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Guide to Summer Festivals: Electric Picnic

Aug 13

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As he continues his guide to this years music festivals, Key Notes takes a look at Electric Picnic.

The line up for Electric Picnic 2008 was announced this morning.  Full details can be found here

Electric Picnic, as you know by now, takes place in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois.  Set on 600 acres of rolling countryside the Electric Picnic continues its role as Ireland's premier boutique music festival and this year sees even more arts & crafts, holistic and comedy elements form part of the festival.  However, as Key Notes likes to concentrate on the music, he now takes a look at potential highlights over this years Electric Picnic.

Friday August 29

Friday night should see Sigur Ros and Late of the Pier attract lots of attention.  That being said, Joan as a Policewoman, New Young Pony Club and Gomez will have their fair share of fans.

Irish interest on Friday centres on Jape, Giveamanakick and 'Ireland's Greatest Living Musician' Christy Moore.

Key Notes One to Watch: Goldfrapp

Saturday August 30

While Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon and Santogold will undoubtedly attract the 'indier than thou' crowd, Josh Ritter and La Rocca should satisfy those looking for an more americana feel.  Saturday also sees the return of That Petrol Emotion and Lisa Hannigan's big event debut sans Damien Rice.

Super Extra Bonus Party lead a very strong Irish contingent on the Saturday that includes Halves, The Flaws and Cathy Davey

Key Notes One to Watch: Tindersticks

Sunday August 31

While every accountant with a grudge against their boss will probably be breathlessly anticipating The Sex Pistols, people who actually like music could do worse than making their way to see My Bloody Valentine (though Key Notes undertands that ear plugs are a must).  Other highlights on Sunday include These New Puritans, The Gossip, Sinead O'Connor and CSS

Irish performances on the final day come from Gemma Hayes, Ham Sandwich and The Urges, who are not on heroin!

Key Notes One to Watch: Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)

Tickets for Electric Picnic sold out long ago so there's no point in even trying!

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Re: Guide to Summer Festivals: Electric Picnic

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charity comp for the picnic, great prize, c u there

By OC on   Friday, August 15, 2008