The Hot Sprockets Salty Dog Stage Saturday 12.30 am
Splashing into the mainstream this year with their incredible single, ‘Soul Brother’, these Dublin rock and roll maestros are on a mission to take over the world one festival at a time. Having already played pretty much every Irish festival so far this summer including a particularly amazing headline show at Knockanstockan The Hot Sprockets are a live show not to miss! With their brand new single ‘Comin’ On’ set to be released next month (accompanied by this genius video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_CmI4n5IPM) it’s only a matter of time before these guys are selling out venues all over the world. So in order to keep your hipster profile cool catch these lads now before they’re huge at the Salty Dog Stage of Electric Picnic this Saturday 12.30 am. Don’t say we never warned ya!
Furious Haze Salty Dog Stage Sunday 11 pm
Fresh from kicking up a rock and roll storm in Whelan’s just last week, The Furious Haze, are set to play the Salty Dog Stage at 11 pm Sunday. Having just got a taste of what these boys can do with their new single ‘Crazy Jane Hurricane’ hitting shelves and stations earlier this month we over at Goodseed are already addicted. The Furious Haze are a beer drinking, fist fighting, working class man’s rock group with a rhythm section that you just can’t stand still too. This is Dublin rock and roll at its very best. Don’t miss what promises to be a stomping set on Sunday. P.S Bring your dancing shoes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TihZpLscHRk
Billy Bragg Electric Arena Saturday 9.30 pm
“Now this is one where also there is a lot of audience participation. This being folk music, I’ll play this old folk song and you all sing on the chorus. So I’ll see you at the chorus” queue one of the most iconic English folk songs in the not so distant history ‘A New England’. It has been almost 30 years since Mr. Bragg released that song (Now doesn’t that make some of us feel old) and yet here in 2013 Billy Bragg is as relevant as ever. Earlier this year he released his latest album Tooth and Nail exploring more of his Americana and Country inclination. With more experience in the music industry than our entire top picks so far combined, Billy Bragg, is a seasoned campaigner with a live show equaled by no one. Catch him at the Electric Arena Saturday from 9.30 pm.
Ocean Color Scene Main Stage Saturday 2.30 pm
Celebrating 24 years in business this summer, these Brit Pop veterans have been Marchin’ Already since 1989. With a career spanning five top ten albums, one of which even toppled the almighty Oasis from the number 1 slot in 1997, OCS are definitely on our ‘moments not to miss’ list for this year’s Electric Picnic. Having spent the year so far touring their brand new album Painting Ocean Color Scene will play the main stage at Stradbally before embarking on a massive UK tour. Don’t miss their only Irish date this year as they hit the main stage of Electric Picnic at 2.30 pm Saturday.