The lineup for this year’s Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival has just been announced. Read on for the full press release..
POD & Festival Republic present
Electric Picnic 2009
Music & Arts Festival
4th, 5th and 6th September 2009
Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
ORBITAL, FLAMING LIPS, BASEMENT JAXX, MADNESS, MGMT, FLEET FOXES, KLAXONS, BELL X1, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, CHIC, SEASICK STEVE, 2 MANY DJs, LISA HANNIGAN, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, ABC, DAMIEN DEMPSEY, ALABAMA 3, BAT FOR LASHES, ZERO 7, EROL ALKAN, ROOTS MANUVA, THE SUGARHILL GANG, BILLY BRAGG, LYKKE LI, IMELDA MAY, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, MAGAZINE, E.S.G, MODERAT, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, SKREAM & BENGA’s MAGNETIC MAN, NOZE, HEARTBREAK, HALFSET, CHRIS CUNNINGHAM, OKKERVIL RIVER, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC COMPANY, LOW ANTHEM, VILLAGERS, TUNNG, JAPE, WHITEST BOY ALIVE, MICACHU & THE SHAPES, THE WALKMEN, MICHAEL NYMAN, DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR, QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA, JAZZANOVA (live)
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 17TH APRIL AT 9 AM
Weekend Tickets are €240 / Family Camping Ticket is €480 for 2 adults & up to 4 kids under 12 with access to designated Family Campsite. There are no single day tickets.
Campervan Tickets for access to Campervan Park are €60, available also from the same outlets. Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and go on sale 9am Friday 17th April from all usual outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie / Credit Card Hotline: Ph 0818 719300 Republic of Ireland / 0870 2434455 UK/Northern Ireland. Phone / internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charges. Agents fee is €2.50.
The time has come to reveal the line up for Electric Picnic 2009 at Pod today Wednesday 15th April. Well known festival characters toasted the occasion with afternoon tea at The Mad Hatters Tea Party alongside the impressive Dragon from BYE (Bin Your Empties) intricately made from the recycled drink cans of last year’s revelers. Model Lisa Cummins was on hand to brighten up proceedings!
With a host of musical acts, performance art, spoken word, green area, the ever popular Electric Picnic is sure to amuse, entertain, engross and thoroughly engage the mind, body and soul.
Since dance behemoths ORBITAL announced late last year they were reforming this summer, their massive Irish fanbase has awaited and speculated if and when there would be an Irish show – the wait is finally over and it’s confirmed to take place at Electric Picnic. One of the biggest and most iconic electronic acts of all time, Orbital made a host of hugely influential albums in the 15 years until they split in 2004 and their legendary live shows are not to be missed.
Famed for their live performances which include furry animals, aliens, santas, streamers, laser beams and singer Wayne Coyne crowd surfing in a giant bubble, American indie gods FLAMING LIPS will make a very welcome return to Electric Picnic. These festival favourites will be debuting tracks from their brand new album which is due for release in June.
BASEMENT JAXX play their first show in Ireland in three years, since they headlined Electric Picnic in 2006, when they bring their fabulous carnival of ass-shaking dance to Stradbally. They release a brand new album in June, so this will be fans’ first chance to hear brand new tracks live alongside classics such as ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ ‘Rendez-Vous’ and ‘Red Alert’.
2 tone/ska legends MADNESS celebrate 30 years since the release of their debut album ‘One Step Beyond’ with their first appearance at Electric Picnic. Suggs, Chas, Chrissy Boy and the rest of the Nutty Boys spent more time in the UK singles top 10 in the 1980s than any other act – this show will feature all the hits of their career.
Without doubt the worldwide breakthrough act of 2008, electronic rockers MGMT will play Electric Picnic as one of only a handful of performances in Europe this year. On the back of massive radio hits ‘Time to Pretend’, ‘Kids’ and ‘Electric Feel’; MGMT’s debut album ‘Ornacular Spectacular’ recently went triple platinum in Ireland and this appearance will confirm their rapid elevation to superstar status.
Another American indie act who has made a major breakthrough over the last 12 months; FLEET FOXES’ eponymous debut album has won widespread critical acclaim, like MGMT appearing in just about every critic’s top 10 albums of 2008. These baroque, harmonic rockers’ live show has to be seen/heard to be believed as any of the lucky few to get their hands on tickets for their Dublin show last Autumn will attest. Also visiting the festival for the first time, are Mercury prize winners KLAXONS, who release their hotly anticipated second album this year.
aving recently hit the top of the Irish charts with their brilliant fourth album ‘Blue Lights on the Runway’, BELL X1 will make their overdue Electric Picnic debut. The Kildare band continue to go from strength to strength and this show will surely confirm their growing status and popularity. Another act with a massive Irish following; Mexican guitar virtuosos RODRIGO Y GABRIELA will play their first show in Ireland since 2007 with what will also be their first time playing Electric Picnic. For their bands of fervent fans, this will be a first opportunity to hear their new album – which is released the week of the festival.