- 18 Aug 16
The enigmatic Lana Del Rey leads the charge as our focus turns to the annual Stradbally spectacular. From interviews with the stars of the festival to profiles of the acts you simply can't miss, we've got all the need-to-knows ahead of the summer's biggest event
With the clock ticking very quickly towards September 2–4, we're going Electric Picnic crazy in the new issue of Hot Press.
With Lana Del Rey limbering up for her headline slot, we take a look at how she has become one of the most talked-about figures in music; a famous night in Dublin is revisited, while rising star Áine Cahill shares why the Californian is such a hero.
Of course, she's just one of a galaxy of stars headed towards Stradbally, and there's plenty more of them to be found within our exhaustive coverage. Editors, Wild Beasts, Savages, Wolf Alice and Gavin James are just some of the acts we chat with in the issue, while we also look at everything that needs to be on the to-do list over the three days, from the homegrown heroes and foreign legion that you can't miss, to the very best of the non-musical offerings across the weekend.
Elsewhere, we wag chins with All Tvvins as they release their debut album, and Of Montreal discuss gender fluidity and standing firm in the face of Trump. Director Todd Phillips talks ahead of his new black comedy War Dogs, while Sylvia Patterson spills the beans on an extraordinary life in music as her memoir hits the stands.
The Hot Press Interview sees Danny Healy-Rae in his usual forthright mood; God's control of the weather, the 'truth' about climate change, his opposition to gay marriage, why he'd be comfortable shooting an intruder in his home, and why prostitution isn't a problem in Kerry are all up for conversation in a fascinating exchange with Jason O'Toole.
All of that, of course, is thirsty work, which is why this issue sees us paying tribute to the very best that the Irish drinks industry has to offer. The country's whistle has never before been so comprehensively wetted, so everyone from the new craft heroes on the block to the biggest global brands to emerge from our shores are all celebrated in a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good tipple!
Add in all the usual news, views, reviews and previews that you've come to expect, and you're looking at another bumper issue of Hot Press – on sale tomorrow!
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