If you dig Kelis, check out th­ese other Pic­nic acts

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -


From the sassy Buffalo Stance and the cool spir­i­tual pop of 7 Seconds to the bois­ter­ous and ram­bunc­tious Cherry Thing al­bum with Nordic free jazz buc­ca­neers The Thing, and this year’s melan­cholic, wise and grace­ful Blank Project, keep­ing up with Cherry has been a mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture.


They’re back. Fans of su­per-freaky hip-hop will wel­come the re­turn of An­dré 3000 and Big Boi to a big Ir­ish field. In­deed, there’s a di­rect Kelis con­nec­tion too in that An­dré ap­peared on Mil­lion­aire on her third al­bum, Tasty, in 2003.


It was their visit to the Elec­tric Pic­nic in 2009 which kick­started the Ir­ish love af­fair with Nile Rodgers and his dis­co­tas­tic band. We’ve lost count of the num­ber of times they’ve been back since but there’s always a packed hall (or tent) to greet them and their white suits.


Three al­bums into her ca­reer, there’s no doubt what­so­ever that Mer­rill Gar­bus is some­one hear­ing the most fab­u­lous sounds in her head and do­ing her damn best to get them to your ears. Check out new al­bum Nicki Nack and form an or­derly queue for her ap­pear­ance un­der the trees at the Body & Soul stage on Fri­day night.


Andy But­ler and friends (left) are the ones to put a shimmy into your so­journ in Strad­bally. Their al­bum from a few months back, The Feast of the Bro­ken Heart, fea­tured John Grant join­ing reg­u­lar vo­cal­ists Rouge Mary, Gustaph and Krys­tle War­ren to add some emo­tional heft to a heavy­weight slew of acid, tech-house and disco grooves.

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