Countdown to Electric Picnic

The Electric Picnic which will be held in Stradbally from Friday to Sunday, August 31 to September 3 will feature such headline acts as The Cure, The Killers, Elbow, Sigure Ros, Orbital and Hot Chip as well as Kildare’s own Christy Moore.

The Electric Picnic which will be held in Stradbally from Friday to Sunday, August 31 to September 3 will feature such headline acts as The Cure, The Killers, Elbow, Sigure Ros, Orbital and Hot Chip as well as Kildare’s own Christy Moore.

And details have just been announced details of this year’s Little Big Tent.

The Picnic’s roots have always carried a deep electronic plot, one that makes its way into the hearts of dance lovers seen stomping with colossal force on every inch of the Little Big Tent.

This year will continue to entice revellers with the most prolific producers and electronic leaders gracing the Stradbally dance sphere. The Little Big Tent is sure to pulse from every end in deep dub tremors and exhilarating cosmic glitches from the brightest stars in electronic production. 2012’s Little Big Tent promises this year’s Electric Picnic to be fully charged.

Co-founder of New York’s DFA records and best known for being part of the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, producer James Murphy will be there for a much anticipated DJ set.

It will be his first time on Irish shores since LCD Soundsystem disbanded in April 2011. Also joining him for DJ sets of their own at Electric Picnic are DFA Record’s comrades, Juan MaClean and former LCD Soundsystem band mate Pat Mahoney. Renowned for his DJ sets full of originality and for his love of all things disco, this show will be truly unmissable.

Polaris prize winner Caribou , entranced Picnicers in 2010 and will make his return to Stradbally in a very special back to back DJ set with London producer F our T et . With a string of international, jam-packed festival appearances already this year, Daniel Victor Snaith aka Caribou has always proven himself a psychedelic crowd pleaser. Kieran Hebden aka. Four Tet, wowed the Stradbally crowd in ‘09 and his new album Pink is set for release this August, a follow up to the stunning There Is Love You. A marriage of boundary pushers, prepare for them to propel the Picnic to a whole new stratosphere.

Post-dupstep Scotsman Rustie makes his Picnic debut for the 2012 Little Big Tent with a live performance. The genre-merging maestro released the highly acclaimed Glass Swords on Warp Records in 2011, grabbing the Guardian’s first album award. Make sure to catch the Glaswegian’s big bass drops hypnotize the Picnic all night…

Also hailing from Scotland is insatiable experimenter, Hudson Mohawke who began his music career at just 15 when he was the youngest finalist in the UK DMC (World DJ Competition).

His debut album Butter gave him the title as the ‘future of RandB’ and his impatiently anticipated ‘TNGHT’ EP with Lunice is set to pour out five mammoth, floor-filling bangers.

It’s no wonder his talents are being utilized by the likes of Kanye West and one can expect enigmatic RandB glitches and glossy soul rhythms during his DJ set in Stradbally.

Canadian duo J unior Boys will add some sparkling synth to the Picnic this September. The pair are doing a huge European and American tour this summer and will be making an all too necessary stop at the Little Big Tent. With four genre-bending albums already under their belt, the Hamilton duo are beloved for their invigorating live sets, which will soothe Picnicers itchy feet…and fingers…

Orlando Higginbottom, aka T otally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is one English producer making quite the name for himself. His love for experimental music came at the tender age of thirteen and he’s been on an electronic adventure ever since. A limitless architect of sound who unites theatre, costume and dance on the live-stage, his performance will be an essential Picnic ingredient.

Raw, gliding, sumptuous basslines come to mind at the mention of the infamous Lorin Ashton aka B asnnectar He sold over 250,000 tickets to his solo gigs in 2011 and is one of America’s most respected artists on the electronic circuit. A true live performer, this native Californian has played some of the most notorious venues and festivals in the world. Don’t miss his Picnic debut for 2012.

DJ W!LD is now a regular fixture of it all: the hottest international clubs and festivals, the leading labels and the best mixes. Make sure to get to the Little Big Tent to see him unhinge the crowd under his deep, dark, house vibes.

This year tickets will be €230 for weekend camping, €99.50 for Sunday tickets and €60 for campervans.

Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie or 0818 719300 for credit cards.

Further information see www.electricpicnic.ie

- Paula Campbell