- 30 Aug 18
The roads to Laois will be busy this weekend
Electric Picnic is expected to draw in massive crowds this weekend as it does each year. With this year's star-studded lineup, expect floods of people taking to the roads and making their way to Stradbally.
There are major road works on the two main routes leading to Stradbally, on the M7 and M8 which have been causing big delays at key commuter times.
Festival organisers are urging people to plan their journey well in advance, be prepared for delays and set off as early as possible to avoid the bottle neck which takes place on the run up to the evening rush hour. With speeds of just 60km on this stretch of the M7 and the M8 shut for a portion, there can be huge tail backs.
Elaine O’Sullivan, Deputy Editor of AA Roadwatch has given the following advice; “First and foremost, make sure you plan ahead for your journey to Electric Picnic and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the festival site."
"If you are leaving after work on Friday, keep in mind that evening rush hour delays start to pick up a little earlier and you will see increased volumes of commuter traffic from about 2:30pm onwards so factor that into your plans. Festival goers will start to make their way to the site from late morning onwards on Friday, so areas closer to the site will be quite busy."
"If you are heading to the festival via N7/M7 bear in mind that reduced speed limits are in place both ways between J8 Johnstown and J11 M9 as part of ongoing works and this will slow traffic between these junctions. And if you’re coming from Cork, the M8 is completely closed both ways for works between J13 Mitchelstown South and J14 Fermoy North until 8pm Friday evening so you will have to divert via the Old N8."
The weekend's lineup boasts big names across a variety of stages (burgeoning superstars Picture This, rap sensation Kendrick Lamar, pop princess Dua Lipa, the legendary Nile Rodgers & Chic as well as Ash, NERD, Garbage and Chvrches just to name a few). The Hot Press chat room will also feature some of the lineup's most talked about acts like Versatile and Gavin James.