On the day that OXEGEN announce that Kids in Glass Houses are the latest act to be joining the festivities in Punchestown this summer, Electric Picnic have gone one better. Well ten better, and seeing as all are better than that crowd... Well...
Among the confirmed are high profile Irish acts Cathy Davey, The Mighty Stef, And So I Watch You From Afar and James Vincent McMorrow, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Archie Bronson Outfit, Philip Selway, Dam Funk and Goodtime John, the legendary UNKLE, as well as the previously self-confirmed Foals.
I don't need to bore you with details of why Ms. Davey, ASIWYFA, The Mighty Stef, James McMorrow, UNKLE or Foals are unmissable, though Philip Selway is best known as the drummer of Radiohead and will be performing previously unheard solo material, while Hypnotic Brass Ensemble come with endorsements from Damon Albarn and Barack Obama - not too shabby. Beardyman, Dam Funk and Archie Bronson Outfit are all pretty well received in terms of live shows too.
A pretty decent mix I must say, they join an already excellent line-up that includes Massive Attack, Leftfield, The Frames, Imelda May, The National, Eels, Modest Mouse and many, many more.
Electric Picnic is rapidly shaping up to be THE festival of the summer...
Unfortunately, however, Beach House have cancelled their appearance at the festival due to touring commitments: they will be touring with Vampire Weekend and Dum Dum Girls in the US at the time and have instead announced a solo show in Vicar Street in November. Pretty disappointing, but a replacement is promised to be announced in the coming weeks.
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