Laois bands make it to the Pic­nic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - lmur­phy@irish­times.com

Two mu­si­cal acts will be mak­ing their re­spec­tive Elec­tric Pic­nic de­buts next week­end. Nova Static and James O’Con­nor with Au­drey Trainor will be the first bands from Co Laois to open fes­tiv­i­ties at the Strad­bally Es­tate, when they per­form open­ing slots on the Cosby Stage and Elec­tric Arena on Fri­day.

Their good for­tune is the re­sult of a cam­paign set up by Port­laoise-based en­ter­tain­ment jour­nal­ist Mary Ka­vanagh and pho­tog­ra­pher Fin­tan Kennedy, both “avid sup­port­ers” of lo­cal mu­sic.

The pair de­cided to start a “Laois Bands for Elec­tric Pic­nic” cru­sade in Jan­uary, and said that or­gan­is­ers Pod Con­certs were very re­cep­tive to the idea of hav­ing a lo­cal act open the sev­enth fes­ti­val.

A bat­tle of the bands was ar­ranged, with Thomas Cosby (owner of Strad­bally Hall) and De­clan Forde of Pod Con­certs on the judg­ing panel that chose the even­tual joint win­ners.

Brian Scully of Nova Static said his band were “over­whelmed”, and hoped to cap­i­talise on the re­lease of their new EP by win­ning over new fans at the fes­ti­val.

The com­pe­ti­tion was so suc­cess­ful that it will now be run an­nu­ally, and the cam­paign has sprouted a mu­sic col­lec­tive, Laois Mu­sic Con­nect, which is cur­rently work­ing on re­leas­ing a com­pi­la­tion fea­tur­ing the county’s finest tal­ent in Novem­ber. lao­is­mu­sic.com

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