Picnic will be smoking

LAOIS band The Little Smoke have been chosen by Electric Picnic bookers to play a major stage at this year’s upcoming festival.

LAOIS band The Little Smoke have been chosen by Electric Picnic bookers to play a major stage at this year’s upcoming festival.

The four piece battled it out against five other acts in what was a diverse and entertaining final last Friday night. The final, which was held in Sky Venue in Portlaoise was the culmination of a number of heats held throughout the summer and brought together rock, folk, rap, reggae and indie music.

All six finalists played lively sets, getting music fans dancing, chanting and off their seats. The other finalists included Wally, Adela and the Meanits, Dog Star Shine, Claire Hyland and Beresque.

POD booker Brian Lynch who was a judge on the night, was delighted with the high standard at the final.

“I personally was blown away by the range of acts on Friday night. From young to old, almost every genre was represented with fantastic stage presence and musicianship. The Little Smoke got our deciding vote because they connected with the audience. They had beautifully crafted songs and you could see how much it meant to them from the stage. We would have loved to have brought more acts back to Stradbally, but unfortunately we only had one slot this year. The music scene in Laois has a bright future with so many young up and coming acts,” he said.

Laois Music Connect organiser Fintan Kennedy was also thrilled with the outcome.

“The six finalists played magnificently with their sets in diverse genres from indie to jazz/funk and from rap to rock. The Little Smoke were immensely popular winners and all the bands and their fans gave them a rapturous reception during their emotional encore which was a fitting end to the night. We’re calling on all music fans to go to Electric Picnic to support The Little Smoke. We were delighted with this years showcase and thank all music fans and bands for supporting us,” he said..

With only weeks to go until this year’s Electric Picnic, Laois music fans have much to look forward to with one of the best line ups in years, including Arcade Fire, The Chemical Brothers, Pulp, Interpol, Underworld, The Family Stone and Toots and the Maytals to name but a few, and they now can add The Little Smoke to that list.

But, The Little Smoke will be a highlight for many local Picnic revellers, especially as they narrowly missed out on a place in last year’s final. A four piece indie band from the Picnic heartland of Stradbally, Ballyroan and Attanagh, The Little Smoke have been writing and playing their own material since their teenage years.

Describing themselves as ‘The Police on steroids’, their set is packed with fast paced riffs with melodies that intoxicate. Last year was a very successful year for the group as they won the UCD Battle of the Bands competition and they were also runner-up in the Laois Bands for Electric Picnic final.

To get a taste of what The Little Smoke are about, check them out on Facebook and visit www.laoismusic.com. Electric Picnic runs from Friday September 2 to Sunday September 4. Visit www.electricpicnic.ie for more information.