A VERY Nova-Friendly Electric Picnic Lineup Has Been Announced

Elaine Stenson
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The lineup for Electric Picnic 2019 has been announced with The Stokes leading a star-studded lineup.

Also topping the Stradbally bill is Florence + The Machine, Hozier and The 1975.

The hugely popular three-day music fest – which kicks off on Friday, August 30th – also features US pop sensation Billie Eliish, French songstress Chrisitne and the Queens and up and coming Irish star Dermot Kennedy.

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Announcing the first round of acts today, festival organisers said: “Faith is a wonderful thing. Like the faith of a congregation who believe in the words Electric Picnic 2019 without ever knowing who is coming to spread the word of love over them.

“For those of you with faith and a sold-out ticket tightly clenched to your bosom the Dog Days Are Over.

“It’s time to return to the fields of happiness and pay homage to The Sound. Spend time with a girl called Billie, and don’t forget to follow the tall man to the Church of Hozier.

“Electric Picnic is coming out to play for you, whatever Strokes your fancy. So Dry Your Eyes mate and see what’s coming to take you away. You may be Tilted towards a little bit of royalty or prefer it when the King’s Dead.

“Whatever your persuasion there’s a beat for you. We’ve been doing this for Years and Years. We know what you like. So it’s time to Sing It Back to you. And the best bit is that there’s plenty more to come. And it’s not just the line-up.”

Works have also begun on a brand new stage area known as Freetown – with an 8,000 capacity stage set to be constructed.

The statement added: “As Electric Picnic’s various artful hubs all around the festival find places in our hearts as firm favourites, this year we are beyond excited to share an exhilarating new world: FREETOWN.

“Construction will shortly get underway to create a whole new town within the festival’s mind-blowing creative acreage, located on the pastureland formerly occupied by the Oscar Wilde Campsite.

“Anchored by Terminus, a brand new 8,000 capacity mega-stage for electronica and dance, Freetown will rise from the ground for just 4 days of the year.

‘Also within its walls, the labyrinthine streets of Providencia will unveil catch-it-while-you-can Latino life down every alley-way, around every corner, while on its outskirts, Spike Island – a swamphut jumping with seisiúns of slip-jigs, The Oasis, an improvised home-place for the gaggle of idealists and a brand new Cirque on the edge of town where death-defying, jaw-dropping acts of edgy spectacle unfold.’

‘In Freetown, fizzing neon will blink promises at you, and towering billboards may claim truths. Brought to you by the Electric Picnic team that created Berlinhaus, Salty Dog and Trailer Park, we look forward to unveiling something completely thrilling for you.’