With under 24 hours to go until the gates to the much anticipated Electric Picnic open in Stradbally Hall for the biggest music and arts festival on the Irish calendar, the EP team have issued the following advice:


Summer may have been a bit of a wash out, but it’s not over yet! Electric Picnic is set to be DRY this year, with no rain predicted for Stradbally this weekend. BUT – anyone who knows Ireland knows that a rain cloud is never too far away, so be prepared for all weather! Essential items to pack – sunscreen, wellies, waterproof jacket, warm fleece for night time, and baby wipes. Pack the bare essentials including a sleeping bag and tent (including all parts)!! Please remember that no glass is permitted on site!


The Picnic is SOLD OUT, so if you don’t have a ticket please do not turn up as no more tickets will go on sale. Organisers have advised against buying tickets from websites or unknown sources. If you buy tickets from an unauthorized dealer, website or classified ad you run a high risk of losing your money and not getting into the festival. There have already been reports of fake tickets being sold.


Organise your travel in advance. Use public transport where possible and make sure you book your return transport in advance. Car pool where possible to help reduce road congestion and carbon emissions. Gates open at 9 am tomorrow. Check out Get-There.ie for a one-stop website for car pooling and bus and train timetables.

Garda Advice:

Gardaí advise to turn off sat-navs and follow the clearly sign posted routes from AA roadwatch to avoid unnecessary delay and traffic disruption. Key junctions and points will be manned by Gardaí. Designated privately operated car parking is provided adjacent to the event site on all approved routes. This parking is free to all ticket holders and no roadside parking will be permitted.

Inspector Declan Dunne from Portlaoise Garda Station said:  Pack sensibly for the weekend. The temperatures have dropped this week. Be safe! Give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. Leave high value goods at home and put car keys and important valuables in a safe, secure place. When you are in groups, make sure everyone is accounted for. Look after each other’s personal safety and enjoy the weekend!

Leaving on Monday:

When leaving the campsites on Monday, rather than leaving your tent behind, pack it up, leave it into the information tent in your campsite, and the tents will be donated to very good causes with thanks to:

  • Cork Calais Refugee Community
  • Dublin Calais Refugee Community
  • Dublin Simon Community

Gardaí advise to slow down and take your time on the road on Monday. If you are feeling tired, take a break, get something to eat and relax before getting on the road. Be safe!

For updates over the weekend keep an eye on electricpicnic.ie and the official Facebook and Twitter channels.