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Festival Preview: Electric Picnic 2015

Electric Picnic
4 – 6 September, 2015
Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
electricpicnic.ie
 
I voiced my opinions on the poor access facilities on last year’s Electric Picnic here. As a result of the disabled campsite being so far away and the fact that I needed help from my friends to and from, I’m staying in a B&B in Athy, Co. Kildare so between my ticket and accommodation, it’s the cost of a small holiday.
 
Every other festival in Ireland that I’ve attended this year has improved on the facilities provided to their disabled guests and their friends. Body & Soul and Castlepalooza really knocked it out of the park as they’re making huge efforts to understand and provide what their guests need. Even if it’s not perfect just yet, they are working on it.
 
I had a lot of fun at EP last year but the stress of getting to the campsite left me totally dependent on others and it put a dampener on things. Going into this year’s event, I don’t have the right attitude. I’m prepared for it to be a struggle. I’m sort of fed up with EP and that’s a big deal because I live and breathe for music festivals. The staff in the disabled campsite were incredibly helpful last year but if I see no difference or improvement in the access facilities provided at this year’s event, well, then we will have one hell of a review on our hands, won’t we?

 

Below is the official line on access and disabled facilities provided for Electric Picnic 2015. There are a couple of things that people should absolutely note before they arrive at EP this year and I’ve put them in bold.  

 

ELECTRIC PICNIC 2015 GUIDE TO ACCESS & FACILITIES FOR DISABLED

CUSTOMERS

This is the annual guide to disabled access and facilities at Electric Picnic. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our events, participate, feel safe, and be part of the crowd and hope to help you make an informed decision about attending.

Please note that these events take place on greenfield sites, as such much of the access around the event is grass and may be uneven in places. Parts of these sites may have undulating sections of terrain, which may be challenging to customers with limited or impaired mobility. However, stewards will be at hand to assist.

There may be some use of laser and / or strobe lights at these events.

Please note all information may be subject to change, but we will provide updated information on site. The guide is arranged as follows:

  •  Disabled Access Tickets and Carer Tickets
  •  Disabled Facilities at Electric Picnic 2015
  •  Temporary Injuries/Impairments


DISABLED ACCESS TICKETS AND CARERS TICKETS

We provide many disabled ticket holders with a free ticket for an accompanying friend or PA/ Carer.

For disabled access and PA/ Carer tickets please contact Ticket Master on the below numbers.

Republic of Ireland – 0818 903001

Northern Ireland & UK – 0844 277 9964

International Customers – 00 353 818 903001

If you don’t wish to apply for an accessible ticket, but would like access to the disabled facilities such as accessible car parking / accessible toilets. Please email Access@FestivalRepublic.com with relevant official documentation supporting your request and a member of staff will contact you accordingly. Please contact us well in advance.

DISABLED FACILITIES AT ELECTRIC PICNIC 2015

Viewing Platform: There will be disabled platforms / disabled viewing areas at the Main Stage, Electric Arena, Rankins Wood, Cosby Stage and the Comedy Stage at Electric Picnic. Please note that space in this area is limited and we operate a strict 1+1 policy to access this area. However, please bear in mind that priority in this area is given to wheelchair users / patrons with disabilities and should the area become extremely busy carers may be required to move off or move to the back of the platform to make room for additional wheelchairs. Please note outdoor viewing platforms are not covered; please be prepared for all weather conditions.
 
Accessible Toilets: There will be accessible toilets located at each of the toilet blocks in the Main Arena, beside the Main Stage and Electric Arena Viewing Platforms, in the Disabled Campsite, in Family Camping and in the Guest Area. The use of accessible toilets is restricted to disabled patrons. There will also be an accessible toilet located at the Hospital Tent; you will also be able to dispose of medical waste here. Please note that toilet service vehicles have limited access to toilets to service them during the day due to safety issues relating to large vehicles being used around crowds. While we strive for the highest standards and employ cleaners as well as servicing vehicles, we ask you to please bear in mind this is not a sanitised environment.
 
Disabled Campsite: There will be a designated disabled access campsite which will have accessible toilets, fridges (should medication need to be stored) and electrical hook up for wheelchair charging. Each disabled customer may have up to three people camping with them, and one car. There will be dedicated stewards in the disabled campsite providing 24hr cover.
 
Campervans: Any disabled customer wishing to bring a campervan must purchase a campervan permit in advance. For further information on how to purchase an accessible campervan pass for the disabled campsite please contact Access@FestivalRepublic.com.
Please note there are no electrical hook ups for campervans anywhere on site. Standard campervan terms and conditions apply. All persons within the vehicle must have valid tickets. Campervans cannot be parked with tents in the campsite; they will be located to one end of the campsite to comply with non-negotiable licence conditions.
 
Accessible Car Parking: There will be two different carparks for those camping and for day attendees. Day attendees should enter the car parks from the N80 and will be directed to the designated parking area and camping attendees should park adjacent to the disabled campsite. Routing information will be sent out in advance to pre-registered customers. Spaces will be available to attendees who have pre-registered to use the facility. Please note car parking passes will not be issued until approx. 1 week prior to the event. The disabled day car park is the closest public car park to site but please bear in mind that it is still some distance from the event entrance.
  
TEMPORARY INJURIES / IMPAIRMENTS
The scheme and disabled facilities are not open to those with temporary injuries such as broken bones, healing wounds and women who are pregnant.

There are Medical and Welfare facilities on site that are available to everyone. We have general practice facilities that are staffed with doctors, nurses and paramedics. Our on-site medics are equipped to provide first aid assistance, attend to minor casualties and resuscitations. Stewards and security are also on hand and where possible can offer to help and support you if you are unwell or require assistance.

If you are planning on arriving at the event using public transport while having a temporary impairment please note that the drop off point may be some distance from the event entrance.

About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

1 Comment

  • Fingers crossed there’s a big improvement. Too many things about the way the Electric Picnic is being presented this year and last are reminding me of the heady days of Oxegen, just before the downfall. Let’s hope for better!

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