Announcing FOURTEEN more reasons not to miss Electric Picnic 2012...
Patti Smith; Richard Hawley; Crystal Castles and morePatti Smith; Richard Hawley; Crystal Castles; SBTRKT; Grandaddy; Squarepusher; The Maccabees; Gavin Friday; Van Dyke Parks; Michael Kiwanuka; The Jezabels, Dublin Gospel Choir; Eagle and the Worm; In Tua Nua.
Globally recognised, internationally respected, rising stars, exciting reformations, national treasures - from the list of acts added to the Electric Picnic line up it's clear that the festival, as ever, is catering to all musical predilections.
Best known for the legendary “Because The Night” that has been covered by artists all over the world singer-songwriter PATTI SMITH is also a poet and an artist. Her creativity allows a fusion of her poetic lyrics and rock music. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and with many prestigious awards under her belt Smith truly is a living legend. Patti Smith has announced the June 5th release of her eleventh studio album, Banga. This highly-anticipated album marks Smith’s first collection of original material since 2004, inspired by Smith’s unique dreams and observations, Banga’s poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world – a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience.
After last years Pulp success at Electric Picnic RICHARD HAWLEY obviously couldn't get enough and is back for more this year! With 6 studio albums and another due for release in May 2012, working with Lisa Marie Presley and The Arctic Monkeys - how the rockabilly soloist will choose his set is beyond us!
Chaotic and energetic CRYSTAL CASTLES bring their electrifying live show to EP2012. Known for their lo-fi electro style Crystal Castles have a legion of dedicated fans this side of the Atlantic. The Canadian duo are currently recording their 3rd studio album after receiving widespread acclaim for their previous work.
Can we have your un-divided attention so we can multiply your interest? Added to the line up is London based DJ,SBTRKT. Known and respected for his remixes and original instrumentals SBTRKT has recently surprised the industry with his self-titled debut album by inviting guests to provide vocals for his arrangements. Stepping a tiny bit closer to mainstream has successfully made his work more accessible to a wider audience without losing his originality.
Following an announcement earlier this year that GRANDADDY have reformed we can officially announce that they will be performing at Electric Picnic. Ex-professional skateboarder, singer, guitarist and keyboardist Jason Lytle formed the band in the early 90's in sunny California. Talented Lytle also recorded the majority of the bands work and despite favourable reviews and many fans the band decided to split in 2006. Don't miss their indie sound at The Picnic.
The significant Jazz influence that resonates through-out the electro drum and bass separates SQUAREPUSHER from the crowd and fans give him the deserved title as one of the greatest electro artists of our time. His upcoming album Ufabulum has been described by Squarepusher himself as "something very melodic, very aggressive" - intense, electifying and manic is the only way to describe his live shows. We have a feeling that Squarepusher at EP2012 will be on of those "I was there" moments.
Brighton boys THE MACCABEES chose the name for their band by whimsically flicking through the Bible and landing on a random word and despite this they claim that the band are not remotely religious! Erratic and impulsive the boys are serious about their music. Fun, up-beat, good music – you know you love it.
With recent sell out shows in Benelux and rave live reviews, GAVIN FRIDAY proves that he still packs the same energy and passion with his performance ‘Theatrical and Phenomenal! Nothing touches Gavin Live ‘ Oor Magazine The Netherlands. As always with a Gavin FridayShow, Picnicers can expect the unexpected when he takes to the stage.
Actor, composer, writer, musician, singer, author... is there anything VAN DYKE PARKS can't do? Well known for his contribution to the lyrics of The Beach Boys and starring alongside Grace Kelly, Van Dyke Parks has released six studio albums with his individual style. There seems to be nothing that will stop the creative 69 year old from doing what he loves.
Soulful and inspiring it is no surprise that many people regard MICHAEL KIWANUKA as the music defining the early months of this year - so much so that he won the BBC Sound of 2012 award. Kiwanuka who has collaborated with The Black Keys, supported Adele in her 2011 tour and announced a full North American tour has yet to release a full length album. His vintage, emotional sound have provided listeners with an escape and a window into the past. Citing influences from the great legends of the music industry we're anticipating a deep and passionate performance at Electric Picnic.
Difficult to pigeonhole into one music category THE JEZABELS have playfully described their sound as "intensindie". Perhaps they are onto something as their music has travelled worldwide after massive success in their native Australia. Fun, stylish and above all incredible musicians....Keep an eye on these guys, we promise you they will become one of your favourite bands of 2012.
Rejoice! DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR are returning for their 7th consecutive Electric Picnic appearance, their staple Sunday morning performance has annually refreshed the minds and bodies of Picnicers after a late night. Welcome your day and warm your soul with the legenary Dublin Gospel Choir performance.
Fun, young and Australian - EAGLE AND THE WORM have an ability to condense the feeling of summer, sunshine and love into song. The quirky, feel-good band are known to be extremely close and love sharing their life with their fans. You won't be able to stop smiling - be prepared to become obsessed!
80's folk rock band IN TUA NUA return to the stage to perform at Electric Picnic. Splitting in 1990 the band took on solo projects but now they are back together and are bringing their signature combination of traditional Irish music, rock and raw vocals. In Tua Nua are releasing their first recording in 23 years later this month.