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Calling off Electric Picnic 'unavoidable' - organisers

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Revellers won’t be arriving at Stradbally this year

Revellers won’t be arriving at Stradbally this year

Revellers won’t be arriving at Stradbally this year

This year's Electric Picnic festival has officially been cancelled.

The annual festival, which attracts 60,000 revellers each year to Stradbally in Co Laois, is the latest mass gathering to be called off amid the pandemic.

Disappointed

Halting this year's event has become "unavoidable", organisers said in a statement.

"While the entire Electric Picnic team are terribly disappointed, we have a responsibility to all our fans, artists, crews, suppliers, sponsors, partners and our entire Electric Picnic family, including the wonderful people of Stradbally who have welcomed us into their community each year," the statement said.

Organisers thanked the fans and said that 2021 will bring "lots more fun" and that ticket holders can seek a refund or hold on to tickets.

"We would like to thank each and every one of them for their fantastic support and outstanding contribution towards making the festival such an amazing event and look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 for lots more fun, music, extravagance and magical moments," they said.

Most other summer festivals have been cancelled.