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Raft of new acts announced for Electric Picnic

The Electric Picnic 2017 festival will take this September in Stradbally
The Electric Picnic 2017 festival will take this September in Stradbally

In just over two months, Electric Picnic 2017 will take place in Stradbally and this latest act announcement has wet our appetite further.

First up, Manchester’s Elbow will be making a much-welcomed return to the festival this year after wowing Picnickers with their Sunday evening set back in 2012.

Expect to be treated to a selection of tracks from their latest, critically-acclaimed release, ‘Little Fictions’, as well as hits such as, ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘Grounds For Divorce’.

French icons Phoenix will be bringing their uplifting and infectious indie-rock sounds to Electric Picnic, while extraordinarily talented 19-year-old Birdy will be making her Picnic debut with her mesmerising vocals.

After his electrifying performance at the Little Big Tent last year, Mura Masa is back, armed with his signature mix of global acoustics and forward-thinking electronics. Belfast boys Bicep will be bringing their all new live show to Stradbally, just after the duo release their self-titled debut album on the Friday of the festival.

One of Britain’s most progressive and inventive bands, Everything Everything, will be bringing their high-energy performance to the Picnic alongside infectious folk-rockers Bear’s Den. Hannah Wants will make her Picnic debut armed with her unrelenting electronic beats.

Dublin’s Rejjie Snow will grace the Picnic stage once again with his forward-thinking rap after tearing up the Rankin’s Wood stage last year.

J Hus is one of the most talked about new talents at the forefront of the current grime resurgence and we can’t wait to see what his performance entails this September.

Jagwar Ma will be treating us to hits from their latest release, ‘Every Now and Then’, and fast-rising star AJ Tracey is set to raise the roof with his kaleidoscopic wordplay and unique take on grime.

The Lemon Twigs will treat fans to their quirky mix of tightly constructed pop and sophisticated melodies while the elusive electronica producer Eden will mesmerise with his unique and visceral sound.

Also coming to Electric Picnic 2017 eclectic performer Declan McKenna, electro-soul singer Alma, Donegal’s Little Hours, singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy and Beoga.

Furthermore there is a slew of hot talent lined up including Lyra, Lewis Capaldi, Kweku Collins, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Brand New Friend.

These acts join The XX, A Tribe Called Quest and Duran Duran who were announced as headline acts for this year’s Electric Picnic Festival in May. Also topping the bill is superstar DJ Pete Tong and funk-soul legend Chaka Khan.

Across the weekend Interpol, Phoenix, Run The Jewels, London Grammar, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Madness, Father John Misty and The Divine Comedy are also set to take to the stage.

Tickets for Electric Picnic went back on sale ahead of the initial line-up announcement in May, and the festival completely sold out in SIX minutes – before the acts were even announced.

Early bird tickets to the hugely popular festival were released after the conclusion of the 2016 event, which saw LCD Soundsystem, The Chemical Brothers and Lana Del Rey headline, before going off sale for a number of months.

In its 13 year history Electric Picnic has never sold out ahead of the line-up release and so far in advance of the festival weekend.

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally Hall from September 1-3.

Relive the best bits from last year below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.