Festival Director Melvin Benn also addressed the possibility that coronavirus could have an impact on the festival
Preparations for Electric Picnic are full steam ahead say organisers as the grand line-up for the Stradbally festival was unveiled today.
Rage Against the Machine, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers, Picture This and Lewis Capaldi are among the acts who will headline the festival this year.
Some 70,000 people will flock to Co Laois for the event which runs from 4 – 6 September. This year, organisers have increased the capacity of the main stage field. By re-configuring the position of the stage in the newly created larger arena, this area will increase in size by 60pc giving picnickers unrivalled view of the stage.
New to the site this year will be a brand new Consciousness Village, with quirky stages and open fires. The programme will feature some of the country’s leading healers and therapists.
Meanwhile, Festival Director Melvin Benn of Festival Republic addressed the possibility that the current virus outbreak could impact the festival.
He said it’s full steam ahead for Electric Picnic and his festivals in the UK and mainland Europe, unless governments' say they can’t go ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are full steam ahead, and the Government are absolutely not saying that. I am 100pc of the belief that by the time June comes we will be over the hump.”
He said that the reality is “for me I am about providing entertainment, I am providing entertainment outdoors and I intend to do that until somebody forces me to stop. I don’t have a magic wand. I can’t pick out when, or if, they might say that.
"I don’t believe they will be saying that this year to anything I am doing here in Ireland, or anywhere across Europe.”
He added at this point in time, “I have no planning in my mind for anything other than this festival taking place on the dates that we said, in the location that we said.”
“It is happening,” he insisted.
Speaking about the line-up, he said, “There is an audience profile that wants the new, and there is an audience profile that wants the current, and there is an audience profile that wants incredible headliners like Rage Against the Machine and Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers. We always at Picnic try to offer that breadth of what is fantastic live.”
Mr Benn said that sustainability efforts will be stepped up again this year, using hydrogenated vegetable oil which is fully traceable to power generators, reducing carbon emissions by around 60pc. They are also re-focusing on separation of waste and trying to encourage people to bring cups that can be reused.
Meanwhile there will be other changes on site. Fish Town, Electric Picnic’s carnival town will be moving into the woods in Stradbally. It includes the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Circus Tent, pop-up sideshow stages, a café and a bar.
The premium campsite will offer hot showers, flushing toilets and close access to the car parks. . Located on the Abbeyleix Road, picnickers will be able to access the festival site via a bridge that will take them directly to the middle of the action. Tickets for the premium campsite will go on sale on April 10.
Electric Picnic tickets are sold out.
Also in the line up this year are Bicep, Ian Brown, Run the Jewels, Foals, Skepta, James Vincent McMorrow, Annie Mac, Mabel, Rick Astley, Jeff Mills, Denzel Curry, Helena Hauff, Paula Temple, I Hate Models, Madator and JID Lyra