I was photographing at the Electric Picnic press launch this morning. Strange stuff. The lineup is decent without throwing up too much that we didn’t expect. Can Roxy Music do a Chic? Will Leftfield do an Orbital? Will LCD Soundsystem be better than ’07? Will The Frames fuck off? At first glance, it seems Mumford & Sons (who were excellent last week) are the only band from the Oxegen line-up that also make the Picnic’s initial batch.
The full line-up is:
Roxy Music, Leftfield, Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, The Frames, Public Image Ltd, The National, Imelda May, Mumford & Sons, Seasick Steve, Modest Mouse, Hot Chip, Gil Scott-Heron, Fever Ray, Jonsí, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bad Lieutenant, Crystal Castles, Afro Celt Soundsystem, Booka Shade, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew77, Steve Earle, The Waterboys, Beach House, The Big Pink, 808 State, The Low Anthem, The Redneck Manifesto, The Horrors, Monotonix, Liquid Liquid, Here We Go Magic, Field Music, Steve Mason, Cymande, The Alarm, Messiah J & The Expert, Dublin Gospel Choir, Caribou, Adrian Crowley, Villagers, The New Pornographers, Edan, Brekastra & Chali 2 Na, Mr Scruff and Memory Tapes
…with the usual more to be announced. Though we can expect the 70 or so other acts to fill out the lower end of the bill.
There’s plenty of good stuff, though as usual, I’ve seen most of them either at previous Picnics or in Dublin during the year. Still, I’d be happy to catch the likes of LCD Soundsystem, The National, Mumford & Sons, Modest Mouse, Fever Ray, Beach House, Field Music and The Low Anthem again. Handful there that I haven’t seen yet but I wouldn’t be soiling myself about any of them. All in all, it’s as solid a start as they’ve had in recent years and I’d say a couple of nifty additions during the summer, particularly after Oxegen – could fill it out into a decent festival. And besides, we all know the Picnic is super-fantastic-megatime-amazo-fun every year anyway. Who needs Arcade Fire whe you have The New Pornographers? More hilarious photos below and here.