So now we know. Hozier, Florence and the Machine, The Strokes and The 1975 will be the four main headline acts for Electric Picnic 2019.

It won’t sell an extra ticket, they sold out in record time before the calendars had even rolled over into this year.

But it will already whet the appetite for 2020 and the knowledge that booking a ticket as soon as they go on sale is just something you have to do.

55,000 festival goers will be heading to Stradbally on the first weekend of September and pretty much every one of them will be excited tonight by the line up that was announced.

The Picnic is at the top of its game and all the sponsors from last year are back again for more.

Three, Heineken, Bacardi, Electric Ireland, Just Eat, Red Bull, AIB and Tesco will all be back for more and we will talk with each of them over the course of the summer to get under the covers of why it works so well for them.

There is a new ‘Freetown’ being opened up for 2019 as well. It will be a whole new town located on the pastureland formerly occupied by the Oscar Wilde Campsite.

Anchored by Terminus, a brand new 8,000 capacity mega-stage for electronica and dance (presented as an Eastern Bloc architectural colossus), Freetown will rise from the ground for just 4 days of the year.

Among the other new areas unveiled today, at least in principle were Providencia capturing Latino life down every alley-way; Spike Island, billed as a swamphut jumping with seisiúns of slip-jigs;  The Oasis and a brand new Cirque on the edge of town where ‘death-defying, jaw-dropping acts of edgy spectacle will unfold.’

Sure how could you want to be anywhere else?


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