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The award-winning Casa BACARDÍ® stage returns to the grounds of Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co.Laois for a 16th consecutive year from August 30 to September 1 2019 with a stellar line-up featuring Jasper James, Mark Knight, Boots & Kats, Tara Stewart and many more.

Across the sold-out festival weekend, Casa BACARDÍ will be the perfect destination to soak up the party atmosphere, encouraging music lovers to do what moves them while enjoying an Original BACARDI cocktail.

 As part of the ’Do What Moves You’ campaign, BACARDI Ireland has teamed up with DJ Tara Stewart and disco-duo Boots & Kats, renowned for their freedom of self-expression and being their true selves to bring their festival flare to Casa BACARDÍ® at Electric Picnic 2019. Casa BACARDI is regarded as one of the best festival parties in Ireland with its electrifying atmosphere and unique sound to bring people together through music. 

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Queen of the Jackathons, Heidi headlines the opening night of Casa BACARDÍ on Friday, August 30, with support from DJ and Producer, Jasper James warming up the crowd with his own brand of off-kilter house and heads down techno on the night. Support throughout the first day at Casa BACARDI, comes from long time Toast House residents, Adult Store, Orange Tree Edits DJ and Producer, Jimmy Rouge and disco-house duo Get Down Edits.

Saturday’s line-up will be headlined by Dutch duo, Detroit Swindle, renowned for exploring the boarders of electronic music with the dreamy “Tamarindus Hollandicus”. Main support on the night comes from disco and funk-duo Boots & Kats who will bring their distinctive sound, while House of Disco founder, Magnier, dominates Casa BACARDI with his eclectic ethos.

Support throughout the second day comes from Kildare natives, Mix + Fairbanks with their electronic disco sounds, Dublin’s Riff Shop, who will be returning to the Casa BACARDI stage where they made their festival debut last year, and JORDAN who will be bringing us into the early hours with his underground house mixes. 

Guaranteeing dance-floor dominance and closing the Casa BACARDÍ line up on Sunday evening is house music heavyweight and producer, Mark Knight, entertaining the Stradbally crowd with his extensive sounds of classic house and deep, electronic sets. Joining the line up on the last day of Casa BACARDÍ, electronic maestro Krafty Kuts, and King of turntables, A-Skillz will be taking to the stage in an exclusive B2B set with support from Quinton Campbell with his italo-house fuelled sounds and Dublin based DJ, Justyna Koss giving us deep electronica vibes.

The Casa BACARDÍ stage has firmly established itself as one of the best parties at Electric Picnic, designed for festival goers to enjoy an adventure of discovery, spontaneity and liberation.

Throughout the weekend, BACARDÍ bartenders will be sharing their skills with festival goers showing them how to make delicious BACARDÍ rum cocktails with their new and exciting flavours, Raspberry and Ginger.

There will also be a dedicated Mojito Bar serving Original BACARDÍ Mojitos, the timeless classic cocktail loved by leading mixologists worldwide.

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Is anyone else personally offended by the idea of sleeping on the ground during festival season, worried about the state of your tents and the noise of drunken gangs of lads all night?

Well, if you're feeling the diva vibe like we are, you'll be delighted with these Airbnb gems we've found.

After camping at Electric Picnic last year with intensely bad back issues, never again will I twist my spine in such a way. Only a bed will do for my demands.

The properties are near enough to the festivals that you can stroll on in any time of the day or night, but far enough away to get some peace, quiet and good sleep. We're sold, honestly.

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Our top music and arts festivals are fast approaching this summer, and hosts on Airbnb are expanding accommodations options beyond camping fields…Thank the Lord.

Putting a roof over your head this festival season has never been so easy. From Waterford, Westmeath, Bundoran's surf town in Donegal, Stradbally or Meath, Airbnb has a host for everyone.

Check out these fabulous homes near the key Irish music festivals; whether it's floating pods, stunning homes or earth houses; round off your summer season with style.

21 – 23 June: Kilrush, Co. Westmeath

Image: Kilrush Marina glamping pods

These adorable floating glamping pods would be ideal to stay in, as they're moored in the sheltered waters of Kilrush Marina along with the boats.

Each pod in this Clare hideaway has an outdoor seating area, a double and single bed, a kitchen and use of Marina Centre facilities like showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, toilets and free parking.

Kilrush town centre is also in close proximity, so you're not too far away from all the fun.

21- 23 June: Bundoran, Co. Donegal (Sea Sessions)

Image: Bundoran home in County Donegal 

Bundoran is the ultimate Irish seaside town, and a massively popular surfing area with some of the best waves on the east coast.

Staying on the beach at Sea Sessions can be a tricky one with all that Atlantic wind, trust us. This cool and comfortable coastal home is located in a quiet suburb, but is walking distance away from the town and river.

The house can fit over seven guests, with three bedrooms and an open plan kitchen. The true seaside feel with views of Tullaghan would be a great option, rather than getting blown away in your tent.

19-21 July: Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Image: Blessington house in County Wicklow

Ballymore Eustace is a stunning town in Wicklow, and who wouldn't want such a comfortable home to stay in for a weekend of music, losing your friends in crowds and getting covered in mud?

This modern, comfy house is located on the outskirts of the town, and is the ideal place for exploring the county as well as the festival. It's also near the direct route to Dublin, the 65.

The Angler's Rest can house seven guests easily, with three bedrooms and seven beds. Zero tents: Zero problems.

16-18 August: Killyon Manor, Co. Westmeath

The Cottage in Co. Westmeath

This hidden little gem is located in the picturesque town of Killucan, and the place is just a one minute walk from shops and local pubs, and 15 minutes drive from Mullingar town.

It can house four guests, and has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The private garden would be perfect for festival pre-drinks, and the rooms are all warm, sparkling clean and spacious.

2-4 August: Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford

Image: Riverside apartment, Waterford city

Why stay in a tent that's about five seconds from blowing away with a light breeze when you can have a whole apartment?

This airy, spacious apartment on the Waterford river is seriously impressive. Situated in the centre of the city, it's in a great location for all the key tourist sites and shopping areas.

The balcony has some unreal views of the river and boats, and the space itself has a king/twin bedroom and a comfy sofa bed.

Imagine, you have a kitchen, dishwasher, and a shower? For a festival? WOW.

30 August – 1 September: Stradbally, Co. Laois

Image: Earth House in Stradbally

Anyone who has camped at Electric Picnic and lived to tell the tale will tell you that it's a little too close to nature. This earth house allows you to feel relaxed while having a truly eco experience.

Located on two acres of rural bliss near Ballintubbert and Stradbally, it's equipped with underfloor heating, a green roof, Mexican clay tilted floor, three double bedrooms and a beautiful vaulted ceiling.

We're blown away by the round earth house, with the windows running across the south side of the house to provide passive solar heating. A masonry stove will also keep you warm.

The home has two double bedrooms, and the beautiful garden yurt also can also fit two double beds inside, so the place can house a big group of music lovers. Enjoy your back not being sore this year.

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The line-up for this year's Electric Picnic has been revealed… and we are SO excited.

This year's festival will take place from Friday August 30th to Sunday September 1st in Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Headlining this year's festival are The Strokes, Hozier, The 1975 and Florence and the Machine. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Billie Eilish, Jess Glynns, Years and Years, Dermot Kennedy, The Streets and Rosisn Murphy will also play.

Also announced to perform are Four Tet, James Blake and Miles Kane – plus many more to be announced. 

A record number of 57,500 people are set to attend the three day music and arts festival this year. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This number comes after the announcement that the festival capacity had expanded by 2,500. 

The festival has been sold out since December 2018. 

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Ireland isn't exactly the hotspot for musical talent to visit during the summer, but recently we've been acquiring some absolutely MAJOR acts from around the world.

Some of us may remember the days of Oxygen (Rest in Pieces), but Electric Picnic has taken over as the biggest and most popular festival in the Irish calendar.

Longitude appears to have become the most 'hip-hop' festival in town overnight, who saw that one coming? All the young ones adore it, hence why artists such as Chance the Rapper, Future and AS$P Rocky are headlining it this year.

Oh, and the queen that is CARDI B (gasp)… this will be us when she emerges on stage like the glorious, ghetto peacock that she is:

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Luckily for you, we've decided to do a round-up of EVERYTHING there is to know of 2019's Irish music festivals.

Strap yourselves in, get your raincoat and wellies ready, it's looking like a muddy ride. 

God knows why we all live for summer's music gigs, most of us have had our stuff stolen, our tents destroyed and our dignity abandoned, yet we still come crawling back for more. Must be our dedication to the art, or something?

First up: Castlepalooza: May 3 – May 5 2019

Things have been pretty hush hush this year in Castlepalooza-land. So far, no headline acts have been announced and even the early bird tickets aren't on sale yet.

As far as speculation goes, they normally stick to Irish acts such as AllTvvins and The Rubberbandits, so maybe they'll get Dermot Kennedy or Picture This?

We're assuming it's still taking place in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, but they've changed the dates so who knows. All will be revealed.

Life Festival: May 24 – May 26 2019

For #Life19, some major dance players have been given the green light to DJ, including Giggs, Bicep, MK, Nina Kraviz and CamelPhat. Think District 8 but in the woodlands.

The festival is returning to Belvedere House in County Westmeath for a weekend of phenomenal tunes. There are three days, six stages and a jam-packed line-up.

Chill by the lakeside stage for a more relaxed vibe, or hit the District 8 tent and Main Stage for absolute dance mania.

Vantastival: 31 May – June 2 2019

Known as the last real festival for camper vans and 'legit' music lover families, Vantastival is relatively unknown in some circles but a must-see in others.

Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the festival boasts comedy shows, craft beer, art installations and a kids' camp for families.

The festival gets some unbelievable talent up to play, and the headline acts this year have already been announced.

King Kong Company, David Keenan, Cry Monster Cry, Just Mustard and I'd Fight Gandhi are all hitting the stages this year, it's gonna be a BIG one for their 10th anniversary.

Forbidden Fruit: June 1 – June 3 2019

Forbidden Fruit has been a steadily growing Irish festival for years, with some well-known as well as emerging talent performing DJ sets in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Headliners this year are Mura Masa (INCREDIBLE), Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown. They're spreading out the genres this year, bringing in some new and more alternative names.

Tickets went on-sale back in December, but there are still a few left. We recommend grabbing them before they're gone.

Body&Soul: June 21 – June 23 2019

The arts festival takes place in Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath, and it's celebrating it's 10th run this year.

Previous headliners include Nick Cave, but they have yet to tease 2019's fixtures. 

It's a cesspit for creative minds, branding itself as the biggest 'independent' festival in Ireland. They're announcing the line-up very soon, so stay tuned. We're guessing perhaps Christine and the Queens?

Sea Sessions: June 21- June 23 2019

Sea Sessions is well on the rise. The festival is specifically for surfers, and takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal for those sea lovers every year.

They've got a STELLAR line-up for 2019: Sigrid (I cried when I saw her, not gonna lie), Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are the star acts who will blaze up that stage.

This one looks set to be an incredible year, especially if the weather holds up. Tickets are on sale now, but it sells out every year so get on it ASAP.

Longitude – July 5 – July 7 2019

They've just announced some massive names to the chart: Cardi B and Anne-Marie are two unreal additions.

The festival is running from Friday July 5 until Sunday July 7 in Marlay Park, and always gets some pure stunning weather (for once).

The line-ups have DRASTICALLY changed even since 2017, when Mumford & Sons took centre stage. It's all about those rap stars nowadays, who would have thought Irish people would crave the genre so much? Maybe it's just the young wans.

Tickets are back on sale this Friday, February 1 at 9am. Get ready for online mayhem, as Cardi B is sure to attract thousands of eager fans. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All Together Now: August 2 – August 4 2019

The festival takes place in Curraghmore House in County Waterford during the August Bank Holiday, so it's always a sure-fire hit.

American indie band The National are the headliners for this year's take; previous performers include Fleet Foxes, Mura Masa, Villagers and First Aid Kit.

Most of the tickets have already sold-out for this year's festival, but there's always DoneDeal? Camper van tickets are also still available, but not much else except the higher priced ones.

Electric Picnic: August 30 – September 1 2019

So E.P. is ALREADY sold-out, as predicted. 

The speculation has begun, seeing as nobody is aware of the line-up as of yet, and we're gonna go ahead and pray that our home-girl ARIANA GRANDE hits the Main Stage. Get your rosary beads out.

Last year saw N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy hit the stage as headliners, and Sigrid and Dua Lipa absolutely smashed it during their performances. We'd love to see those gals return with new albums under their belts.

There you are, gals. The ULTIMATE Irish music festival round-up for 2019…so far. We're tingling with excitement already at the thought of sneaking in all those naggins/cans/wine bottles/shoulders/litres/whatever the kids drink nowadays.

Now all we need is the funds to afford any/all of these amazing gigs. Maybe we could sneak in?

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Electric Picnic 2016 seems like it has barely passed, and we're already raring to get all the details on next year's festivities.

Electric Picnic bosses are already gearing up to put on another epic festival experience in 2019, with tickets for said experience having sold out already, and we're still in 2018, 

However, if you missed out on tickets so far and are dying to go, you're in luck, as more tickets are to be released.

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2019 is already jam-packed full of unreal gigs and we are so excited about it. It seems like everyone is heading back to the Emerald Isle for what’s shaping out to be one of the best years for music lovers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After the enormous successes of both her sold out Academy show earlier this year and her sold out Olympia Theatre show last night, SIGRID has announced her biggest Irish headline show to date at 3Arena Dublin on Friday, November 22, 2019.

The ground-breaking Norwegian pop star this month also released the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible jam-packed festival performances at Electric Picnic and Longitude this summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From winning the BBC Sound of 2018, to moving Helen Mirren with her performance on the Graham Norton Show and storming the stage at her Shepherds Bush Empire headline, Sigrid’s unforgettably impassioned live performances have sparked mass appreciation and defiant, rebellious pop songs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With her Spotify following tripling since the start of the year, and streaming numbers reaching almost 400M globally, Sigrid is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent.

Tickets from €39.90 inclusive go on sale Friday, November 9 at 9am from Ticketmaster so make sure to set your alarm.

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When we're bopping around a major festival like Electric Picnic, it's difficult enough to even run in to our friends, let alone a major celebrity. 

However, at this year's EP, Game of Thrones fans were in luck, with one prominent cast member wandering around Stradbally among them. 

Natalie Dormer, aka Margaery Tyrell, was chilling down at the festivals now iconic Casa Bacardi area, where there was apparently no shortage of celebs as well as no shortage of craic. 

She relaxed backstage with Irish personalities such as Holly Carpenter and the Kehoe sisters. 

Natalie was spotted on the Sunday of the festival, ahead of sets by the likes of George Ezra, Nile Rodgers and The Prodigy. 

St Vincent and The Kooks also played on the night, with Joey Negro and Krafty Kuts headlining at Casa Bacardi. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress opted for a low-maintenance look, donning a chic brown boiler suit. 

She added a pair of comfy black runners, and completed the look with oversized shades to frame her face. 

We'll be on the look out for the rest of the cast in Stradbally next year…

 

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The marks and scars from EP are only starting to fade as we withdraw from a weekend of a lifetime.

As we scrub the remainder of the glitter off our bodies, and reminisce about living in a tent – we received the BEST news. 

It's time to clean up your bank account, open the laptop and book NEXT year's tickets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's all systems go: time to act fast as they go on sale TODAY and punters have started to snap them up at 9 am this morning.

The epic festival will be making its 2019 comeback to Stradbally.

You need to head to Ticketmaster to secure your purchase and don't delay.

These bad boys sell like hot cakes and usually disappear in record timing. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're a seasoned EP goer, and been to the event three times or more, a ticket will set you back €165.

If you've explored the campsite and music twice, you'll be coughing up €185.

And if you're a total EP virgin, it's time to pop the cherry and find €205 to spurge on a ticket. 

For all the info your need on 2019 ticket prices, instalment plans and claiming your discount code, take a visit to the Electric Picnic website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This might be the best Friday, and an opportunity to make more memories like last weekend.

Sure if you're broke after buying the tickets, get your friends to pool in for a bag of cans, head to a field, and it will feel as if you're already back in the campsite.

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You know when you meet a younger person who oozes talent and makes you feel like an inadequate human being?

Get ready to feel like that again.

Meet Jack Ó Conghaile, a teenager who has more musical talent in one fingernail, than we do in our entire bodies.

The teenager took George Ezra's summer bop, 'Shotgun' and gave it the As Gaeilge treatment.

His vocals sound extremely similar to Ezra, which confused some people in the comments section.

"Is that his real voice? Voice doesn't match the youth of the guy," asked one spectator.

The video was uploaded to TG Lurgan's Youtube channel as Jack had created the version of the tune as part of the Irish language summer school’s ‘Cúrsa D’.

'Shotgun' went down a treat at Electric Picnic over the weekend, where George belted out the lyrics as the crowd sang along.

However, some are now saying that they prefer Jack's cover to the original.

If that wasn't enough to make you feel bad about your lack of ability, this isn't Jack's first video.

The teenager also takes centre stage in Dua Lipa's 'Scared to be Lonely', where he whips out a fiddle and starts playing.

It wouldn't surprise us if Jack was up on stage at Electric Picnic at some point in the future.

In the meantime, we are looking forward to seeing the covers the incredibly talented teen comes up with.

Now, we are off to try and discover a secret talent we haven't tapped into yet. 

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Irish nannies are class. They always tell us their opinion, whether we agree with it or not, but in the nicest way possible.

And not only are they the best cooks we know, but they always take the best care of us.

No one knows that better than young Adam Healy in Meath.

He is one of the many flocking to Co. Laois for Electric Picnic this weekend, ready to set up camp for a few days filled with good fun and great music.

But before he could pack up the car and go, his nana wanted to make sure the lad looked after himself.

Like most nannies, she could not bear the fact that someone she loves could possibly have an empty stomach.

So, she came over to her grandson’s house and gave him a hand-packed lunch for his upcoming trip.

She left him a big bag full of delicious apples along with a lovely handwritten note that read: “Adam, have a great weekend, mind yourself. Love, Nana xxx.”

The grandson was so grateful for his nanny’s thoughtfulness that he shared a photo of the lunch on Twitter.

“Hello my nana just dropped over apples (long story) and this note before EP.

“Happy Electric Picnic Eve everyone xx,” he captioned it.

We can’t help but relate to Adam’s heartwarming response and take a minute to appreciate our nanas as well.

Now, he is all set for a grand time at EP with food, friends, and love from family sent his way.

Sure, the only thing he is missing is a cuppa, but that is something nana’s are never in short supply of.

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It's T minus 24 hours until we'll be heading off, backpack loaded down with cheaps cans and glitter, to Electric Picnic and we're sick with excitement.

Bring on three days of camping, dancing, and soaking up everything that the Stradbally festival has to offer.

If you're anything like us, you'll be up at the crack of dawn buzzing to go and get on the road.

If not, you might wanna reconsider your travel plans for tomorrow morning, EP organisers have warned.

They have told the expected 50,000 revellers to to give themselves a bit more time than usual to get to the campsite due to major roadworks. 

"We are urging everyone heading to Electric Picnic this Friday to give themselves plenty of time as roadworks are likely to considerably add to journey times," a spokesperson said.

"We would strongly recommend people to leave as early as possible and also to car pool if possible."

Sounds doable, right?

The on-going roadworks on the M7 are to blame for this as they have reduced junctions 8-11 to just two lanes with a 60km/hr speed limit on this stretch of road. 

Annoying as it may be, who wants to get held up in traffic when they could be chilling out in the Jimi Hendrix campsite?

 

Where it all begins. #ElectricPicnic

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If you're wondering what kind of clothes to pack, it looks like the weekend is set to be mainly dry with a mix of cloud and sunshine – we'll take that!

Sunday, bowever, might get a bit rainy so chuck in a raincoat just in case. 

While we want to have fun at EP, we can't forget that safety should always come first. 

Festival boss Melvin Benn has said to "behave safely and behave well but come and have the craic".

Sounds good to us – now roll on tomorrow! 

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There is excitement in the air as there are mere days to go until Electric Picnic. We’ve been busy packing our bags, fretting about how to put up a tent and stocking up on cans and dry shampoo as the ultimate music events approaches.

Electric Picnic is one of Ireland’s most loved festivals that tends to sell out nearly every year. Gardaí have asked people hoping to buy tickets to the festival to be wary as there are fake tickets floating around.

They’ve told music lovers to be on the lookout for fake tickets. Fake print-at-home tickets for Electric Picnic are being sold online.

They said the print-at-home ticket format has not been used for Electric Picnic and they would recommend that the public do not buy from unauthorised or unknown sources. An Garda Síochána is also warning that third party payment sites are being used to take money off unsuspecting fans in these scams.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan said: “We are working closely with the organisers to prevent fans being left disappointed by the activities of criminals.”

 

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He added: “It is important to stress that the print-at-home format is not being used for Electric Picnic and that the public only buy tickets from authorised sources.”

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois from August 31 to September 2, 2018.

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