Electric Picnic welcomes a slice of the Caribbean to the 2018 event, as over fifty acts have been announced for the popular Trenchtown area. Taking place at Stradbally, Co. Laois from 30th August – 2nd September, and featuring Massive Attack, N.E.R.D. and Kendrick Lamar, Electric Picnic is Ireland’s largest music and arts festival.
UK reggae legend Sweetie Irie is among those heading up today's announcement. A veteran on the scene having cut his teeth on sound systems before signing to Island records and subsequently releasing his debut album ‘DJ of The Future’, he's also the voice behind Gorillaz’s Clint Eastwood ‘Refix’. He's also worked alongside Nadia Rose, and boasts collaborations with Aswad, Maxi Priest, Ms Dynamite and Gwen Stefani.
Member of legendary Irish Hip Hop group Scary Eire, DJ Mek is a five time winner of the Irish DJ Mixing Championships, a revered producer having worked with Ian Brown, Rodney P & The Frames and is arguably Ireland’s most skillful mixer – The pair are teaming up for Trenchtown to bring a blistering live cross-genre set underpinned by heavy dancehall flavours.
Lyrical activist YT brings his unique style to the arena. Described by Sir David Rodigan as an "original and inspiring social commentator" the UK based artist boasts three decades of music making, including collaborations with Mungo’s Hi Fi, Zion Train & Congo Natty to mention but a few.
Jamaican vocalist Peppery joins Dirty Dubster Bazza Ranks to perform a host of new material from their forthcoming E.P, a follow up to the dancehall collaboration on smash single ‘So Futuristic’
Broadcaster and DJ Stevie G alongside choreographer Andrea Williams’ Hot Sauce Dance Crew turn up the heat, original Irish Ska from Kildare based band The Hacklers, contemporary reggae from Dublin band After The Ibis, Ireland’s R’n’B ambassador Erica Cody and many, many more…
Reggae is a global sound and this year Trenchtown furthers the cultural experience adding new stage Afrikaya. Inspired by the sights, sounds and art from the African continent the arena is set to welcome the Irish debut of Kenyan artist Lavosti and many more.
The KINGSTON 12 ARENA will host live bands, DJs and dance performance, the YARD stage will be powered by Cork’s Rasta Rebels REVELATION SOUND SYSTEM and TREASURE BEACH will bring the sunshine vibes to the heart of Stradbally.
Elsewhere in Trenchtown, exotic cuisine, tropical cocktails, blue mountain coffee, interactive drum & dance workshops and many more surprises await to be discovered. The full line-up can be viewed below.
With more than one hundred acts expected to grace the multitude of stages across the weekend, 2018’s Electric Picnic is also set to feature troubadour George Ezra, indie rockers The Kooks, and post-grunge rockers Garbage. The return of the annual event follows on from 2017’s sell-out, which saw eighties’ icons Duran Duran close preceding’s in an explosion of colours and sounds.
2018 Trenchtown line up:
SWEETIE IRIE x DJ MEK | YT | PEPPERY
BAZZA RANKS | P.O.A | STEVIE G x HOT SAUCE DANCE CREW
REVELATION SOUND SYSTEM | CIAN FINN | WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL
THE BIONIC RATS | THE HACKLERS | THE CLANDESTINOS | ERICA CODY | AFTER THE IBIS
RUKUS FX ft. RANKING FOX | SOL FUD | WORLD BASS CULTURE | JASON ROOTICAL
DJ D.O.G | CHONKIE (RUB A DUB) | BSC SOUND SYSTEM | SOULETIQUETTE | THE SERVICE
THE REBEL SOULS | DJ MOG Y | VJ PRESENTS | THE LIGHT RUNNERS | GANGSTERS | LAVOSTI
DJ LASTA | LARIMAN | DARYL BENGO | THE BOY FINN | INIKE | BIG DADDY CAN | SKA PATROL | WIGGLE ROOTSMAN WURZEL | JAHMONK | REWIND | LEX WOO | DJ SKA FACE | ROOTS OF AFRICA
DJ WILL SOFTLY | DJ SLICK NORMAL | MISS SCOTTY | DJ SIBH C | ONE WORLD SOUNDS
DJ NIGEL WOOD | DJ DODGY | DJ DEFENSIVE MIX UP | BEVIN HICKEY RIMSON | REGGAE RICHIE
DJ MICHELLE | DJ GANJAHLOVA