Electric Picnic

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Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry basically tiptoes on stage. It’s a very timid entrance considering the set that’s about to come. The whole show i(...)

What a mad, eclectic, unlikely band of genius Blur are. They don’t actually make any sense as a musical outfit, having, as they do, enough sounds f(...)

Natalie Prass on stage. Photograph: Gaelle Beri/Getty Images

Evoking the mellowy 60s, Natalie Prass takes us back to balmier times. With three musicians from Virginia instead of a full complement, what she lo(...)

Parquet Courts’ bassist Sean Yeaton starts with some stage-work. “Do something over here,” he says to the audience on his left. “Now do so(...)

Around the middle of their set, Hot Chip lob in festival favourite Over and Over as if it’s just another song and they’ve plenty more where that came (...)

Sam Smith arrives in Stradbally laden with Grammys and platinum discs. But two years ago, as he explains from the stage, he walked out in front of (...)

If you ignore the relentless noise, fluorescent lights and sporadic screaming, a sleepy mood has fallen upon Stradbally. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

By Saturday afternoon at Electric Picnic, people of all ages are lying about in the sun. If you ignore the relentless noise, fluorescent lights and sp(...)

With Adam Granduciel filling the middle of a vocal Venn diagram featuring Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and a penchant for grabbing beautifully o(...)

Things only get sunnier with the arrival of Future Islands, whose iridescent synth pop was made for these blue skies. They even play against a silv(...)

Canadian indie-pop group Alvvays are almost silhouettes when they come out on the Cosby tent stage. Between the red lights and the heavy smoke machine(...)

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