Sex Pistols ready to fire up anarchy among 173 acts at Eclectic Picnic

TEAR up your T-shirts and shine your Doc Martins, the Sex Pistols are coming to town this year as the Electric Picnic festival turns to punk.

The initial line up for the three-day music and party event was unveiled yesterday, with 173 acts so far signed up.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the festival, which returns to Stradbally Hall, in Co Laois, on August 29, 30 and 31 this year.

This year’s line up includes the sultans of punk, the Sex Pistols, who are set to play their first gig in Ireland.

Other headline acts include the alternative rock outfit, My Bloody Valentine. The recently reformed Dublin band will play their first show here in 17 years.

Scottish Indie rockers Franz Ferdinand will be unveiling their eagerly anticipated third album when they visit the picnic in August. Another attraction includes funk legend George Clinton and his 30-piece P-Funk Allstars band.

But, as with the past four years at the festival, there will be an eclectic choice for all gig-goers, including the moody blues rock of Nick Cave’s Grinderman, the ballads of Christy Moore as well as acts like dance icons Underworld.

Describing the events yesterday, concert promoter John Reynolds said the festival was getting bigger every year but the numbers of tickets were still restricted.

“When we got My Bloody Valentine, there were a lot of smiles.

“One of the things you try and deter is the capacity and the other is price. Luckily, for the last four years we have got the audience we want,” he said.

“We are very particular about the acts that we book so it attracts that audience and hopefully that will happen this year too.”

The festival will cater for 32,000 people, with weekend tickets priced at €240, before booking costs. As in previous years, there are no single-day passes.

A family camping ticket is €480 for two adults and up to four children under 12 which includes access to the designated family campsite. Campervan tickets are also for sale.

Other bands to visit the festival will include the Tindersticks, Faust and the eclectic Kila, as well as Wilco. Singers on stages will also include Sinead O’Connor, Lisa Hannigan and Josh Ritter.

US rockers The Breeders return after a six-year break with their new album.

Those registered with the Electric Picnic website or who purchased tickets over the last two years will be sent a password by email to buy tickets an hour earlier on Friday before they go on sale to the general public at 9am through Ticketmaster.

* www.electricpicnic.ie

* www.ticketmaster.ie

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