by / August 29th, 2016 /

Showtime: State Faces of Oxjam Preview

Of all the stages at this weekend’s Electric Picnic, it’s not false modesty to say that the one we’re most looking forward to is Oxjam – especially our turn programming the acts on Sunday. We’ve a tough act to follow in Abner Browns (Friday) and Homebeat (Saturday), but we like to think our line-up of fourteen acts is pretty fantastic. Here’s what we have in store for you:

1pm – The Optimists

An eccentric and excitable six piece from Dublin, The Optimists marry pop and indie music with stirring results.

2pm – Constant Supply

Expanding from a duo to a five piece, Donegal’s Constant Supply wander between light and dark melodies to find an atmospheric place all of their own.

3pm – Kevyn

As demonstrated by their debut single ‘Scars’, Kevyn have a firm grasp on the power of dynamics, restraint and pin point harmonies. Watch them explode into life here.

4pm – Brave Giant

The State stage at EP is no stranger to traditional instruments so we’re delighted to have Brave Giant with us this year. Like others before them, they use the past as a starting point to explore a very modern sound.

5pm – Young Phantom

Apparently having never stopped making music since he appeared in our Faces of 2016 feature, Cork’s Young Phantom is a one man creative whirlwind – drawing on influences well beyond what you might expect from today’s hip-hop scene.

6pm – Amidships

What happens when singer songwriter JP McCorley’s vision is realised by a full band, Amidships create music to make your heart swell and your soul sing.

7pm – Farah Elle

One of the most impressive new live acts currently doing the rounds, you can’t help but feel that huge things are in store for this unique performer and that this could be one of those moments that lives long in the memory.

8pm – Tebi Rex

Offering a slightly different take on the burgeoning Irish hip-hop scene, Maynooth duo Tebi Rex crash cultures and influences together and come out the other side in sharp form.

9pm – Tanjier

As with Heroes In Hiding last year, we’re delighted to invite the overall winners of 2FM Play The Picnic to the State stage. Described as ideal music to watch the sun go down to, they’ll be ushering in our nighttime run perfectly.

10pm – Katie Laffan

An artist growing in stature before our very eyes since we featured her in Faces of ’16, Katie Laffan gears up for the release of new single ‘Trophy’ with her final festival show of the summer.

11pm – AikJ

Another of our tips back in January, AikJ has fulfilled his potential with both a superb live show and the ultra radio friendly ‘Suit Life’ single. Groove is in the heart come Sunday night.

12am – Beauty Sleep

When Beauty Sleep played for us at Whelan’s earlier this year, we knew instantly that we had to have them at the Picnic. Dreamy as you like on record, they back it up live with a disco backbeat that will keep you on your toes as the festival enters its last few hours.

1am – Anti-One

Sitting on the more alternative side of the domestic hip-hop scene, Anti-One offers a hard hitting infusion or rap, punk attitude and electronic beats.

2am – Le Boom

And so we come to a close and we couldn’t think of anyone better to see us home than Christy Leech and his Le Boom crew. Still looking to dance? You’ve come to the right place.

Music throughout the day will be provided by your State DJs – A-Bomb, Phil Udell and our special guest DJ OJ, at twelve years old definitely the youngest disc spinner at the festival. While you’re having fun for the weekend, however, please don’t forget the amazing work that Oxfam do all year round across the world – especially in the field of women’s rights. Get educated, get involved and get inspired to put on your own Oxjam show. See you on Sunday.

Photo: Olga Kuzmenko