Electric Picnic music festival is to go ahead this year according to the Managing Director of Festival Republic ‘Melvin Benn’.
Benn spoke on RTÉ’s News at One where he stated that he was “100% fully expecting the Electric Picnic to be going ahead on the basis 100% nobody has told me I won’t be able to”.
Currently, outdoor events are restricted to 500 people for venues with a capacity greater than 5,000.
“I’m investing, and all of the teams are investing in the effort to try and make sure that the Picnic can happen by presuming that we are going ahead and I’m saying presuming that we are going ahead, because let’s be 100% clear here, nobody’s told me I can’t go ahead,”.
MCD Productions and Festival Republic wrote to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin, along with other members of the government to propose how events such as Electric Picnic could go ahead this year.
The letter proposes that the music festival goes ahead in September with enhanced safety protocols.
Melvin Benn expects an attendance of up to 70,000 people at the festival providing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.
With just over 90% of tickets already sold, from when they went on sale last year in March, the remainder will go on sale at the end of the month when the line-up is announced, according to Mr. Benn.
With planning underway, Benn is confident that the festival will go ahead while adding that he cannot see any reason as to why the festival wouldn’t take place at the end of September.