Electric Picnic DJ Picks
Blogger Alex Donald gives her Electric Picnic picks of the weekend’s lineup.
The Mac Daddy of Irish festivals, The Electric Picnic, takes place this weekend and fingers all over the country are crossed that Stradbally sees serious sunshine. The line-up boasts impressive names such as The Cure, Elbow, Hot Chip and Orbital, but there are tons of smaller but equally brilliant acts to see. My top five picks for this year’s festival are as follows:
Azealia Banks’ single 212 has been the tune I’m most often asked for in my DJ sets for months now. It’s a killer floor-filler and I’d love to see if her awesome attitude translates in a live context. She closes out the Cosby stage on Friday night.
A. Skillz is performing at the CASA BACARDÍ arena on Saturday night. I’ve been a huge fan ever since his album ‘Tricka Technology’, with Krafty Kuts, was released in 2003. Voted Best DJ at the 2012 Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards, he fuses funk, hip-hop and breaks all topped off with his amazing scratch skills and I can testify that he’s a treat to see live.
Irish duo Arveene & Misk have been in the studio for much of 2012 and they’ll show the fruits of their labour at EP this year. Their new sound is complemented by a unique live visual show, where the music they perform is synced to bespoke images. You can see them playing the penultimate set in the Little Big Tent on Saturday night.
Following Arveene & Misk in the Little Big Tent is another brilliant Irish act. Le Galaxie are by all accounts a must see live act and I’ve made myself a promise to catch one of their gigs in the near future. Described by Nialler9 on his blog as “…a party-starting late-night live dance music band…” they did a much lauded set at the Picnic last year and I’m sure they’ll repeat the same success on Saturday night.
To round out the weekend I’d be heading to Bassnectar’s set on Sunday night in the Little Big Tent. He’s worked with a host of people from KRS-One, Perry Farrel and Fever Ray to Diplo and BT amongst many many others. Having gotten rave reviews for his sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza I’d say he knows his way around a festival crowd. It’ll be hectic, it’ll be sweaty, it’ll be full on, and I reckon he’ll send a lot of people home very happy!