THE Boomtown Rats have been added to the bill of the already sold out Electric Picnic music and arts festival.
The legendary band - fronted by Bob Geldof - are among 21 new acts added to the Stradbally extravaganza, which takes place on September 4-6.
Also added to the bill are Villagers, Parquet Courts, The Staves, MS MR, Shamir, Mano Le Tough, Le Galaxie, Son Lux, Jape, Girlpool, Little Hours, The Lost Brothers, Here We Go Magic, Thomston, Declan McKenna, Tom Misch, Bry, Legend, Yurodny and Dublin Gospel Choir.
This, the third announcement of acts for the festival, which already includes Blur, Florence and the Machine and Underworld among the headliners, follows hot on the heels of news that Electric Picnic has sold out in record time.
The music and arts festival sold out in June with more than two months still to go the event. Florence and Blur certainly helped to encourage ticket sales, but a well rounded line-up and a whole host of exciting areas and stages from MindField, Salty Dog, Trailer Park, make this simply the best festival around.
The bill for EP ‘15 also includes acts such as Sam Smith, Grace Jones, Interpol, FKA Twigs, Paul Kalkbrenner, Gavin James, Printer Clips, The Riptide Movement, Manic Street Preachers, Róisín Murphy, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, The War On Drugs, George Ezra, Future Islands, Jurassic 5, Chvrches, Ride, Jon Hopkins, Battles, My Morning Jacket, Django Django, Low and more.
However, organisers also “regretfully” announced today that Jessie Ware has had to cancel her performance at EP.
“Jessie is no longer able to make this show due to scheduling issues, while she is very disappointed she hopes to be back in Ireland in the near future,” they said.
Today’s release also promised more news in due course about acts to play Body & Soul, Other Voices, Comedy, Mindfield, Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, Red Bull Music Academy, Heineken Sound Atlas, Salty Dog and Trailerpark.
See Electric Picnic for more details.