THE apex of the Irish summer festival scene is fast approaching, and Limerick is set to be well represented at the annual Electric Music and Arts Festival on the rolling lawns of Stradbally.
Festival favourites the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will again feature at this year’s Stradbally fest - running from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2. The Brad Pitts will be installed in residence at the Leviathan tent in the MindField area over the weekend, where they will be playing a slew of old and new tunes and will close Saturday and Sunday’s Leviathan proceedings.
Journalist Simon Carswell - from Limerick - will feature in the popular Banter public talks series in the Leviathan tent, hosted by his colleague at the Irish Times, Jim Carroll.
Popular local DJ and producer John Lillis - better known as MynameisjOhn - has secured a coveted debut slot on the Earth Ship stage in Body and Soul on the Friday of the festival.
Fellow DJs from the long-running Bunga Bunga night in the city will also feature on the Forest Stage at the ‘Picnic, with local man Darragh Flynn to the fore during the Saturday slot at 7pm.
Excellent up and coming local rockers Moscow Metro - who have already graced festival stages at Liss Ard and Body and Soul this summer - are set to open proceedings on the Cosby Stage on the Saturday of the ‘Picnic, a sign of their growning status in the eyes of Irish festival bookers. The four piece are currently in the studio recording and we expect great things from them.
A variety of new acts including Richie Hawtin, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, David Kitt and God is an Astronaut, announced recently, will join headliners The Cure, The Killers, Elbow, Sigur Ros, Orbital and Hot Chip over the three days of the Stradbally arts and culture festival.
Tickets remain on sale from Ticketmaster and usual outlets. For more see ElectricPicnic.ie.