Getting closer... Check part 1 of this feature @ http://bullblacknova.blogspot.com/2010/08/electric-picnic-preview-friday.html
Do Not Miss:
LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy and co. are among the most vibrant and exciting bands in the world right now and this is evident in their live shows too. A special one for Irish LCD Soundsystem fans as the group were forced to cancel a scheduled gig in the Tripod due to that Icelandic volcano earlier this year. Take into account the fact that Murphy is heavily considering retiring the band (though recent statements suggest otherwise), you may never get another chance. This Is Happening is a fantastic follow up to two great albums - a band on killer form. If they retire now, expect legendary status. Do. Not. Miss.
Villagers. It's tough for me to concisely describe just how big a fan I am of Villagers. Conor O'Brien is one of the nicest people I have ever met in the music industry and I could not be happier that he has found success with this fantastic project. A major gig at Oxegen wasn't a complete success (Clashes with Arcade Fire & Fat Boy Slim didn't help...) so this could be the biggest show of Villagers' career to date. They are the best live band I've seen this year (Move over Midlake, Yeasayer, Hot Chip, Arcade Fire, etc.) and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
The Frames. Another one of the Irish contingent, Glen and co. are touring in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Known for their killer live shows, the band should be buzzing for this one.
Also Worth A Look:
The Antlers. These buys released one of last year's best albums, I think. A haunting concept album revolving around the relationship between a terminally ill cancer patient and the singer, it really captured my imagination. The band are worth a look purely to see how they carry this into the live setting, plus their great performance on Other Voices earlier this year suggests that they can really handle themselves.
Seasick Steve. The blues man is much better live than on record, plus he's playing on a pirate ship at some point in the weekend...
Hot Chip. These guys killed it at Oxegen and should be set to do so again here. I think the Picnic is a much better setting for them - here's hoping the party atmosphere carries into their performance.
The (Other) Irish Act You Shouldn't Miss:
Imelda May. The voice... Sublime. Imelda May is one of the greatest performers produced by this country in a very long time. Showcasing her forthcoming new album, this show should be awesome.
Sunday coming up next...
- Cork, Ireland
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