Not only does this Friday see the start of the Electric Picnic, but also our second year as one of the curators of the Oxjam Stage – alongside Abner Browns and Homebeat. Once again we’ve not only handpicked some of our favourite acts of the moment but also partnered with 2FM and the King Kong Club to bring you a line-up that we feel is pretty fine.
Here’s what we’ve got for you:
3pm – Áine Cahill
Kicking us – and pretty much the whole festival – Cahill draws on influences that reach back to the torch singers of the ’40s, while also taking in the likes of Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. A classy way to start the day.
4pm – Wolves Of Youth
There’s plenty of guitar music to come over the course of Friday, not least from this Donegal quartet.
5pm – Beware Of You
Taking the volume up a notch, Dublin five piece Beware Of You join us thanks to the King Kong Club. Having already impressed at our monthly Faces night earlier in the year, we’re expected more of the same here.
6pm – Heroes In Hiding
Overall winners of the 2FM Play The Picnic make their first of two appearances over the weekend. We’d very much like to hear this…
7pm – Megacone
Innovative instrumental rock. Nod your head, wake the dead – as Quiet Riot nearly once said.
8pm – Old Hannah
Now expanded to a six piece (plus occasional brass section), Old Hannah’s sound is growing in a similar manner to encompass a lot more than their original folk and bluegrass roots.
9pm – Robocobra Quartet
One of our Faces of 2015, Robocobra Quartet have more than repaid our faith so far. If you saw them at our launch in January, you’ll already know what an incendiary proposition their mixture of spoken word, hardcore and jazz is on stage.
10pm – Not Monsters
While it was the idea of a mash up between CFIT and Punch Face Champions that originally attracted us to Not Monsters, they have rapidly developed into an absolute must in their own right. Let there be rock.
11pm – Seo Linn
We’re especially with the mix of genres at Oxjam this year, and thus we move from heavy, heavy sounds to Irish trad. Seo Linn mix it up, however, and you’ll probably hear a few familiar tunes in a very different setting.
12am – BeeMickSee
We had to wait till the midnight hour to bring your the BeeMickSee live experience, one of the most downright entertaining shows we’ve seen all year. Get down, jump up.
1am – Dah Jevu
Representing the darker side of Irish hip-hop, Dah Jevu have come a long way in 2015 – both on stage and in the studio. This could well be one of those “I was there” moments.
2am – The Winter Passing
After Bitch Falcon’s epic set last year, we needed something special to see us home so we’re delighted that The Winter Passing have stepped up to the task. There’s a lot to live up to but this WILL be unmissable.
And there’s more. The State DJs will be spinning everything from hip-hop and punk to rock ‘n’ roll, soul, pop, funk, world music and metal inbetween bands and also till 4am. Really, where else do you need to be?