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Among the mind boggling extensive array of acts you simply must see at Electric Picnic, we've attempted to select ten of the finest. Bring 'em all on.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 28 Aug 2012
Saturday, September 1
Kiwi composer Kimbra is best known for lending her feminine touch to the biggest song of 2012, Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, but the 22-year-old has an extraordinary amount to offer all on her lonesome. For a start, there’s the songs from her debut album Vows, which include ‘Settle Down’, a monstrous breakbeat pop number that’s racked up a rather impressive 18 million views on YouTube since it was released over two years ago. Then there’s the Kimbra live show, based around a particularly fancy live-looping and sampling station which allows her to create an entire song with just her voice. Now this, we’ve got to see.
Friday, August 31
Adored by everyone from Mumford & Sons to Kanye West to Gwyneth Paltrow, foul-mouthed rapper Azealia Banks is possibly the most talked about woman in music right now, thanks in part to her badass image and in part to an unforgettably brazen little ditty called ‘212’. Of course, this Electric Picnic date almost didn’t happen; Ms. Banks pulled out of the show back in April due to recording commitments, but, possibly after receiving a barrage of puppy dog-faced appeals from disgruntled members of Team Hot Press, she announced in May that she would be able to make it after all. And we all know what that means; explosive beats and expletives by the bucket-load.
Saturday, September 1
Captivating Canadian oddball Claire Boucher comes to Electric Picnic with a great many fans already in tow; not only has her critically-adored third album Visions sparked a full-on Grimes frenzy, but thanks to a sensational visit to Forbidden Fruit in June, the Irish contingent are already smitten with her live show. Falling somewhere between adorable, ethereal and frightening, Ms. Boucher certainly didn’t hold back for her Irish debut, as she yelped, growled and flailed her way through the set, resembling an exceptionally trendy banshee. The 24-year-old hipster heartthrob rarely performs a song the same way twice, so those who were lucky enough to catch her earlier in the summer will surely find something new to like when she breezes into Stradbally.