The first bands for this years' Electric Picnic have been announced, with The Strokes, Florence And The Machine, Hozier, and The 1975 among the star attractions. Taking place at Stradbally, Co. Laois from 30th August - 1st September, Electric Picnic is Ireland's largest music and arts festival.
The announcement sees Florence Welch and band return to EP, following a 2015 headline performance, and hometown boy Hozier step back onto the Stradbally stage following a guest spot with Mavis Staples in 2018.
Electric Picnic 2019 follows on from 2018's happening, which saw The Prodigy bring the event to an explosive close. The full list of bands announced this morning can be viewed below.
Say organisers; "Faith is a wonderful thing. Like the faith of a congregation who believe in the words Electric Picnic 2019 without ever knowing who is coming to spread the word of love over them. For those of you with faith and a sold-out ticket tightly clenched to your bosom the Dog Days Are Over."
"It’s time to return to the fields of happiness and pay homage to The Sound. Spend time with a girl called Billie, and don’t forget to follow the tall man to the Church of Hozier".
As Electric Picnic's various artful hubs all around the festival find places in our hearts as firm favourites, this year sees the introduction of an exhilarating new world: Freetown. Construction will shortly get underway to create a whole new town within the festival's mind-blowing creative acreage, located on the pastureland formerly occupied by the Oscar Wilde Campsite.
Anchored by Terminus, a brand new 8,000 capacity mega-stage for electronica and dance (presented as an Eastern Bloc architectural colossus), Freetown will rise from the ground for just 4 days of the year. Also within its walls, the labyrinthine streets of Providencia will unveil catch-it-while-you-can Latino life down every alley-way, around every corner, while on its outskirts, Spike Island - a swamphut jumping with seisiúns of slip-jigs, The Oasis, an improvised home-place for the gaggle of idealists and a brand new Cirque on the edge of town where death defying, jaw-dropping acts of edgy spectacle unfold.
Brought by the Electric Picnic team that created Berlinhaus , Salty Dog and Trailer Park, Freetown promises; "something completely thrilling" for Picnicers.
Freetown joins the many attractions that draw thousands every year. Body and Soul – the creative oasis and pulsating heart of the festival, the whimsical world of The Hazel Wood deep in the forest, the reggae world of Trenchtown and the long abandoned city of Anachronica, the theatrical and the debauched Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, the engaging spoken word arena of Mindfield and Theatre of Food serving homage to all things gastronomic, the irreverent, and satirical Comedy Tent are all part of the action away from the main stage.
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Electric Picnic 2019 is now sold out.
Electric Picnic 2019
The Strokes Florence + The Machine Hozier The 1975
Billie Eilish – Christine and the Queens – James Blake – Dermot Kennedy
Four Tet – Jess Glynne – The Streets – Jarvis Cocker Introducing JARV IS
Years & Years – Róisín Murphy – Metronomy – Michael Kiwanuka
Echo & the Bunnymen – Courtney Barnett – Parquet Courts – Mitski – Miles Kane - Freya Ridings
MØ – Amelie Lens – Maceo Plex – Kölsch – Sam Fender – Sons of Kemet
Yves Tumor – Serpentwithfeet – Shura – ALMA -Kero Kero Bonito – Let's Eat Grandma
Bodega – Cavetown – Georgia – Sea Girls – Sasami – G Flip – Heavy Lungs