70,000 live music fans waited two years for Electric Picnic to return. Thus, a light rain (some like a biblical flood, supposed) was unlikely to dampen their spirits too much at yesterday’s festival.
Of course, the three days and nights are mostly great music, which is what everyone in Stradbally, Laois district needs.
It’s not just because we’ve barely escaped a global pandemic that killed some of our loved ones and now we’ve got an energy crisis where people can’t afford to heat their homes. their car or put gas in their car.
So Electric Picnic is the perfect escape from the paranoia about your next electric bill dropping frustratingly through your mailbox. The downpour caused comedian Deirdre O’Kane to think.
“After two long years, I will happily perform in any weather anywhere,” O’Kane, who performed last night in Comedy Shack, told Independent.ie. “We really need to laugh…especially me. We can also use up the final amount of electricity. “
HamsandwicH lead singer Niamh Farrell – who has played at the Salty Dog stage – echoes this sentiment as she tells Independent.ie: “We’ve all gone through two, three very difficult years and backs. The live music is awesome.
“I think as human beings, we need connection with each other and music to heal our souls. Nothing beats standing on a field of singing and life affirming music with thousands of like-minded people. another direction.”
For this reason, everyone (supplemented by good drinks and food, although the food is ridiculously expensive) is at their peak, trudging across the wet lawn, wearing clothes they would never wear anywhere else in the world except the Laois district in September, holding alcoholic beverages at midday.
Even gardeners in their shiny new uniforms are in a chipper mood looking for kids archery with methamphetamine. And where better to show off your new hats and gear than at Ireland’s biggest music festival?
Despite the bad weather, there was plenty to keep spirits high yesterday.
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These include King Kong Company and Lyra in Electric Arena, or For Does I Love, Kojaque, and Lisa McHugh in Rankin’s Wood or Sleaford Mods last night at the Three For All Music Stage.
And not forgetting Susan O’Neill and Havvk in Fish Town, or the Riptide Movement or Cathy Davey in Salty Dog; said nothing about The Crock Of Gold Sessions with Glen Hansard, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and friends in the Footsbarn Theatre.
There is so much diversity and talent, emerging and otherwise, on display. That’s what it did – Electric Picnic became one of the great cultural get-togethers. Unpredictable.
You don’t know what you’ll get. Or from where and or how.
Check out West Belfast republican rap duo Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap with DJ Próvaí from Cregan in Derry on tines, Kneecap. They played one of the shows last weekend at Rankin’s Wood.
Taking the stage at 4 p.m., they opened with ‘Amach Anocht’ before diving straight into their classic love song that cuts through the religious divides of the north, delicately titled – and performed brilliantly – ‘Fenian C *** s’.
Blending Irish and English in a humorous yet meaningful pun, the latter is the story of a Catholic boy who returns to a Protestant girl’s apartment, where – after they’re married friendship – he notices Union Jack on the bed sheet. Then she asked him: “Are you a Fenian who is a magpie? / You should have told me that before you let me beat you beg / Well, I don’t have time for those guys. scum of the Republican Party.”
He replied, “What the hell / It’s racist or something / You don’t mind my face in your muffin.”
She replied, “Stop huffin, just mar gheall gurbh as Bóthar na bhFál domh / You can call me King Billy if you like.”
You can see why British magazine iD writes that Kneecap is “reinventing the Irish language for a new generation” with “controversial performances, provocative lyrics and unrepentant bilingualism.” “. Followed by ‘Fenian C***s’ are ‘Thart Agus Thart’, ‘Guilty Conscience’, ‘Sniffer Dogs’ and, among others, ‘Cearta’ and ‘Hood’. In the later Moglai Bap, the crowd joins in a fun song:
“Your sniffer dogs are shite
“Your sniffer dogs are shite
“Your sniffer dogs are shite.”
Then they rhyme “maybe loan score from m’athair cróga” with “” but I’ll leave him with it for a final in Avoca. “
Not from Wicklow, but Kells in the Meath district, the aforementioned HamsandwicH put on a sensational performance at the Salty Dog stage yesterday. The show was a demo for the band’s new album (released September 30) Magnify.
They open with ‘Reactions’, ‘Models’, ‘Le Soleil’ before going on to ‘Ants’, ‘Apollo’, ‘Fired Up’, ‘Oh Oh’, ‘Iluminate’, ‘Bodies’, ‘The Naturist’ and finally Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill.’
Niamh Farrell later explained: “It was great to see all the musical friends I haven’t seen in a long time and to experience the buzz of a great festival again.”
She added: “A new song in particular – ‘Fired Up’ – is one of my favorites that we’re going to stream this minute, and audiences always seem to love it.”
Renowned Dubliner rapper Emma Dunleavy also thrilled audiences with her puns during her rehearsal at the Three All for Music Stage from 7:15pm to 8:15pm.
She inserted her hymn about working-class inner-city life, ‘Up Da Flats’, where everyone danced to its old-school hip hop soul vibe. How long before Gemma was a superstar?
On the evidence last night, not long at all.
Some of the bigger stars in giving evidence last night were the Irish Saint Sisters duo – Derry’s Gemma Doherty and Belfast’s Morgan MacIntyre. At one point during their 10pm performance at the Three All for Music Stage, they let the crowd sing the opening lines of the acapella ‘Date Night’ before they played it:
“Why are you so happy?
“I saw you dancing in the canteen
“I just want to destroy you
“Everything else seems to make you cry
“Why don’t I?”
At 8pm on Main Stage, Brighton alternative rock outfit The Kooks danced all and sunk to ‘Junk Of My Heart’. Lead singer Luke Pritchard knows how to work in front of a crowd, especially on tracks like ‘Do You Wanna?’ which has audience in singalong mode.
It’s probably not as compelling as Kneecap’s book about crappy sniffer dogs but you’ll probably have to go there last night to decide for yourself.
They were followed on the Main Stage by This Picture. The band’s lead singer Ryan Hennessy (wearing a shiny leather jacket with fur linings that makes him look like the King of the North from Game of Thrones when hit with acid – with an Irish football shirt underneath) didn’t wasted no time talking about the packed gymnasium: “We grew 13 minutes from this stage. This is our homeland, geographically and spiritually.”
He paused before asking, “Are you ready for the biggest night of your life tonight? You can do anything… sing, dance, indulge. ” This has been given to Picture This legions of fans with songs like “Never Change,” “Addicted To You,” and “Winona Ryder.”
They also played a new song, the vaguely Primal Scream-ish song ‘Get On My Love’, which saw them supported by the Dublin Gospel Choir.
All in all, this is a far cry from the weird, stale, and predictable live performance that a music industry celebrity would have predicted before they moved on. Not the Image This will care, either way.
There was a similar sense of inner strength from Wolf Alice’s unique and wonderful combination in London when they performed at the Electric Arena at 11pm last night.
Guitarist and vocalist Ellie Rowsell, a real star of any festival, sang her own truth to thousands of enthralled fans: “I’m who I am and I’m good at it – and you don’t like me… ah, not that” tf *** ing related. “
It’s funny to think that she once said in an old interview that the band was “going to a nice, boring middle ground”. They were far different from now.
On Friday night, Fontaines DC stole the festival with their performance at the Electric Arena, closely followed by Denise Chaila, Megan Thee Stallion and Dermot Kennedy on how they were able to move a huge crowd in a field. grow up in Laois district feel deeply the emotions.
Tonight, expect something similar from Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys, who will take to the main stage at 10:30pm until midnight.
We can start worrying about our electricity and gas bills on Monday morning.
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