THE conviction of a steward at a special sitting of Portlaoise District Court yesterday (Monday) for assault at Electric Picnic has thrown the running of next year’s event into doubt.
Despite the owner of the site in Stradbally, Thomas Cosby, describing this year’s event as being his favourite to date and tickets for next year’s Picnic going on sale this Friday, Judge Catherine Staines said that she will have to look at the licence application for next year’s Electric Picnic more closely when it comes before her next year.
While over 50,000 people rocked, rolled, ate, drank, sang, danced and skipped their way through last weekend’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, yesterday’s court sitting has thrown a cloud over its future.
Mr Cosby said: “It has been incredible having so many people on site enjoying themselves. The growth in numbers has created an electric atmosphere and the vibe this year has been very special.”
Some of the revellers will just about have enough time to draw their breath before heading out again to purchase tickets for next year’s event when they go on sale at 9am this Friday.
Possibly one of the funniest fringe events over the weekend was an impromptu strip skip. Based on the card game strip poker, those who fell on the wrong side of the rope had to remove part of their clothing. However, none went too far, and all had a laugh.
The biggest stars from the music world graced the Stradbally fields, with such acts as Grace Jones, Sam Smith, Blur. The Staves, The Boomtown Rats and Florence and the Machine.
While three people were hospitalised by drug overdoses, gardaí reported minor public order offences and described the campers as being cooperative and good- humoured.