by / April 15th, 2009 /

Orbital, Flaming Lips, Madness, MGMT, ESG and more confirmed for Electric Picnic 2009

The first names for Electric Picnic 2009 in Stradbally have been announced at the launch today in Dublin and without further ado, the acts confirmed to play are:

Orbital
Flaming Lips
Basement Jaxx
Madness
MGMT
Fleet Foxes
Klaxons
BellX1
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Chic – first ever Irish apperance
Seasick Steve
2 Many DJs
Explosions in the Sky
Lisa Hannigan
Alabama 3
Zero 7
The Sugarhill Gang
Erol Alkan
Roots Manuva
Billy Bragg
Bat for Lashes
Damien Dempsey
Lykke Li
Imelda May
Echo & The Bunnymen
ABC
Magazine
ESG
Moderat
Four Tet
Magnetic Man (Skream & Benga)
Simian Mobile Disco
Heartbreak
Halfset
Noze
Chris Cunnigham – A 55 minute performance, combining original and remixed music and film.
Okkervil River
Magnolia Electric Company
The Low Anthem
Villagers
Tunng
Jape
Efterklang
Micachu and the Shapes
The Whitest Boy Alive
The Walkmen
Michael Nyman – with a mini-orchestra,
Dublin Gospel Choir
Quantic Soul Orchestra
Jazzanova

The festival takes place from the 4th to the 6th of September in Stradbally, Co. Laois.

TICKET INFO:
Weekend Tickets are €240 / Family Camping Ticket is €480 for 2 adults & up to 4 kids under 12 with access to designated Family Campsite. There are no single day tickets.

Campervan Tickets for access to Campervan Park are €60, available also from the same outlets. Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and go on sale 9am Friday 17th April from all usual outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie / Credit Card Hotline: Ph 0818 719300 Republic of Ireland / 0870 2434455 UK/Northern Ireland. Phone / internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charges. Agents fee is €2.50.

From the press release:

Of course it’s not just about the music’¦.

The Body & Soul Village, the heartbeat of the Electric Picnic will be once more pulsating to its own rhythm. A veritable hippy heaven with a large array of holistic treatments, reiki, yoga and massage. The unique Chill Stage, set in a natural amphitheatre will host a mix of folk, world, classical, electronic, reggae, roots and hip wiggling funk. Once more an army of creatives will be set free across the landscape to transform the space into a magical wonderland.

It wouldn’t be Electric Picnic without the peals of laughter across the lawns of Stradbally. The Comedy Tent has always been a major attraction with a steady stream of Picnikers through the doors. This year will be no exception and there will be the usual 3 days of entertainment, the line up will be announced over the coming months.

Now an integral part of the festival the Spoken Word area will see the return of David McWilliams’, Leviathan debates, poetry reading, Storytelling and Irish language, full details of the compendium of events to be announced over the coming months but expect a further step up from last year with renowned international names ‘¦stay tuned!

The world renowned performance art troupe, Lucent Dossier crawls once again out of the LA underground arts & music scene with their interactive Water Show’¦.a 1960s Treehouse Jungle World complete with water stage, rope ladders, unique aerial apparatuses and wild eccentric characters!

Each year Arcadia has looked more and more like a jaw dropping set from a Mad Max movie and this year they will we be taking it to a new level with a unique space-aged 360 degree venue complete with robots and junk metal art installations, circus acts, trapeze performers, and fire spinners. This year Electric Picnic will be the only festival, aside from Glastonbury, that will host Arcadia’s impressive structure.

Inhabited by the dark, the twisted and the strangely beautiful, THISISPOPBABY’s palace of Performance, Myth and Discotheque returns to the Picnic this year following a notorious debut in 2008. Slip once again through the orifice of POP and immerse yourself in an upsidedown universe ruled by Queens of Allegory, Caricature and Disguise. With gender illusion, blinding visions, sensory surprises and grotesque wit, you will find yourself Popsucked and Poplicked by a host of international tranniversalist superstars. And then your sweat will turn to artificial sugar as you dance deep into your future and find yourself returning to POP, over and over…

THISISPOPBABY brought together the best of Irish drag artists to put together this evening’s Electric Picnic line-up announcement show, hosted by Panti.

Last year Electric Picnic was the proud recipient of two awards for its attempts at making it a more environmentally friendly festival. The Irish Festival Awards voted it Greenest Festival and A Greener Festival awarded it The Greener Festival International Award. A Greener Festival recognizes environmentally-friendly music festivals and Electric Picnic is the only Irish Festival to receive the award in 2008. The long term sustainability strategy that was implemented at last year’s festival will be closely followed with plans for -Year 2′. The -Global Green’ will return along with the successfull carpool.ie and Bin Your Empties team. There will be increased number of recycling stations throughout the festival and many more new intiatives to try on build on last year’s efforts.

Such was the success of last years Greencrafts it has been decided to enlarge the area. Specialist meets beginner to share practical skills and inspiration, enabling green philosophy and aspiration to be shifted into a practical reality’¦while having lots of fun.

In the Greencrafts area, you’ll feel the pounding energy and spirit of all the makers during the day leading workshops: smiths forging hot metal, silver rings and shamanic drums, pole lathes chatter while shavings fly, bow-top wagons, yurts and tipis built, fire and flint, knives and arrows, glistening axes splitting and shaping timber, fluff and fur, rhythmic weaving of willow basketmakers, dazzle and delight, twinkling lanterns formed, raku kilns a blazing

The Hot Press Chatroom offers festivalgoers a unique chance to get close to their favourite stars, with lively question and answer sessions involving experienced Hot Press interviewers and the fans themselves. Legendary chatroom appearances over the years include Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Mani of The Stone Roses/ Primal Scream, New Order, The Frames, The Undertones, Damien Dempsey, The Go! Team, DJ Shadow, Bloc Party, Carbon/Silicon and Michael Franti. Hot Press journalists Stuart Clark, Roisin Dwyer and Paul Nolan will be fielding questions from the crowd this year. The crew look forward to chatting to the creme de la creme of the Picnic’s 2009 line-up.

Last year’s introduction of the Family Ticket proved hugely successful with a record number of families in attendance. The Family ticket permits access for two adults and up to four children with access to the Family Campsite, there will be a vast array of activites for children and the Kids Area will return bigger, brighter, more colourful than before’¦if that’s possible! The Electric Picnic isn’t just for grown up and we intend to make the festival as family friendly as possible. The Children’s Festival will have all sorts of creative workshops, kids yoga, chill out space for parents, and games.

TICKET INFO:

Weekend Tickets are €240 / Family Camping Ticket is €480 for 2 adults & up to 4 kids under 12 with access to designated Family Campsite. There are no single day tickets.

Campervan Tickets for access to Campervan Park are €60, available also from the same outlets. Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and go on sale 9am Friday 17th April from all usual outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie / Credit Card Hotline: Ph 0818 719300 Republic of Ireland / 0870 2434455 UK/Northern Ireland. Phone / internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charges. Agents fee is €2.50.

  • Neil

    pretty bad lineup so far…non of the headliners really appeal to me and besides madness and basement jaxx arent even top tier bands at Open’er in Poland and thats quarter of the price of the electric picnic

  • Hannah

    Hate to call it mate, but the line up looks pretty good to me, most of the bands I’ve never heard of, but it was the same last year and some of the bands I went to see were a real eye opener, great entertainment. We live in Ireland so of course you pay through the nose for tickets, that’s par for the course!!!

    Electric Picnic 2009, I applaud you!!!

  • Pepe

    Will probably still go to EP this year as Im more interested in the smaller stages where the real music is, so hopefully the line-up for these stages will be good. The so called ‘headline’ acts above are a joke, is EP turning into Creamfields with all the DJ’s & Dance acts? At least give us something with a few guitars!
    Hopefully the weather is good again this year for EP cos no one on the main stage will brighten up your day….

  • ed silver

    very second division lineup , not a patch on oxegen ., and more expensive, but ill be there come hell or high water

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