Electric Picnic issue update on festival including new dates

Electric Picnic have issued an update on the status of this year's festival.

In a statement released this afternoon, organisers said they are "confident that the festival can take place this year", however they have moved the dates of the festival back with the hope that it has more chance of going ahead with more people vaccinated.

The statement reads, "We wanted to update you all on how Electric Picnic plans to move forward this year. Given the great progress the HSE is making on the Vaccine Rollout so far, and the recently announced target of having at least 70% of the country fully vaccinated by the end of July, we are still confident that the festival can take place this year.

That being said, we feel we have a much better chance of that happening by moving the dates back a few weeks to September 24th-26th instead of the original dates of September 3rd-5th.

We are as desperate as everyone else to get our industry back up and running and if moving the festival further back in September helps that dream become a reality then we feel it's the right decision to make.

We also understand that this may not suit everyone and if you cannot make it that weekend then you are entitled to a full refund.

Everyone in our industry, and the entire country for that matter, needs some sort of hope that the end of this pandemic is in sight. We truly wish that Electric Picnic will be the light at the end of the tunnel and we can welcome you all to Stradbally this year.

Thank you so much for your continued patience and we will keep you updated as much as we can." 

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