Grouplove, Cosby Stage
Grouplove are probably used to their early slot, having spent the summer at various festivals across Europe. Like Oxegen before it, the Electric Picnic totally falls for their charms. It’s not rocket science (just damn good songs played by a damn good band) still they are immensely engaging. Given that their debut album has only been available for just over 24 hours, the response is remarkable. To be honest though, you wouldn’t need to have heard any of their songs before to get swept up in it all. Come next year, their days of propping up the bill like this will surely be long gone. Plus their soundman wears a cravat….what more can you ask for in a band?
Le Galaxie, Electric Arena
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There seems to be something of a tradition at the Electric Picnic of programming the most exciting Irish bands of the moment at unearthly hours, but at least Le Galaxie draw the Saturday straw and face an audience with spirits raised by the unfolding sunshine. Not that they need any sort of luck on their side, producing as they do one of the performances of the weekend. We know that they’re unbeatable in small venue yet it is heart warming to see how well they adapt to the larger stage. It’s the little touches that set them apart – the hundreds of TUNE! signs handed out to the audience, the drum ensemble that join them onstage, the sheer warmth of humanity that runs through their machine driven electro. A thundering ‘Midnight Midnight’ brings it all to an end, with Mick attempting an Odd Future style climb side stage, cowbell in hand. Stunning.
Tieranniesaur, Body & Soul
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The main stage in the Body & Soul glade, all organic materials and twinkling lights, is the natural setting for all sorts of musical styles – acoustic and folk naturally, even a touch of electronica as darkness falls – although you wouldn’t necessarily associate it with a fusion of punk, pop and funk. Until, that is, Tieranniesaur take their place on stage. It’s not really true to say that the pressure is on but a awful lot of people have been talking this one up in advance of the weekend, beguiled by the wonders of their debut album. The good news is that they’re every bit as delightful as we hoped, plugging into the good vibes of the event with a set of tunes that, while appearing to be thrown together, pay attention to all the rules of great songwriting. We liked them before, now we love them even more.