egoeccentric's guide to Electric Picnic 08

It’s that time of the year again, and as people get their wellies out for electric picnic egoeccentric compiles a guide to our must-see acts. With a line-up drastically removed from the likes of Oxegen, there’s always plenty of gems at the Picnic, and many of them are acts most folk never heard of before. This is the beauty of Electric Picnic- think of it as a live mixtape made by someone with impeccable (if mildly insane) taste.

Read on for the guide…


9.15-10.30, Electric Arena

What will probably be the dance highlight of the weekend, Digitalism’s first album was a humdinger featuring four singles, at least one of which you’re bound to have heard. Idealistic is a thumping dance-punk classic, Zdarlight is an awesome psychedelic dance opus, and Pogo a kickdrum & synth heavy indie song. So something for everyone… Bring water, it’ll get sweaty.

Mp3: Digitalism- Idealistic

The Gutter Twins
9:30 - 10:30 Crawdaddy stage
Two of the alt-rock era’s greatest frontmen, The Gutter Twins is a musical collaboration between rock musicians Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan. not to be missed

MP3:The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands

Sigur Rós10:30 - 12:00 Main Stage

The Icelandic slow-motion rock band return to our shores with new material for the latest album as well, high hopes for a reenactment of the video for Gobbledigook in the crowd.

Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook


Dan Deacon
19.45-20.45, Little Big Tent

Mister Deacon is a favorite round these parts, and his Saturday evening set has got to be considered one of the Picnic’s unmissable events. Famed for his maniacally enjoyable live show, Dan’s unique approach to a live show has a touch of ‘kid’s birthday party’ about it, albeit a party soundtracked by insanely eclectic electro. Do not miss this, it could well be the hour during which your ticket price is justified.

Mp3: Dan Deacon- Okie Dokie

The Breeders
5:00 - 6:00 Electric Arena
New album called “Mountain Battles” out now , what more can be said about the Breeders other than walking legends

The Breeders - Walk It Off

Ra Ra Riot
4:00 - 4:45 Little Big Tent
Formed at Syracuse University in January 2006, Ra Ra Riot is an amorphous blob that consists of seven highly dedicated individuals, each bringing her/his own experiences as both people and musicians to the metaphorical table.They are dedicated to moving people physically and mentally as a means of affecting positive micro/macro cosmic change

MP3:Ra Ra Riot - Dying Is Fine

The Faint
17.15-18.00, Little Big Tent

One of our all time favorites finally makes it to Ireland, and with a stunning new album to promote. The Faint are have somehow managed to remain relatively under the radar for ten years whilst all the while releasing some of the most adventurous and visceral albums of their type. Having mastered the electro-rock genre well before it became fashionable the band have over the years furthered their repertoire by incorporating punk and classical music seamlessly into catchy, dancey tracks. Top all that off with a live show that’s so damn good it’s got me flying to Manchester tomorrow specifically to see them play in a club… and you’ve got the makings of a
surefire festival highlight.

Mp3: The Faint- In Concert

George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars
00.00-2.00, Main Stage

George Clinton is possibly the funkiest man who has ever lived. He is considered one of the most sampled musicians of all time, has worked with everyone from Snoop Dogg to the Chilis and in the 60’s worked as a staff writer for Motown records. In short, he’s a legend. Gaining much of his notoriety by bringing funk to the masses through bands such as Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton took what James Brown started, threw in a dash of Hendrix and turned up the bass. Expect much dancing and yelling of refrains such as ‘WE WANT THE FUNK!!’ (and, if you’re really lucky, a giant funk-fuelled UFO landing on stage).

Mp3: Parliament- Flashlight


My Bloody Valentine
9:20 - 10:50 Electric arena
Sweet sweet lush noise let it wash over you another one really not to be missed

MP3:My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

18.00-18.45, Crawdaddy Stage

Having come out of the gate with a series of kickass adrenaline-driven-yet-intricate math-rock tunes, Foals surprised all by ditching them for their debut album and instead going ‘a bit weird’. Not in a bad way, but in a ballsy, experimental ‘let’s get the dude from TV On The Radio to produce us’ kinda way. Don’t worry- the singles (Hummer et al) are still staples of their live show- a show which is quickly gaining notoriety for being both captivating and frenetic (just ask anyone who caught them in the Academy…). Perfect for a good ol’ mosh, and one that avoids unnecessary smelly-metal/hard-rock clichés. Woo hoo!

Mp3: Foals- Mathletics

2:30 - 3:00 Little Big Tent

Pivot is equally influenced by Synthesizer luminaries Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre, Warp label mates Autechre and the post-punk new wave of Talking Heads. Comprised of Sydney’s brothers Pike, Laurence and Richard, and Perth electronic wunderkind Dave Miller.

MP3:Pivot - Fool In Rain

The Roots
7:00 - 8:00 Main stage
With there heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation and known to put a skip in your set, with newest album ‘Rising Down’ song being predominant in the set but im guessing some gems off other albums as well

MP3:The Roots - i can't help it (featuring malik b & p.o.r.n.)

Stephen Malkmus
7:15 - 8:15 Crawdaddy Stage
Former member of the bands Pavement, Silver Jews, and the Crust Brothers, Most recently Stephen Malkmus released the Jicks’ latest album, Real Emotional Trash

MP3:Stephen Malkmus - Baltimore

7:35 - 8:35 Electric Arena
The story of Grinderman begins within the working processes of another band: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. At the start of 2004, when Nick Cave took a small team of Bad Seeds members - violinist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos - off to the tiny Misère studio in Paris, France for a songwriting session, they effectively established a new working process.

MP3:Grinderman - No Pussy Blues

Irish Acts you'd be a fool to miss:

Warlords of Pez follow last year's Sunday Mass with a well deserved Saturday evening slot... Jape get amazingly dancetastic and meloncholic at the same time... pure unadulterated fun & drum-machines from Hybrasil... A post-choice award, pre-remix album Super Extra Bonus Party are sure to be class as always... Giveamanakick promote their excellent debut Welcome to the Cusp... Top quality Indie-Rock from Large Mound... last but far from least, Halves will be treating folk to their beautiful orchestratic electronica.

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