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Thursday 22 February 2018

Electric Picnic acts 'to perform as planned'

Concert organiser John Reynolds. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Concert organiser John Reynolds. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Brian McDonald

Organisers of the Electric Picnic moved swiftly yesterday to allay fears that a number of theatre acts scheduled to take to the stage over the weekend had been cancelled.

More than 30,000 welly wearers are looking forward to seeing their favourite artists, including Roxy Music, Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, Leftfield and Rubberbandits featuring Crystal Swing, on stage.

A spokesman blamed "communications confusion" as close on 200 up-and-coming actors, playwrights, directors and theatre technicians were led to believe that their gigs at the Electric Picnic were cancelled.

The groups had all been in rehearsal for several weeks and many had been asked to tailor their productions to suit the running schedule at the theatre stage in the Stradbally, Co Laois, venue.

For many, the opportunity to perform at Electric Picnic provides a rare opportunity to showcase their work to a wide audience.

Those taking part were each due to be rewarded with a ticket to the weekend's events. The three-day tickets were still on sale yesterday for €240.

A number of the theatre groups contacted the Irish Independent yesterday, but following enquiries by this newspaper the spokesman confirmed that all groups scheduled to perform over the weekend would take part as planned.


Irish Independent

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