Final acts announced for Electric Picnic festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A RAFT of final acts have been announced for the Electric Music and Arts Festival in Strabally later this month, the jewel in the crown of the Irish festival calendar.

A RAFT of final acts have been announced for the Electric Music and Arts Festival in Strabally later this month, the jewel in the crown of the Irish festival calendar.

The organisers of the Stradbally fest - marked down in diaries for Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2 - are rightly chuffed with the complete line-up, boldly declaring: “With a spectacular lineup already underway for the Picnic, we’re adding even more tasty treats to the Stradbally stage for 2012”.

“Envisage the world’s greatest pop/rock heroes, throw in the finest breakthrough indie acts, add a sprinkling of soul-stardom and top it all off with the most delectable national treasures to give you Ireland’s most flavorsome festival,” they add with a grin.

Joining headliners The Cure, The Killers, Elbow, Sigur Ros, Orbital and Hot Chip are new additions which include: Richie Hawtin, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, David Kitt - playing the Big Romance - Mark Lanegan, God is an Astronaut, Delorentos, Kormac’s Big Band, Perfume Genius, Cathy Davey, Ham Sandwich, Cashier no 9, Trinity Orchestra playing Dark Side of the Moon, the Kanyu Tree, the Rip Tide Movement, Ryan Sheridan, Bats, Tierannisaur, Katie Kim - and many more!

From a local perspective the excellent Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will be thrilling fans in the Leviathan tent, while top DJ and producer MyNameisjOhn will be performing on the Earth Ship stage in Body and Soul on the Friday of the festival.

New acts have been announced for the Little Big Ten, which include James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem fame - playing DJ sets - plus Four Tet vs Caribou, the Juan Maclean, John Talabot and more.

Of course there is a wealth of other activities taking place on the rolling fields of Stradbally, from theatre to spoken word to cooking demonstrations to comedy and as ever, a family-friendly ethos permeates the festival.

Tickets remain on sale from www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets and a limited number of camper van tickets have been put on sale. See www.electricpicnic.ie for more.