THE summer is floating by and with a world of festivals taking place throughout the country, people are starting to make their preparations for the end of summer party at Electric Picnic. And with a whole list of new additions to drool over, the line up is looking pretty good at this stage.
Since his debut album Every Kingdom was released last October, Ben Howard’s star has been rapidly rising. With Every Kingdom going gold and his UK tour already sold out for later this year, Howard has accumulated an abundance of praise from audiences and critics alike. Picnicers will welcome Howard with open arms as he soothes the crowd with his stunningly harmonious and emotive stage presence.
The Villagers need no introduction having played the Picnic in ‘09 and ’10. With a raft of nominations since then, such as Mercury Music Prize, Choice Music Prize, Q Awards and also winning 2 Digital Socket Awards plus a coveted Ivor Novello Award for ‘Becoming a Jackal’. Conor J. O’Brien and band make a triumphant return to the Stradbally stage.
Dubbed the biggest comeback of the year, Dexy’s (Midnight Runners) reformation will make at Stradbally this September. The band who filled the early eighties with hits such as “Come on Eileen” and “Geno”, have returned with One Day I’m Going To Soar, their first album in 27 years. Although they dropped the latter part of their band name (an effort to distance themselves from old material), their show at Stradbally ensures to pay homage to past favourites.
Another indie rooted act that will grace Stradbally with their presence, are Bombay Bicycle Club. The boys are set to release their final single Beg from their third album A Different Kind Of Fix on July 9. Beg was recently given Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest track in the world’ and the band along with The Specials and New Order has also been chosen to support Blur at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 12 August. With an adoring fan-base and consistently packed out shows, their performance at the Picnic is sure to follow suit with an abundance of festival revellers joyously embracing lead singer, Jack Steadman’s glorious vocals. For more information visit www.electricpicnic.ie and keep reading Stage Left.