What has Electric Picnic 2016 to offer other than music?

There's plenty of non-musical treats for those heading to Stradbally this September...

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There's just over a month to go until this year's Electric Picnic, and organisers have started revealing some of this year's non-musical events.

Anybody lucky enough to have snagged a ticket to this year's sold-out festival will get to enjoy performances by dozens and dozens of artists, including LCD Soundsystem (who return to Ireland after their surprise reunion), Lana del Rey and New Order.

Anybody who has been to the festival before, though, will know EP has a whole lot more than music to offer those wandering around the Stradbally site.

A new addition to Electric Picnic this year is The Hazel Wood area, which the festival is describing as a 'new interactive theatre space' in the woods.

The space will host workshops, shadow puppetry, visual art and more over the course of the festival.

As a bonus, the rightly acclaimed Irish musician Cathy Davey set to perform her new album in its entirety for the first time in The Hazel Wood.

Earlier this week, the festival also announced the line-up for this year's Mindfield spoken word arena - with events ranging from live satirical news broadcasts by Waterford Whispers News to a dedicated theatre stage.

Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits is chairing a 'Twenty One Sixteen Parliament', while economist David McWilliams is hosting a series of debates.

An Puball Gaeilge is the Electric Picnic hub for all things Irish, while the Science Gallery is also returning to the festival for the 7th time.

You can find out more about the Mindfield activities on the festival website.

Meanwhile, the Just Eat Retreat is also back at the festival after their two previous visits. As you probably expect, you'll be able to order food and drink, but there will also be pampering services including a nail bar and barbers.

On top of that the Retreat will host a series of 'Tent Talks', with Andrea Horan of Tropical Popical and Marissa Carter of Cocoa Brown among the speakers.

Just Eat has also announced it will be working with the Peter McVerry Trust to raise awareness of homelessness during the festival.

The initiative was launched in Dublin city centre this afternoon with surprise lunchtime performances by The Strypes and Katie Laffan at Grand Canal Dock.

Describing their partnership, Anne-Marie Connolly - Director of Fundraising with the Peter McVerry Trust - said: "The Just Eat Retreat gives us a unique opportunity to highlight the role that we play in society helping vulnerable young people experiencing homelessness to a whole new group of people."

Alongside a special talk focusing on homelessness, Just Eat will be asking for a voluntary contribution from festival goers to help raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Few revellers should decline the opportunity to dance themselves clean when Electric Picnic 2016 rolls around - but definitely make sure to have a gander to see some of the other fascinating stuff the festival has to offer.