Dermot Kennedy, Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys to headline

Dermot Kennedy, Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys are among the headliners announced for this year’s Electric Picnic festival.

After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, event organisers announced the acts on Thursday for its much-anticipated return to Stradballly, Co Laois in September.

Electric Picnic will be held on September 2nd-4th, with an expected 70,000 attendees in what is expected to be the biggest year yet for Ireland’s largest music and arts festival.

On the wooded 600 acre estate, organisers have increased the capacity of the main stage field by reconfiguring the position of the stage in the newly created larger arena. This area will increase in size by 60 per cent giving picnickers unrivalled views of the stage. The Jimi Hendrix arena entrance has also doubled in size.

Also among the acts at the festival are Megan Thee Stallion, Picture This, Snow Patrol, Fontaines DC, Annie Mac, Glass Animals, Pixies and Anne-Marie.

The hugely popular Ah, Hear! Podcast stage returns with new stars and old favorites and a greatly increased capacity.

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday, March 11th, on ticketmaster.ie.

Highlights of the 2019 festival included Billie Eilish, Florence + the Machine, Charli XCX, Inhaler, Hozier, Dermot Kennedy, David Keenan and The 1975. The festival was one of the last major events to be cancelled during the first wave of the Covid- 19 pandemic in 2020. Attendees were expected to be entertained by acts including Rage Against the Machine, Snow Patrol, Lewis Capaldi and The Chemical Brothers.

Dermot Kennedy

Dermot Kennedy

Electric Picnic organisers Festival Republic received a Covid-related insurance payout of £13.27 million (€15.52 million) for 2020. The canceled 2021 festival was not covered by insurance and Laois County Council did not grant it a license.

In recent years there has been public outcry over the number of tents left behind at the Hendrix camp site. A bulldozer has been used in the past to clear leftover tents. Electric Picnic organisers Festival Republic urged attendees to consider the environment in 2019, but discarded camping equipment littered the venue at the weekend’s end. It was estimated “30 per cent more tents” were taken home from campsites in 2019.

Discarded camping equipment at Electric Picnic on Monday afternoon.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Discarded camping equipment at Electric Picnic on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Electric Picnic started as a one-day “boutique” festival in 2004 with a 10,000 capacity. Within a year it was a full weekend. Capacity had jumped to 32,000 by 2013, and in 2019 55,000 people attended. Laois County Council granted a license to expand the festival to 70,000 people in 2020, however the plans were

In December 2019 the founders of Body & Soul, a popular mini-festival of wellness, art and music, within the larger festival, announced they were ending their relationship with Electric Picnic. The decision was made in favor of creating an intimate and collaborative festival of their own, after years of large numbers at Electric Picnic.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

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