Limerick comedians Spain and Whelan among Electric Picnic line-up

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Karl Spain: Electric Picnic bound this August
LIMERICK funny men Karl Spain and Dermot Whelan will entertain the masses at the Electric Picnic music and arts festival later this month.

LIMERICK funny men Karl Spain and Dermot Whelan will entertain the masses at the Electric Picnic music and arts festival later this month.

Spain in particular has made a regular pilgrimage to the rolling lawns of the Stradbally estate over the years, for a festival he has labelled as “fantastic”.

“It is, I have done a few of them and it is a great thing, a great atmosphere,” he told the Limerick Leader previously.

“Comedy and music go well together, we are the rock and roll, edgy people in society! It is just about making people enjoy themselves - if I could play music or sing, I would do that,” he laughed.

Spain and Whelan are among a top comic line-up announced this Tuesday afternoon that also includes Dylan Moran, David O’Doherty, Reginald D Hunter, Andrew Maxwell, Bernard O’Shea, Fred Cooke, the Dublin Comedy Improv, Gunther Grun, Kevin McAleer and many more on the comedy stage at the Picnic, with Andrew Stanley to be MC for the two days of comedy on Saturday and Sunday.

A bunch of new acts were added to the music line-up last week, including synth-disco legend Giorgio Moroder and American DJ Chris Cox, plus Two Door Cinema Club, Duckworth Lewis Method, Billy Brag, Kodaline, Jagwar Ma, Cyril Hahn, Mo, Young Wonder and more.

The line-up already includes headliners Fatboy Slim, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys, while an impressive bill also includes Robert Plant, My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, David Byrne and St Vincent, Eels, Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Little Green Cars, Miles Kane, Crystal Fighters and many, many more.

Extensive programming for the Trenchtown area and the Casa Bacardi bar - including a Friendly Fires DJ set - have also been unveiled. Electric Picnic takes place on from August 30 to September 1.

More information available at ElectricPicnic.ie while tickets are available from Ticketmaster.