The main stage battled it out against the draw of a new dance-heavy area on the Saturday of Electric Picnic.
Christine and the Queens proved less of a mainstage draw on Saturday evening at Electric Picnic than the equivalent Friday evening slot, which saw Billie Eilish pack out the main arena.
An undeservedly sparse crowd attended Christine and the Queens’, AKA Heloise Letissier's, stylish set, the last date on her current tour, but the French chanteuse and dancer won the day in terms of choreography: synth-laden numbers like her soulful hit Tilted and Five Dollars saw her meld with a team of six athletic dancers, a perfect counterpoint to her own fluid contemporary dance style, which has drawn comparisons to none other than Michael Jackson, for good reason.
Dancers formed theatrical tableaux, cartwheeled across the stage and regrouped for interactions with Letissier as she greeted the Electric Picnic crowd with the repeated, and slightly misplaced, roar of "Dublin!"
Later, mainstage winners included Mancunian pop-rockers The 1975 and Saturday night’s headliners, New York veteran rockers The Strokes.
But there were mainstage diversions a-plenty in the extended festival site, including Gaelgeoir gangster-rappers Kneecap, who drew an impressive number of revellers to the new 8,000-capacity Terminus tent. The crowd were more than happy to join in the West Belfast trio's regular battle cry of "F**k RTE," and they debuted a fresh and typically irreverent track, "Get Your Brits Out," complete with cartoon animation visuals of regal mammary glands.
Despite poor sound quality detracting from their controversial lyrical punch, there was energy a-plenty, as well as smoke grenades and even a flare, which was carried from the tent by security staff.
The popularity of the Terminus tent, with its dance-heavy line-up, seems to have been a drain on numbers to other areas at the increased capacity festival this year.