Florence makes a fist of po­etry

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With the sixth Elec­tric Pic­nic fes­ti­val kick­ing off to­day in Strad­bally, or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced some last-minute treats for those who are plan­ning on at­tend­ing the three-day event. Florence Welch of Florence & the Ma­chine will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a read­ing on the Arts Coun­cil Lit­er­ary Stage on Sun­day at 4pm. Welch will read a John Ber­ry­man poem, while over the week­end, Julie Feeney, Mundy and Tommy Tier­nan will also be read­ing from the works of poets and au­thors who have in­spired them.

Keep­ing with the lit­er­ary theme, Trainspot­ting au­thor Irvine Welsh will be the spe­cial guest on Satur­day's edi­tion of live TV show Trans­mis­sion Panti in the Thisispopbaby tent. Richie Egan of Jape and Thomas Cosby, owner of Strad­bally Hall, will guest on Sun­day’s edi­tion.

Also an­nounced is the line-up for the dance­ori­ented Bac­ardi B-Live arena. The stage will see sets by Horse­meat Disco, Toddla T, Calvin James, Krafty Kuts, Filthy Dukes, Un­abombers and more.

It has been con­firmed over the past few days that Dan Dea­con will def­i­nitely not be play­ing the fes­ti­val; his slot will be filled by Dublin-based in­stru­men­tal band The Jimmy Cake.

And of course, the Daily Ticket re­turns for the third year run­ning on Satur­day and Sun­day of the fes­ti­val, cram­ming as many re­views, pre­views, up­dates and rec­om­men­da­tions as pos­si­ble into its pages.

The first Vol­ume Con­trol, a teenage club night at the Oh Yeah Mu­sic Cen­tre in Belfast, will take place tonight from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Run by 15-year-old pro­moter Ryan McCann, the non-al­co­holic event is open to over-13s and will fea­ture live mu­sic and DJ sets.

Nor­man Blake (Teenage Fan­club) and Eu­ros Childs (Gorky’s Zy­gotic Mynci) will co-head­line Cork’s Pavil­ion The­atre on Oc­to­ber 28th. Tick­ets €13 from Tick­ets.ie.

Bob Dy­lan will release his first Christ­mas al­bum in aid of the char­ity Feed­ing Amer­ica. Christ­mas in the Heart will fea­ture the singer’s take on sea­sonal sta­ples such as Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy, and is re­leased next month. Da­mon Al­barn has en­listed The Hor­rors as col­lab­o­ra­tors on the new Go­ril­laz al­bum. There’s no release date as yet, but it will also fea­ture vo­cals by De La Soul.

Flo show: po­etry to your ears

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