It’s getting very close to that most exciting time of year – Electric Picnic 2011 is just over a fortnight away. The announcements are coming thick and fast the last few weeks, today bolstered by the confirmation of an utterly spectacular Body & Soul line-up.
The likes of CW Stoneking and Austra had long been expected (both acts self confirmed early on in the summer, though no word from the Picnic until now) to take up residence in Stradbally, while a number of other acts were pretty solid guesses (I’m looking at you Henrietta Game, Moths and the Gorgeous Colours), though that takes nothing away from the brilliance of this collective. The Body & Soul line-up is printed in full below, as per On the Record.
Black Devil Disco Club
Brandt Brauer Frick
James Vincent McMorrow
Donal Dineen’s Parish
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands
Boy Lights Fire
Rocket Number Nine
The Great Lakes Mystery
The Low Sea
You Can Call Me Frances
Thee Amazing Few
Now try and tell me there’s nothing there for you? While some people may not be overly excited about the headliners (no fear of that here, mind), I think you’d be hard pushed to suggest that this year’s Picnic line-up wasn’t the strongest yet. On the whole, it is more consistent and varied than any I’ve seen before and it should be commended.
Last I hear tickets were selling quite strongly so buy soon to avoid disappointment I’d say. I can happily say now that taking the gamble on the early bird ticket was well worth it.
Below are a few videos from bands I expect to dominate the post Body & Soul area talk: Solar Bears, Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands, Tieranniesaur, and Halves – the bigger names of James Vincent McMorrow, CW Stoneking and Austra aside, of course.