Every year there are a certain amount of people who make the pilgrimage to Stradbally for the Electric Picnic. I am one of those people and I am proud to say haven't missed one yet!
So as the announcement came that Festival Republic would be investing in this years festival, alarm bells went off. For those of you who don't know Aiken promotions are no longer taking part in promoting and booking acts for the Picnic, therefore to keep it alive and well another promoter had to come in and help POD out in keeping things going. Festival Republic are formerly known as Mean Fiddler and is co-owned by MCD. So does this mean a change in music variety, the chilled settings of Stradbally estate and the age limit of 18+ ? I for one hope not but I am happy for a little change if it means keeping the EP going.
The line-up rumours are working over time as we speak and we might just get to see the likes of Orbital's return, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Morrissey, Ryan Adams, Okkervil River and Fleetwood Mac all making appearances in a beautiful place in the country!
Again these are just rumours but it's fun to speculate. Bestival in the Isle Of White, taking place a week later is boasting quite a strong line-up with Soulwax, Kraftwerk, MGMT, Massive Attack and Metronomy all confirmed. Here is hoping one or all of the above shall play EP.