Florence makes a fist of poetry
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