10 Acts you must see at Electric Picnic 2014

Electric Picnic 2014 Stage Times

Electric Picnic 2014 Stage TimesThe big one is almost upon us. The rousing climax of the festival season. Yes, this coming weekend will see the 11th Electric Picnic gloriously spring to life in Stradbally Estate in the little county of Laois. It’s been sold out for a few weeks now and if you’re lucky enough to have secured one of the hottest tickets in town, then have a gander below at 10 acts that we reckon you should check out over the weekend. With so much to do and see, there could have been 50 acts in this list. In fact, you could go to the picnic and not see a band all weekend and still have the time of your life. With that in mind, do let us know what acts you’re looking forward to seeing in the comments section and check out the Spotify playlist of our 10 top picks below.

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Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – Saturday | Main Stage | 12.30am-1.45am

Chic and Nile Rodgers have been enjoying quite the resurgence of late, thanks in no small part to Mr. Rodgers’ collaborations with the likes of Daft Punk and Avicii. They also have a hugely impressive back catalogue of their own from which to draw on and their live shows are a joyous experience. If you don’t find yourself dancing to one of their many infectious disco hits then you could very well be dead inside.

St. Vincent – Sunday | Electric Arena Stage | 7pm-8pm

Annie Clark’s show with David Byrne at last year’s picnic was reportedly one of the highlights of the weekend. Since then she’s released her eponymous fourth album as St. Vincent and what an album it is. She’s built up a reputation for her exceptional live performances and her set this weekend is sure to go down a storm. Not to be missed.

Tucan – Sunday | The Mobile Home Stage, Trailer Park Area | 11.30pm

Tucan will bring their phenomenal musicianship and unique take on some well known tunes to the Mobile Home Stage in the Trailer Park on Sunday night at 11.30pm. The Sligo natives originally started out as a duo but have expanded to an 8 piece ban in recent times, with a brass section being added to flesh out their sound even further. If you’re looking for an alternative to the bigger acts to close out the weekend, then look no further than these guys.

New Secret Weapon – Friday | The Salty Dog Stage

The Salty Dog Stage in the forest is where you can find New Secret Weapon, and we recommend you do seek them out. The trio took their time from their first meeting at Kockanstockan to finally releasing their debut album earlier this year but that was time well spent honing their incredible sound. If any band will shiver your timbers this weekend then it will most likely be New Secret Weapon.

Cathy Davey – Saturday | Rankin’s Wood Stage | 5.30pm-6pm

With three critically acclaimed albums released in the past decade, Cathy Davey is one of Ireland’s foremost singer-songwriters. Her magnificent voice is something to behold and not only will she be wowing the crowds in Stradbally this year, she will also be doing her bit to help abandoned horses over the course of the weekend and there’s talk of secret gigs being lined up as well so expect to see a lot of Ms. Davey this weekend.

We Cut Corners – Saturday | Electric Arena | 4.45pm-5.30pm

School teachers by day and dynamic musical duo by night, these musical superheroes deliver a whole heap of clever, poetic lyrics over stomping tunes and will leave a lasting impression on those that see them live this weekend. Their second album ‘Think Nothing’ is a 27 minute tour de force of perfect, intelligent pop songs, at times rocky and at time melodic and quiet but always engaging, We Cut Corners are one of the finest Irish bands operating at the moment.

The Stranglers – Saturday | Main Stage | 2pm-3pm

One of the great things about the picnic is the fact that they mix the best new acts with some of the biggest names from years gone by. We don’t want to call them heritage acts because that’s a bit disingenuous – let’s go with culturally important instead. This year there are a few to choose from, with Chic who we’ve mentioned above, Pet Shop Boys and Blondie playing over the weekend. But the culturally important act that we’re most looking forward to is The Stranglers. Now in their fortieth year and with 17 albums behind them, these punk rock pioneers are surer to deliver a show not to be missed.

Ásgeir – Sunday | Cosby Stage | 8.15pm-9pm

Iceland has a third of the population of Dublin but when it comes to producing major international music artists, this nation on the edge of Europe punches well above its weight. The latest sensation to come from Iceland is Ásgeir, a 22 year old singer-songwriter who has been building up quite a reputation over the past year or so. Championed by Icelandic resident John Grant, who helped out with the English language version of Ásgeir’s album ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’ (In The Silence), this gig could very well turn out to be one of those “I was there,” moments that the picnic often throws up.

HamsandwicH – Sunday | Heineken Electric Arena | 3pm

With album number three in the works, HamsandwicH will hit the stage in Stradbally on a high following on from their biggest headline show yet in the Olympia earlier this year and supporting Pixies and Arcade Fire earlier this summer in Marlay Park. Their joyous live shows, that showcase Podge and Niamh’s wonderfully juxtaposed vocals over a remarkably tight band that has been augmented by a brass section recently, are not to be missed. And let’s face it, you can’t have a picnic without a few ham sambos.

Dublin Gospel Choir – Sunday | Main Stage | 1pm-2pm

So you wake up on Sunday morning, you’ve been sleeping in a tent for two days and living on warm cans and noodles. It could even have been raining so you’re feeling a little cold and miserable and you’re utterly fed up with baby wipe showers. You know there’s another day of great music to come today but you just aren’t feeling it. You dream of being at home, sitting in front of the fire after a steaming hot shower, waiting for the Chinese food you’ve ordered. You know that’s not right though and you have to get through this last day. There must be something that can pick up your flagging spirits and give you that second wind? Well yes, yes there is. Get yourself down to see the Dublin Gospel Choir and feel your soul soar and the energy flow back into those dancing shoes. Guaranteed to lift the spirits and send you on your way to a super Sunday to round off this magical weekend.


Mark O'Brien

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