVAN CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA
’s dickie-bowed bouncer will check your footwear before deciding if you can enter, ongoing theatre experience MY BIG FAT REDNECK WEDDING
will see a dysfunctional family occupying a mobile home while planning their big day. LORD GANESH’S LARDER
is a wildly colourful Bombay bus and chai service; sculptor Harry Harris unveils his diving-bell creation THE LISTENING CHAMBER
right bang into the middle of the commotion to offer people a chance to experience complete escape from sound. Illusion-artist Mark Cronin brings his extraordinary illusionary magic to life in AN IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
while Science Gallery take up residence in a caravan to offer a MOBILE MAKESHOP
in a vintage storm-chaser.
Complete with picket fencing, trellis-work, flamingos, gaudy colours, retro sun-loungers, roaring braziers, frilly curtains, our bar-staff dressed in fluffy negligees with curlers will serve beers to anyone in a grubby white vest and a comb, and cocktails to anyone with orange cleavage and tattoos. Lamb barbeques will glow beneath palm trees, and the deck chairs will be out.
TRAILER PARK: there's no moving us on.
THE MOBILE HOME STAGE
THE YOUNG FOLK – THE WHEREABOUTS – GET BACK:THE STORY OF THE BEATLES – PEARL TN – HUSTLE –– STORYFOLD – KEVIN DOYLE’S ELVIS: THE WAY IT WAS – C.R.AVERY – HARVEST: A TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG – THE TRAMPZ – GHOST ESTATES – CLIVE BARNES – KINGSTON – VIKING PROJECT – THIS SIDE UP – TUCAN – A CULT CALLED MAN – KEVIN SHERIDAN – MOO! – THROWING HALOS – RISKY BUSINESS – PRISON LOVE – ERIC BUTLER AND THE REVELATORS – CUAN & LUKAS (DJ) – JOHN AND MANDY – WHITE CHALK – THE ROADHOUSE DOORS – MY FELLOW SPONGES
JIMMIE LEE’S JUKE JOINT
DAVE CLARKE BYRD BAND - REVEREND JM’S PANIC WORKSHOP - SAL VITRO - DARK LANES - KEYWEST - RED EMPRIE - ERIC BUTLER AND THE REVELATORS – RICHARD FARRELL AND THE LOST TRIBE – HUEY AND THE HOBGOBLINS - PRAIRIE DAWGS – CROW BLACK CHICKEN – OKI’S WAGON – WHISTLE