Wednesday 18 July 2018

Kendrick Lamar and N.E.R.D join the Picnic

Deirdre Griffin, Kate Finnegan and Marion Cronin of performance group headonbody at the Electric Picnic 2018 launch. Photo: Damien Eagers
Deirdre Griffin, Kate Finnegan and Marion Cronin of performance group headonbody at the Electric Picnic 2018 launch. Photo: Damien Eagers

Sean O'Grady

An eclectic mix of rock, rap and vintage indie acts has been announced in the line up for this year's Electric Picnic.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar, Pharell Williams's band N.E.R.D. and 80s trip hop Massive Attack are the headline acts.

Glastonbury breakout star Dua Lipa and rising star Sigrid are also in the mix along with classic rock acts Garbage and The Kooks for the annual music and arts festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, from August 31 to September 3.

Electric Picnic festival director Melvin Benn has advised festival-goers to book their tickets early, as the stellar line-up will likely mean a quick sell-out.

Describing the festival as "one of the most important cultural events" in Ireland, Mr Benn and organisers worked hard to ensure a great line-up for fans to enjoy this year.

"They will have to be quick. I suspect they will go really quickly again," he said.

"They are still on sale at this point in time; will they still be on sale this evening? I don't know."

He also revealed there will be a new venue on the Stradbally premises for Picnic goers to take advantage of.

Mr Benn insisted festival organisers will be taking the usual provisions for the weather following the plunging temperatures and snowfall brought by Storm Emma.

"We work closely with the emergency services and Laois council and make all those provisions," he said.

"It rains, it's cold, it's damp, it doesn't stop us doing anything at all."

With tens of thousands to descend on Stradbally, Mr Benn said the festival always tries to make sure the locals are involved.

"I work incredibly close with Stradbally. I've always done that with any of the festivals I do. I make them feel a part of the festival," he said.

"The local people get involved and they feel part of it."

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on ticketmaster.ie.

More acts for the festival are due to be announced at a later date.

Irish Independent

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