Electric Picnic set to be Cured this summer

The Killers and The Cure will headline this year’s Electric Picnic festival.

Other big acts confirmed for the three-day gathering at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, include Sigur Rós, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, Hot Chip, and local heroes Christy Moore and Glen Hansard.

John Reynolds, of promoters Pod, said he had been fighting for years to bring British goth-rockers The Cure to the annual music, arts, and comedy bonanza.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival, particularly having The Cure on the line-up, a band we’ve been trying to get on the bill for seven years,” he said.

The band, who stormed last year’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight with an epic 32-song show, including favourites Lullaby, Boys Don’t Cry, Just Like Heaven, and Lovecats, are expected to play at least a two-hour set in Ireland.

The track list will be drawn from their 14 studio albums.

The Killers, however, have yet to confirm they will play, though they have been added to the list on the Electric Picnic website.

Acts confirmed include The Roots, The XX, Metronomy, The Horrors, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Bell X1, Staff Benda Bilili, Milagres, and Ed Sheeran. Alabama Shakes, Cranes, Little Roy, John Digweed, Land Lovers, Baxter Dury,Jonathan Wilson, Solar Bears, Fatoumata Diawara, Willis Earl Beal, and Lanterns On The Lake will also play.

The Body and Soul area this year promises its trademark fantasy trimmings, with the usual mix of Irish and international acts.

The popular Leviathan political and economic debate, hosted by pop economist David McWilliams, returns to the Mindfield Area, along with a History Ireland hedge school, Irish and international writers on the Arts Council literary stage, as well as theatre and experiments in the Science Gallery’s inflatable tent.

Those looking to learn or brush up on their gaeilge can pick up a cúpla focail with An Puball Gaeilge.

The Comedy Tent will also make a return.

Those looking to cycle the 80km journey from Dublin to Stradbally can take part in the 2Wheels Tour de Picnic, which has raised over €500,000 over the past three years for Temple St Children’s Hospital.

The festival runs from Aug 31 to Sept 2. Tickets, which go on sale at 9am today, are priced €230 for the full weekend, with family camping tickets at €230 per adult, allowing free access to two under-12s per person.

Sunday-only tickets are available at €99.50, while camper-van park access will cost €60.

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