The lineup for this year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois has been announced this afternoon.
Roxy Music are to make their first ever Irish festival appearance, promising classic hits such as ‘Love is the Drug’, ‘Jealous Guy’ ‘Let’s Stick Together’ and ‘Avalon’.
Seminal dance act Leftfield will be returning to Ireland for the first time in a decade, along with Bristol trip hop giants Massive Attack, who released their new album ‘Heligoland’ recently.
In fact, there will be plenty on offer to satisfy dance music fans, as three-time Grammy-nominated New Yorkers LCD Soundsystem make another trip to the Picnic.
DFA labelmates Hot Chip also make a welcome return to Stradbally promoting their new album ‘One Life Stand’. 808 State and Mr Scruff will also feature.
Irish act The Frames will be celebrating their 20th birthday with their first show in Ireland in three years. Dublin superstar Imelda May will be singing tracks from her triple platinum-selling album ‘Love Tattoo’, as well as songs from a brand new album set to be released on the weekend of Electric Picnic. The Dublin Gospel Choir will make their traditional appearance to sooth tired heads.
Sex Pistols singer John Lydon returns to the festival, this time as the frontman of Public Image Limited (PiL) with their distinctive style of brand of experimental post-punk rock and dub.
Festival veterans The Waterboys are also set to feature, while Afro Celt Soundsystem are to play their first show since reforming with their original line-up. Steve Earle will air his Grammy award winning album ‘Townes’.
Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi will be showcasing his first solo album ‘Go’, released this month. The new project of Joy Division/New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham have also included Electric Picnic in their first-ever tour schedule.
Sweden’s Fever Ray will play one of just three shows they play worldwide this year at the festival.
Contemporary bluesman Seasick Steve will enjoy a rarely-seen consecutive appearance at Electric Picnic after impressing at last year’s event.
Other acts confirmed to play include The National, Modest Mouse, Mumford & Sons, Gil Scott-Heron, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Breakestra, Cymande, The Low Anthem, Beach house, The New Pormographers, The Villagers, Adrian Crowley, Booka Shade, Bloody Beetroots, Death Crew 77, Crystal Castles, The Big Pink, Caribou, Messiah J & the Expert, The Horrors, The Alarm, Here We Go Magic, Monotonix, Redneck Manifesto, Memory Tapes, Steve Mason, Field Music and Edan.
Their will be many other attractions on offer, including a spoken word arena, Stradbelly Laughs, the Global Green and Soul Kids area.
Tickets for this year's Electric Picnic, which takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois on September 3-5, go on sale this Friday, March 26, at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets.