Heading to Electric Picnic? Make sure to check out the Newstalk Lounge

With panel discussions, quiz shows and maybe even a little romance, there'll be plenty happening both on-air and online

Heading to Electric Picnic? Make sure to check out the Newstalk Lounge

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Tens of thousands of revellers will be making their way to Co Laois this weekend for Electric Picnic - and Newstalk will be there too.

The Newstalk Lounge will be located in the Mindfield Arena at this year's festival, and there'll be plenty happening both on-air and online.

Over the course of the three days, we will be putting on a series of panel discussions, interviews, debates and entertainment shows.  

Newstalk's Henry McKean will host Love at First Festival, where he will play cupid, pairing prospective couples up for a romantic festival date.

The station is also popping in a healthy dose of nostalgia with panel quiz show What a Load of Buzzcocks - hosted by Richard Chambers - and George Hook's Play Your Cards Right.

The schedule includes some of the new faces to the Newstalk line-up, including Have I Got Newstalk for You with Paul Williams and Shane Coleman on Saturday afternoon, and a topical panel debate on the 8th Amendment hosted by new drivetime co-host Sarah McInerney on Saturday night.

Alan Quinlan - the new Newstalk breakfast show sports anchor - will also make an appearance at the festival, hosting a discussion in association with Pieta House on mental health in sport on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, the Off The Ball team - including recent addition Kevin Kilbane - will play host to a number of famous sporting faces over the weekend, with Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly joining the panel on Friday for a hurling final preview and a Saturday Panel with Brian O'Driscoll & Danny O'Reilly from The Coronas.  

Bobby Kerr will host a special Down To Business with Irish rugby captain Jamie Heaslip, while Moncrieff, Tom Dunne, Pat Kenny, and the Splanc team will all also be on site over the course of the weekend.

There'll be plenty happening online too. The Hardy Bucks’ Francis “the Viper” Higgins is joining the Newstalk team for the weekend and will be sharing live news reports from around the festival exclusively on Newstalk.com.

Log on to catch up on all the goings-on backstage in the Newstalk Lounge and the rest of the Stradbally site. Visit the lounge over the weekend and you might even catch a glimpse of the “the Viper” himself.

So make sure to listen to Newstalk at 106-108FM, check out Newstalk.com for additional content and follow all the updates live from the Newstalk Lounge @NewstalkFM and #NTLounge.

See you at the Picnic!

Full schedule of events for the Newstalk lounge is as follows...