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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Kendrick Lamar among top names set for Electric Picnic

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack and N.E.R.D will be the headline acts for this year's Electric Picnic.

The annual music and arts festival will be back in September, with thousands set to descend on Stradbally, Co Laois, where acts including Dua Lipa, St Vincent, Ben Howard and The Kooks will also take to the stage.

Festival director Melvin Benn has advised those planning on going to book their tickets early, as the stellar line-up will probably mean a quick sell-out.

Describing the festival as "one of the most important cultural events" in Ireland, Benn and organisers worked hard to ensure a great line-up for fans to enjoy this year.

"They will have to be quick. I suspect they tickets will go really quickly again," he said. "They are still on sale at this point in time. Will they still be on sale this evening? I don't know."

He also revealed there will be a new venue on the Stradbally site.

Weather

Benn insisted festival organisers will be taking the usual provisions for the weather, following the plunging temperatures and snowfall brought by Storm Emma.

"We work closely with the emergency services and Laois council and make all those provisions," he said.

"It rains, it's cold, it's damp, it doesn't stop us doing anything at all."

With tens of thousands expected to descend on Stradbally, Benn said the festival always tries to make sure the locals are involved and satisfied with everything that will go on.

At the launch of The Electric Picnic in Urban Plant Life ,Cork St were headonbody Deirdre Griffin,Kate Finegan and Marion Cronin
At the launch of The Electric Picnic in Urban Plant Life ,Cork St were headonbody Deirdre Griffin,Kate Finegan and Marion Cronin

"I work with them. I work incredibly close with Stradbally. I've always done that with any of the festivals I do. I make them feel a part of the festival," he said.

"For instance, the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church in Stradbally are the people who provide the information tents. The local people get involved and they feel part of it."

Electric Picnic runs from August 31 to September 3 with tickets available on ticketmaster.ie

More acts will be announced nearer the date.

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