Belfast Telegraph

Music festival offers day tickets

Recession-hit revellers hungry for the Electric Picnic will be able to get a one-day ticket for the music and arts festival.

Sunday-only wristbands will be on sale for the first time for the three-day event, to be headlined by Canadian band Arcade Fire.

The Chemical Brothers, Interpol, PJ Harvey and Pulp - who recently reformed after a decade apart - are also among the top names confirmed for Stradbally, Co Laois, on September 2-4.

David Forde, who books the acts for Electric Picnic, said the event had gained an international reputation after winning several awards including the Best Mid-Sized European Festival.

But he admitted releasing Sunday only tickets for 99 euro, excluding camping, is a sign of the times.

"It is quite a commitment to ask someone to pay 240 euro (for a weekend ticket with camping)," said Mr Forde.

"We did just over 90% business last year and I think this year our line-up is stronger so I think we're certainly confident it will be a sell-out.

"I thought the atmosphere last year was possibly the best it's ever been because there was a feeling this is the only three good days of the year and people were really letting their hair down," he continued.

"I think that will always be there no matter how bad things are economically."

The 44 acts, which were earlier leaked on the internet, include Sinead O'Connor, White Lies, the Charlatans, Sharon Shannon and Choice music nominees Adebisi Shank, Cast Of Cheers and O Emperor.

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