Electric Picnic announces expansion plans as Dua Lipa is the big hit of 2018

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

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Aerial view of Electric Picnic 2018 Main Stage where Dua Lipa when was performing. Picture: Aerial.ie

Electric Picnic organisers have announced plans to expand next years festival at the end of this year's festival which saw Dua Lipa draw a record audience to the Laois staged festival.

Festival Director Melvin Benn announced some new plans for the festival which would also see an increase in capacity of 2,500 with no ticket price increases.

The expansion will include some brand new areas which use previously unused areas on the Stradbally estate.  

“Electric Picnic is about being amazing and I want to continue to bring incredible culture and value to the Picnic which is why we’ve got Seamus Heaney poems going on in Mindfield, why we’ve got an Irish language day and an all-female comedy night in Hazel Wood and the incredible Kendrick Lamar in Stradbally.

"I’m overwhelmed about how good the Picnic has been and incredibly enthused about the future. I am going to open up more space and incorporate another field into the arena; thankfully the estate has all the space that we need,” said the Festival Director.

This year more 300 acts perform across a multitude of stages, with musical highlights over the course of the weekend including a special duet from Hozier with the legendary Mavis Staples on the Main Stage to an emotional performance from Sigrid at Other Voices. 


Dua Lipa possibly drew the largest crowd to the main stage, with music fans stretching as far back as the seats which compares to nearly 50,000 people watching this performance!


The organisers say Little Picnic proved a massive hit with the families while they say the Blindboy Boatclub inspired an engaging and insightful debate from young and old in the Mindfield area covering Brexit, Trump and Ireland’s place in the world! 

As the sun sets on the 15th Picnic festival organisers urge picnickers to leave no trace and to pack up tents and belongings. Over 588 tonnes of waste goes into landfill after the Picnic, so please leave this beautiful estate how you found it!

And, if you missed out on a ticket for this year’s Picnic tickets for next year’s event will go on sale this Friday 7th September at 9am, ticket prices will remain the same. 

Electric Picnic festival venue. Pic: Aerial.ie