An entirely subjective, non-authoratitive, non-comprehensive list of Irish acts playing the Electric Picnic this weekend that you should see. Sure everyone else is doing one.

An entirely subjective, non-authoratitive, non-comprehensive list of Irish acts playing the Electric Picnic this weekend that you should see. Sure everyone else is doing one.

Your guides:

IM = Ian Maleney
IW = Ian Wright
SW = Skinny Wolves
HG = Hector Grey

Friday

Funeral Suits (Electric Arena, 15:45)
Swaggering, noisy, aggressive Dublin 3 piece. Think Sonic Youth if one of them had stopped messing about with funny guitar tunings and started playing nasty synths along the way. (IW)

Sinead O’Connor (Main Stage, 17:30)
Anal-sex obsessed mental patient who has undone some sterling work trying to make herself completely and utterly irrelevant recently with her constant missives via Twitter. One hopes, for many reasons, that this gig is a stand up show, and not further indication that those sweet pipes and big eyes that once made her famous and coveted are rheumy and banjaxed.
Why go: The potential for meltdown, or actual real humour. (HG)


Gavin Friday
(Cosby Stage, 21:40)
His infamous Virgin Prunes histories should be enough to gather together some curiosity as to check out some of his WTF moments. (SW)


Magic Pockets
(Body & Soul Love Letter Stage, 22:00)
Regular gig goers around Ireland will have probably seen Ruadhan O’Meara on stage a whole bunch of times over the years as part of a very early version of the Coldspoon Conspiracy as well as during a lengthy stint spent in Crayonsmith. Magic Pockets sees him front and centre at the heart of a project though and his dreamy synth instrumentals are evocative of the likes of John Carpenter and Zombi. (IW)

Hypnotic swirling synths for midnight inhalations with the hell fire creeps. (SW)


TR-One
(Love Letter stage, 23.00)
This Carlow-based duo are new to the live circuit, playing their first ever gig at the start of the summer. You’d never guess this though as their classic and nuanced take on house and techno is perfectly suited to any environment with loud speakers and lots of people. Their subtle melodies wind around four-to-the-floor beats, bringing to mind some of the finest recent offerings from Berlin techno-mecca, Kompakt. (IM)


Shit Robot
(Little Big Tent, 00:15)
Shit the bed, heres a rare live set from Dublins best DFA dude, taking you on a metal beat from the cradle to the rave fusing Stooges and Can next to altern8 and nexus21. (SW)

LCD Soundsystem approved (James Murphy appeared on 2010’s “From The Cradle To The Rave” album, which was released on DFA) DJ/Producer with an impressive list of remixing credits under his belt. (IW)

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