Love at First Festival – Newstalk Plays Cupid at Electric Picnic

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Newstalk line-up for the Newstalk Lounge at EP – Find us @ Mindfield Arena

  • Love at First Festival – Henry McKean plays cupid as he pairs up prospective couples
  • ‘Repeal the 8th’ – Panel debate to be hosted by new Newstalk co-presenter Sarah McInerney
  • Play Your Cards Right – The cult 80s’ show is brought to the stage by George Hook
  • Live broadcast Moncrieff – Moncrieff’s Friday afternoon show will broadcast live from EP including the ever popular Movies and Booze
  • Pat Kenny – Ahead of the US elections in November, Pat Kenny will host a special debate on the presidential race

Wednesday, 31 August 2016: Newstalk 106-108fm yesterday released the full line-up for the Newstalk Lounge at Electric Picnic 2016. The Newstalk Lounge will be located in the Mindfield Arena at the festival and over the course of the three days the station will put 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, 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.

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.

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 Log on to catch up on all the goings-on backstage in the Newstalk Lounge, and beyond. Visit the lounge over the weekend and you might catch a glimpse of the legend that is “the Viper”.

Listen to Newstalk at 106-108FM, check out for additional content and follow all the updates live from the Newstalk Lounge @NewstalkFM #NTLounge
If you are lucky enough to be at EP this weekend, find us in the Mindfield Area


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Full schedule for the Newstalk Lounge is as follows:

Newstalk Lounge                Friday    
1330-1530 Moncrieff
1530-1630 Movies and Booze
1700-1800 Tom Dunne Meets….
1800-1830 Love at First Festival – Henry McKean pairs up people for the festival weekend
1900-2000 Off The Ball – Ger Gilroy with Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly – Hurling Final Preview
2000-2100            What a Load of Buzzcocks – Richard Chambers hosts an entertainment panel quiz with audience interaction
2100-2200            Splanc  – Newstalk’s Irish Language Programme


Newstalk Lounge                Saturday              
1200-1300            Futureproof – Mark Pollock – Jonathan McCrea interviews
1300-1400            Off The Ball – Hurling Final PreviewGer Gilroy, Nathan Murphy and Kevin Kilbane with Guests
1400-1500            Pat Kenny – US Elections Special
1500-1600            Off The Ball – Saturday Panel with Brian O’Driscoll, Danny O’Reilly from The Coronas and more
1600-1700            Have I got Newstalk for you – Shane Coleman and Paul Williams host an alternative political panel
1700-1800            Tom Dunne Meets
1800-1900            Repeal the 8th Debate – Sarah McInerney hosts a debate on Repeal The 8th


Newstalk Lounge Sunday  
1200-1300   Tom Dunne Meets…
1300-1400 Bobby Kerr’s Down To Business with Irish Rugby Captain Jamie Heaslip
1400-1500 George Hook’s Play Your Cards Right, a fun take on the TV game show with George Hook
1530-1700  Off The Ball – GAA Hurling Special
1700-1800 Mental Health in Sport – Alan Quinlan hosts debate