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Electric Picnic 2014: Must-See Acts


Electric Picnic is possibly one of the most eclectic festivals in the country. Each year the line up strives to provide something for every palate. In the picturesque surroundings of Stradbally, Co. Laois it began as a daylong event with Groove Armada in 2004 and has grown each year since. So what has this summer’s weekend event got in store?

Headlining are Portishead, Outkast and Beck with each artist representing different aspects of the musical spectrum. In recent years, Portishead have almost leant toward noise music with their most recent album Third. The aforementioned Third is a far cry from the revered Dummy but equally as brilliant – no doubt their live show will be unforgettable. It might be something for those looking for a more experimental edge.

Hip-hop legends Outkast are currently in the midst of their reunion year having kick-started the tour at Coachella earlier this year. Whether or not the duo are on amicable terms remains to be seen but regardless this will be a must see set. American singer-songwriter Beck completes the eclectic mix of headliners. Probably most well known for his gigantic hit single ‘Loser’ he really is more than just that. Touring his twelfth and most recent album Morning Phase, it’s sure to be a pleasant live show.

It is a lengthy line-up so it’s challenging to narrow down our picks but here’s a ruthless list of must sees amongst the rest of this year’s Electric Picnic line-up.

For sheer musicianship and showmanship, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – and be prepared to have your mind blown. A band that have toured Ireland before and impressed, surely they’ll deliver nothing short of a thrilling show at the Picnic.

Forming in 1995, Glasgow’s Mogwai have never failed to deliver. In addition, their live show is rumoured to be awe-inspiring. Their music is quite cinematic, so for those on the fence about instrumental bands this is a show worth checking out.

St. Vincent is a fascinating artist and fresh of her tour with David Byrne, not to mention her collaboration with David Grohl and Kris Novaselic to honor Kurt Cobain. She played Dublin’s Olympia recently and the Picnic provides a rare second chance to see her.

Clean Bandit impressed on BBC’s Jools Holland with their top ten hit ‘Rather Be’. As most of their compositions are a mixture of classical and deep house, it would be interesting to see how they pull it off live. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are an American and New Zealand band currently working with Jagjaguwar Records. Their most recent album II is a stunning release and it’s almost worth investing in a ticket solely to see them.

With their achingly catchy tunes, Metronomy are another act to catch over the weekend. Initially from Devon, the electro pop four piece have just released Love Letters via Because Music records and their set will surely be a treat.

Last but by no means least, Omar Souleyman always puts on an incredible live show. Hailing from the north-eastern region of Syria, Souleyman has played the likes of ATP festival, Glastonbury and even recorded with Bjork. An artist with an exceptional career behind him, he’s someone you must see at least once. Niamh Hegarty

Listen to Niamh’s must-see acts in a Spotify playlist below, check out Alan Maguire’s photos from Electric Picnic 2013 right here and buy tickets to Electric Picnic 2014 here.

is also a presenter on RTÉ 2XM and contributor to the likes of BBC Across The Line and State Magazine.