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What might have been.


Ah here.

‘Revellers’ at Electric Picnic in 2015

This afternoon.


Laois County Council has said it cannot legally revisit its previous refusal of an event licence for Electric Picnic 2021 and that statutory timelines would not allow for the processing of a new application in time for the original date.

….MCD’s Caroline Downey said that in light of ‘Dr Holohan’s remarks remarks and those made by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, the promoters have re-applied to Laois County Council to run the event.

She said if successful, and unlike Croke Park last weekend, organisers would only allow people to work or attend the festival if they are fully-vaccinated, using a Covid certificate to confirm this.

Laois council says it can’t revisit Electric Picnic licence refusal (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Andy Pipkin writes:

The Government has no plans to introduce new laws or regulations that would allow large outdoor events to take place for people who are fully vaccinated or immune from Covid-19.
Digital covid certificates that are currently being used by people to access indoor dining on the basis they are fully vaccinated or immune having had the disease in the last six months could not legally be used to restrict access to outdoor events, the Government has clarified.


Last night/this morning.

Via RTE:

The scenes of large crowds at Croke Park has led to representatives from the entertainment industry to question why similar events cannot be held with similar crowds for their sector.

Mr Donnelly said the entertainment industry has had a “really brutal time”, adding the Government wants to see it reopen safely and not have to close down again.

Asked if an event such as Electric Picnic could go ahead, he said he did not want to comment about individual events.

“The questions being raised by the entertainment sector are very reasonable … there should be more pilots to scale up these events,” the minister said.

Changes to All-Ireland spectator rules ‘unlikely’ – Donnelly (RTE)



‘For now, the practicalities of returning to some kind of normal remain unclear. Officials sensibly advised people to be cautious in their mixing given the high levels of disease circulating at present, but their advice about congregation was at times confusing.

Dr Holohan effectively said he was happy for vaccinated people to attend events such as the All-Ireland final or Electric Picnic and for the unvaccinated to be kept out.

At the same briefing, his Nphet colleague and university lecturer Prof Philip Nolan was firm in ruling out the exclusion of unvaccinated students from third-level lectures. It wasn’t just that he disagreed with it; he felt it would serve little use.’

It’s all about when – not if – Covid restrictions will be lifted (Irish Times)


The 2015 Electric Picnic in Stradbally, county Laois 2015

This morning.

“In fact it feels like it’s safe to produce an event where everybody is tested. Literally everybody. The staff, the workers, the security, the bar staff, the food traders, as well as the festival goers themselves.”

Melvin Benn, Electric Picnic organiser


Also: YokesYokesYokes, etc.


This morning.

Via Electric Picnic


‘Revellers’ at the Electric Picnic, 2018

This morning.

Planning permission for the 70,000 capacity festival in Stradbally, Co Laois has been rolled over from last year and 95 per cent of those who bought tickets for last year’s cancelled event have retained their tickets for this year.

Brian McDermott, one of the organisers of Electric Picnic, said the festival will go ahead “unless the Government tells us otherwise” and it should be followed by the National Ploughing Championships later in the month of September.

Electric Picnic to go ahead ‘unless the Government tells us otherwise’ (irish Times)


Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois

This afternoon.

Avril Stanley, founder of the Body & Soul Festival, announced on Twitter:

After 10 years as an independent festival, we have decided to step back from our presence and 16-year partnership with Electric Picnic so that we can refocus all of our attention to what the central idea behind Body & Soul.

Creating an intimate and collaborative festival of the future; one that can embrace social change in a hugely positive way while celebrating an important and ancient Irish feast in our own unique, stand-alone style.

We want to work towards bringing back a fresh energy and perspective to Body & Soul at the Summer Solstice Festival in Ballinlough and for our new winter festival ÉRIU (December 2020).

We are adding a new sense of purpose to our festival pillars of sustainability, well-being, creativity, culture and family and we hope to focus all of our efforts in bringing something different to the landscape of Irish festivals into the next ten years.

The Body & Soul family celebrates all the incredible and unforgettable moments in our first festival home and wishes the Electric Picnic every success in the future.

Body & Soul will no longer feature at Electric Picnic (Nialler 9)

Top pic: Aerial.ie


Catherine Ryan, on the Electric Picnic Banter 2020 page, writez:

*Not my photo* One of the entrances to the Arena Friday at EP. Where is the crowd control? Trying to pick out security in it is like playing Where’s Wally. Main stage Friday was dangerous, I will say they did open up the barriers Saturday to create more exits.

Then there was Body and Soul Sunday night. We were right down in front off stage and to see the crowds on the slopes it was scary. Not one security person to be seen, eventually they had to close the gates, only after it was over-crowded.

What will it be like next year when they up capacity again?


Electric Picnic Banter 2020 (Facebook)

The Loop, a UK-based not-for-profit, provides drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction services at music festivals across Europe

Iwerzon writes:

Why don’t EP have official drug-testing booths like they do in festivals all over Europe where people can get their drugs tested before they take them making sure they don’t die?


Earlier: Bad Batch And Beyond


The Loop?

‘I let my guard down and paid the price’ – EP warning (RTÉ)


Pics: Aerial.ie



On the Garda Laois and Offaly Facebook page, the gardaí wrote:

#ElectricPicnic gates opened at 4pm today and within minutes a number of seizures of illegal drugs have been made. Gardaí are carrying out searches and are reminding people attending that any seizures made will have consequences for the individual. Keeping people safe and free from harm is important. Cocaine, Ketamine, LSD, MDMA have been seized so far today.

Garda Síochána Laois Offaly (Facebook)