Melvin Benn

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 It was only 17 days ago that Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn    said that Electric Picnic would go ahead in early September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

One of the many unexpected side-effects of the Covid-19 crisis is that I now know far more than I ever wanted or needed to about the inner thoughts of(...)

The Electric Picnic in 2020 will take place from September 4th to 6th at Stradbally which has been its home since the beginning of the festival in 2004 when the first festival had a capacity of 10,000. Photograph: aerial.ie

The Electric Picnic capacity for next year’s festival will be increased to 70,000 making it one of the biggest music festivals ever held in Ireland. (...)

Discarded camping equipment and unmoored tents blown by the wind piling up at an Electric Picnic campsite on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

As weary Electric Picnic attendees set off on the long, slow march home from the Hendrix camp site, a tent skidded and spun along the ground, threaten(...)

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite after last year’s  Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Electric Picnic promoter Melvin Benn has said he is “appalled” by the number of festival-goers who leave their tents behind. Each year the main camps(...)

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(...)

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