The Electric Picnic Festival has come to an end but everyone is already thinking about next year’s event.
Festival Republic’s elvin Benn confirmed that tickets to the 2023 event will go on sale this Saturday, September 10.
And this time, people won’t cling to them for a few more years.
“For me, I feel that Picnic is at a point where Covid is being left behind,” he said.
“This is the last show where people hang their tickets for two or three years so from this point on, nobody hangs up a ticket they bought in 2019 or 2020 or whatever. This was like, now that it’s gone, we’ve moved on.”
Picnic will be “fully digital” for the first time so people won’t be able to line up at a Ticketmaster store and buy their tickets, but its loyalty program will still apply.
Mr Benn has made a series of changes for the 2022 event but said he is happy to maintain capacity at 70,000 and has no plans to make any further adjustments to what he feels is a success formula.
“It’s hard for me to know what’s better in a way. Is that what we present or is it what the audience brings and the two collide? One of the amazing things about Electric Picnic is the spirit, the madness and it’s touchable, it’s different, it’s identifiable,” he said.
“And of course, it’s great because that’s what we do on stage and people are finally coming for it. But it was the crowd participation and their enjoyment of the festival. When those two collide, it actually works. “
Meanwhile, despite all the bleak weather forecasts, there was plenty of sunshine at Electric Picnic today as thousands of people were enjoying the last day of this year’s festival.
There were many headline acts brought to the Main Stage to close the curtain for another successful year.
This evening saw artists including The Coronas, Snow Patrol and Arctic Monkey set to put on impressive performances while at the Electric Arena, Vogue Williams and Joanne McNally made their debut together.
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Actress and writer Amy Huberman was among those enjoying the excitement of the Electric Picnic festival as it entered its third day at Stradbally Hall.
Looking chic in a small green dress with a black leather jacket, she said she “just got down so I’m still clean”.
“I thought it was going to be chaotic down here, but it’s actually very grand, pretty civilized, and there’s no rain. I’m staying tonight but it’s been a busy week for the book stuff but now that I’m here, I’ll have total FOMO and want to stay.
“It’s been so long since we’ve been here. The atmosphere is brilliant. So even if we all struggle in the mud, it’s still going to be feverish,” she told the Independent.
She recently launched her first children’s book ‘The Day I Was Trapped in My Brain’ and was delighted to see that it was Eason’s number one children’s book for September.
“The book came out on Thursday and we had a great launch party, I stayed too late for that. But it’s so lovely again, you just appreciate going out so much now. I hadn’t written a book in about ten years so that kept me busy closing the books. I was like, ‘I’m not going to write another book,’ and then I said, ‘I’m going to write it,’ she said.
She made her debut today in the Leviathan tent for a live taping of Aldi’s parenting podcast ‘Mamia & Me’, which topped the Irish charts recently. The tent area was packed for her interview with Brian O’Driscoll’s former teammate in Ireland, Paul O’Connell, whom she hadn’t seen in a while.
“I’ve never done a live podcast so that’s a bit scary, we’re entering the second season of it. We started it in lockdown and it was a way for me to talk to other people instead of just tormenting my family,” she said.
“So it’s the perfect time to have the podcast, I love it and for the most part, it’s that we’re talking about our parenting failure and just everyone’s own experience of it. like and no one really knows what they’re doing. And just other people’s funny stories and giving life advice. I haven’t seen Paul in too long but it’s been our life, with his other half, Emily, we all toured together – those were great days.”
Meanwhile, there are many famous faces in 3 All For Music, where they get a panoramic view of the main stage. Guests included actor Chris Newman with girlfriend Jo Archbold along with Erica Coady, Paralympic athlete Ellen Keane, 2fm’s Tracy Clifford, singer Denise Chaila and members of Wild Youth, who performed DJs.
Newly crowned Miss Ireland Dr Ivanna McMahon was at the EP for the first time – and says she’s even camping out for the full festival experience.
“I’ve never been disappointed before so I don’t know what it’s going to be like. Hopefully the weather will settle down,” she told Independent.ie.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tickets-for-next-years-electric-picnic-go-on-sale-next-saturday-as-thousands-enjoy-final-day-of-festival-today-41960415.html Sunday Electric Picnic: A dazzling atmosphere, top performers and even sunshine sees thousands enjoy the last day of the festival