JIM CAR­ROLL

With over 1,000 acts at Elec­tric Pic­nic, here’s our pick of 10 to check out over the week­end

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

There are ap­prox­i­mately 1,041 artists listed to per­form at Elec­tric Pic­nic. Some are artists in the truest sense of the word and some, nat­u­rally enough, stretch the def­i­ni­tion of the word to the most elas­tic point imag­in­able.

Once you take out the lat­ter, sub­tract the ones you can see or hear any other day of the week, count the num­ber of chefs head­ing to Co Laois for the week­end, and high­light the ones you and ev­ery­one else have paid good money to see (ie LCD Soundsys­tem if you’re over 25 years of age), you’re still left with a fairly large dance card to pick from.

All of this is be­fore you add in the ran­dom stuff that al­ways hap­pens at a fes­ti­val like this – and the fact that you’ll spend a cou­ple of hours on Sun­day look­ing for some­where show­ing the hurl­ing match.

Here, then, are OTR’s 10 tips for a de­cent week­end. Nat­u­rally enough, you won’t get to see all of them, but when you’re stand­ing in the mid­dle of that big field won­der­ing where to go next, this guide might be handy (pro­vided your phone is still work­ing).

1 Head along to hear Blind boy Boat club and friends talk­ing about cul­ture. The lad from the Rub­ber­ban­dits makes more sense about what cul­ture re­ally means than ev­ery­one in the Arts Coun­cil and Aos­dána put to­gether.

2 Dig the raw power of Sav­ages. Re­cent al­bum Adore Love is a work of pri­mal, post-every­thing fe­roc­ity that kicks out the jams with in­de­cent plea­sure. A band you can truly count on to de­liver.

3 Go see Whit­ney. Check out the lovely shapes and shim­mers on the Chicago band’s gor­geous Light Upon the Lake al­bum first on what­ever stream­ing ser­vice you favour and feast your ears on their sunny, hazy, me­lan­cholic, ro­man­tic gems.

4 Find your feet with Daniel Avery. When it comes to sound­tracks for a run around the city, Avery’s 2013 al­bum Drone Logic still does the job with its mag­netic thump and thud of far-side techno and elec­tron­ica. Hope­fully, he’ll slip a few new tracks into the wash dur­ing this Ir­ish visit.

5 Check out Ta­los. Eoin French and friends are fast be­com­ing a se­ri­ous propo­si­tion live, thanks to tracks such as Your Love Is an Is­land, which show­boat French’s grow­ing con­fi­dence as a pro­ducer and songcrafter.

6 Sing along with the High Hopes Choir. Fea­tured on an RTÉ doc­u­men­tary in 2014, this choir of peo­ple touched by home­less­ness has re­ally hit a chord far and wide.

7 Hear your new favourite act Ju­lia Jack­lin. One of the big hits at this year’s SXSW beano in Texas, the Aus­tralian singer-song­writer’s forth­com­ing al­bum Don’t Let the Kids Win is set to bring about a height­ened pro­file for Jack­lin and her sparkling, de­tailed, dis­tinc­tive songs.

8 Trip back to your roots with Lynched. The Dublin four-piece have been get­ting a lot of love home and away for the verve and style with which they’ve given a whole new lease of life to a bunch of old-school songs, bal­lads and tunes.

9 Say hello to Mau­rice O’Con­nor aka Sam­ple An­swer. The Dublin-born, Lon­don-based trou­ba­dour is fast adding sig­nif­i­cant lines to his mu­si­cal CV ev­ery pass­ing few months. Great voice, strong ta­lent.

10 Get fired up with Lit­tle Simz. A big noise in the mak­ing, the north Lon­don MC’s re­leases have demon­strated her smarts to the gallery. How­ever, her live shows are on an­other level en­tirely and are where she re­ally shines.

The lad from the Rub­ber­ban­dits makes more sense about cul­ture than ev­ery­one in the Arts Coun­cil and Aos­dána put to­gether

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