One of Electric Picnic's most popular cult attractions, Other Voices is set to return in 2018. Dowry (pictured), Soak, Gwenno, Stella Donnelly and Whenyoung are the first acts to be announced for the intimate stage. 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.
Other Voices will return to the heart of Electric Picnic’s woodland area for three days of music. In keeping with the ethos of Other Voices, festival-goers can expect memorable, intimate, engaging performances from Irish and international artists. The Other Voices stage will be presented by Huw Stephens (BBC 1) and May Kay.
Soak will make her long-awaited return to Other Voices at Electric Picnic 2018. Soak is one of the most fascinating artists to emerge from Northern Ireland in recent years. Her debut record ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ was described as; "A vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking" by The Guardian and was awarded the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year award when Soak was just 19. The artist will perform music from her highly anticipated forthcoming record at Other Voices stage, tucked away in the Stradbally Woods.
Welsh artist Gwenno will join us for her debut Other Voices performance. Her first record ‘Y Dydd Olaf (The Final Day)’, was a concept album based on Welsh writer Owain Owain’s 1976 sci-fi novel of the same name, in which robots take over the human race. It was described as; “One of the best British debuts of 2015” by Pitchfork. Her most recent release ‘Le Kov (The Place of Memory’) is a beautiful and stirring record, swirling with ancient myths and urgent modern themes, recorded in Cornish.
Stella Donnelly will join Electric Picnic all the way from Australia. Stella’s brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships are transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines on her standout debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’. Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism.
Whenyoung are Aoife Power, Niall Burns and Andrew Flood. Their story started in Limerick, when the three teenagers met for the first time after sneaking into Costello’s Tavern: the only bar in town that floated their musical tastes. After bonding over The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin. Developing their sound, still with a DIY approach, the band moved to London in 2017 and became Whenyoung.
Dowry is the recent solo project of artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Éna Brennan. Since moving to Dublin from Brussels nearly 10 years ago she has obtained an MPhil in Composition from Trinity College Dublin and collaborated with a vast array of artists, be it as a composer, arranger or violinist, weaving in between many layers of the Irish music scene. Only a year into her solo project she already has a long list of gigs to her name including performances at Electric Picnic and Sounds From A Safe Harbour, and she has been noted as one to watch in 2018 by The Thin Air, State.ie and Whelan’s.
Over the last few years, musical guests at Other Voices Electric Picnic have included Hozier, Villagers, St. Vincent, Julia Jacklin, Annie Mac, The Staves, Glen Hansard, and many, many more.
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.
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