Electric Picnic: Our top picks for this year’s Stradbally line up

by Rachel Darcy

With Electric Picnic just nine weeks away and the weather heating up, there’s no time like the present to get into the fun and free festival spirit.

To celebrate the warmer weather, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite acts that will be taking to the stage in Stradbally this August.

Some of our picks are household names, whilst others are indie darlings – but they’re all sure to get you in the Summer spirit ahead of the biggest event on Ireland’s festival calendar.

Florence + The Machine

The soul piercing lyrics and the haunting vocals from front woman, Florence Welsh, is the main reason you should catch Florence and the Machine at Electric Picnic. The English indie band has gained international fame with sad bops that make you want to dance, such as ‘Dogs days are Over’ and ‘Shake it Off. Get ready to feel like your soul and mind has been revived by Florence and the Machine!

Jess Glynne

Just coming off the Spice World UK tour, Jess Glynne is a performer that will speak to the soul. The English singer and songwriter has a r&b, soulful voice with pop beats that will have anyone dancing all night. Glynne is known for being featured on electropop songs such as ‘Rather Be’ with Clean Bandit and ‘My Love’ with Route 94. The award winning singer is someone you do not want to miss out on as her voice is going to fill the entire festival.

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens – also known as Chris – is going to light up Electric Picnic with their electro-pop beats and gutting lyrics. With just stepping out into the world as Chris, get ready for a high-energy performance that will ooze fun and individuality. The French singer and songwriter is known to pour their heart out on stage while having fascinating choreography. Make sure to catch them on the main stage! – By Juliana Reyes

The 1975

The 1975 are a live powerhouse, and one not to be missed when they hit EP’s main stage. World renowned as one of this generation’s greatest bands, their live show sees them put everything into their performances, with frontman Matty Healy one of the most passionate front men on the scene today. With illuminating stage design and bops to boot as well, The 1975 are definitely one to stick around to see in Stradbally.

Billie Eilish

If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish yet, chances are you’ve heard her music. Having just released her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, the lead singles have been steadfast radio hits and viral sensations. Counting the likes of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl as fans, 17-year-old Eilish is a star on the rise. Be sure to catch her catchy beats and haunting vocals at EP for what’s bound to be a great set – and so you can say you saw Billie at her first Irish gig!


Finland’s Alma has become somewhat of a festival staple across Europe, making her the perfect addition to Electric Picnic’s line up. Delivering a techno-pop vibe with her unique vocal, Alma is a set to catch if you’re looking for a good time and a bit of a boogie. Known for radio hit Chasing Highs, there’s more to the neon-haired Finn that meets the eye. Her live sets prove to be a hit with fans both fair-weather and dedicated, making her one of our picks to watch this year. – By Rachel D’Arcy

The Strokes

18 years on from their seminal debut album, Is This It, The Strokes are in a strange place in their career. Exploding on to the scene as part of the Garage-Rock revival movement at the turn of the century, the New York City outfit have seen many of their contemporaries fade off in recent times. Five albums in with a sixth (apparently) on it’s way, it’s never certain how long the legendary band will tour before going on hiatus once again. Always guaranteed to put on a great show, this could be your last chance for a long time to catch one of 21st century’s greatest bands live.

James Blake

Coming off his critically praised record, Assume Form, London native James Blake returns to Ireland after providing support for Kendrick Lamar in 2018. Blake’s unique blend of hypnotic soul, electronic and R&B soundscapes provide for a surreal live experience and one that should go down a treat for Picnic goers looking for a slightly more subdued setting.

Courtney Barnett

Australian singer-songwriter and indie-rock icon Courtney Barnett will bring her witty lyricism and jangly guitar tones to Electric Picnic this Summer. Ever since her breakout EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in 2013, Barnett has been a mainstay on the festival circuit. With tracks such as Avant Gardner and Pedestrian at Best, Barnett’s set should provide the perfect soundtrack for the rural backdrop of Stradbally. – By Gary Ibbotson

To check out who else is on the EP line-up this year, and for more information on the festival itself, check out ElectricPicnic.ie.

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