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Friday 18 August 2017

Florence, Manics and Roisin all lined up as Picnic prepares for full house

5,000 more music lovers get to attend this year's Electric Picnic at Stradbally

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FESTIVAL-goers, prepare yourselves. The line-up for this year's Electric Picnic has been announced and Florence and the Machine will top the bill.

The eclectic festival will take place from September 4 to 6 in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, who are behind the festival, says he's delighted that Florence has chosen to play here this summer.

"Florence is the big one for me. She will probably only do three European festivals this year and the Electric Picnic is the first one she has confirmed," he told the Herald.

"I've heard Florence's new album and its absolutely phenomenal.

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"I'm so happy we have such a popular act on the bill along with The War On Drugs, Rosin Murphy, and Manic Street Preachers," he added.

Of the 36 acts that were announced yesterday they included Underworld, Manic Street Preachers and Belle & Sebastian.

More acts will be announced in the coming months.

Capacity at the festival was increased last year and Melvin revealed that more tickets could be added after last year was such a success.

"It may increase by about 5,000, I don't think much more than that," he said.

"Potentially, I'd have to see how that goes. If I go anywhere I'd probably go 5,000, which is a relatively small amount really. I think everyone agreed last year that it didn't feel that full and it sort of seemed to work - the atmosphere was the same, the crowd was the same."

Festival organisers are also dedicated to keeping prices down and providing special ticket prices to loyal fans.

Tickets start from €154.50 for previous ticket holders and up to €194.50 for those who haven't been before. Day passes for Sunday are €90.

"With regard to the ticket price, it was always my issue that the ticket price was too high previously and I brought it down," Melvin said.

More than 1,000 people took part in the Tour de Picnic last year and this year the Special Olympics, Childline and the Irish Youth Foundation will benefit from the funds raised.

"We're very excited about this year and the reports from last year's benefactors have been very positive as well," said organiser Brian McDermott.

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