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Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography

Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography

Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography

Táiniste Leo Varadkar has given festival goers hope after saying Electric Picnic could go ahead next year. 

Mr Varadkar, who has been a regular visitor to the Stradbally festival, said that he is hopeful that normality will return by the middle of next summer.

Laois Today reports that during a Zoom call with Laois Chamber of Commerce last night, the Tanaiste said: "Hopefully by the middle of 2021 we will be back to a level of normality in terms of going on holidays, matches, events.

“Hopefully Electric Picnic will happen in 2021 and a lot of people will be making it to Stradbally.

"2021 will be the year of recovery. The scene is set for a rapid recovery … and we need to be prepared for that conference."

Planning is already underway for a fresh new line-up for the Electric Picnic 2021.

In September, organiser Melvin Benn confirmed that he was planning to reveal a whole new line-up for 2021 and is confident that the festival would get the green light.

Speaking on RTÉ's 2FM he said: "We genuinely cancelled all of the artists and started afresh for 2021 and obviously that's where we are now.

"We're in that planning for 2021 now and talking to different acts either their availability their touring plans and you know that's where we are.

"But it's a clean sheet of paper.

"Obviously it's hugely disappointing that the bigger plan isn't coming into play but hopefully next year."

The festival is expected to take place next year on September 3-5.

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