Festival fun without breaking the bank
With the end of our short lived Irish summer in sight, there remains only one big music festival left to close things off with a bang, Electric Picnic. Pricewatch, the Irish Times consumer news and advice page recently offered festival goers advice on how to “save” money for those of us that had been lucky enough to grab a ticket back in March before they sold out in record time. According to the author, a three day stint at the festival set him back €882, without taking into account the cost of a ticket or transport to and from the festival.
Since I’ll be attending the festival myself, and don’t plan on spending €882. I had a look at a realistic cost for attending Ireland’s largest music festival and compared it to the Irish Times’s report that supposedly helps consumers save money.
The most expensive item on the list and unfortunately there’s no way of getting around this one is the ticket. A ticket for this year’s electric picnic, including booking fees will set you back €245 unless you’ve attended before, then you can avail of their loyalty scheme. A return bus ticket to and from electric picnic will cost you €25, these run multiple times on Friday and Monday so you won’t be short of options.
With travel and a ticket sorted, there’s still €612 left to spend before we reach the Pricewatch figure of €882.
The next item on the list is an obvious one, a tent. With the cost of Glamping starting at around €200 it makes sense to buy your own, especially since you’ll be able to reuse it for any future festivals you plan on attending. The cost of a decent, waterproof tent that claims to sleep four people will set you back €40 in Aldi. A sleeping bag comes in at less than half that at €16.99. A far cry from the €220 Pricewatch forked out.
Now we have all our main items sorted, the rest of the ideas needed won’t set you back much.
• 20 Cans/Bottles will set you pack roughly €23
• A decent battery pack to recharge your phone – €35
• A lamp / torch of some kind – €10
• Food and (extra) drink over the course of the weekend – €150
• Disposable poncho (x2) – €1.50
• Sun cream, wellies, miscellaneous items – €30
• Food & Snacks – €20
The grand total of our electric picnic weekend away – €596.49. If we were to take away the cost of transport, and the cost of the ticket like Pricewatch did, our grand total drops to €326.49, a far cry from their money saving weekend that cost €882.