Thursday, September 06, 2018

ELECTRIC Picnic will be even bigger next year, with plans to expand the main stage arena and an extra 2,500 tickets up for grabs.

As a clean-up operation continues at the Stradbally estate after the magnificent 2018 festival, organisers have already announced plans to enlarge the event when it returns for the 16th time in 2019.

Festival director Melvin Benn says another field will be incorporated into the main stage arena, which was packed to the limit when Dua Lipa drew one of the largest-ever crowds at the weekend. The most-streamed British female artist on Spotify last year, with 8.5 million singles and 1.5 million albums worldwide, the star’s arrival prompted a near-stampede and the show attracted a massive crowd of nearly 50,000 fans, stretching all the way back to the seating area.

Revealing plans to expand Electric Picnic next year, Mr Benn said another field will be added to the existing festival arena and ticket numbers will be increased from 55,000 this year to 57,500 in 2019. He said: “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.”

As the 2018 Picnic enters the field of memory, tickets for next year will go on sale at 9am this Friday, 7 September, and the festival is expected to sell out within hours, as in previous years. Mr Benn pledged that ticket prices will not increase and will remain at the 2018 rate. He commented: “Electric Picnic is about being amazing and I want to continue to bring incredible culture and value.”

Repeat attendees who have been to the festival three times or more can get weekend tickets for €165, while prices are €185 for those who have attended once or twice before. The standard weekend ticket price is €205.

More than 300 acts representing a multitude of musical genres performed at this year’s Picnic, with countless highlights ranging from a stunning show by Sigrid at Other Voices, high-octane performances from headliners Massive Attack and The Prodigy and a magnificent show from soul legend Mavis Staples on Saturday afternoon, when she was joined by surprise guest Hozier for an emotional and memorable duet of The Weight.

Meanwhile, the renowned event enhanced its well-earned reputation for providing sterling entertainment for all ages and the new Little Picnic was a massive hit with children and families.

As the big move began from the campsites yesterday (Monday) morning, organisers launched a #mycleanpicnic campaign urging fans to clear up their own waste and either bring home camping gear and tents or donate them to charities.

A campaign spokesperson said: “This is the land of the Cosby family and teams of people spend weeks picking up every item so we can return it to them in the state they gave it to us. Campsite waste is a big challenge and 588 tonnes of waste goes into landfill after the Picnic, so please leave this beautiful estate how you found it.”

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By Carmel Hayes
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