Although we don’t have times for any of the bands yet, it’s not too early to pick out the must-see acts of the weekend. Today I’m previewing Friday at Electric Picnic 2010 and the top ten artists I suggest seeing on the festival’s opening day.
Friday’s homegrown lineup isn’t half as strong as Saturday’s, but if anything is certain over the weekend, Duke Special is guaranteed to put on a great show. An eccentric live performer, he always gives it his all, and may even convert many new fans.
Far too prolific these days, but still know their way around a great hook. Mister E should warm everyone’s cockles on Friday in Stradbally, and you should expect to hear material from new album Tomorrow Morning. That’s not a bad thing though, it’s their best album in years.
I’ve seen Sigur Rós twice now, and they failed to blow me away both times. Once was at Oxegen, and I really don’t think festivals are for them. However, they may well be the place for lead singer Jonsi to show off his solo material. I’m not 100% confident in this being a success, but it’s still definitely worth checking out just in case it is. Because if it does work, it’ll be amazing.
Although her second album didn’t hit me the way the debut did, Laura Marling is a sterling live performer. She’s already set Oxegen alight this year, but I’d imagine the more grown-up setting of Electric Picnic will be more to her liking.
Having sold out plenty of dates in Ireland last December, Modest Mouse are back over here to play another selection of songs from their extensive discography. The band toyed with the idea of testing out new songs on tour, but singer Isaac Brock decided not to, and thus we should get another Greatest Hits setlist at this year’s Electric Picnic.
Monae’s debut album, The Archandroid may be one of the most overrated albums of the year, but that doesn’t stop her from having some wonderful songs outside all of that filler. Singles ‘Cold War’ and ‘Tightrope’ are bound to be awesome, and her live set is where it’s really meant to be. If you miss her on Friday, she’s appearing again on Saturday.
At Oxegen, the headline act is usually someone you’ve already seen above five times at the festival before or else at headline gigs at Marlay Park or the O2. Electric Picnic doesn’t suffer the same fate. This year’s Friday headliner is none other than Roxy Music, and any time Bryan Ferry plays Ireland, it automatically becomes a must-see event. Their recent sets have been very similar, so expect to see ‘Remake/Remodel’ opening the show, as well as wonderful versions of ‘Love is the Drug’, ‘Out of the Blue, ‘More Than This’, and ‘Jealous Guy’.
The Rubberbandits featuring Crystal Swing
I have never seen the Rubberbandits live, nor do I know anything by them. That said, having read the review of their show with Richie Kavanagh on State Magazine, I am really looking forward to seeing what they do, especially with the weirdest family in Ireland, Cystal Swing.
Stars have been under the radar for many a year, but current album The Five Ghosts has done a lot to set them on the right path. They are a fantastically consistent band, both live and in the studio, and have a back catalogue that’s worth investing in ahead of their live appearance on Friday. Surely you want to be able to sing along?
If purely for the nostalgia factor, the Waterboys are one of my must-see acts for the weekend. An inspiration to most current troubadours, they are sure to play many fan favourites including ‘The Whole of the Moon’, ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, and ‘Love Will Shoot You Down’.