Following up with fan favourite ‘Heaven’, before an appropriate ‘On a Night Like Tonight’ one telling moment saw the singer shake his head in disbelief, as the huge arena crowd sang back every word.
Greeting the audience, the clearly moved performer said; "Wow! This is absolutely insane. I cannot believe I'm here. This is just absolutely ridiculous. I haven't played a showing Ireland in five years, and to come back to the Midlands and to be at Electric Picnic with all you beautiful people, I can't tell you what it means".
Admitting to feeling anxious ahead of the show, he continued; "I don't think I've ever been so nervous for a gig, but I know you've got my back. I've been waiting for this night for the last year and a half, and I want it to be the best night of my life".
Launching into a euphoric 'This Town', he said simply; "it's good to be home".
Taking place at Stradbally, Co. Laois, Electric Picnic is Ireland’s largest music and arts festival. Happening from 1st - 3rd September, this year's event is also set to feature performances by Fred Again, Paolo Nutini, The Script, and The Killers.
Electric Picnic continues on Saturday 2nd September, with Idles, Johnny Marr, Tom Odel and a host of others set to perform.