Jim Carroll

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Picnic tickets go on sale today – for August 2008

It may only seem like yesterday that thousands were tramping through the fields in Co Laois, yet tickets for Electric Picnic 2008 go on sale today. A limited number of early bird tickets are now on sale at 199 euro …

Fri, Nov 9, 2007, 08:52

   

It may only seem like yesterday that thousands were tramping through the fields in Co Laois, yet tickets for Electric Picnic 2008 go on sale today.

A limited number of early bird tickets are now on sale at 199 euro a pop for next year’s three day festival (August 29th to 31st), with a more expensive ticket due once the first acts are announced next spring.

By comparison, there is no word yet about tickets for rival festival Oxegen.

The Punchestown gathering’s sister festival in Scotland, T In The Park, sold out of its early bird allocation in less than an hour in July.

While many will welcome the opportunity to get their hands on tickets for a festival which always sells out (and gets consistently rave reviews), there is little doubt that such a move has an effect on local gigonomics.

For Electric Picnic promoters, POD Concerts and Aiken Promotions, it’s money in the bank.

But many who purchase next summer’s festival tickets now may well decide to miss out on shows in the coming weeks to make up for that rather large splurge.

As things stand, there are an unprecedented number of artist shows scheduled between now and year’s end.

Many of these shows are ambitious undertakings and there is growing unease amongst both gig-goers and live industry observers that supply may have outstripped demand.

Unreasonable ticket prices are cited again and again as a reason for punter unhappiness. There was much fuming on the On The Record blog this week about PJ Harvey’s forthcoming Dublin show. With ticket prices of 64.80 euro and 54.80 euro, you could easily go to three other concerts for the same price.

There are strong indications already that next summer will see even more outdoor events, with at least one, if not two, extra multi-artist festivals mooted for Belvedere House, Co Westmeath.

Add in the big artist shows like Celine Dion and Westlife at Croke Park and you have the makings of a hectic season on the live music beat.

It remains to be seen, though, if there are enough punters to go round.

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