Having captivated our festival hearts for the last ten years...drumroll...the second decade of Electric Picnic is now officially underway.
What was arguably the biggest and most electric birthday party Ireland has ever seen, embracing each and every Picnicker in its warm bosom, last year's gathering in Stradbally, Co. Laois simply reaffirmed what we all knew already; that the Picnic is without doubt Ireland’s favourite festival.
We rewarded loyal Picnic fans last year with special prices and this year we will be doing the same. Don't forget, last year's Picnic was a spectacular sell out. This year make sure you book in plenty of time.
So, put away the crystal ball, we can now tell you who’s really going to be there... get ready to shake it like a Polaroid picture picnickers....
Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Lily Allen, St.Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, The Blades, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Flume, The Stranglers, Omar Souleyman, The Wailers, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, White Denim, Temples, SOHN, Jungle, FKA Twigs, Bicep, Kaytranada, John Wizards
With a 20 year anniversary in tow since their debut album offering, Outkast duo, Andre 3000 and Big Boi shall reunite much to our hip-hop, funk-soul delight. These Grammy Award winning, Atlanta natives have set the music bar to a whole new height with innovative musical creations since the get go. Best known for hits 'Ms. Jackson', 'Roses' and 'Hey Ya!', the creative impact of this genius pair is globally renowned and will undoubtedly ignite the Picnic with their iconic, infectious groove.
A pioneer of all things experimental, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beck gained worldwide success in the early 90s with his daring fusions of musical styles and sounds. From rock to hip hop, to funk and soul, Beck has done it all, merging countless styles and concepts to bring us such award winning studio albums as 'Mellow Gold' (1993), 'Odelay' (1994) and most recently 'Morning Phase'(2014), which is his first official release since 'Modern Guilt'(2008). Spanning almost three decades, Beck's endless dedication to perfecting his art has only increased his following. 2014 sees his much anticipated and awaited Electric Picnic debut, where he will feature front and centre at the main stage!
With captivatingly striking vocals from lead singer, Beth Gibbons, Portishead will enchant the Stradbally fields for the first time. Their debut album release 'Dummy' credits a Mercury Music Prize Award and a milestone in the definition of trip-hop music. The Portishead trilogy have since taken on a rougher edge but still resonates Gibson's hypnotising vocal gift. This is a must see at EP '14.
English Indie rock group Foals will be hitting up Electric Picnic this year for a performance that can’t be missed. Having released their debut album in 2008, in just six short years, this young band have accomplished international success, produced three major studio albums 'Antidotes' (2008), 'Total Life Forever' (2009), 'Holy Fire' (2012) and have been nominated for a Mercury Prize. In 2013, they earned the Q Award for Best Live Act, so you know you don’t want to miss out on this act!
We are delighted to announce that the most successful duo in UK music history, Pet Shop Boys will bring their current ‘Electric’ album sounds to the Picnic, along with their 80s evoking electronica hits. Having sold more than 50 million records worldwide and 12 top ten studio albums that include the renowned sounds of 'West End Girls', 'Go West' and 'You Are Always On My Mind', the synth pop, award winning pair remain as popular as ever. The boys will be saluted back to Stradbally having graced the grasses back in 2006.
Charming, handsome and oh so charismatic, 27 year old Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini will be captivating picnickers this year with his trademark sound. Nutini is best known for his arresting folk ballads, coarse vocals and poignant lyrics. His debut album 'These Streets' was released in 2006, and he was nominated for his first Brit Award in 2007. Since the release of his second studio album 'Sunny Side Up' (2009), the soulful folk rock-minstrel has won a plethora of awards from 'Style Icon of the Year' (Scottish Fashion Awards) to 'Headline Performer of the Year' (Latitude Festival) so you know this is a performance you don’t want to miss out on! His upcoming album 'Caustic Love' is due for release in April 2014.
Spanning almost four decades, disco group Chic featuring Nile Rodgers have seen and done it all. Fusing dance, pop, R&B and contemporary sounds, CHIC have consistently topped the charts with undeniably electrifying hits, the kind that make you want to put on your dancing shoes and boogie all night! Now almost 40 years on, guitarist Nile Rodgers remains at the forefront of the music scene, having collaborated with house kings Daft Punk and Avicii. Rodgers brings an encyclopaedic knowledge of musical trends, promising an entertaining and above all explosive performance.
In what promises to be an entertaining and enlightening performance, Lily Allen returns to Ireland after an extremely busy year putting together her much anticipated album 'Sheezus' which she openly admits as being a 'nod' at Kanye West, due for release in May. Picnic revellers will surely welcome the sassy, indie-pop sensation back to the Emerald Isle with open arms.
Here is a lady you will not want to miss this Picnic. Exquisite, singer-songwriter, St.Vincent will transport her multi-instrumental talents to the Stradbally stage once again, this time flying solo. Having brought down the house with David Byrne last year, revellers are due to be charmed by her stunning eccentrics. With a fourth, self-titled album recently unveiled, St. Vincent's quirky musical deliveries are certain to charm eager ears.
37 years since first jumping on the music turnstile, Simple Minds are still 'Alive and Kicking' and are arguably one of the best live bands in the world. And so it is with open arms that EP welcome the Scottish rock band to the Stradbally arena. Also holding a prestigious repertoire of selling out stadiums around the world with the like of monster anthem, 'Don't You Forget About Me', Simple Minds are sure to whip the Picnic into a frenzy with their lasting, innovative rock music.
Atmospheric British trio London Grammar will be gracing Electric Picnic this year with a performance that’s sure to be as ethereal as it is sublime. Their debut album ‘If You Wait’ was released in September 2013 and is an exciting amalgamation of experimental electronic sounds and beats reaching Number 2 in the UK charts a week after its release.
Much to the delight of devoted picnickers, this year sees the return of the always magnetic, sometimes psychedelic Metronomy who are back again after their sensational Electric Picnic performance in 2012. A hybrid of electronic and pop sounds, Metronomy have a real gift of merging technology and sound, to produce tracks more stimulating and dazzling than downing an entire pot of coffee in one go. Need we say more?!
This year, the picnic will see Irish post-punk moguls The Blades take to the stage to reignite the punk movement and perform a myriad of classic hits, the likes that were the soundtrack to the music scene of early 1980s Dublin. Take a step back in time with front man Paul Clearly and enjoy old favourites such as 'Downmarket' and 'The Bride Wore White'.
Worldwide sensation and reggae legends The Wailers are coming to Electric Picnic. Originally formed in 1969 and formerly known as The Wailers & Bob Marley, the group have had many members and following the death of reggae king Bob Marley they changed their name to The Wailers. Since their formation, they have continued to define the reggae rock genre and make their mark across the globe, collaborating with many influential artists including Sting, Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz. Not to be missed!
Passionate, enigmatic and beautiful, singer-songwriter Laura Mvula transcends the boundaries of soul with her dazzling voice and bewitching stage presence. Her debut album 'Sing to the Moon' was released in 2013 and since then, Mvula has been nominated for two Brit Awards and a Mercury Prize. We think she’ll feel right at home at Electric Picnic this year.
Irish DJ Annie Mac bears a knowledge of dance music that is unparalleled. With this in tow, she will take to the stage to dazzle and mesmerize picnickers with a performance they’re sure to remember for years to come. Annie Mac is best known for hosting popular music shows 'Annie Mac' and 'The Musical Hot Water Bottle' on BBC Radio 1.
At the tender age of 22, Harley Edward Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, has many achievements under his belt. The Australian electronic musician has achieved an array of award nominations and wins, recognising his many talents as a musician, DJ and producer. His debut studio album 'Flume' (2012) boasts an impressive amount of commercial success for its mix of electronic and pop themes. Whatever your fancy, FLUME promises to impress with a performance that will arrest and excite curious picnickers.
Paving the way for social reform in 1970s England and consistently delivering an array of hits doused in raw, sometimes gritty social commentaries, punk-rockers The Stranglers are a band that need no introduction. Their first album 'Rattus Norvegicus', released in 1977, went platinum and with 17 commercially successful studio albums now under their belts, The Stranglers are sure to stir a sense of revolution in Picnickers that will best remember the punk giants not only for their music, but also for their attitude, aggression and commitment to producing unique and memorable punk anthems that bands will be mimicking for decades to come.
Hailing from a small town in Syria, Omar Souleyman already has an array of distinguished festivals under his keffiyeh. Omar completed a collaborative project with Bjork in 2011 titled 'The Crystalline Series' and with Four Tet on production for his latest album 'Wenu Wenu' Souleyman's performance is not to be missed.
Picnic Virgins, Texan quartet White Denim will roll out their indie, pyschedelic, prog, funk, rock from their current album Corsicana Lemonade, sure to showcase the band’s knack for wild, rough-and-tumble rhythms to refined sound smooth vocals from James Ptralli.
Vienna based Londoner, Sohn has wasted no time making a well-earned name for himself with his haunting vocals and electronic designs. With drum machines and synths in toe, Picnickers are in for a treat with SOHN's soulful sounds and lyrical ear candy.
The mysterious London sensation Jungle caused major hype in 2013 when the video for their debut song 'Platoon' went viral, provoking speculation among the masses in search of the faces behind the explosive song. Tackling a range of varying styles and sounds from electro-funk to dance with a hint of tribal undertones, Jungle continue to leave the world speechless over their rapid shot to fame.
The mind blowing, Temples will undoubtedly bring a smile to revellers' faces this Picnic with their nostalgia laced, uber-cool sounds. The four-piece's latest offering titled 'Mesmerise', will do just that such is their infectious delivery. Cited as the best new band in Britain, this psychedelic rock band is sure to rock your socks off.
Dynamic DJ duo Bicep are set to take up the stage at Electric Picnic this year for a show that is sure to excite, thrill and awaken the masses. The Northern Irish pair are well known for making waves with their unique sounds that are steeped in 80s nostalgia and aesthetics. Determined to transcend the boundaries of dance and techno sounds, Bicep are expected to deliver a memorable set.
Led by the self-described 'daydreamy' front man of the same name, South African musical sextet John Wizards not only boast an impressive and commendable treasure trove of hit songs and albums, but are also recognised for their unusual formations and blends of 'dreamlike' tones held together by distinct narrative styles of song writing. Adopting every musical style and influence imaginable from around the globe, they will be hitting up Electric Picnic.
Fresh off the release of their sixth engaging album 'Wig Out At Jagbags' picnickers can expect former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 'wigging' it out with band members Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, and Jake Morris as he enjoys this new chapter as an indie rock veteran , delving into some guitar theatrics, soloing and hamming it up.
Taliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs is best known for her unique dancing skills and alt-R&B style, and is widely recognised as star on the rise, having been nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2014 prize.
Having recently reunited, much to our delight, the amazing, dream-pop, shoegazing, Slowdive will fill the festival fields with their significant use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies. Picnic attendees will be submerged in a glorious Slowdive ambience.
With a name currently blazing up the music vine and conquering dance floors worldwide, KAYTRANADA has gained mass attention with his bootleg remixes. Resonations of a true hip-hop, house and R&B culture flow through his enticing productions and live sets, with soulful melodies, funky base lines and a healthy helping of pumping beats.