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Coronavirus: Music lovers left disappointed as plug is pulled on Electric Picnic music festival

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Cancelled gig: Snow Patrol

Cancelled gig: Snow Patrol

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Cancelled gig: Snow Patrol

The 2020 Electric Picnic festival has officially been cancelled, organisers have confirmed.

The annual festival, which attracts 60,000 revellers each year to Stradbally in Co Laois, is the latest mass gathering to be cancelled due to virus fears.

It was due to take place on September 4 to 6 and is one of the most popular Irish festivals, attracting goers from all over Europe.

Among those set to play had been Rage Against the Machine, Northern Ireland's Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers.

In a statement issued yesterday, organisers said cancelling has become "unavoidable".

"Whilst the entire Electric Picnic team are terribly disappointed, we have a responsibility to all our fans, artists, crews, suppliers, sponsors, partners and our entire Electric Picnic family including the wonderful people of Stradbally who have welcomed us into their community each year," the statement said.

Organisers thanked the fans and said 2021 will bring "lots more fun".

"We would like to thank each and every one of them for their fantastic support and outstanding contribution towards making the festival such an amazing event and look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 for lots more fun, music, extravagance and magical moments."

Ticket holders can seek a refund from Ticketmaster or hold on to their tickets for next year's festival.

"For more information on this please email enquiries@festivalrepublic.com and we will do all we can to assist."

The statement also encouraged support for emergency services.

"Finally, we encourage everyone to continue supporting our emergency services, who provide invaluable support and assistance at all our events and we again express our gratitude, admiration and thanks for their dedication and professionalism which is proving so vital at this time," organisers added. "For now, keep safe, keep healthy and look after each other."

Belfast Telegraph