Now that the line-up for Electric Picnic has been released, it’s time to finalise your plans for a busy season of music events, writes
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Gilles Peterson, Kojaque, Herbert, The Herbaliser, Saint Sister
The East Cork holiday campus welcomes another eclectic selection of artists as the groundbreaking new festival returns for its second year. Guests will enjoy luxury chalet accommodation as Trabolgan is transformed into an alternative wonderland.
Groove godfather Gilles Peterson headlines, while the return of 1990s big beat/jazz crossover innovator. The Herbaliser will set older hearts aflutter. Irish talent is represented by rapper Kojaque and duo Saint Sister.
Plus, pool parties, synchronised swimming and “outdoor adventures”. There’s even a bird of prey sanctuary. You can’t say that about Glastonbury.
Stewart may have recently turned 74, but he is in tremendous creative fettle with latest album Blood Red Roses among his most emotive yet.
He looks back on his early adventures in the music industry and his childhood in London while paying tribute to the Irish heritage of his favourite soccer team, Glasgow Celtic, with rebel song ‘Grace’.
Clearly the track means a great deal, as demonstrated by his recent tears when discussing it on The Late Late Show. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Stewart has revealed that, just as fans will expect, his new touring set will be crammed with hits.
Elbow, Skepta, First Aid Kit, Jon Hopkins, Julien Baker,Spiritualized
In the evocative shadow ofKilmainham’s Royal Hospital, one of the country’s best urban festivals returns.
The line-up has something for everyone. It includes grime superstar Skepta and dancealchemist Jon Hopkins (Saturday), electro stars Mura Masa and Paul Kalkbrenner(Sunday) and stadium melancholists Elbow, indie-gospel proselytisers Spiritualized and confessional writer Julien Baker, whose Boygenius collaboration with Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers was one of 2019’s best albums (Monday).
The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Lana Del Rey
The north Co Dublin venue has previously welcomed Arcade Fire, Prince and Radiohead.
This year, it’s the turn of Robert Smith’s ever-green goths, who will have an (as yet untitled) album to promote and a 40th anniversary to celebrate (June 8), ace banjo bashers Mumford and Sons (June 14 & 15) and stadium siren Lana Del Rey (June 22), with Snow Patrol and George Ezra also popping along.
Are you ready to rock? You certainly will be, should you find yourself in the vicinity of the County Meath castle this summer. Headbanger kingpins Metallica play their first Irish gig in 10 years. Expect a metaltasticsupport line-up too.
LIVE AT THE MARQUEE
Toto, Versatile, Kris Kristofferson, Bros
Fourteen years in, the Leeside fest continues to pull in big names. This year, spiky-haired pop veterans Bros are among the draws (June 26), alongside classic rockers Toto (June 15) and Dublin rap sensationsVersatile (June 21), who blew everyone away at Electric Picnic last year.
Lindsey Buckingham has walked away from the reunion, but reports suggest Crowded House’s Neil Finn and songwriter MikeCampbell (formerly of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and composer of Don Henley’s ‘Boys of Summer’) are more than adequatereplacements.
George Ezra, Hozier, LiamGallagher, Lauryn Hill
The venerable rugby ground welcomes Ed Sheeran acolyte George Ezra as well as Hozier (supported by the excellent Maggie Rogers), and ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, who will have warm memories of playing Cork 23 years ago on the Morning Glory tour (yes, you are right to feel very old).
Walking On Cars and The Coronas also make the trip south. The curtain comes down on June 26 with ex-Fugees singer Lauryn Hill.
TRINITY SUMMER SERIES
Vampire Weekend, Foals, New Order
A who’s who of indie elder states-people will rock out beneath the dreaming spires. Preppy Vampire Weekend share songs from their latest album Father of the Bride (July 1) while New Order play a rarenon-festival Irish date (July 7).
For something different, check out r’n’b polymath Janelle Monae, touring her breezily groundbreaking Dirty Computer album (July 3). Also popping along are Paul Weller (July 4),Foals (July 2), and The BeautifulSouth’s Paul Heaton and JacquiAbbott (July 5).
Garbage, Idles, Hall & Oates
One of the capital’s prettiest venues. Coming off a triumphant Electric Picnic performance last year,Garbage will play their first non-festival Irish date since the 1990s (July 18).
Classic songsmiths Hall & Oates will be in town (July 5) as part of an Irish tour that also includes Live at the Marquee in Cork.
And there will be a welcome for Idles, the Bristol punk band whose music takes on Brexit Britain and toxic masculinity (July 11).
A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper,Cardi B, Brockhampton
Having taken the canny decision to go all hip hop and r’n’b last year, the south Co Dublin festival sticks to the plan with an impressive selection of contemporary rappers and singers, including Nicki Minaj nemesis Cardi B and supergroup Brockhampton.
BOB DYLAN AND NEIL YOUNG
The rock warhorses team up for what is sure to be one of the classic rock gigs of the summer.
Lewis Capaldi, Biffy Clyro, Bastille
From humble beginnings, the Co Cork festival has grown into an essential component of the summer calendar.
The 2019 line-up is perhaps the most impressive yet, including synth-rockers Bastille, stadium punks Biffy Clyro and Lewis Capaldi, the Scottish songwriter whose 2019 tour sold out in a heartbeat.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
The National, Patti Smith, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Going from strength to strength, this new festival from Pod is building on an impressive first year.
A blockbuster line-up includes arena moochers The National — one of only a handful of live shows they are playing in 2019 — and Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
A cosmopolitan ambience is promised too, with spoken-word and culinary events alongside the music.
1975, Florence and the Machine, Hozier, Billie Eilish
The biggest festival on the block has an impressive line-up, includingBrit-winners The 1975, pop sensationBillie Eilish and big-lunged belter Florence Welch.
Capacity is up by 2,500 to 57,500, and there is a new 8,000-capacity “Terminus” dance area.