An almost final verdict on the Electric Picnic line-up - can’t see them adding too many acts in the next month or so.
The line up features as has always been the case, less hugely well known successful artists than Oxegen but a lot of acts that have released brilliant albums over the last year or so including rock royalty Sigur Ros, Wilco, Elbow, the Breeders and Tindersticks.
Some of the best electronic artists out there in Modeselktor and Crystal Castles, and lets not forget Underworld. Great dance oriented acts in Cut Copy, Santogold and Hercules and Love Affair. Backed up by lesser known quality electronic/dance in Digitalism, the Presets, and Midnight Juggernauts.
Plus Goldfrapp whose new album is amazing. And the legendary My Bloody Valentine.
Some of the best DJ’s in the world with A-trak, Diplo, and David Holmes.
One of the best hip hop acts bar none in the Roots.
A strong selection of Irish talent with Jape, Gemma Hayes, Cathy Davey, Lisa Hannigan, and Adrian Crowley.
Some very fine acts in the singer songwriter folk/alt country range with the Dodos, Bright Eye’s Conor Oberst, Stephanie Dosen, Juana Molina, Louise Rhodes and Terry Callier.
Franz Ferdinand, Foals and Gomez filling out the supply of decent guitar bands.
Plus you’ve got the Balanescu Quartet, Tinariwen, and the Congoes so its not all indie rock/dance.
All in all there’s over 40 acts I’d like to see playing at the Electric Picnic.....*
My Bloody Valentine
Hercules and Love Affair
Martina Topley Bird
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Joan as Policewoman
New Young Pony Club
Rachel Unthank & The Winter Set
*updated July 21
Fair enough it is too dear this year but I really can’t knock the line-up.