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The Late Late Show to ‘mark the absence’ of Electric Picnic

The highly anticipated music festival was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

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The Late Late Show is set to “mark the absence” of Electric Picnic, after the highly anticipated music festival was cancelled this year.

The festival was due to take place this weekend, however the organisers were forced to cancel the event due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ryan Tubridy spoke on his RTÉ Radio 1 show on Tuesday, teasing that Friday’s return of The Late Late Show will mark what would have been the beginning of the festivities.

The presenter teased that the show would welcome “a certain musical guest, among other things”.

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“I can’t give you the line-up,” he told listeners, “What are we on? Tuesday. Not yet, but I will.”

In a statement issued by EP organisers in May, they said: “Cancelling our festival had become unavoidable and we fully support the Irish government’s ongoing measures to help fight the spread of Covid-19 and protect lives at this time,” a statement said.

‘Whilst the entire Electric Picnic team [is] terribly disappointed, we have a responsibility to all our fans, artists, crews, supplies, sponsors, partners, and out entire Electric Picnic family including the wonderful people of Stradbally who have welcomed us into their community each year.

Ryan previously admitted that he had visited Croke Park last week for reasons “that will become apparent” on Friday’s show.

“You’ll get a sense of what I was doing there next week on the Late Late Show,” he shared.

The Late Late Show returns to RTÉ One this Friday, September 4th, at 9:35pm.

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