Sunday 25 February 2018

'Of course we've changed our security plan; the whole of Europe has,' says Electric Picnic chief

Melvin Benn (Niall Carson/PA)
Melvin Benn (Niall Carson/PA)
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Heightened security measures will be in place at Electric Picnic this weekend, according to the festival director.

Festival Republic Chief Melvin Benn said they have been liaising with Gardai in the weeks running up to the biggest music event of the year.

"We've spent a lot of time with all the different agencies talking through likely scenarios and potential scenarios," he said.

"Of course we've changed our security plan. The whole of Europe has changed their security plan in every aspect of everything we do."

Although security will be tighter, Benn hopes that punters won’t be impacted by it.

"I don't think people will notice particularly. The intention is to allow people to come and enjoy themselves.

Young festival goers Niamh Kenny, Trudy Corrigan & Michelle Abbott, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Niamh Kenny, Trudy Corrigan & Michelle Abbott, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Aoife Cregan, Caoimhe Dunne & Emma Power, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Sarah O'Sullivan, Ciara Roche & Emma Dowling, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Arwen Sullivan & Siobhan Casey, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Anna Heisterkamp & Leah Cullen, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Jonah Ryan age 6 with his sister Eadie age 9, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Cara Lynch with her 2 year old son Bran, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers shelter, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Young festival goers Emily Browne & Ciara O'Neill, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Taking time out at Casa Bacardi
Young festival goers at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Rozanna Purcell at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Rozanna Purcell at Casa Bacardi section at Electric Picnic in 2016. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Rachael Prendergast, Rachel Purcell and Corina Gaffey at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Louise Johnston at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Stylish in leopard print at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Revellers at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Dressed for the weather at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne and a friend at Casa Bacardi. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Young festival goers Niamh Kenny, Trudy Corrigan & Michelle Abbott, at day two of Electric Picnic. 3/9/2016 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Around 55,000 people will arrive in Stradbally for the music festival and, like them, Melvin intends to have a good time too.

"I'm actually really looking forward to seeing Duran Duran. I'm very pleased to see them here."

"One thing we haven't announced yet is that Ash is going to be here. They're going to play in Jerry Fish's tent and, to be honest, I'm probably looking forward to that as much as I'm looking forward to anything anything."

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