In the wake of the decision taken by Laois County Council to refuse to grant a licence for their festival this Summer. Electric Picnic have also issued a statement.
Electric Picnic “Disappointed” with the decision
Outlining that they are “disappointed” with the decision. Electric Picinic had this to say.
“Together with all the fans of Electric Picnic we are extremely disappointed
that Laois County Council have refused a licence for this year’s festival
scheduled to take place 24th – 26th September 2021″. See LCC statement
“This is despite our proposal that everyone attending the event, including
ticket holders, staff and artists, would have to be fully vaccinated and
registered in advance for Department of Health contact tracing”.
They continued, “To see Scotland, a country with a similar population and virtually identical
vaccine rollout and uptake as our own, only announce on Tuesday that they
were easing restrictions and allowing events such as TRNSMT Festival in
Glasgow go ahead in September makes this decision even more difficult to
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“This is a huge blow and set back to our entire sector, which was mandated to
close on the 12th March 2020 (over 500 days ago) and such a decision now
means the further loss of employment for over 3,000 people, who had clung to
the hope that Electric Picnic would bring an end to their period of
Call to Government
“We now call upon all members of government to interrupt their summer recess
and immediately issue reopening guidelines, as we have being calling for,
with a reopening date for the sector of the 16th August on a phased basis,
building to the implementation of no restrictions from 1st September 2021
“We wish to thank all the fans for their patience and the community of
Stradbally and the people of Laois for their huge ongoing support during
this difficult time”.
“We will now review our options and be in contact directly with all ticket
holders over the next week”.
The Electric Picnic Team.