by / May 13th, 2009 /

Brian Wilson, Royksopp, Amadou & Miriam added to Electric Picnic

Brian Wilson, Royksopp, Amadou & Miriam, The Wailers, Fionn Regan, Mundy, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) & Pat Mahoney, A Flock of Seagulls, The Field, Jeffrey Lewis, Bell Orchestre, Marina and the Diamonds and Richmond Fontaine are the latest acts added to Electric Picnic this year. Full details below from the press release:

The legendary BRIAN WILSON will be bringing a taste of Californian sunshine to Electric Picnic, Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois when he performs some of the best known anthems in the history of pop – Wouldn’t it Be Nice, Surfing USA, California Girls, I Get Around, Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations – the list is endless. Wilson will be accompanied with his renowned backing band, who Sir Paul McCartney called ‘the best touring band in the world’ and his set will cover all the hits of his 40 year career.

Dubbed the ‘Mozart of Rock’ Brian Wilson co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed over two dozen Top 40 hits with The Beach Boys. He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in music history and certain to be a highlight of Electric Picnic ’09.

Norwegian summer bliss providers, ROYSKOPP play their first Irish show in four years to perform tracks from brand new studio album, Junior. This album is being hailed by critics as a return to form following their landmark 2001 debut album Melody AM. Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland are renowned for putting on an impressive live show and whipping up a party atmosphere with their infectious enthusiasm. Expect pure electro-pop pleasure.

Following their triple award success at this years’ Grammy Awards, AMADOU AND MARIAM make a triumphant return to Electric Picnic. Picnickers have now another chance to see the Malian superstars perform their spectacular afro pop blues since their 2006 Main Stage performance.

The greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, THE WAILERS, will be making their debut at Electric Picnic. Formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. The pioneers of roots rock reggae, The Wailers recorded such groundbreaking reggae songs as ‘One Love’, ‘Exodus’, ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Stir it Up’ and ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ Their sunshine inducing set will be one not to miss at Electric Picnic this year.

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter FIONN REGAN will perform this year at the Picnic. Regan’s debut, The End of History, received international critical praise including shortlist for the Mercury Prize ’07 and nominations for two Meteors and Choice Music Prize, and this will be a chance to hear his forthcoming second album, which will be released before Electric Picnic.

Another outstanding Irish artist, MUNDY, whose fourth studio album, Strawberry Blood, has proven to be his most accomplished to date. With a recent sold out tour, including 3 nights in Whelans, the magic and energy of a Mundy gig is not to be missed.

Also newly announced are JAMES MURPHY & PAT MAHONEY from LCD Soundsystem who will be bringing their Special Disco Version DJ set – as the name suggests there is very much an emphasis on the pair’s love of -70s disco and all it has influenced since then, as heard on their Fabric mix CD last year. Those who remember LCD Soundsystem’s blistering main stage live set at Electric Picnic in 2007 will know that this latest project is sure to produce an amazing atmosphere in the tent they play.

Electro-pop group A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS had a number of chart hits in the 1980s including -Wishing (if I had a photograph of you)’ and -I Ran’, and they play their first ever Irish show when they come to Stradbally. As well-known by some for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit singles A Flock of Seagulls will follow on from previous act as Human League, Pet Shop Boys and Erasure in proving there’s nowhere better to be for -80s nostalgia than Electric Picnic!

Better known as Arcade Fire’s string section, BELL ORCHESTRE play their first ever Irish show at Electric Picnic this year. The six-piece instrumental band from Montreal performed with Arcade Fire’s at their legendary Electric Picnic back in 2005, and have just released their new album As Seen Through Windows on Arts & Crafts.

Swedish export THE FIELD, will be bringing his electronic wizardry to Stradbally Hall. The Field’s aka Axel Willner, debut LP -From Here to Sublime’ hit it big with indie and electronic audiences alike and received rapturous reviews across the board. The Field are set to release a brand new album, Yesterday & Today.

New York anti-folk hero JEFFREY LEWIS will also play EP09, having just released his fifth album on the legendary Rough Trade label. Recent tours of Ireland have slowly built a solid following for Jeffrey across every city he has played in. His unique mixture of acoustic punk and humourous lyrics is perfect festival fodder

Destined to be one of the breakthrough artists of 2009, MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS will perform their agitated blend of stirring synth-pop. Her debut single Obsessions, released on London’s Neon Gold label has caused a huge stir in the UK and has proved that this London-based singer-songwriter far outshines any other of the big acts tipped for this year.

Mainman Willy Vlautin and his Portland band, RICHMOND FONTAINE, have been making sublime alt-country that conjures images of Brokeback-style mountains and sleepy small-town bars since 1994. The band will be showcasing tracks from their most recent album, Thirteen Cities, which is receiving rave reviews.

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.

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