Electric Picnic sells out for the second year in a row

Main stage at the Electric Picnic.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
With just over three weeks to go to the most anticipated festival of the year, Electric Picnic has completely sold out.

With just over three weeks to go to the most anticipated festival of the year, Electric Picnic has completely sold out.

The news emerged on Thursday of last week, and has prompted a bit of a panic for the unlucky ones who haven’t managed to secure tickets, with many enquiries on social media sites.

The festival also sold out last year and has kept its popularity among the festival goers, with a strong line up across all its stages. This year’s line up includes Portishead, Outkast, Chic, Paulo Nutini, Beck, Hozier, Blondie, Pet Shop Boys, Mogwai, James Murphy, Simple Minds, Annie Mac, London Grammer, James Vincent McMurrow and Cathy Davey to name but a few.

Before last year, the last time the Picnic sold out was 2008, with most other years before that also selling out.

Festival organisers have advised fans to be careful about where they source their tickets.

“Never buy from unofficial sources. Fans can still get tickets through the Tour de Picnic, there are still places left. People raise €380 and then cycle or run to the Picnic,” a spokesperson from Electric Picnic told the Leinster Express.

Now in its 6th year, Tour de Picnic is bigger and better than ever. And with an extra allocation of tickets it is set raise even more money for this year’s three chosen charities - Barnardos, Irish Youth Foundation and Special Olympics. The fundraising deadline is August 15, which means all funds are to be submitted in full by this date. All donations are to be paid by card, as no cash will be accepted this year. Fans can visit www.give2go.ie to find out more information and to sign up.

The festival always has a strong contingent of Laois fans who attend and this year is set to be no different as local revellers go to enjoy world class acts in the fields of Stradbally.

A welcome addition to this year’s line up is the Other Voices stage. Coming all the way from Dingle, it promises lots of musical wonderment all weekend in the Stradbally Hall woods.

All the usual gems are still to be found across the festival site, including Body and Soul (whose line up is on page 38 in Stage Left), Trailerpark, Trenchtown, and the Red Bull Music Academy.

Organisers will soon be announcing line up news for the ever popular Salty Dog stage, as well as Mindfield and the Spoken Word area.

To keep updated on all the latest festival news, keep reading Stage Left.