REFORMED avant-garde rock band Roxy Music is the main attraction of this year’s Electric Picnic. The group will perform together for the first time in five years.
Inger Bryan Ferry will be joined in the lineup by original Roxy members Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, on the weekend of September 3-5.
Roxy Music was a pioneer in the 1970s and early 1980s, famous for esoteric albums such as “For Your Pleasure” and “Avalon”.
Aficionados of avant-garde music from the 1970s will also be delighted, with the appearance of Public Image Ltd (PIL), which will play Ireland for the first time. Frontman John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – played Electric Picnic two years ago with the Sex Pistols.
From a more recent vintage, Bristol trip-hop visionaries Massive Attack will dive into their acclaimed new album “Heligoland”, as well as their groundbreaking early 90s records “Blue Lines” and “Protection”, while their contemporaries, Leftfield, will appeal to fans of intelligent dance music.
Famous for the traditionally eclectic nature of its programming, the festival also features artists as diverse as London indie-folksters Mumford & Sons; Jonsi, the enigmatic frontman of the ethereal Icelandic band Sigur Ros; veteran soul / jazz / blues musician Gil Scott-Heron; and acclaimed electro-indie group LCD Soundsystem, led by Irish-American James Murphy.
A large Irish contingent is included on the bill, including The Frames, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, veteran singer-songwriter Paul Brady and Imelda May, the Dublin singer who performed with Jeff Beck at the Grammy Awards. in January.
One of the more eccentric names to include is The Rubberbandits, a band of tracksuit rappers from the city of Limerick who became an internet sensation after writing a song about then-resigning Defense Minister Willie O ‘. Dea.
“We’re going to be rapping about greyhounds, smoking queers, horses, time machines, girls, girls kissing and fathers of girls fighting,” said Mr. Chrome, a member of the group. , who all have plastic bags on their heads to hide their identities.
“People can expect a lot of fast songs, crazy dancing, overpriced paninis and wet shoes,” he added.
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Electric Picnic’s creative zone Mindfield is also making a comeback this year, having been a huge success in 2009 when its attractions included an appearance for the second year in a row by Jon Snow, the UK Channel 4 News presenter. There will be a poetry reading by singer Florence Welch and a debate on the economy, moderated by Irish freelance columnist David McWilliams.
Young festival-goers can enjoy a children’s playground, children’s yoga, puppet shows and craft workshops.
Now in its seventh year, Electric Picnic attracts 32,500 revelers each year.
Organizer Siobhan O’Dowd said rain or shine, there is always a sense of magic at the 450-acre site, which is located in the grounds of 18th-century Stradbally Hall.
“Last year we were unlucky with the weather so hopefully we won’t be this year,” she said.
“But some people feel cheated when there is no mud because part of a festival is getting dirty and doing mud and rubber boots.”
Weekend tickets at € 240 will go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m. A family camping ticket is also 240 € per adult. Each adult can bring two children under 12 years old. There are no day tickets.