Tuesday 17 September 2019

Buzz begins about next year already as Picnic tickets to go on sale amid talk of raising capacity

Energetic: Revellers at the Throwback Stage at Electric Picnic in Stradbally. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Energetic: Revellers at the Throwback Stage at Electric Picnic in Stradbally. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

There was no sign of festival fatigue among the nearly 60,000 revellers who partied amid spells of glorious sunshine on the final day of Electric Picnic.

Always the more family focused events of the three-day extravaganza, yesterday's line-up saw Florence + The Machine close out the festival on the main stage last night with Kodaline, Jess Glynne and Richard Ashcroft also performing.

RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, who was joined by her daughter Georgia McGurk, was among the famous faces at the Stradbally event in Co Laois, while model Roz Purcell joined her music promoter boyfriend Zach Desmond at the popular festival.

Festival director Melvin Benn said he is in a partnership with the Cosby family, who own the sprawling estate, for "10 more years" and is considering increasing the size of the event.

He told the Irish Independent: "They seem to like us. They have literally the biggest acts in the world come and play in their front garden so they're pretty happy.

"They have the best festival crowd in the world come and camp in their front garden so we're in pretty good shape with them so essentially we have a rolling 10-year contract with them."

All smiles: Mr Motivator with Jackie Higgins, Ciara Wolfe (6) and Helen Wolfe. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
All smiles: Mr Motivator with Jackie Higgins, Ciara Wolfe (6) and Helen Wolfe. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

He also revealed that tickets for next year's EP will be on sale on Saturday, subject to the usual planning regulations.

"What we are going to do, in the anticipation that the statutory meeting is going to happen, is that we've got a meeting with all the authorities on Tuesday.

"We're announcing pre-registration starts from today until Wednesday.

"The Electric Picnic 2020 will go on sale Saturday morning at 9am. That's the intended time," he said.

Ella Ash (left) and Helena Rohan from Dingle. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Ella Ash (left) and Helena Rohan from Dingle. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Mr Benn indicated he is also looking at extending the capacity of the annual event, now in its 16th year.

"I wouldn't describe it as saying pushing the numbers, but I'm certainly going to look to accommodate more people who are desperate to be at the Picnic," he continued.

Among many of the highlights of this year's event were Billie Eilish, Hozier, Gerry Cinnamon, Christine and the Queens, and The Strokes.

This year saw the addition of several new areas including Spike Island, Terminus and The Cabaret, which seemed to meet with approval from attendees.

And as ever, it was a case of 'anything goes' among EP fans, with many sporting Indian head-dresses, glittery face paint and skimpy dresses.

Stradbally native Siobhán Mortimer said her favourite part of EP was "meeting up with your friends that you haven't seen in so long and actually spending time with them".

Irish Independent

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