The organisers of the Electric Picnic music festival have said they have "now run out of time" and officially cancelled this year's edition of the popular event.

In a statement this evening, the Electric Picnic team said: "As many of you are aware, we asked Laois County Council to reverse the decision on EP being cancelled this year.

"Unfortunately, they have not done so and we have now run out of time.

"Regrettably, we have no other choice but to cancel this year's edition."

At the start of August, Laois County Council refused to grant a licence to hold the music festival which had been re-arranged for 24 to 26 September at Stradbally Hall Estate.

In a statement, the local authority said the decision was made "following the most up-to-date public health advice made available to the council from the Health Service Executive."

However, the possibility of the festival going ahead was raised again last week after Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan remarked that he would not have a concern if concerts were to go ahead with vaccinated people attending.

When asked if concerts such as Electric Picnic could go ahead just for vaccinated people, he said: "We wouldn't have a concern from a public health point of view if everyone is vaccinated."

In the wake of Dr Holohan's comments, music promoter MCD said it would work "morning, noon and night" to try to put on the Electric Picnic next month if a decision not to allow it proceed is reversed.

Laois County Council then said it could not legally revisit its previous refusal for an event licence for Electric Picnic 2021.

In its statement today, the Electric Picnic organisers said that they "would not be able to do the festival justice this close to show day" and said the festival would not be going ahead.

It said all ticket holders would have the option of a full refund, or to carry their ticket over to next year.

Electric Picnic 2022 is due to take place 2-4 September 2022.