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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Tasty menu for 2014 Electric Picnic revealed

Laura Butler

Published 20/03/2014 | 02:30

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The Electric Picnic is back in Stradbally this summer
The Electric Picnic is back in Stradbally this summer
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Lily Allen
Lily Allen

IF it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Ireland's popular boutique festival Electric Picnic will take place for the 11th time this summer and ticket holders can expect to see a similar line-up of acts to previous years, as well as the return of programme favourites for families.

One of the most laid-back events of the Irish festival calendar will see acts including Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Outkast, Beck, The Stranglers, and Pet Shop Boys take to the stage from August 29 to 31.

In addition to the musical entertainment, it's the mix of food stalls, a comedy stage and play areas for children that lures in visitors.

Despite ongoing legal proceedings between promoter Melvin Benn's FRD Group and John Reynolds' POD Music Ltd, Mr Benn told the Irish Independent that there were no doubts that the 2014 extravaganza would go ahead.

"I was clear last year and I am of the same position that while the legal dispute continues it will not affect Picnic this year or years ahead of us.

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"It's an internal battle as opposed to external."

Mr Benn said he is hoping for another decade of the event, which will once again be hosted by the Stradbally estate in Portlaoise.

An estimated 35,000 people are expected to travel to Co Laois.

"It's hard to believe that Picnic has already been around for 10 years, but I think the festival has a warm place in people's hearts; the essence of it has a vibrancy."

Mr Benn confirmed there will be additional space in the resident campsites for those travelling with children this year. Early bird ticket prices have risen by €5 to €154.50.

"It is still a significant reduction on previous years, but when you know you have more people buying the cheaper ticket and fewer buying the €229 weekend ticket in July, as is what happened last year, a slight increase is needed."

For more information go to electricpicnic.ie or ticketmaster.ie.

Irish Independent

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