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Electric Picnic 2021 officially cancelled

This year's Electric Picnic festival has officially been cancelled. Organisers say they've run ou...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

18.35 1 Sep 2021


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Electric Picnic 2021 officiall...

Electric Picnic 2021 officially cancelled

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

18.35 1 Sep 2021


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This year's Electric Picnic festival has officially been cancelled.

Organisers say they've run out of time to hold the event as Laois County Council has not reversed its decision to refuse planning permission.

It comes despite the easing of restrictions that will allow live events go ahead - albeit with reduced capacity - during September.

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Electric Picnic ticket holders will be offered a full refund, or they can retain their ticket for next year's festival in Stradbally.

Next year's event is currently scheduled to take place from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2022.

In a statement, organisers said: "Regrettably, we have no other choice but to cancel this year’s edition.

"We would not be able to do the festival justice this close to show day, and it would be unfair to ask ticket holders who’ve stood by us throughout this pandemic to come to EP and not get the full experience they are used to and deserve."

Electric Picnic had been at the centre of recent debates around the return of live music and cultural events.

Organisers received a boost last week when Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan suggested there'd be no major concern with large outdoor events going ahead for fully vaccinated crowds.

The Government said it was exploring "all options" to allow the festival to go ahead.

However, Laois County Council insisted it was unable to reverse its decision to refuse to grant Electric Picnic a licence – claiming there was “no provision in law” enabling it to revisit or reconsider its position.

Main image: Crowds at Electric Picnic 2018. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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