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Eamon Sweeney gets You prepared for this year’s festivals, gigs and albums with his sizzling guide to the best summer fun
It's hard to imagine summer without the welly-clad festive tour of duty, seasonal soundtracks for long and lingering evenings and leaving a gig while the sun is still up.
As usual, Oxegen (pictured) and Electric Picnic hog the limelight, but there's a cornucopia of small festivals cropping up this year, especially on the already congested Whit bank-holiday weekend. The Olympia turns into a temporary home for heritage acts to play their most successful albums in full during May, while Bjork will drop a summer album that could prove to be a game changer for the format or else a load of fragrant hype. Closer to home, a bunch of Northern noiseniks have made something of a masterpiece and it’s a pleasure to ponder that my album of the year could be Irish for the first time since the heyday of My Bloody Valentine. As the Undertones song goes, here comes the summer…