Pic­nic picks, from the state of Grace to the sound of Beth

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It has prob­a­bly not es­caped your at­ten­tion that there’s a big mu­sic and arts bash on in Co Laois this week­end. Here’s On The Record’s rough guide to the 10 mu­si­cal acts you re­ally should see at the Elec­tric Pic­nic. 1. Grace Jones: C’mon, how of­ten do you get the chance to see the star of Co­nan the De­stroyer in a field in Ire­land? Pulling up the bumper with the most style ever seen at the Pic­nic. 2. Foals The al­bum is called An­ti­dotes and it’s a riot of nim­ble, an­gu­lar, spiky post-ev­ery­thing pop. By all ac­counts, one of the high­lights at last week­end’s Read­ing fes­ti­val. 3. Sil­ver Ap­ples The only band at the fest who took their name from WB Yeats’s The Song of the Wan­der­ing Aen­gus, they’re the cult Six­ties odd­balls be­hind a string of wob­bly psy­che­delic avant-garde tunes like Pro­gram.

4. Wilco The Chicago band have con­sis­tently proven to be one of the strong­est and most en­thralling live acts around. 5. Di­plo The Mad De­cent DJ and pro­ducer be­hind the San­to­gold “Top Rank­ing” mix-tape rocks Body­tonic’s main stage on Sun­day. 6. Dan Dea­con The Bal­ti­more res­i­dent’s Fu­ture Days fest ap­pear­ance in June was a splen­did mix of hugely idio­syn­cratic elec­tro high jinks and play­ground tom­fool­ery. 7. My Bloody Valen­tine Cau­tion: loud bug­gers at work. Kevin Shields and friends close the week­end in the Elec­tric Arena. Ear-plugs and early ar­rival rec­om­mended. 8. The Gos­sip Be­cause you know that Stand­ing In The Way Of Con­trol will beat ab­so­lutely any­thing else on the main stage on Sun­day (yeah, we’re talk­ing about you, Johnny Rot­ten). 10. Lisa Han­ni­gan Ex­pect a very full tent when the Ticket cover star makes her ap­pear­ance on the Craw­daddy stage on Satur­day evening. We think her Sea Sew al­bum is set to be one of the re­leases of the year.

jcar­roll@ir­ish-times.ie 9. Dengue Fever Any­one for some sul­try Cam­bo­dian rock and pop? Yes? In that case, make an or­derly queue by the World Mu­sic Stage on Sun­day.

The Gos­sip: main event

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