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Monday 22 September 2014

Electric Picnic set to serve up a feast of music as festival date is revealed

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Published 13/11/2013 | 06:43

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Models Martha Christie (left) and Niamh Healy were at the POD night club in Dublin to help unveil the line-up for the 2013 event
The dates for next year's Electric Picnic have been released
The dates for next year's Electric Picnic have been released

ELECTRIC Picnic is first out of the blocks to confirm a summer date for a festival next year.

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The popular music festival is clearly aiming for the Christmas stocking filler market as early bird tickets go on sale on Monday, December 2.

The Electric Picnic 2014 will take place on the last weekend in August from Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31 at Stradbally Hall in Co Laois.

And accommodation providers in the area were quick to  increase their prices. 

The Maldron hotel in Portlaoise confirmed that it would cost €249 a night per room during the Electric Picnic weekend.

The same room on the previous weekend was available for just €94.

The release of the concert tickets so early is in stark contrast to last year when there were fears the 10th anniversary music and arts event might not go ahead. 

It came amid a legal battle between shareholder Festival Republic and Electric Picnic founder John Reynolds.

Capacity

Now it seems not only will the Picnic be back, it will also be a lot bigger.

Earlier this year festival director Melvin Benn revealed he wanted to increase the capacity of the festival in 2014 by a further 5,000 to 40,000 people.  “I think there is room for us to get bigger, and I would certainly be talking to the both the council and the gardai about the possibility of another 5,000 people next year,” Mr Benn told the Herald.

“We certainly have the capacity.”

The Hull-born promoter said his ideas for an expansion were based at how well the 550 acre estate had contained their biggest sell out crowd ever in 2013.

“Stradbally certainly coped with it well,” he added.

“Every element seemed to have work, particularly the work of the Gardai. I didn't see one traffic jam.”

The announcement of the line-up for the festival will take place at Easter next year.

hnews@herald.ie

Evening Herald

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