Sunday promises to be a beast of a day, with many great acts closing Electric Picnic 2010. Here’s my ten recommendations of who to see and when and where to see them.
The Irish Jennifer Evans (not the British actress) is definitely worth checking out at Electric Picnic 2010. Together with her band the Ripe Intent, she plays some of the finest folk known to man on this side of the Atlantic. She plays the Body and Soul Main Stage at 2.00.
Fight Like Apes
Fight Like Apes are one of Ireland’s best live bands. In fact, they’re one of Ireland’s best bands full stop. They’ve just released their tremendous second album The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner, and for many of us, it will be the first time to hear those new songs live. Highly recommended. They play the CrawDaddy Stage at 5.15.
The biggest draw of any of the three headliners, Massive Attack are known for their dance anthems. And in their vast back catalogue, they have a lot of gems. Everyone has a different favourite, and their blissed out set will be the perfect way to end a perfect weekend. They take to the Main Stage at 10.30.
James Vincent McMorrow
I’ve praised James Vincent McMorrow to the hilt on here, but one thing he hasn’t done yet is to have a consistent live act. Sometimes he’s on fire, and other times not so much. However, he’s only really starting out and with songs as good as his, he’s an act not to be missed. He starts the day off at the Crawdaddy Stage at 12.30.
Messiah J and the Expert
Clashing with James Vincent McMorrow unfortunately, if you’re more of an electro or dance fanatic, Messiah J and the Expert are probably more up your street. I suppose it all depends on what you feel like on Sunday morning. Are you ready for more partying? If so, head over to the Electric Arena at 12.30.
Mumford & Sons
One of the success stories of the last year or so, Mumford and Sons may not be too everyone’s taste, but they sure do put on a great live show. They’re sure to be one of the most attended acts at this year’s festival, so make sure you get down to the Main Stage early. Friendly Fires are due to finish at 6.30 with Marcus Mumford and his non-related Sons on at 7.10.
They sold out a heap of dates in Ireland in the last twelve months or so, but Electric Picnic is where many people will get their first chance to see the wonderful Ohioan band. Their latest album High Violet continues their run of great releases, and their set is sure to be wonderful. They play the Main Stage at 8.45.
The New Pornographers
Carl “AC” Newman and his band of merry men and women are the finest Canadian band of the last decade. That’s right, screw you Arcade Fire. They’re made up of a wonderful collective of musicians, taken from some of the finest bands around. Just don’t call them a supergroup. They headline the Cosby Stage at 11.00.
I’m a huge fan of O Emperor’s. Their lead single ‘Po’ was fantastic, and the Reverie EP gave glimpses of what’s next (full length Hither Tither, due October 1st). So Electric Picnic 2010 will be a great chance to catch them before they get around to releasing an album and maybe even hitting the big time. The play the Cosby Stage at 2.00.
The Tallest Man on Earth
Another one to catch early in the day. Regular proportioned man Kristian Matsson hails from Sweden and plays fantastic folk music. He’s on just after James Vincent McMorrow, and I can’t really think of a better folk pairing I’d want to start off my Sunday with. He plays the Crawdaddy Stage at 1.30.