Electric Picnic To Go Ahead Over 350 Fields
THE show must go on! The organisers of popular music and arts event Electric Picnic are to exploit the ‘letter of the law’ to ensure that this year’s festival will still take place in Stradbally this year as well as the surrounding areas.
Following the government’s announcement that events of 5,000+ people are suspended until September at the earliest, many thought this spelled an end to the annual trip to Laois; but enterprising organisations have pledged to ‘spread the event out’ over hundreds of fields and campsites, making sure that ticket holders still get that EP experience, albeit in a safe environment.
Up to 10,000 revellers will pitch their tents up to 50 metres away from each other in fields spread all across Co. Laois and enjoy sets from Snow Patrol, Lewis Capaldi and whoever’s cousin whose band are playing at 11am in the ‘Who?’ tent, all broadcast over Zoom and Houseparty; and organisers are certain they can recreate that classic ‘sitting in a wet field in Laois’ vibe.
“We will have staff in full PPE going from field to field, loudly talking shite, standing on your tent, bringing screaming children around with them, the whole works” said one EP official.
“You can still spend the whole weekend sculling warm cans of Bulmers and planning what acts to go see next, before falling asleep drunk outside your tent and missing everything. And as a bonus, you get to walk even further to and from the carpark when this is all over! It’s EP 2021, better than ever!”
Following EP’s innovative lead, other events are set to follow suit, with the GAA announcing that this year’s Senior Championship will take place in Croke Park as usual, with a fresh crowd of 1,500 supporters from each side swapped in every 5 minutes.