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Saturday 16 December 2017

Electric Picnic tickets are all snapped up ... now organisers fear touts will cash in

Organisers of the Electric Picnic festival have warned music fans against attempting to buy tickets from unofficial sources after the arts and music festival sold out yesterday.

All 35,000 tickets for next week's event, being held in Stradbally, Co Laois, are now gone.

Promoters said those desperate to secure tickets should beware of websites and touts attempting to cash in by selling tickets.

"What often happens is that touts will buy tickets online, then claim they failed to receive them by post.

"The original tickets will then be cancelled but sold on by touts online. Often the buyers don't realise they have cancelled tickets until they present them at the festival gates," a spokeswoman for The Electric Picnic told the Herald.

ANNIVERSARY

A host of big names, including Fatboy Slim, Bjork and former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, as well as 2013 being the 10th anniversary of the festival, are reasons given by organisers as to the sell-out status of the festival this year. The news came following an announcement earlier in the week that all the Sunday tickets for the event had now gone.

Other attractions at the Picnic include the Body and Soul arena, the Mindfield spoken word area with political cabaret events, the comedy tent, or the Theatre Of Food, featuring well-known chefs.

Those attending the festival are advised to arrive at the festival early and to use public transport.

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