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Electric Picnic line-up to be announced on Wednesday

The first confirmed acts and ticket details for this year’s Electric Picnic festival will be announced next Wednesday, March 26th This year’s three-day event will be held from August 29th to 31st in Stradbally, Co Laois. Two of the acts …

Fri, Mar 21, 2008, 04:15

   

The first confirmed acts and ticket details for this year’s Electric Picnic festival will be announced next Wednesday, March 26th

This year’s three-day event will be held from August 29th to 31st in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Two of the acts due to be announced are My Bloody Valentine and seminal Krautrock pioneers Faust, who also play the Spiegeltent in Cork on June 20th.

In addition to the list of confirmed acts, particular interest will be paid to the price the Picnic’s promoters will charge for a weekend on Thomas Cosby’s land – in light of increasing price sensitivity from customers about tickets for shows here.

Earlybird tickets for the festival, priced at €199, sold out when they went on sale late last year.

By way of comparison, there are still tickets on sale for Ireland’s other big outdoor festival, Oxegen.

All Oxegen’s camping tickets sold out after four days on sale, but weekend and one-day non-camping tickets are still available at time of going to press.

While the bulk of Oxegen-goers will camp out, there have always been festivalgoers who avoid the campsites to stay in local guesthouses or travel daily to the Co Kildare venue.

Some industry observers have expressed surprise that all tickets have not been snapped up, pointing out that Oxegen has always sold out quickly in the past. One Irish betting chain even opened a book on how long it would take the first batch of tickets for the festival to sell out this year.

Unlike previous years, a huge number of Oxegen acts were confirmed and publicised in advance. REM, Rage Against the Machine, Kings of Leon, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics and Counting Crows had been announced on an almost daily basis in the weeks leading up to tickets going on sale.

While summer 2007 featured more than 70 outdoor shows and festivals, many wonder if the 2008 season will feature fewer shows – and fewer punters.