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The fantastic music and arts festival, Electric Picnic, is back in the stunning surroundings of Stradbally Hall Estate, County Laois.
The Picnic has received widespread international acclaim, being described as "Ireland's version of Glastonbury" and "a great inspiration to Latitude". US magazine Billboard calling it as "a magnificent rock n roll circus, a textbook example of everything a festival should be" and Rolling Stone describing it as "one of the best festivals we've ever been to".
Please visit www.electricpicnic.ie/ for more information.
Florence + The Machine
Aka one-woman pop-indie-blues-rock singer Florence Welch, a modern-day Kate Bush with the grit of PJ Harvey. Her debut release, the Brit award-winning 'Lungs', notched up a staggering 65 consecutive weeks in the UK Top 40 album charts, while her follow-up Ceremonials debuted at no.1. She also scored a no.2 hit by teaming up with Dizzee Rascal on her memorable cover of The Source/Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love', re-titled 'You Got The Dirtee Love'!
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As the nice boys of Britpop, Damon Albarn and co. were one of the biggest band of the nineties, with songs such as There's No Other Way, Country House, Girls And Boys, Song 2 and Parklife decorating their enormous back catalogue. Alongside their contemporaries Radiohead, Blur are one of the few bands of the era who have managed to both maintain their status and move with the times.
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One of the biggest breakout artists to emerge in recent times, Sam first emerged on the scene featuring on Disclosure’s hit single ‘Latch’, then went on to work with Naughty Boy on the number one single ‘La La La’. Since then Sam has found huge success solo including 5 UK number one singles, from 'Money On My Mind' to 'Too Good At Goodbyes', and the number one album 'In The Lonely Hour'. Live, Sam’s incredible vocal and stage presence has hit higher levels, having toured with Disclosure and Emeli Sande to selling out shows in the UK as well as the US. Critics have lauded Sam's music with huge accolades, having notched up numerous awards including three Brits, four Grammys, six MOBOs, and awards from Q Magazine, Heart Radio, Golden Globes and Billboard amongst others.
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Underworld are a true one-off - at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops and Japanese department stores. Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting. The success of that single catapulted the band from the underground into the heart of the mainstream. The following two decades saw them build on that success while never compromising; selling millions of albums, performing countless sold-out shows, providing scores to productions by Academy Award winning directors Anthony Minghella and Danny Boyle, exhibiting in galleries, and sound-tracking the Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The critical and commercial success of the band’s Grammy nominated 2016 album ‘Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future’ saw them headline stages at Coachella, Glastonbury and Summer Sonic.
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Seventies and eighties singer known for her unmistakable voice and androgynous look, who had hits with tracks such as Slave To The Rhythm, Do Or Die, Send In The Clowns and Nightclubbing.
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The Sultans of Ping FC
The Sultans Of Ping FC were an Irish band active between 1989 and 1997. They became well known for a series of popular singles, such as 'Teenage Punks', 'Michiko' and the cult classic 'Where's Me Jumper' (voted the second best Irish song of all time by listeners of the Ian Dempsey show on Today FM). Now several members of the original band return, assisted by Ian Olney on bass.
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