Electric Picnic festival delayed three weeks to allow for vaccine rollout

'We feel we have a much better chance by moving the dates back' says festival organisers.

Electric Picnic festival organisers have postponed 2021's edition by three weeks to provide a greater chance for the event to go ahead.

Taking to social media, festival management confirmed that Electric Picnic's intended slot of September 3 - 5 has been pushed back to September 24 - 26 in order for more of the country to become fully vaccinated.

"Given the great progress that the HSE is making on the Vaccine Rollout so far," the statement reads, "and the recently announced target of having at least 70% of the population fully vaccinated, by the end of July, we are still confident that the festival can take place this year.

"That being said, we feel we have a much better chance of that happening by moving the dates back a few weeks to September 24th-26th instead of the original dates of September 3rd-5th."

The statement continued by organisers hoping that Electric Picnic will be "the light at the end of the tunnel" for many music fans and festival goers are looking for, but acknowledged that moving the festival further back will be worth it to make "the dream become a reality".

Electric Picnic was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic and was to be headlined by Rage Against The Machine, Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers, with marquee performances from Picture This and Lewis Capaldi.