Electric Picnic 2016, here we go
All eyes on Stradbally from September 2 to 4 as first acts announced for this year’s 55,000 capacity event
First acts for this year’s Electric Picnic have been announced and they are as follows (cue some kind of music):
LCD Soundsystem (hupyaboyya)
Lana Del Rey (a more welcome sight on any bill than a brace of Healy-Raes)
The Chemical Brothers (standard)
New Order (big hitters at Electric Picnic 2006)
Super Furry Animals
Years & Years (hmmmm…)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (excellent)
Gavin James (no comment)
The Avett Brothers
Jack Garratt (g’wan Jack)
Savages (a pity they’ve not done a standalone Irish show for this album)
Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad
Broken Social Scene (surprisingly far down the bill – shows have things have changed)
Daniel Avery (where the feck is the new album?)
The first take: solid, robust Picnic-friendly line-up with usual blend of known knowns and known unknowns. It’s a bit like a political party’s manifesto with something for everyone, the promise of more to come and nothing to frighten the horses. LCD Soundsystem will stand tall for most and that will help the promoters shift what’s left of the tickets. It will be interesting to see the quality and heft of the new additions which will added to the bill in due course too. A few names missing from that line-up that I’d been assured were certs so I guess some porkies were being told somewhere along the line or they’re going to be in the next tranche of additions. The usual array of sideshows, other stages and bits and pieces are naturally also to be announced.
Tickets: weekend tickets are now on sale at €234.50 a go (plus Ticketmaster all-my-friends taxes and charges) and, as per last few years, there’s an instalment plan payment option in place. I make that a jump of €40 or 20 per cent on last year’s €194.50 ticket option at this time. However, given that early bird tickets, family weekend tickets, Sunday day tickets and campervan passes are already sold out and that promoter Denis Desmond was quoted as saying back in October that half of the tickets for 2016 were already sold at that stage, you really better get your skates on here.
Capacity: the cap for this year’s event is 55,000, per the event’s PR rep.