The first 50 acts for this years Electric Picnic have been announced. The festival takes place in Stradbally in deepest Laois on 3rd, 4th & 5th September. So far we’ve got:
ROXY MUSIC; LEFTFIELD; MASSIVE ATTACK; LCD SOUNDSYSTEM; THE FRAMES; PUBLIC IMAGE LTD; THE NATIONAL; IMELDA MAY; MUMFORD &SONS; SEASICK STEVE; MODEST MOUSE; HOT CHIP; GIL SCOTT-HERON; FEVER RAY; JONSI (SIGUR ROS); FAT FREDDY’S DROP; BAD LIEUTENANT; CRYSTAL CASTLES; AFRO CELT SOUNDSYSTEM; BOOKASHADE; BLOODY BEETROOTS DEATH CREW77; STEVE EARLE; THE WATERBOYS; THE ALARM; BEACH HOUSE; THE BIG PINK; 808 STATE; LOW ANTHEM; REDNECK MANIFESTO; THE HORRORS; MONOTONIX; LIQUID LIQUID; HERE WE GO MAGIC; EDAN; PAUL BRADY, FIELD MUSIC; STEVE MASON, CYMANDE; MESSIAH J & THE EXPERT; DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR; CARIBOU; ADRIAN CROWLEY; VILLAGERS; NEW PORNOGRAPHERS; BREAKESTRA & CHALI 2 NA; MR SCRUFF; MEMORY TAPES
Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, Ireland
3rd, 4th, and 5th September 2010
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY @ 9AM
Electric Picnic extends another warm invitation to all lovers of music, art, culture and general frivolity to our annual little get-together in Stradbally, Co Laois on 3rd, 4th & 5th September. A tantalizing world to entice and enthrall you, tickle and tease you. Now in our seventh year our ship’s sails are fully hoisted and the journey we annually embark on is becoming more of a home-coming than a new exploration, although taking unknown and adventurous paths along the way is compulsory. How else would we discover the treasures and riches we will be offering to stimulate the senses. All six.
Music is just one of such offerings and it is here that we shall begin…
Driven by the refined and effortless cool of Bryan Ferry, ROXY MUSIC will make their ever Irish festival appearance with a set that will cover all of their classic hits, such as ‘Love is the Drug’, ‘Jealous Guy’ ‘Let’s Stick Together’ and ‘Avalon’. One of the most influential acts of all time, the punks, new romantics, electro-poppers and more that have followed in their wake all owe a huge sonic and sartorial debt to ROXY MUSIC.
It was announced earlier this year that after a decade of hibernation, LEFTFIELD will be touring in summer 2010, bringing their epic live show to handful of select festivals and Electric Picnic 2010 is their chosen destination in Ireland. A quintessential Electric Picnic act; LEFTFIELD’s unique fusion of electronica, house, dub reggae and rock saw them release two classic albums in the late ’90s in ‘Leftism’ and ‘Phat Planet’ that will need no introduction.
Fresh from the stunning success of their long-awaited new album Heligoland, Bristol trip hop legends MASSIVE ATTACK make a very welcome return to Stradbally having played a storming set there in 2006. Forever innovating and pushing the boundaries, MASSIVE ATTACK’s new audiovisual live show has to be experienced to be believed, and will also feature an array of guest vocalists.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’s unique and dynamic blend of punk, funk and disco elements has seen them build up a massive cult following over the last five years and Electric Picnic is particularly honoured to welcome the 3-time Grammy-nominated New Yorkers back to Stradbally where they will treat us to tracks to their eagerly-awaited third album as well as established classics such as ‘North American Scum’, ‘All My Friends’ and ‘Daft Punk is Playing at my House’ . Their South London peers, close pals and DFA labelmates HOT CHIP also make a welcome return to Stradbally on the back of their new album ‘One Life Stand’.
THE FRAMES celebrate their 20th birthday this year with their first show in Ireland in some 3 years. With a 20th anniversary ‘Best Of’ compilation due for release later in the year, Oscar-winner Glen Hansard and band re-group for Electric Picnic, airing some of their finest work, with the likes of ‘Revelate’, ‘Lay Me Down’, ‘Pavement Tune, ‘Monument’, and ‘Falling Slowly’ sure to bring the house down. Rising Dublin superstar IMELDA MAY has been perhaps the biggest success story of the last 12 months, her triple platinum-selling album ‘Love Tattoo’ introducing rockabilly to a new generation. 2010 looks like being just as busy a year – having already performed at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in January with Jeff Beck, thereby becoming just the second Irish act to play the famous ceremony, she will play a number of festivals around the world this summer and releases a brand new album on the weekend of Electric Picnic.
With Brooklyn’s THE NATIONAL and Washingtons’ MODEST MOUSE, Electric Picnic welcomes two of America’s biggest and well-loved indie rock acts of the last decade, both of whom release new albums in 2010 and whose stunning live shows need no introduction to music fans in Ireland. London indie-folksters MUMFORD & SONS continue their meteoric rise on the back of their excellent top 10 album ‘Sigh No More’ with their first trip to Electric Picnic; while ‘the world’s greatest living bluesman’ Steve Cobold aka SEASICK STEVE’s set at Electric Picnic 2009 went down so well, he had to be invited back to play the main stage in 2010.
In poet, author and soul/jazz/blues musician GIL SCOTT-HERON, Electric Picnic welcomes another iconic and massively influential veteran who has been described as ‘the founding father of rap music’. Bringing a seven piece band with him to Stradbally, Gil Scott-Heron’s show will mix old classics such as ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and ‘Free Will’ and ‘The Bottle’ with his stunning new album “I’m New Here” which was released by XL recordings last month and is already being tipped as a contender for ‘best album of 2010′. The New Zealand seven-headed soul/reggae monster that is FAT FREDDY’S DROP bring their blistering live show to Electric Picnic – expect much good vibes at this show, and also at those by Los Angeles’ 10 piece funk orchestra BREAKESTRA and the first ever live show in Ireland by veteran Guyana/Jamaican funk and soul combo CYMANDE.
THE WATERBOYS uplifting folk rock and ‘big music’ sound always produces a great live show, while AFRO CELT SOUNDSYTEM are to play their first show since reforming with their original line-up and anyone who has seen their signature blend of traditional celtic and African music with modern dance rhythms knows that this is a unmissable show. Singersongwriter PAUL BRADY will dig into his deep well of classic folk hits, while the originator of the Galway Girl and the veritable saviour of country music, STEVE EARLE, will air his Grammy award winning album Townes.
Sigur Ros frontman JONSI is getting great critical acclaim for his first solo album ‘Go’, released this month, and Picnickers will get a chance to see if his live show can reach the awe-inspiring heights achieved by his band when they headlined Electric Picnic 2008. Having featured in many critics top 10 albums of 2009; Sweden’s FEVER RAY will play one of just three shows they play worldwide this year; while we have yet more Irish debut at EP for BAD LIEUTENANT – the new project of Joy Division/New Order ’s Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham – and cult post-punk New Yorkers’ LIQUID LIQUID.
For the fan of more contemporary classic acoustic guitar-based indie; look no further that another who released one of the critics favourite albums of 2009, THE LOW ANTHEM; plus an act who many are tipping to do the same in 2010 with their recent album BEACH HOUSE from Baltimore; venerable Canadian power-pop group THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS; Dubllin’s guitar-wielding bard and recent Domino signee THE VILLAGERS, and recent Choice award champ ADRIAN CROWLEY.
Germany’s finest electro house duo, BOOKA SHADE, with music from fourth studio album, More!;; keeping it unreal MR SCRUFF; BLOODY BEETROOTS with their DEATH CREW 77 full 6 piece band fusing punk, rock & electronica; The uncompromising, intensive electro pop sound of Toronto duo CRYSTAL CASTLES; Award-winning electronic drone rockers THE BIG PINK, Mancunian veteran electronic act 808 STATE; Canadian psych traveller CARIBOU; Irish hip hoppers MESSIAH J & THE EXPERT; Black clad London quintet THE HORRORS; Welsh ’80s hitmakers THE ALARM, Brooklyn electronic folkers HERE WE GO MAGIC; the debauched rock’n’ roll antics of Israel’s MONOTONIX; instrumental rock princes REDNECK MANIFESTO; Moniker-crazed one-man-band Dayve Hawk with his psychedelic pop MEMORY TAPES; the gentle electronic folk of former Beta Band frontman STEVE MASON; brothers and co-frontmen Peter and David Brewis’band FIELD MUSIC; eccentric and hilarious rapper EDAN, And no Sunday morning at EP would be complete without the Sunday morning wake-up call from THE DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR.
But moving on to more ethereal elements…
BODY & SOUL will be shape-shifting this year – pushing the ever-evolving village to fresh extremes: adding a new spark of energy, passion and raw talent into the creative, enchanted landscape that has become synonymous with the name. We feel its time to build a new stage to show off some of the exciting new talent rising to the surface. To help with this, we’ve enlisted one of our favourite artists aka SHRINE, to build a permanent installation from recycled materials, tin cans, bottle caps, and broken chandeliers….In keeping with Body&Soul tradition at Electric Picnic, the Body&Soul Village will be a haven inside the festival: a meandering, colourful wonderland of music stages, visual installations, massage tents, cosy cocoons, disco corners, great food, and as always…something that little bit different. Festival revelers can expect the unexpected – with a programme that focuses as much on showcasing up-and-coming talent as well as a line up of established homegrown and international artists with the usual sprinkling of surprise “special guests”. Our Resident DO LAB DJs from L.A will be firing up the party lights once again with their trademark explosive music alongside a theatrical extravaganza by their super sexy partners-in-crime Lucent Dossier. This year’s Zen Gardens and Earth Spirit will feature among their realms: 60 hand picked therapists, the hugely popular Panchammas Acoustic Tipi and Sauna, creative workshops, yoga theatre, permaculture, organic gardening, environmental art, herb lore &sound, shamanic journeys and pretty pockets of peace and harmony.
And for those who fancy something more cerebral…
MINDFIELD – Electric Picnic’s spoken word area was one of last year’s undisputed talking points, literally. From the hilarious news quiz hosted by a pin-striped and wellington-booted Jon Snow to a stunning poetry reading by Florence Welch on the Literary Stage to the highly charged debates about the economy hosted by David McWilliams, MindField announced its arrival as the forum for national conversation. Thousands of Picnickers checked out the hugely exciting and diverse programme of debates, talks, readings, theatre, science experiments, Irish language and slam poetry. This year’s programme will see even higher profile international speakers, writers and thinkers in conversation about everything from sport to architecture, music to economics, fashion to science. The Leviathan and Word stages return, as well as the Arts Council Literary Stage, Science Gallery, Puball Gaeilge and Theatre Stage. Expect favourites and regulars as well as some very exciting new additions, details of which will be announced during the Dublin MindField festival at POD over the May bank holiday weekend. See www.mindfield.ie for more.
To tickle and bemuse….
STRADBELLY LAUGHS will be on hand to satisfy your hunger for humour over the three days. The line-up of side splitting comic heroes will be announced later in the year.
Stradbally will also play host to a number of effervescent art collectives. The incredible LUCENT DOSSIER bring their outrageous, magical vaudevillian circus back to Electric Picnic. Also returning again are ARCADIA with their unique space-aged 360 degree venue complete with robots and junk metal art installations, circus acts, trapeze performers and fire spinners.
Like an offering to the Gods of Exquisite Balloon Sculpture, THISISPOPBABY return to lay a giant golden egg for this year’s Picnic. Where once again their particular brand of Drag Royalty, Petit Queens, Wonky-Poppers and Performance Giants will be hatched. Rising high like a tinfoil soufflé is Mother Goose and Queen of Everything, Panti, laying chicks and pecking disorder… Nobody puts baby in a corner.
And for environment lovers…
As winner of the ‘Greenest Festival’ Award in 2009 awarded by the Irish Festival Awards, Electric Picnic will be endeavoring to make even more efforts this year to protect the environment and incentivize and communicate eco-awareness. We invite you to spend some time in the THE GLOBAL GREEN which is a sustainability sanctuary on site, as well as a platform for raising awareness for social and humanitarian issues. We look forward to working closely with our very valued contributors such as Cultivate, Amnesty International, Oxfam, the Slow Food Eat-In and so many more…And this year we are very excited to announce a 1000+ Cycle to the Picnic for a very good cause..more info to come. Located next door to Global Green is the earthy GREENCRAFTS workshop area which will transport you to former simpler world where the soulful pleasures of handmade goods, from baskets to silver and copper smithing, are re-appreciated and re-learned.
Onto Family matters..
Electric Picnic has gained some younger fans over the last few years with a record number of families in attendance last year who all enjoyed the exclusive confines of the Family Campsite and Soul Kids area, nestled in the beautiful walled gardens of Stradbally Hall. This year there will be Kiddie Yoga, the amazing Utensils Puppet Show, Fabulous Felt-making workshops, The Funky Feet dance troupe, Enchanted Fairy Workshops, Jewellery making, Arts & Crafts and of course plenty of surprises! Offering the same amazing free service for parents & children it’s no wonder the Soul Kids and Family Camping Area has become the highlight for our mini picnickers.
More picnic thrills will be announced throughout the year but we can confirm that all the favorites will be there including The SILENT DISCO, ART TRAIL, FOSSETS CIRCUS, THE VILLAGE GREEN, FARMERS MARKET and BRIDGESTONE AWARD WINNING GOURMET FOOD and the usual array of alternative on-site accommodation PODPADS, YURTS, TIPIS & MYHABS and this year we’re happy to announce an extended Campervan Park to hopefully meet the increasing demand for campervans.
And of course no Electric Picnic would be complete without our fellow Picnickers who have been making the Picnic experience what it is year after year.
Tickets go on sale this Friday 26th March 2010 @ 9am
Weekend Tickets are €240 / Family Camping Ticket EU240 per adult. Each adult can bring up to 2 kids under 12.. There are no single day tickets.
Campervan Tickets for access to Regular & Family Campervan Parks are €60, available also from the same outlets. Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and go on sale 9am 26th March 2010 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.