Tenth birthday for Laois festival

Young Stradbally fans enjoying Ed Sheeran at Electric Picnic 2012.Picture: Alf Harvey.
THIS year is a very significant year for Electric Picnic because as well as being just confirmed to go ahead, they are also celebrating their tenth birthday.

THIS year is a very significant year for Electric Picnic because as well as being just confirmed to go ahead, they are also celebrating their tenth birthday.

And over the years they brought the cream of the musical crop to Laois with a wealth of wonderful headliners and plenty of upcoming artists, including some of Laois’ finest exports. As part of Laois Bands for Electric Picnic, a number of acts were chosen to perform in the main arena.

Both James O’ Connor, Nova Static and The Little Smoke all played the Cosby Tent and Electric Arena opening the Picnic on the Friday afternoon. Of course there has always been plenty of Laois arts represented as well, with a number of theatre productions and art installations, including some from the Arthouse in Stradbally.

On an international level, the festival has seen some of the top performers in the world visit Stradbally including Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Elbow, Flaming Lips, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Beastie Boys, George Clinton, the Sex Pistols, Leftfield, Orbital, Seasick Steve, Public Enemy and The Roots to name but a few.

There are plenty of rumours floating around as to who may headline this year’s EP but fans will have to hold off until Thursday to see if their predictions come true. As well as the line up, it is expected that organisers will reveal more ticket info.