Doubt lingers as to whether the event can return to Laois this autumn.
Electric Picnic organisers have set a deadline of the end of June to make a final decision on this year's festival.
That's due to the preparation time needed on site in Stradbally for the autumn event.
Promoter Melvin Benn made the comments to Junior Finance Minister Sean Fleming during a meeting yesterday.
The Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD says there are key differences between it and the National Ploughing Championships: