Kicking off with a bang, controversial West Belfast hip hop outfit Kneecap drew a huge crowd to the Rankin's Wood stage. Clutching a bottle of Buckfast tonic wine and adorned with an Irish tricolour balaclava, DJ Próvaí in particular made quite the entrance, with the band's material proving no less arresting.
Upholding their shady credentials, rapper Mo Chara warned; "the person beside you could be a friend, or could be an undercover Gard. Look at his shoes; if they're shit, he's a friend, if they're not, he's a Gard."
Proving a huge hit with the EP crowd, the packed tent of dedicated fans sang along to every word during their set.
Going on to debut brand new song 'I'm A Psychopath', as well as revealing that her sophomore release, 2021's 'Therapy' has just gone gold for sales of over 100,000 units, it was clearly the R&B sensation's day.
Despite being a perfect pop act, drummer Jimmy Rainsford gave a nod to his rock and roll credentials with a Metallica logo emblazoned across his bass drum skin.
Greeting the crowd and Soaking up the adulation, singer Ryan Hennessy said; "Electric Picnic, we're fucking home, baby!" Very much a local band, he continued; "We grew up thirteen minutes from this stage. This is home to us; geographically, spiritually."
Acknowledging the rapturous response they were receiving, he continued; "you lot have been amazing, only three songs in!"
With angsty anthems, heavy guitar riffs, and distorted bass, their short evening set was the perfect antidote to the cleaner sounds over on the main stage.
Electric Picnic 2022 continues on Sunday (4th September) with Northern Ireland heroes Snow Patrol, and Sheffield sensations Arctic Monkeys closing out the event.