The much anticipated Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, winner of the 2011 IMRO Festival of the Year Award, takes place in Stradbally, Co. Laois this weekend on Friday 31stAugust, Saturday 1st, and Sunday 2nd September. Festival Republic and POD have mapped out a selection of the treats and treasures set to be discovered by picnickers this weekend. Along with headline acts including The Cure, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, The XX, Christy Moore, Elbow, The Killers and Orbital and temperatures set to hit the 20s, this weekend is sure to surpass all expectations for the picnic that we have grown to love over the years.

Body & Soul is back once again with its trademark twisting wonderland of bespoke stages, handpicked installations, quirky corners and hidden alcoves. The Body & Soul Main Stage fresh musical programme wouldn’t stand up without a close inspection of what’s what musically in Ireland at present, along with a healthy serving of debut performances from up-and-coming acts and “ones to watch” from around the world. Trenchtown, the original reggae village, comes home to the Picnic to celebrate 50 years of Jamaica’s independence with five decades of live music, sound systems, dance, art, performance, food and film in our on-site cinema while the MindField spoken word arena returns again to Electric Picnic with a stimulating spark-filled programme designed to entertain, inform and inflame.

The Theatre of Food, which made its debut last year at Electric Picnic, was such a success with festival-goers that this year the activities and antics will be spread over three days rather than two. Joint MCs, Andrew Stanley and the recently wed Aussie superstar Damian Clarke kick-start the Comedy line-up at 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon and introduce some of the biggest stars from the Irish/UK and Us circuit. Meanwhile the Salty Dog will be coming alive with music including The Mighty Stef, Tieranniesaur, Fred and Jerry Fish.

Organisers recommend that where possible people use public transport or car pool to help reduce road congestions and carbon emissions. Gates open at 9.00am on Friday 31st of August. Bus Eireann‘s special coach services from Dublin, Cork and Galway can be booked online www.buseireann.ie. Gig Lockers can be pre-booked through Mick on for storage of valuable items over the weekend at a cost of €15 per locker.

TICKETS:

Weekend Ticket €230 / Family Camping Ticket €230 per adult (2 kids U12 permitted per adult)

Sunday Day Tickets: €99.50 (No camping permitted)

LINE UP:

Friday

SIGUR ROS; THE XX; CHRISTY MOORE; RICHIE HAWTIN; ALABAMA SHAKES; THE VACCINES; THE MACCABEES; GRIZZLY BEAR; GRANDADDY; MARK LANEGAN; METRONOMY; AZEALIA BANKS; THE JEZABELS; GAVIN FRIDAY; KORMACS BIG BAND; ED SHEERAN; ROOTS MANUVA; MATADOR; CATZ + DOGZ; WONDER VILLANS; LITTLE ROY; COLD SPECKS; EAGLE AND THE WORM; WILLIS EARL BEAL; JEFFERY LEWIS; BATS; NELL BRYDEN; DJ WILD; AMINE EDGE; T3 DJS. 

Saturday

THE CURE; ORBITAL; EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY; PATTI SMITH; RICHARD HAWLEY; CRYSTAL CASTLES; SQUAREPUSHER; SBTRKT; THE ROOTS; GRIMES; CARIBOU VS FOUR TET (B2B DJ SET); WILD BEASTS; BELL X1; VILLAGERS; GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT; THE HORRORS; DEXYS; TURN; KIMBRA; DELORENTOS; DAVID KITT plays THE BIG ROMANCE; BAXTER DRURY; IN TUA NUA; SOMETHING HAPPENS; HAM SANDWICH; RUSTIE; HUDSON MOHAWKE; JUNIOR BOYS;  WALLIS BIRD; BELLOWHEAD; CRANES; TRINITY ORCHESTRA; DRY THE RIVER; ENEMIES; A PLASTIC ROSE; CAST OF CHEERS; GARETH DUNLOP; TIERANNIESAUR; VADOINMESSICO; KID KARATE; LE GALAXIE; ARVEENE; SOLAR BEARS; NOT SQUARES; ORQUESTA; SUBALTERN; HIDDEN AGENDA DJS.

Sunday

THE KILLERS; ELBOW; HOT CHIP; BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB; JAMES MURPHY (DJ SET); LEE SCRATCH PERRY & MAX ROMEO; BAT FOR LASHES; GLEN HANSARD; LIANNE LA HAVAS; BEN HOWARD; OF MONSTERS AND MEN; MICHAEL KIWANUKA; MICK FLANNERY; TINDERSTICKS; JONATHON WILSON; THE STAVES; CATHY DAVEY; THE ANTLERS; THE FAT LADY SINGS; BASSNECTAR; SAFF BENDA BILILI; FATOUMA DIAWARA; PERFUME GENIUS; JUAN TALABOT; CASHIER NO.9; TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS; DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR; RYAN SHERIDAN; MILAGRES; SQUAREHEAD; THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT; LAND LOVERS; LANTERNS ON THE LAKE; VAN DYKE PARKS; RAINY BOY SLEEP; KANYU TREE; KATIE KIM; LIL’ DAVE; MMOTHS; SHIPS; CLOUD CASTLE LAKE; WHITE COLLAR BOY

Twitter: www.twitter.com/electricpicnic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Electricpicnic

Further information: www.electricpicnic.ie

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