It has been confirmed that American country singer, Garth Brooks, will headline this year’s Electric Picnic. The festival’s organisers – Pod Concerts and Festival Republic – released a statement in the early hours of this morning having secured the performer after weeks of negotiation at his home state of Oklahoma.
We are extremely delighted to announce that late this summer, Garth Brooks will finally be performing in Ireland at the Electric Picnic music festival. We have been in close contact with Garth over the last month and signed the contracts this morning, he will headline the Saturday night billing.
An updated act list has already appeared on the Electric Picnic website prompting a frenzy on social media.
The announcement has divided music fans, some are delighted to have the opportunity to see the artist perform after the long-running Croke Park debacle of last year, whereas others have questioned the suitability of this act at a festival regarded heavily as featuring “alternative” music.
However the organisers see it as a major coup for the Irish festival circuit. Their statement continued “After the massive disappointment of last year, Garth has been committed to returning to Ireland and we are privileged that he has chosen Electric Picnic as his sole Irish performance this year.”
The singer has yet to make an official statement, however a recent post from his Twitter account has made it very clear:
In an apparent dig at the Croke Park residents and Dublin City Council who blocked the proposed extra gigs and ultimately prevented Brooks from playing last year, the organisers also playfully insisted that the Saturday night show will definitely be going ahead.
After consultation with the local residents, we have gained permission for Garth to play on Saturday night. Everyone, from the foxes to the field-mice were fully cooperative and completely engaging!
Due to the extra demand, the organisers also mentioned that ticket sales will sell out much quicker than in previous years and advised music fans to purchase early so as to not be disappointed. They have also increased the capacity from 42,000 to 47,000 this year.