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People at Electric Picnic festival. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The company behind the Electric Picnic music festival made a profit of nearly €2.4 million in 2020 despite having no revenues after the event was canc(...)

Tickets for the Electric Picnic music festival sold out in about half an hour aftergoing on sale on Friday morning.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Tickets for the Electric Picnic music festival sold out in about half an hour after going on sale on Friday morning. In a statement shortly before 10(...)

Festival director Melvin Benn: The continued shuttering of the live entertainment industry despite stratospheric Irish vaccination rates is blatantly “wrong” and “unnecessary”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Festival Republic music promoter Melvin Benn may be softly spoken but he has always had a pugnacious streak. So it was little surprise on Wednesday to(...)

Electric Picnic in 2018: Confidence is growing that a return to such live events  is imminent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Looking forward to Electric Picnic this year? According to Melvin Benn of Festival Republic, which runs the annual end-of-summer festival in Stradball(...)

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryam and Joseph Coyle  tend to  Pushkin  at the opening day of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin Horse Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row. Last year’s show was an early casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic and was cance(...)

Campers at Electric Picnic,  Stradbally Co Laois.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Electric Picnic promoter has said it hopes to go ahead with the festival if the Government’s vaccination programme is completed in time. * In a s(...)

 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(...)

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