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Electric Picnic: the festival will be bigger in 2019, according to Melvin Benn of Festival Republic, who was reading The Irish Times’ daily Ticket festival newsletter. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Electric Picnic is to expand for 2019, the organisers of this year’s sold-out music and arts festival say. An extra 2,500 people will be allowed into (...)

Paddy Hayter of the Footsbarn Theatre Company with Robyn (3) and Rachel (5) Smit from Stradbally, at an official tour of the festival site

The Electric Picnic music and arts festival will see more than 50,000 people descend on Stradbally, Co Laois from Friday until Sunday. Aerial th(...)

La Furla dels Baus who will be at the 2018 Electric Picnic

Come the end of the month, fifty thousand people will descend on Stradbally for the fourteenth Electric Picnic. Alongside catching The Prodigy, Massiv(...)

In June, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre took a tent at the Body & Soul festival in Co Westmeath.

While watching a festival performance last summer, Jessica’s enjoyment of the event came to an abrupt stop, when the actions of a male performer made (...)

Electric Picnic 2018: headline acts include Kendrick Lamar, Massive attack, Dua Lipa, St Vincent and Pharrell Williams with N.E.R.D

Kendrick Lamar, St Vincent, Massive Attack, N.E.R.D, Dua Lipa and King King Krule are among the acts announced in the lineup for this year’s Electric (...)

Guy Garvey of Elbow performing on the main stage near the close of  the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Electric Picnic closed to a smooth finish last night, with fewer arrests than last year, according to Festival Republic director Melvin Benn. Arrests(...)

The RTE Concert Orchestra giving the crowd what they want at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On Saturday afternoon in the VIP area of Electric Picnic, where RTÉ’s studio looms facing the main stage, Dan Healy, the head of 2FM is buzzing. Last (...)

A group of festival-goers reflected in a woman’s sunglasses as crowds arrive for the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland’s biggest music festival, Electric Picnic, kicked off smoothly on Friday in Stradbally, Co Laois despite the 55,000 people in attendance facin(...)

Melvin Benn: “The whole of Europe has changed their security plan in every aspect of everything that we do.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Electric Picnic has signed a new 10-year agreement at Stradbally Hall in Co Laois. The festival will be staying at the Cosby family estate for a(...)

All bands on deck: The Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic

Of all the attractions that have helped Electric Picnic become Ireland’s biggest festival over the past decade, the Salty Dog is among the most unique(...)

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