Friday 22 March 2019

Local band needs your vote to win 'Play the Picnic' gig

Following the release of their debut EP, Cork band is hoping for slot at Electric Picnic

Bill Browne

Local band The Elation is seeking the help of the public to help put additional gloss on what has already been, by any standards, an outstanding year. 

The four-piece indie/pop outfit, comprised of Mallow lads Chris Cansdale (vocals) and Denis Burke (drums/percussion), Kanturk's Declan Kelleher (bass/keys) and Billy Whelan from Cork city on guitar, are regarded as one of the country's most exciting young bands. 

In fact, late last year Garageland and included The Elation in their top 10 list of the hottest new and unsigned Irish acts to look out for in 2018. 

The band spent the best part of 18 months writing and recording new material for their eagerly awaited debut EP 'Clickbait', which was released last month. 

It was produced by multi-platinum selling producer Andy Whitmore, who has worked with a veritable 'who's who' of the global music industry, including artists such as Elton John, Eternal, Pet Shop Boys and Terence Trent Darby. 

Since their return back to home shores, the band has been busy touring the new EP, which spawned the catchy single 'XO', and playing gigs at venues across the country. 

The tour will see them return to their home county over the coming weeks, including live slots at this coming weekend's Townlands Festival in Macroom and the Indiependence Music and Arts Festival in Mitchelstown over the August bank-holiday weekend. 

They are also among almost 30 acts from across the country seeking to secure a coveted slot at next month's Electric Picnic music festival and are seeking the help of the public to help make that happen. 

Run by RTE 2FM, the 'Play the Picnic' competition will see the 10 lucky finalists that secure the most public votes secure a live spot on the stage of the 'Play the Picnic' tent at the festival.  In addition to performing on the stage, the act from the final 10 with the highest number of public text votes will also play the larger Cosby Stage, win music master-classes, a studio session, and airtime on 2FM. 

To vote for The Elation visit and cast your vote by Friday, July 27. As an added incentive to get texting, people voting for their favourite band will be in with a chance of winning much sought-after tickets to the Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall. 

Each vote cast will also help the work of the Jack and Jill Foundation, with  proceeds going to help fund the nursing and respite services they run across the country. The charity currently helps some 41 sick children and their families across Cork, and since its foundation 21 years ago has cared for more than 270 children across the county. 

To find out more about The Elation and get a taste of their sound, visit