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6 acts to swot up on before Electric Picnic

It’s getting close now …

WHERE DOES THE time go, eh?

The start of summer seems like a faint memory, as people scramble to Argos to pick up the last 6-man tent in Argos for Electric Picnic next weekend.

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There are some big names lined up to perform – A Tribe Called Quest, The xx, Duran Duran, among many more.

Nestled among the lower lines of the poster, however, are some acts that are worth doing some research on before the main event.

1. Everything Everything

Go if you like: Foals, Friendly Fires

Ok, so the lads specialise in indie rock, but hold off rolling your eyes just yet.

It’s the super fun, floor-filler kind – expect loud singalongs and unhinged baroque riffs. New album ‘A Fever Dream’ is particularly wild.

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2. CITIES

Go if you like: The 1975, Great Good Fine Ok

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Listen, if Mark McCabe – of Manic 200 fame – is willing to come on board for a remix of their song, that’s good enough for us.

They’ve a new single out in September, so expect lots of new material as well.

3. Le Boom

Go if you like: Hot Chip

Le Boom made a serious impression at Indiependence Festival in Cork a few weeks ago. The disco-house outfit will be bringing a lot of fun to the Body And Soul main stage AND the Little Big Tent.

So good, they’re on twice.

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4. Giggs

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Go if you like: Drake, Stormzy, Wiley

If 2017 was Stormzy’s year, 2018 looks set to belong to Giggs. It’s a long time coming though, following his critically acclaimed album ‘Landlord’ and his scene-stealing cameos on Drake’s ‘More Life’ playlist.

Expect sinister delivery from the British MC.

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5. Jagwar Ma

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Go if you like: Alt-J, Tame Impala

If you like your music as a far-flung and psychedelic as possible, these are your lads.

Trundling basslines and echoing vocal effects will transport you to places beyond the green fields of Laois, as if it wasn’t trippy enough already.

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6. Vince Staples

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Go if you like: Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$

Vince released one of the albums of 2017 with Big Fish Theory, so put this down as a must-see set in your itinerary.

It’s blooming club instrumentals paired with some seriously angst-y bars. He hasn’t played here since supporting Disclosure last year, so it’ll be good to see him step out on his own.

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