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    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    Electric Picnic Line Up Final Verdict

    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.....*

    Sigur Ros
    My Bloody Valentine
    The Breeders
    The Dodos
    Cut Copy
    Laura Marling
    Gemma Hayes
    Franz Ferdinand
    Hercules and Love Affair
    Stephanie Dosen
    The Roots
    Dan Deacon
    Crystal Castles
    David Kitt
    Balanescu Quartet
    Juana Molina
    Martina Topley Bird
    Cathy Davey
    Conor Oberst
    Lisa Hannigan
    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
    Joan as Policewoman
    James Yorkston
    David Holmes
    Terry Callier
    Louise Rhodes
    New Young Pony Club
    The Congos
    Adrian Crowley
    Midnight Juggernauts
    Booka Shade
    The Presets
    The Herbaliser
    Nitin Sawhney
    Rachel Unthank & The Winter Set
    Josh Ritter
    Vivienne Long

    *updated July 21

    Fair enough it is too dear this year but I really can’t knock the line-up.

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