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Electric Picnic: Eclectic line-up includes The Cure and Ed Sheeran

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Handout photo issued by the BBC of Ed Sheeran performing on Let's Dance For Sport Relief. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 26, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Dance. Photo credit should read: Adam Lawrence/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Handout photo issued by the BBC of Ed Sheeran performing on Let's Dance For Sport Relief. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 26, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Dance. Photo credit should read: Adam Lawrence/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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2 Sep 2011 Festival-goers start to arrive.  Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

2 Sep 2011 Festival-goers start to arrive. Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Festival-goers from Galway arrive at Electric Picnic

Festival-goers from Galway arrive at Electric Picnic

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THE CURE, Ed Sheeran, Sigur Ros, Christy Moore and Glen Hansard are among the artists lined up to play the eigth Electric Picnic 2012, it was announced today.

Sheeran (21) whose parents are from Wexford, came from virtual obscurity in the last year. He was the toast of the Brit Awards last week after winning best British male and breakthrough act for 2012.

This year’s Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois will run from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September.

The festival organisers say that the eight year old event will be an opportunity to face down the current doom and gloom.

Tickets for the weekend are €230 plus fees and go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am.

Confirmed acts who will play also include:

Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, The Roots, Hot Chip, The Xx, Metronomy, The Horrors, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Bell X1, Staff Benda Bilili, Milagres, Alabama Shakes, Cranes, Little Roy, John Digweed, Land Lovers, Baxter Dury, Jonathan Wilson, Solar Bears, Fatoumata Diawara, Willis Earl Beal, Lanterns On The Lake.