On the face of it, staging a festival in Ireland, in September, just as we approach autumn/say goodbye to summer, is well... pretty baffling. Only the most optimistic individuals will be travelling to the verdant fields of County Laois, Benicassim-light. But just as the festival machine begins to wind down for another year, there will be a happy 30,000 or so more than willing to rouse themselves for one final summer jaunt. My festival survival tip: pack a few Arctic storm proof fleeces and that slightly embarrassing one-purpose-only cagoule that still has brown substance (let's just say mud) from last year's fest splattered across it and you'll be right as.. ah.
The good news for those packing waterproofs like camels pack water is that 2010's lineup is a treat for battered eardrums. With Electric Picnic's usual bias towards, err, ELECTRONIC music, the organisers have tempted some of the year's more interesting electro hype-bands to Stradbally Hall, as well as a collection of still-interesting but possibly less hyped indie and folk acts. And while the headliners were the subject of long-ago hype talk, they will, at the very least, provide some happy and presumably spectacular trips down Memory Lane.
Here are three day-by-day Spotify playlists, including the acts you should really haul your festive ass to this weekend:
1.HURTS – Wonderful Life 2.Here We Go Magic – Collector 3.Chew Lips – Karen 4.Black Mountain – Old Fangs 5.Janelle Monae – Dance or Die feat. Saul Williams 6.Foals – Miami 7.Eels – What I Have To Offer 8.Laura Marling – Rambling Man 9.PIL – Rise 10.Modest Mouse – The World At Large 11.Roxy Music – Avalon
1.These New Puritans – Elvis 2.Fang Island – Daisy 3.Mountain Man – Animal Tracks 4.Villagers – Ship Of Promises 5.Crystal Fighters – I Love London 6.Tiga – What You Need 7.Robyn – With Every Heartbeat 8.Hot Chip – I Feel Better 9.Crystal Fighters – Vietnam 10.LCD Soundsystem – Home 11.Leftfield – Song Of Life
1.The New Pornographers – Crash Years 2.Bonobo - Kiara 3.Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work 4.808 State – Pacific 202 5.Laurent Garnier – The Man With The Red Face 6.The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin 7.The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea 8.The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio 9.Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool 10.Fever Ray – When I Grow Up 11.Massive Attack - Teardrop