If you’re heading to Electric Picnic this weekend, probably Ireland’s most anticipated music festival of the year, check out our not-to-miss recommendations*!
(* and if you’re not, stay tuned over on Instagram for live updates over the weekend!)
In previous years, personally, I’ve found the best acts on the smaller stages… so below are the acts I’m most looking forward to see, in order of when they’re playing!
Heathers – Friday 20:00-20.40, Other Voices
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Heathers. A favourite of our college rag-week, the duo have done really well across the pond the last couple of years. Have a listen to “Call Home” from their last album Kingdom, released in 2016.
Elephant – Saturday 14.00-14.30, Body & Soul Main Stage
Elephant, AKA Shane Clarke, has come a long way in the last year or so. Going from solo singer songwriter with a loop pedal (albeit a bit of genius on a loop pedal!) to having a full blown band at this year’s Carrickmacross Arts Festival, Shane has still retained that haunting sound through his soft vocals and effective accompaniment. One of my favourites is “Little Ghost“from debut album Hypergiant.
Fangclub – Saturday 14.30-15.00, Little Big Tent; 19.15-19.45, Other Voices
Making waves with their debut EP Bullet Head, Dublin based Fangclub are one of the Irish forerunners that are bringing grunge back with a vengeance. Having been signed to Universal earlier this year, the trio have had a fantastic summer of festival appearances and will be heading to the UK now in September to continue their gigging run as support to Pretty Vicious. Check out their latest single “Loner” and see if they’re worth the watch – you actually have two chances to see them this weekend!
In case you missed it, check out our interview with Fangclub while at Sea Sessions!
Jack Garratt – Saturday 19.30-20.30, Electric Arena
British artist Jack Garratt shot to fame after his self produced, electro-acoustic hits came to light after his 2016 BBC Music Sound win. You’ve probably heard his latest single “Breathe Life” on the radio everywhere! But have a listen to the track that introduced me to his slightly psychedelic sound over on Spotify.
The Strypes – Saturday 23.00 -00.00, Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow
Even at 15, these lads knew what they were at. Now five years on, we have a 4-piece collective that are something very similar to an early Arctic Monkeys, with a bluesy twist. Great to end a night of great music.
Bitch Falcon – Sunday 21.00-21.45, Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow
Remember those grunge-forerunners I mentioned earlier? Well Bitch Falcon are top of the heap. With drums, bass, electric guitar and a whole load of attitude, this trio have been making waves on the festival scene for a while now. As one of our favourite up-and-comers, check out their latest contribution to the your ear-holes and see what you think.
Warning: may cause some hearing loss and melting of faces.
Check out some of our interviews with this crew over here.
Also, for some alternative entertainment, don’t miss the below – full stage times here!
Rubberbandits – Saturday 18.55-19.30, Comedy Tent
Dylan Moran – Saturday 20.15-21.00, Comedy Tent
The Hazel Wood – interactive theatre experience in the woods… colour me intrigued!
Words by Aoife ©