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Thursday 23 January 2020

Electric Picnic sells out in record time - before any of the acts are even confirmed

Dua Lipa entertains a massive crowd at Electric Picnic in 2018.
Dua Lipa entertains a massive crowd at Electric Picnic in 2018.
Melvin Benn
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Electric Picnic fans have gobbled up all the tickets to the 2020 event in record time – without any of the acts being confirmed.

Organisers of the music and arts festival set on the sprawling grounds of the Stradbally estate in Co Laois were over the moon with the positive response to next year’s event.

Tickets for the three-day extravaganza, which runs the last weekend in August, went on sale this afternoon at 12pm and were snapped up in less than three hours.

Prices range in price from €30 for early bird tickets to €260 tickets for weekend camping.

Running for 16 years now, this is the second time in the festival’s history that it sold out before any of the acts were announced.

Capacity has also been extended to 70,000 people, bringing its capacity to the equivalent of the former Kildare festival, Oxegen.

Last summer’s event saw the addition of a new area called Freetown, and the 2020 festival will have two additional areas - Mind & Body and Fishtown.

The line-up for EP2020 will be announced in the New Year and organisers said a limited number of tickets will be made available to customers of Three through its reward system.

Melvin Benn

Speaking previously to independent.ie, festival director Melvin Benn indicated that the festival could be on the menu for music fans for another 10 years.

He runs it in partnership with the Cosby family, who own Stradbally estate, and he said that 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,” he said.

“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.”

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