Britpop legends Blur are the latest act confirmed as the headliners for the Electric Picnic music festival.
The band will be making their Stradbally debut to mark the release of their critically acclaimed new album The Magic Whip. Since their arrival on the music scene in 1991, the band have had five successive albums that have gone top of the UK charts. The mid-1990s will forever be defined by their often-heated rivalry with fellow Britpop giants Oasis.
Also confirmed for Electric Picnic next September is four-time Grammy award winner Sam Smith. The singer first came to prominence in 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single ‘Latch’, while this year has seen him selling out solo tours across the globe.
Returning to the festival is 1970s disco icon Grace Jones. The veteran music and fashion icon’s live sets are renowned the world over, moving from disco to funk and from pop to punk, as well as being visually spectacular.
Interpol are appearing at EP for the first time since 2011. In the intervening years, the New Yorkers took a break to try out some solo projects, losing bassist Carlos Dengler along the way. Now the band are back as a three-piece touring their fifth studio album El Pinto.
Also confirmed in the latest round of acts added to the bill are James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, FKA Twigs, Irish folk group Printers Clips, The Riptide Movement, Dawes, Vietcong, Benjamin Clementine, Fat White Family, DJ Paul Kalkbrenner, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) to name but a few.
Florence and the Machine, Underworld, Manic Street Preachers, Róisín Murphy, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, and Chvrches were all confirmed in March when the 2015 festival was launched.
In 2014, Electric Picnic sold out for the first time in several years and the clamour for tickets is expected to be even greater in 2015.
Speaking in March, Melvin Benn of promoters Festival Republic, said increasing the capacity was underway, and that he was convinced the festival will again attract a full attendance.
Electric Picnic line-ups have been tailored to music fans in their 30s and older and the latest bill is very much in that vein. It takes place at Stradbally Hall in Laois on September 4-6. Weekend tickets cost €229.50.
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