Announcements, News, etc from the good people of the Electric Picnic - Lineup announcements, festival details etc
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Shining like a beacon through the maze of uncertainty, when all roads lead out of town into the
darkness of confusion and personal introspection, Electric Picnic 2016 will lead you on to the path of
enlightenment. By far the brightest star of the Irish festival firmament guiding lost souls on their quest
for musical solace and emotional enrichment Electric Picnic is calling you.
As the real stars start to line up for another electrifying year in the heavenly grounds of Stradbally Hall
on the weekend of September 2nd - 4th 2016 there is always one thing we can count on - this is one
ruling party that's guaranteed to deliver on its promise of the ultimate musical experience.
The count is in and the first 27 acts on the bill are…
LCD Soundsystem | Lana Del Rey | The Chemical Brothers | New Order
HAIM | Super Furry Animals | Years & Years | Todd Terje
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Animal Collective | Gavin James | Wolf Alice
The Avett Brothers | Wild Beasts | Glass Animals | Jack Garratt | Savages
Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad | Phosphorescent | Broken Social Scene | Ezra Furman
Mount Kimbie DJ Set | Daniel Avery | Blossoms | Aurora
NAO | Girls Names | Meilyr Jones
This is Happening, they are back! With The Long Goodbye of 2011 a distant memory this set is already
heralding a shining reunion for LCD Soundsystem in Ireland. Frontman James Murphy is no stranger to
Stradbally, having treated festivalgoers to his DJ-set last year, expect to be treated to meaty synth
anthems underscored with self-deprecating lyrics delivered in Murphy’s true deadpan style from
These North American Scumbags. Don’t forget to bring All *your Friends though!
In her first Irish festival appearance iconic songstress Lana Del Rey will glide onto the mainstage at this
year’s Electric Picnic. The Born to Die singer promises an emotive wide-eyed performance of her
cinematic ballads. An heirloom of a bygone age, Lana’s twisted fantasies of love and devotion ensure
that she is Shades of Cool above the rest.
Global techno dynamos The Chemical Brothers will be returning to Stradbally for a hat-trick
performance at this year’s Picnic. The men behind the beats are Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands who
together have created a musical powerhouse spanning decades. These electronica veterans will be
sure to have Picnickers Go-ing with those Block Rockin’ Beats.
Hoping to banish that Blue Monday feeling after the Picnic are synth pop pioneers New Order.
Emerging from the ashes of Joy Division, they firmly established themselves as one of the most
defining bands of the 80s, and following last year’s Music Complete album they have cemented
themselves as one of music’s greatest innovators. Armed with an extensive back catalogue these
trailblazers will be ready to ignite at this year’s Electric Picnic.
Festival darlings, the Californian sister act HAIM are back on Irish shores this summer. The trio have
played together since Forever, harmonising R&B tinged percussive pop-rock for decades. Rumours are
this year could hold a follow-up to their outstanding debut album which helped them become the first
all-female group to win the BBC Sound of 2013 award.
Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals who reformed last year after a five year hiatus added another
epic Glastonbury performance to their history, first performing there in 1997. While they had a
lengthy break there was no danger that any young chargers could spring up and steal their thunder
while they were away. As ever with this five piece, expect inflatable monsters, flamboyant costumes
and plenty of Super Furry.. surprises from this irreplaceable act in Stradbally Estate this September.
With some impressive live dates under their belts for such a young act, British electronica trio Years &
Years will bring their synth pop sound to acres of Picnickers this September. In 2015, on the heels of
winning the prestigious BBC Sound Of award, the Londoners released their debut full-length album
Communion and they are definitely ones to watch for 2016.
Norwegian DJ, song writer and producer Todd Terje is no stranger to the fields of Stradbally Hall and is
sure to know how to get Picnickers dancing to his hugely popular disco, synth tracks and mixes
especially after his epic set in Casa Bacardi in 2012. Once that familiar disco bassline strikes, we’re
sure that there will be thousands of wellies busting a move in Stradbally.
Nathaniel David Rateliff & The Nightsweats will be making their Electric Picnic debut this September
after a very successful television debut performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where
the band not only won over Fallon but also gained countless new fans around the globe. Their
eponymous debut album puts a unique twist on the indie-soul genre.
Fresh from unveiling their tenth studio album Painting With, Stradbally will be welcoming the
Baltimore-bred Animal Collective for their inaugural Picnic performance. The merry men behind My
Girls have been morphing experimental pop with unruly vocal harmonies and samples for over a
Gavin James has enjoyed a rapid career assent since his Choice Music Prize Song of the year win in
2013. The Dubliner has soared to magnificent highs both sides of the Atlantic over the last year with
appearances on James Corden’s Late Late Show and support slots with Ed Sheeran in the sold out
Croke Park along with numerous sold out headline dates in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. This
summer Picnickers will be treated to the singer-songwriter in full flow, fresh from his inaugural
Returning to the rolling fields of Stradbally are grunge-pop sensations Wolf Alice. With a rake of NME
nominations off the back of their debut album My Love is Cool, the innovative Bros hit-makers
promise another energetic show at this year’s Electric Picnic. Picnickers will be treated to heavy
progressive guitars offset by lead-singer Ellie Rowsell’s clear-cut wistful vocals.
Promising a hoedown at this year’s Electric Picnic are Americana folk rockers The Avett Brothers.
Picknickers will be treated to fraternal harmonies, shredded banjo strings and rousing reflections on
love and lonesomeness from the I and Love and You trio. Their slow building bare-boned live
performances will be sure to get feet tapping.
Hoping to hit the Picnic’s Sweet Spot this year is English experimental indie-rockers Wild Beasts. The
imminent four-piece are known for their emotive falsetto vocals and eerie synths. Tracks like
Wonderlust, Mecca and A Simple Beautiful Truth will be sure to get the crowd swooning over the
Once you hear the hypnotic R&B grooves and cascading electro of Glass Animals you are sure to get
swaying. The genre-bending Oxford quartet will be hypnotising the ears of listeners with their
intricate sound at this year’s picnic. Listen out for tracks like Hazey and Gooey which are like nothing
you’ve heard on your radar before.
Hot off the presses after winning this years BBC Sound of 2016 Jack Garratt will bring his gripping live
set to the stages of Stradbally Hall this September. The London based singer/producer/multiinstrumentalist
combines electric guitar, drum machines, keyboards, and an R&B friendly falsetto to fashion smooth, club-ready electro pop which is sure to set fans alight after his debut headline Irish
date in the Olympia Theatre this March.
The all-female post punk four piece Savages will be bringing their blistering sound and noisy guitars to
Electric Picnic this year. Having graced countless iconic stages including Later…With Jools Holland,
CMJ and a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2013 award, Savages are sure to own the Stradbally
German techno auteur Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad, which is Hendrik Weber’s first proper
studio album since his 2010 breakthrough with Black Noise. Weber has said that The Triad is about
human ways of interaction, not digitised ways of interacting like Facebook so our eyes are peeled to
see how this is portrayed in Stradbally Estate this September fusing house, techno and indie.
Athens, Georgia resident Matthew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent who will be gracing
the stages of Electric Picnic this September. With over 650,000 listeners on Spotify monthly he’s sure
to draw a crowd.
Known for their energetic performances, the Canadian musical collective Broken Social Scene are no
strangers to the stage. Having presented the world with numerous albums full of punchy choruses
and cinematic instrumentation they will surely get the most jaded picnickers on their feet this
Lauded for his live performances and musical tenacity is the ever distinctive Ezra Furman. The musical
magpie is a collector of 1950s rock n roll, ska-like rhythms and everything in between. Expect to be
moved by his set as he lyrically traverses the grey areas surrounding gender issues and mental illness
A familiar name to Irish ravers and dance enthusiasts, electronic music duo Mount Kimbie will be
bringing their iconic DJ set to Stradbally Estate this September. Mount Kimbie carry over their
exploratory production style into their DJing, blending seamlessly between all manner of genres and
BPMs. Strap in for the journey!
With his career trajectory heading up, up and away Daniel Avery will be one to watch on many
people’s lists this year. Promising crisp production, other-worldly samples and a hypnotic pulse beat,
the techno giant will be sure to tickle your hips.
Smack bang in the middle of this year’s BBC’s Sound of Music list is the Manchester five-piece
Blossoms. Tuneful guitar pop with hints of the psychedelic are combined with catchy vocal twists by
the band that are tipped for the top. Fans of Arctic Monkeys and The Courteeners would do well to
get out of the campsite and get along to these guys over the weekend.
You may recognise the feather light falsetto from last year’s John Lewis Christmas ad, her name is
Aurora. Her ethereal voice lightens even the darkest aspects of her lyrics while her instrumentation
veers from the clarity of synthpop into the emotional depths of folk. Before catching her at this year’s
Electric Picnic you can swat up on her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend which is
out later this month.
London singer-songwriter NAO has been tipped for greatness after winning third place at the BBC
Sound of 2016. Her falsetto harnesses neo soul and funk and glides it through a wall of synth with
ease. Fans of FKA Twigs and MØ, will do well to catch this creative powerhouse before she blows up.
Wowing critics with last year’s Arms Around a Vision album, this summer Girls Names are pushing for
greatness. The Belfast outfit is a product of their influences, the atmospherics of Echo and the
Bunnymen and the lyrical mysticisms of The Cure combined with the apparent nihilism of Joy
Meilyr Jones spent the best part of a decade as the lead singer with Welsh psychedelic pop outfit Race
Horses. Following the break-up of the band and his relationship in 2013 Meilyr took a trip to Rome
and from the ashes of these two failed relationships came the premise of his debut solo album
entitled 2013. Released last year, Meilyr gathered 30 ‘friends and friends’ of friends’, put everyone in
a studio and recorded 12 songs as live some of them in one take. The result is a haunting and unique
album which includes field recordings of birds and trombones in a cemetery! Picnickers are in for a
Salty Dog is lurching about in the woods arguing with the shadows behind his resplendent but sea-shy
vessel, the Captain's potty-mouthed port-side manner has won him countless grizzly fag-chewing
lady-colleagues, a weakness for turpentine and soda, and a grubby clutch of notes from the 3.20 at
Kempton - but not much in the way of a line-up for the festival. As the organiser's frozen smiles and
dwindling patience make themselves apparent, the crew cobble together some names that may or
may not be true: Jape? The Rumjacks? Girl Band? Shane MacGowan's teeth. Cathy Davey?...
Meanwhile, the captain lunges behind the sofa, holding aloft a flag which says IN DOG WE TRUST.
Fast becoming a haven for the misfits and gigglers that dream up completely daft and futile creations
for the hell of it, Trailer Park's mobiletropolis grows and grows. A retro futuristic holiday park of
caravans, statics, trailers, towers, vehicles, and mobile homes, this is where you come to rediscover
why being sensible is overrated.
Back for more we expect David Sumray, whose double decker bus and Mad De-Programming
contraption kept Picnickers guessing; and Benny Magennis who balanced a caravan 30ft in the air; the
Caravanaoke gents will return with Tow-ho-ho, a Santa-tastic wonderland; Jimmie Lees Juke Joint and
an expanded bayou. The 'My Lovely Horse Paddock' will feature hee-haws and asses to have a Silent
Disco amongst - plus - BIG NEWS - the final of Neil Hannon and Cathy Davey's search for a Father Ted
20th anniversary 'Song for Europe' . We're hoping to find 20 freshly absurd Art Caravan proprietors -
and today announce the closing date for entries - April 24th.
We welcome Dress Well or Die Trying, the new area to pimp yourself festival-proper: life is just too
short to dress in browns and greys. Folks who want to join in get all manner of private parties and
backstage access to Trailer Park and Salty Dog. Those who don't, don't.
Oh. And over 70 bands and other lunatics creating noise. Trailer Park - we'll bring the playground, you
Trenchtown transforms the woods of Stradbally into an expansive Tropical getaway… while away the
day, sipping on fresh cocktails, sampling the tastiest Caribbean cuisine, play some Dominoes, take part
in the African Drum & Dance workshops, explore the island crafts or kick back on the sands of
TREASURE BEACH. Along with its music & party atmosphere, Trenchtown packs a cultural experience,
a holiday without leaving home, a place to explore, arts, history and so much more!
Theatre of Food returns to Electric Picnic 2016, bringing its delicious mix of cutting-edge food demos,
wired-up mixology, inspired culinary workshops and far-out foodie tastings. Electric Picnic has always
put great food at the centre of the festival, and Theatre of Food is at the centre of 2016’s wildest food
Electric Picnic’s pop-up eco-village of activists, artists, makers, musicians, foodies, slam poets and
hackers, Global Green which is brought together by Cultivate, the sustainability collective based
in Cloughjordan Ecovillage is back for its ninth year. It is a cutting edge nexus of green ideas and
conviviality, showcasing new musical acts, offering great local food and introducing radical solutions
for a future that works.
And for those of you who like a little challenge …. you can register to cycle or run to Electric Picnic.
Check out RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2016 on http://rabodirecttourdepicnic.com/ . All it takes is a €50
deposit to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival. This deposit is also
counted towards your final fund raising total. Everyone is asked to raise a minimum of €380 which
helps out three very worthy charities ISPCC, Headway and The Jack & Jill Foundation.
Three brought the 3Penthouse to Electric Picnic for the first time ever last year. This year Three are
bringing even more new exciting music experiences to EP goers, stay tuned to
In 2015, Heineken Sound Atlas brought Tokyo to Stradbally with its biggest ever immersive festival
experience. This year, Heineken Sound Atlas is bringing all new global music experiences to festival
goers. Be the first to hear about all things Sound Atlas at Electric Picnic in 2016 by following
@Heineken_IE and by searching #SoundAtlas.
The award-winning CASA BACARDÍ will once again return to Electric Picnic 2016 featuring a line-up of
top international DJs and home-grown Irish talent. The country’s finest cocktail bartenders will be
down at Stradbally treating music fans to festival favourite cocktails throughout the weekend.
The JUST EAT Retreat makes a welcome return to Electric Picnic 2016. Relax, Re-beaut and Re-fuel at
this dedicated chill out destination, as this year JUST EAT plans to deliver on even more eats and
Electric Ireland always offers something quirky and unexpected at the festival. Last year they turned
the dial up with the #90sPowerParty offering festival-goers a nostalgic ‘festival flash back’ by
celebrating the best of the 90s with acts such as 2 Unlimited, Mark McCabe and the Vengaboys.
Watch this space for what’s in store for 2016!
Keep an eye out for further act announcements in the coming months.
Weekend Camping Tickets: €234.50
Weekend Camping Tickets Instalment Plan: If you purchased your tickets on 2nd March 2016 or after,
your initial deposit of €84.50 and service charge will be charged upon purchase. Your 2nd instalment
of €75 will be made on or around Tuesday 3rd May and your third and final instalment of €75 will be
processed on or around Friday 3rd June.
Family Weekend Camping Tickets: SOLD OUT
Sunday day tickets: SOLD OUT
Campervan/Caravan + Car passes: SOLD OUT
Family Campervan/Caravan + Car passes: SOLD OUT
Tickets Subject to Availability