Elec­tric Pic­nic line-up to be an­nounced on Wed­nes­day

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The first con­firmed acts and ticket de­tails for this year’s Elec­tric Pic­nic fes­ti­val will be an­nounced next Wed­nes­day, March 26th. This year’s three-day event will be held from Au­gust 29th to 31st in Strad­bally, Co Laois.

Two of the acts due to be an­nounced are My Bloody Valen­tine and sem­i­nal Krautrock pi­o­neers Faust, who have listed shows at the Pic­nic and the Spiegel­tent in Cork on June 20th on their MyS­pace site.

In ad­di­tion to the list of con­firmed acts, par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est will be paid to the price the Pic­nic’s pro­mot­ers will charge for a week­end on Thomas Cosby’s land – in light of in­creas­ing price sen­si­tiv­ity from cus­tomers about tick­ets for shows here.

Early­bird tick­ets for the fes­ti­val, priced at ¤199, sold out when they went on sale late last year.

By way of com­par­i­son, there are still tick­ets on sale for Ire­land’s other big out­door fes­ti­val, Ox­e­gen. All Ox­e­gen’s camp­ing tick­ets sold out af­ter four days on sale, but week­end and one-day non-camp­ing tick­ets are still avail­able at time of go­ing to press.

While the bulk of Ox­e­gen-go­ers will camp out, there have al­ways been fes­ti­val­go­ers who avoid the camp­sites to stay in lo­cal guest­houses or travel daily to the Co Kil­dare venue.

Some in­dus­try ob­servers have ex­pressed sur­prise that all tick­ets have not been snapped up, point­ing out that Ox­e­gen has al­ways sold out quickly in the past. One Ir­ish bet­ting chain even opened a book on how long it would take the first batch of tick­ets for the fes­ti­val to sell out this year.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, a huge num­ber of Ox­e­gen acts were con­firmed and pub­li­cised in ad­vance. REM, Rage Against the Ma­chine, Kings of Leon, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereo­phon­ics and Count­ing Crows had been an­nounced on an al­most daily ba­sis in the weeks lead­ing up to tick­ets go­ing on sale.

While sum­mer 2007 fea­tured more than 70 out­door shows and fes­ti­vals, many won­der if the 2008 sea­son will fea­ture fewer shows – and

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My Bloody Valen­tine: con­firmed

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