Florence and the Machine to top bill for Electric Picnic goers

Florence and the Machine, Underworld, Manic Street Preachers, and Roisin Murphy are to headline this year’s Electric Picnic music festival.

Now Ireland’s largest outdoor music gathering, there is speculation that the capacity for the Stradbally, Co Laois, event may be raised from the present 42,000 to 47,000 to cater for increased demand.

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.

Melvin Benn, of promoters Festival Republic, said increasing the capacity was under consideration, and that he was convinced the festival will again attract a full attendance.

“This is Ireland’s festival now. It has a huge amount of interest from more and more people. I’m convinced we will sell out. It is very well-priced.”

Traditionally 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.

Though Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, shortly to return with a new album, is a straightforward pop star with an all-ages fanbase, acts such as Underworld, Manic Street Preachers, and the reformed Ride draw their support from an older demographic.

However, Electric Picnic won’t be entirely an old fogeys’ club. George Ezra is a gooey singer-songwriter in the Ed Sheeran mould while Glasgow’s Chvrches, led by the outspoken Lauren Mayberry, are also popular among 20-somethings.

Irish acts, meanwhile, are represented by Wicklow’s Roisin Murphy, Dublin’s Girl Band, and Django Django, fronted by Derry native Vincent Neff.

Tickets for the festival, which runs from September 4 to 6, are priced at €194.50, with a discount of €40 for anyone who can prove they have been to the event on at least three previous occasions.

This year’s bill will probably be deemed solid though not spectacular. The last time Underworld played Ireland it was at a circa 1,000-capacity club, and Manic Street Preachers are hardly a rare sight in the country, having delivered two performances at the mid-scale Olympia before Christmas.

Alongside the music attractions, Electric Picnic is feted for its bohemian ambience and its spoken word, arts, and comedy stages will all return in September.


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