Oxegen takes main stage next weekend as 80,000 music lovers and 160,000 slabs of Bavaria descend upon Punchestown to witness the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, Arcade Fire and more. All the while the lineup to Oxegen’s somewhat more refined older cousin Electric Picnic discreetly grows more and more impressive.
EP offers and altogether different experience to Oxegen. The capacity is under half and the acts tend to be a little less mainstream targeting a different audience. Diversity is abundant at Stradbally’s best weekend with prams and Zimmer frames as welcome as glow-sticks and Buckfast. While Oxegen relies on chart-toppers to draw in the masses, EP’s lineup combines household names (The Frames, Mumford and Sons) with old school legends (Roxy Music and Leftfield) as well as cult favourites (Bonobo, Fever Ray). The range of genres on display is a bit more varied with acts catering to ravers, moshers and everyone in between.
Electric Picnic is a music and arts festival, and the event serves up more than just great tunes. The Body and Soul area has all kinds of wacky and fun exhibitions as well as poetry, film and gaeilge for those who stray from the stage area.
The lineup has yet to be completed but it already makes for compelling reading. If I manage to beg, steal or borrow the money for a ticket come September here’s who I’ll have on my must see list;
And So I Watch You From Afar,
The Redneck Manifesto,
The Bloody Beetroots,
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip,
Mumford and Sons,
Joker & Nomad,
James V McCMorrow,