Pistols bring punk to the Picnic
IT WILL be the year of the comeback at this summer's Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally, Co Laois.
Bill-toppers this August include punk legends the Sex Pistols and My Bloody Valentine.
Electro-pop act Goldfrapp, Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros and folk legend Christy Moore are also star attractions.
It will be the first Irish appearance by ageing punks the Sex Pistols, who broke up in the late 1970s and reformed minus deceased bassist Sid Vicious. The band features the original line-up of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock.
Moody Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine will play their first concert here in 17 years. They, too, have spent decades in hibernation even though their 1991 album 'Loveless' was voted the best Irish album of all time in a newspaper poll.
The festival will run on the weekend of August 29-31 in the grounds of Stradbally Hall.
Other acts include Franz Ferdinand, American funk legend George Clinton and his 30-piece P-Funk Allstars, Wilco and African desert warriors Tinariwen.
And a trio of stunning Irish female singers -- Sinead O'Connor, Cathy Davey and Lisa Hannigan -- will also participate.
And this year there will be the brand new Jazz & World Music Stage, which will be hosted by the Improvised Music Company.
The International Comedy Club Stage will also return, as will the Body & Soul Village, complete with holistic therapies, yoga, green workshops, cutting-edge theatre and teepees and log fires.
Performance art troupe Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque are coming over from the LA underground scene, while David Best will build and then burn his Temple Of Truth.
Other regular features include the Hot Press Chat Room, which allows fans to talk to their heroes, and Fossetts Circus, currently celebrating its 130th year in business.
And just to ensure that there is something for everybody this year, there will be a Cooking Stage in the Spoken Word area.
For the first time, the organisers are offering a family ticket which will allow access to two adults and up to four children.
There will also be a children's festival, which will have its own area and reception for babies, toddlers and children up to age 12.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at the usual outlets nationwide.
A weekend ticket will cost €240, while a family camping ticket -- for two adults and four children -- is priced at €480. There will be no single day tickets.
Special campervan tickets, for access to the campervan park, are €60 each, available from the same outlets.