Bags packed for Electric Picnic this weekend

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits have their bags packed and are ready for this weekend’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, a festival that has helped launch the duo in previous years.

LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits have their bags packed and are ready for this weekend’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, a festival that has helped launch the duo in previous years.

Fans will remember a raucous appearance two years ago, while last year’s high profile slot saw the ‘Bandits secure many people’s gig of the weekend - but this year, the Limerick rappers are set to play two gigs at the Picnic, one of which is in the massive Electric Arena tent, the second biggest stage in the rolling fields of Stradbally.

The ‘Bandits will play at 4pm on Saturday in the Electric Arena, but will later appear on the ‘Salty Dog’ stage hidden in the woods around the site, where they will play a ‘Dirty Rave’ at 2am on Sunday morning.

Compatriots The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, Karl Spain and Ivan St John are all set to play at the weekend, and David Blake of the BPLO said the festival was the “highlight of the Irish music calendar”.

“Very much so, and certainly from our point of view the other stuff going on looks amazing, as ever. It is a lovely gig for us to get, because we are playing twice, we get to hang out a little bit as a band and cause some trouble, which is important,” he laughed.

The BPLO will perform in the Leviathan tent in the Mindfield are at Friday and Saturday at approximately 8pm, a repeat of last year’s slot for the band, which saw them rub shoulders with the great and the good of the political, literature and debating world - and this year’s Leviathan debates will be hosted by economist David McWilliams and the area also features literary, word and theatre stages.

“We had a blast last year and I think we had nearly 12 people on stage with us, so we had nearly a full orchestra and this year, we should be doing something similar,” said David.

“Last year felt like one of those old fashioned, evangelical revival meetings - if only we had a preacher with us it would have been perfect! But it was great craic and should be again this year,” he added.

The festival boasts an extremely impressive line-up again this year, including headliners Arcade Fire, Chemical Brothers, Pulp, Interpol, PJ Harvey and Underworld, as well as Bob Geldof, Jape, Mogwai and many more. For the first time ever this year, there is a dedicated food area, while many more surprises await those who make the trek this Friday.

For more see Electric Picnic. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster.