Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Electric Picnic Line Up 2014

There it is, and looking decent if a little underwhelming. As predicted we got Outkast and Beck for headliners but a couple of nice surprises include 90's trip-hop legends Portishead and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, which is sure to be an incredibly fun gig whether you're familiar with them or not.

The organizers seem to be trying to appeal to a lighter audience with Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini in big spots on the poster which makes sense but still feels like a bit of a cop out anyway, while veteran acts are a huge feature this year with Pet Shop Boys, The Wailers, Simple Minds and The Stranglers joining Chic.

Fresh talent comes in the form of London Grammar, St. Vincent, Temples, Metronomy, White Denim and many more, although I'm still hoping for a bigger rap/hip-hop contingent and holding out at least for Tyler's addition to the list later on.

All in all, it looks like a solid line up which can definitely be improved by later announcements. For now I'm pretty happy.

UPDATE: If I could choose a group of acts which I feel are reasonable, realistic additions to the weekend that would bring it up to a great standard, I'd go with the following. I still have hope for some of these names to crop up:

The Prodigy
Azealia Banks
Tyler The Creator
Perfect Pussy
Young Fathers
Julian Casablancas
Damien Dempsey

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