Electric Picnic: Weather forecast, hotel prices, traffic and transportation for the upcoming festival weekend

Get ready when Electric Picnic is sure to arrive for the tens of thousands of explorers heading to Stradbally this weekend.

Lectric Picnic will return to Co Laois for the first time since 2019 due to the cancellation of Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021 to end the summer with a bang and an outstanding lineup of musical artists, artists Artists and more were gathered to entertain the 70,000 attendees.

The festival’s tickets sold out in just 30 minutes when they went on general sale, meaning excitement was at a high for the event.


Festival goers will be washed out as the Met Éireann has forecast that good weather will end on Friday. Fun-loving people can expect a dry start to the festival but the chance of rain is high as the weekend continues.

On Friday, showers will break out from the west during the day, turning heavier over the western half of the country by afternoon. The east will see showers and light sunshine before rain arrives in the evening.

The national forecaster said the low pressure near Ireland would bring showers and more prolonged spells of rain throughout the weekend, with heavy rain possible at times in some areas. Peak temperatures will range from moderate to high, and winds will generally be mild to moderate.

So bring wet gear and sunscreen, and hope for the best!

Hotel prices and availability

For those not quite ready to embrace the outdoors and camp at the festival, hotel rooms around Stradbally are in short supply. And for those who haven’t found a place to stay, it can cost them a pretty penny.

Only three hotels within 20 kilometers of Stradbally still have rooms available for the Electric Picnic weekend, according to Booking.com, and the cheapest hotel room rate available is €714, while the only hotels available are ask for €830 and €957 for the weekend. .

This is a pretty hefty expense to pay for three nights, but some people will be willing to pay to wash off the mud and sleep in a comfy bed overnight.

How to get there

There are many public transport options to get to the festival, including the Éireann Bus service and Irish Railways.

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A €7 shuttle bus runs from Portlaoise station frequently throughout the weekend.

TravelMaster coaches will run a round-trip service nationwide for €30 to Electric Picnic from September 1 to 4.

Marathon Coach will run coach services in Dublin city center from Custom House 407 and North wall Quay bus stops in Dublin to and from Stradbally. A full-price bus ticket will cost €35 with a €1 reservation fee until September 1. The full price at the bus stop will be €40 including the reservation fee.

Irish Concert Travel has scheduled round-trip service nationwide from €35 on September 2, with a return cruise on September 5.

Martley’s will run a shuttle bus service from Portlaoise train station to Stradbally, which will cost €7 each way and is a cash-only service.

Buses to the concert will run coaches to the festival from Belfast, Lisburn, Banbridge, Newry, Dundalk and Drogheda for €70 return.


If you like cycling, the ‘Tour de Picnic’ takes place every yearar and allows anyone to secure a free ticket while raising money for worthy causes. Festival goers can cycle at least 80km or run 17km to Electric Picnic and must donate a minimum of €450 to charity to receive their weekend festival ticket as a return bonus destination.

Unfortunately, the deadline for fundraisers to pick up their tickets is August 30th but if you still want to cycle to Stradbally, cFrom Dublin to Electric Picnic will take a distance of 80 km, taking about four hours with no stops. Cycling from Mullingar will last just over 70 km while the journey from Cork will last 180 km and take nine hours nonstop.

You can leave your bike in a dedicated area, close to the Tour de Picnic bike rack.

Prohibited roads and traffic information

Electric Picnic is urging people to go to the festival using public transport or car sharing as 80pc of the festival’s carbon emissions are from travel to and from Stradbally.

Laois County Council has released information on road closures and traffic management around Stradbally from next Thursday, September 1.

The measures will be in place from 12pm on Thursday to 3pm on Monday, September 5.

Route R427 from Money Cross to Stradbally will be completely closed to facilitate the traffic management plan for Electric Picnic.

Alternative routes include:

Traffic goes from Ballyroan to Money Cross along R427.

Turn left at Money Cross onto R426. Follow this path through Sheffield Cross. Continue on this road until you reach the roundabout with the N80 at Broomfield Cross Roads. Turn right at the roundabout onto N80. Continue east along this road until you reach Stradbally.

Alternatively, turn right at Money Cross and take the R426 to Timahoe. Take the first left at Timahoe and follow the local main road (L-3838) into Stradbally.

Traffic from Timahoe (R426)

Turn right at the intersections in Timahoe onto the highway. Drive northeast along the local main road (L-3838) until you reach Stradbally.

Local Access will be maintained and appropriate signs will be placed to redirect traffic along the alternative route.

See Electricpicnic.ie for more detailed shipping information.

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