The ultimate guide to the Electric Picnic festival 2016
In Ireland’s mystical Stradbally Hall, County Laois, an annual arts-and-music festival throws down every September, this year kicking off across the first weekend in September (2nd – 4th). The festival takes place on 550 acres of rolling woodland, streams and countryside, great for those who prefer a laid back, scenic festival experience.
Known for its stellar line-up – Electric Picnic features a healthy mix of field-filling headliner acts while bringing just enough new avant-garde of the music galaxy into the fold.
In previous years, line-ups have included Blur, Grace Jones, Underworld, Roisin Murphy and My Bloody Valentine, drawing in almost 50,000 each year but managing to hold it’s own unique and intimate appeal.
This is one of those festivals with a dash of everything, from spoken word, theatre, comedy and disco and a whole host of good music acts to wander around, plus lots of delicious food stalls.
If you’re wondering who you absolutely cannot miss this year, aside from the obvious good time guaranteed from headliners – LCD Soundsystem, New Order, The Chemical Brothers and the enchanting Lana Del Rey – we’ve served up a few more artists you can check out.
If you want to dance…
Artists: Try electronic songwriter, producer, and vocalist Jessy Lanza. All the way from Canada, she was listed as one of the best new artists of 2013, and combines soul and funk vibes with modern R&B. Her second album ‘Oh No’ was released in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
DJ and Producer Daniel Avery takes a break from his resident slot at Fabric to play Electric Picnic and is sure to send crowds into a frenzy with clever remixes and perhaps even some tunes from his 2013 debut ‘Drone Logic’.
Staying with electronica, Spanish DJ and producer John Talabot will offer an ecclectic mix of dance hits, hopefully including one of his more popular singles ‘Sunshine’.
If you dig disco, you cannot miss the acclaimed DJ crew, Horse Meat Disco. Expect to dance the night away when you experience their mad musical knowledge of anything funky, in the flesh.
Venues: Head over to Casa Bacardi, the Electric Arena, Anachronica to see these acts
If you’re feeling nostalgic…
Artists: Chicago’s Whitney offer indie with a twist, while New Order will make their triumphant return to Electric Picnic with new songs from their latest album – the first in over a decade – and legendary classics like ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘True Faith’. Festival headliners LCD Soundsystem, need no real introduction. The critically acclaimed Brooklyn band reunited in early 2016 to play a host of US and UK festivals over the summer – definitely not one to miss!
Venues: Shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s the main stage you’ve got to be at!
if you need some down time?…
Artists: Whilk & Misky will offer up a wild combination of Techno-meets-Folk-meets-Electronica and Blues to create their unique must see set.
Venues: Find time to chill at Body & Soul, Trenchtown, Immerse Spa Experience, Zen Gardens or Pamper Street.
If you’re feeling funky?…
Artists: When going in search of synth-pop meets electronica, the options are endless. Try Mount Kimbie, Nao, Toots & The Maytals, Mura Masa, Glass Animals, Todd Terje or Hercules & Love Affair, for an eclectic mix of nu-disco dance classics to take you through the weekend.
Venues: Dance your way over to the Electric Arena or Little Big Tent
If you want to let loose…
Artists: For all things grime and hip-hop, check out Kano, Joey Bada$$, Little Simz or Ninos Du Brasil. For something a little heavier, you could catch a previous star of Headliner Introducing Wolf Alice
Venues: Casa Bacardi, Little Big Tent and Rankin’s Wood stage are the places to be.
If you want to pretend the festival is never going to end and stay in a dreamy bubble…
Artists: Multi-instrumentalist Bat for Lashes is the perfect whimsical addition to your festival experience, also try singer/songwriter Phosphorescent, or the experimental pop sounds of Animal Collective. If that doesn’t take your fancy, German composer and conceptual artist Pantha Du Prince’s style of techno, house and electro might get your feet moving.
Venues: For something a little lighter, head to Casa Bacardi, Anachronica, The Hazel Wood.
Watch highlights from last year’s Electric Picnic here:
This is guaranteed to be one of the biggest and best festivals to end the Irish festival season. You can still find Electric Picnic tickets on Seatwave – the official EP ticket marketplace and part of Ticketmaster – can’t go wrong with that!
This year, we’ve put together a wee warm-up playlist to get you in the mood for Electric Picnic – have a listen here!