Picnic picks, from the state of Grace to the sound of Beth
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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