Sunday 17 November 2019

Blur to top bill at a very big house in the country

Sam Smith
Roisin Murphy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Britpop kings Blur are coming to a house, a very big house in the country.

The band will headline this year's Electric Picnic Festival, which runs from September 4-6.

They will join Florence and The Machine, Jessie Ware, Roisin Murphy (below inset) and Underworld.

It will be the first time the band has performed at Stradbally Estate.

Earlier this year, bassist Alex James told the Irish Independent the band hoped to play in Ireland as part of the promotional tour for album 'The Magic Whip'.

"I really, really hope we get to play Ireland on this record," he said.

"We're not going to do too many shows and we want to keep them special."

'The Magic Whip' is the band's first studio album in 12 years. It entered the UK and Irish album charts at number one, making it the band's sixth number one album to date.

The four-piece indie outfit weren't the only big names to be added to the 2015 Electric Picnic lineup: soulful singer and four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith will also make his Stradbally debut and 1970s disco queen, singer Grace Jones, and Interpol will return to Laois.

Robert Pattinson's other half, RnB superstar FKA Twigs, and the artist formerly known as Mos Def, Yasin Bey, will also keep the crowds entertained.

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has teamed up with 2manydjs to bring DESPACIO to Stradbally.

Irish acts Gavin James and The Riptide Movement were also among the 23 additional acts to be confirmed yesterday.

An extra 5,000 tickets have been released for the music festival's 11th year, increasing capacity to 47,000.

While all early bird tickets are gone, organiser Melvin Benn has made a point of offering competitively priced tickets.

'The ticket price was always my issue," he said earlier this year.

"It was too high previously and I wanted to bring the price down, so I brought it down."

Mr Benn believes the quality of acts and the picturesque setting of Stradbally are key to the success of the festival.

"This is Ireland's festival now. The location is terrific," he said.

EP fans will be pleased to hear classic attractions such as Trenchtown, Mindfield, Body & Soul and The Salty Dog will make a return to the estate for the three days.

Those less interested in mud sliding and crowd surfing should head to the Theatre of Food, where Derry Clarke and Catherine Fulvio will be whipping up treats.

And the Comedy Tent promises plenty of satire and snappy one liners.

Irish Independent

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