Along with a showcase of amazing new acts comes the welcome return of numerous Electric Picnic favourites. It seems this lot quite simply cannot get enough of the perfect platform that the Electric Picnic has to offer, and neither can we.
Hot Chip (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012)
Probably best known for their dance smash, ‘Ready for the Floor’ eager beaver’s Hot Chip make their record fourth return to Stradbally. The seven- piece from London, who have an impressive tally of five studio albums since their birth in 2004 are set to wow the crowd with their regular improvised set which has been described by Glide magazine as being full of, “excitement, energy and the unexpected.”
Hot Chip play on the Sunday night, September 2nd- Stage to be confirmed
Elbow (2006, 2008, and 2012)
Former Mercury Prize winners, Elbow make their third appearance in six years to the Electric Picnic. Renowned for their raw and unkempt musical style the quintet excite audiences where ever they go. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the genius of Mr. Guy Garvey live on stage perfectly performing the emotional and captivating set to an enthralled audience. This should be a good one.
Elbow also plays on the Sunday night, September 2nd- Main Stage
Elbow- One Day like This
Ham Sandwich (2008, 2011 and 2012)
Irish indie rock quartet Ham Sandwich has actually been around for longer than most people think, having formed in 2003. With two great albums under their belts, ‘Carry the Meek’ and ‘White Fox’ the band make their welcome third visit to the September extravaganza. I’d get there early for this one as the beautiful vocals from lead singer Níamh are sure to draw a massive crowd.
Ham Sandwich plays on Saturday night September 3rd- Stage to be confirmed
The Riptide Movement (2010, 2011 and 2012)
Third time’s a charm for Dublin’s The Riptide Movement as they make yet another return. Having released their debut album, ‘What about the tip jars’ in 2009 the four-piece received quite a lot of critical acclaim from the media. Phantom 105.2 have also described single, ‘Thieves in a gallery’ as, “easily the best Irish single of the year.” The Riptide Movement have quite the following, so expect a good show.
The Riptide Movement plays on Sunday September 3rd- Stage to be confirmed
Villagers (2009, 2010 and 2012)
Having toured with the likes of Bell X 1 and Elbow, Mercury nominated Villagers are no strangers to the festival scene and just like the others seem to have taken quite a shine to The Electric Picnic. Their debut album, ‘Becoming a Jackal’ was quite the success, reaching number one on both the Official Irish and the UK indie charts respectively.
Villagers play on Saturday September 2nd- Stage to be confirmed
It appears the Dublin Gospel Choir (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) have played an early afternoon slot for an impressive four years in a row, now that’s worth a mention.
Other Notable Returns
Bell X1 (2009 and 2012)
Orbital (2009 and 2012)
The XX (2009 and 2012)
The XX- Intro
The Antlers (2010 and 2012)
Crystal Castles (2010 and 2012)
Le Galaxie (2008 and 2012)
Bat for Lashes (2009 and 2012)
Sigor Rós (2008 and 2012)
Tindersticks (2008 and 2012)
Gavin Friday (2011 and 2012)
Four Tet (2009 and 2012)
Cathey Davey (2008 and 2012)
Explosions in the Sky (2009 and 2012)
If you’ve got a winning formula then why change it, Electric Picnic I salute you and look forward to the treats that are in store this September…