LCD Soundsystem have announced that their new album American Dream will be released on September 1st.

As well as that, the band have announced some UK and European dates in Glasgow, London, Manchester and Copenhagen in September. Highly unlikely they’d do another Irish show after the Picnic last year right?

All the European tour dates are below, with tickets on sale from LCD Soundystem from 9am this Wednesday 21 June.

Sep 08 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Sep 09 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Sep 11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Sep 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Sep 13 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
Sep 14 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
Sep 16 – Manchester, United Kingdom – The Warehouse Project
Sep 17 – Manchester, United Kingdom – The Warehouse Project
Sep 19 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – The Barrowland Ballroom
Sep 22 – London, United Kingdo – mAlexandra Palace

American Dream tracklist

  1. oh baby
  2. other voices
  3. i used to
  4. change yr mind
  5. how do you sleep?
  6. tonite
  7. call the police
  8. american dream
  9. emotional haircut
  10. black screen

Posted on June 19th, 2017


LCD Soundsystem release two new songs on Friday, their first since announcing their comeback. On Saturday Night, the band played both ‘Call The Police’ and ‘American Dream’. Both songs have grown on me immensely since writing about them on Friday.

These two performances are great to watch because the band are clearly enjoying themselves. Even boss man Murphy looks to be having a good time in his own way.

Posted on May 8th, 2017


Is there any way two new songs, even in abrupt fashion, could live up to expectation? James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem are the soundtrack to memories shared, a sly wink to the passage of time, of relationships in and out of focus as the world bounds on. Last year’s reunion shows rekindled those memories in gloriously staged disco-ball reality.

New music was promised and now here we are. ‘Call The Police’ and ‘American Dream’ could easily have been off-cuts from any part of the band’s discography, indellibly LCD.

“We all, we all, we all, we all know this is nothing,” sings Murphy on ‘Call The Police’ which feels like a nod to Talking Heads. The song is decidedly more of a traditional alt-rock song than most LCD songs, the openness of ‘All My Friends’ with Murphy’s always-tired wryness intact. “It moves like a virus and enters our skin / The first sign divides us, the second is moving to Berlin.” There are nods to the label DFA, Murphy’s time as an “unhappy punk”, and the song hurtles towards the full-band crescendo, weariness intact. “Yeah, call the police / You’re crazy, man.”

‘American Dream’ then is more of a dusted waltz. Synths and strings swirl as Murphy sings in melancholy tones. “So get up and stop your complaining / You know that you’re the only one who’s been destroying all the fun.” It’s a pep talk after a night out where you find yourself in someone else’s place.

These are good songs with substance, but only memories to be formed will really tell us of their stature.

Posted on May 5th, 2017


There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.

Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)

Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.

Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.

FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁

Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.

Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”

Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.

Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.

Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.

Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017

The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.

LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”

Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.

Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.

Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.

St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Returning to Stradbally for Electric Picnic every year on the cusp of the seasons is like returning to your hometown at this point. Most things are in the place you expect, others have had a lick of paint and there are new attractions to check out, some gaudy and some just right.

Electric Picnic 2016 had more rain than recent editions which made it more challenging than previous years. And yes, the crowd are getting younger every year (ahem you’re getting older) which means watching thousands stream to and from pop shitehawk James Bay on Sunday afternoon. The branding on-site didn’t feel as obnoxious as last year, though an area like Logic e-Cigarettes needs more creative work. The extra 5,000 people were felt near the main stages for sure. Adding more people to a festival upsets the balance of the kinds of people that attend and it was disheartening to see so many tents left behind by people who should know better. It was heartening to see so many Repeal Project jumpers starting conversations with strangers about the need to repeal the law. It wasn’t simply a fashion accessory, it was a reason to open up.

My own M.O. at Electric Picnic has changed there from punter to reviewer to performer, which means seeing less live music than normal due to other engagements. Not to mention, missing out on all the other areas (we need a Mindfield festival so you can actually spend time there).

DJing in Red Bull Tropical Garden was fun indeed. Watching my wife Aoife McElwain bring the Body & Soul main stage back to life with Sing Along Social: Girl Power on Sunday afternoon was really restorative to tired bodies and lungs.

Sets from Mura Masa and Nao represented the new school of electronic pop & R&B, Broken Social Scene and Super Furry Animals represented my old-school with two nostalgic-filled Friday night sets, Skepta delivered a burst of energy on Sunday night; for a party covers band Attention Bebe keep getting better, Whitney offered a American country rock-tinged respite, Girls Names and Savages made glorious rackets, Adultrock brought outdoor rain dance electronica and John Talabot got the feet warmed up for Saturday night’s big finale.

The return of LCD Soundsystem to the Irish live stage could and should have only have taken place in Stradbally seeing as Murphy and the band have spent much time on stage there over the years (including Despacio last year). For the reunion show, there was no chance of the T In The Park travesty occurring. A midnight slot on the main stage on Saturday night with enough equipment for the coolest medium-sized studio on the planet was filmed from overhead during setup. When the players came on to utilise them, any studio chatter was abandoned. This was a celebration, a happening. A disco ball slowly rose behind the band’s first songs. James Murphy’s voice sounded sweeter and more commanding than ever. The band, seasoned players delivered ‘Us vs. Them’, ‘Tribulations’, ‘Yeah’, ‘Losing My Edge’, ‘All My Friends’ and many others in glittering colour and movement to match the huge production. The sound of silver, a setlist of dreams, a band improved with absence, that still beat and pulse with vitality.

Photos by Anna Kerslake.

Posted on September 6th, 2016


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There you have it. Glastonbury’s lineup is here.

Main headliners for the festival on Worthy Farm from June 22 – 26 are Adele, Coldplay, Muse followed by Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Beck, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, Disclosure, New Order, Earth Wind and Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets, Skepta, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Annie Mac, Sigur Ros and Grimes.

Further down the bill are names like Stormzy, Art Garfunkel, Cyndi Lauper, John Grant, Vince Staples, Chvrches, James Blake, M83, Madness, Wolf Alice, Baba Maal, Two Door Cinema Club, Santigold and Lapsley.

Posted on March 29th, 2016


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Electric Picnic’s 2016 lineup has just been revealed for Stradbally from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September this year.

Lineup for Electric Picnic 2016

  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Lana Del Rey
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • New Order
  • HAIM
  • Super Furry Animals
  •  Years & Years
  • Todd Terje
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Animal Collective
  • Gavin James
  • Wolf Alice
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Wild Beasts
  • Glass Animals
  •  Jack Garratt
  •  Savages
  • Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad
  •  Phosphorescent
  • Broken Social Scene
  •  Ezra Furman
  • Mount Kimbie DJ Set
  •  Daniel Avery
  •  Blossoms
  • Aurora
  • NAO
  •  Girls Names
  • Meilyr Jones

Area wise, expect the return of all the main stages, Salty Dog, Body & Soul, Trailer Park, Trenchtown, Theatre Of Food, Casa Bacardi, Just Eat Retreat, Electric Ireland and Global Green.


Tickets are on sale at the full-price of €234 + fees or in instalments in three payments.

Family Weekend camping tickets are sold out.
Sunday day tickets are sold out.
Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.
Family Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.

Phone and Internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket (Max €6.10).

Alternatively, You you can register to cycle or run to Electric Picnic. See RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2016 . It’s a €50 deposit to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival this way and then you fundraise a minimum of €380 for charities: ISPCC, Headway and The Jack & Jill Foundation.

Posted on March 2nd, 2016


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Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.

Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.

Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016


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Eipic is a new comedy drama show about to be broadcast on TG4 from next week Thursday February 4th at 10pm for a six-week run..

The show, penned by Mike O’Leary (a writer on Misfits) has been described as “The Commitments for millennials” and an off-beat comedy drama that “follows the fortunes of five rural teenagers who take over their local abandoned post office in 2016 to start a musical revolution.”

The show will be unique in that it will feature Irish language versions of well-known songs such as LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ The Jam’s ‘ A Town Called Malice’, ‘Video Girl; by FKA Twigs and Frankly Mr Shankly by The Smiths among them.

The creators say the show explores “what it means to be a teenage ‘hero’ in contemporary rural Ireland – all set against the backdrop of the 1916 centenary celebrations.”

Writer Mike O’Leary said, “Youth television – if we can even call it that anymore, has seen some ground-breaking and genre-defining work emerge in the last few years on the other side of the Irish Sea. The canon was crying out for a show with a uniquely Irish twist on this most universal of stories – growing up. While authentic, real and wild were the guiding principles in creating the world of EIPIC, I always had this one concept at the back of my mind: this should look like TV drama penned by Flann O’Brien on the Monday after Electric Picnic.”

Here’s the trailer:

The show was produced by Galway production company Magamedia with funding from TG4, the BAI and Section 481.

Posted on January 26th, 2016



Looks like there will be ample opportunity to see LCD Soundsystem live in 2016.

After being announced for Coachella, Bonaroo, Primavera and Roskilde, today James Murphy and co. have been confirmed for Lovebox in Victoria Park London on 15th and 16th of July.

Major Lazer is the other headliner confirmed at this point. They play Friday while LCD play Saturday.

Tickets from £49.50 at

Posted on January 26th, 2016


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The biggest Scandinavian festival of them all, Roskilde in Denmark has announced its first 53 artists out of a total of 175 for this year’s edition, which i, as ever, 8 days long, from Saturday 25 June to Saturday 2 July 2016.

Announced today are:

LCD Soundsystem, MØ, Tame Impala, Ghost, Chvrches, Savages, Destroyer, Ghost, Floating Points and many more.

That adds to previous announcements: New Order, PJ Harvey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wiz Khalifa and Tenacious D.

Full list of additions:
LCD Soundsystem (US)
Ghost (S)
Kvelertak (N)
S!vas (DK)
Tame Impala (AUS)
Birdy Nam Nam (F)
Chvrches (UK)
Destroyer (CA)
DJ Paypal (DE)
First Hate (DK)
Floating Points UK)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (UK)
Gaye Su Akyol (TR)
Klub 27 (DK)
The Minds of 99 (DK)
Palace Winter (DK)
Protomartyr (US)
Recondite (DE)
Savages (UK)
Tal National (NE)

The full lineup is revealed in April. 75,000 full festival tickets and 20,000 one-day tickets are for sale.

Posted on January 25th, 2016


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Primavera Sound Barcelona just announced its lineup for its 2016 edition via a Youtube live stream of an animated space shuttle launch. It’s good:

Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, John Carpenter, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Battles, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Beirut, Tame Impala, Sigur Ros, Suede, Beach House, Explosions In The Sky, Floating Points, Julia Holter, Moderat, Kiasmos, The Last Shadow Puppets, Neon Indian, Pantha Du Prince, Savages, Richard Hawley, Shura, Shellac and many more.

Primavera happens on June 1 – 5 in Barcelona. Tickets.


Full announcement

Posted on January 21st, 2016


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Boiler Room just posted a mix from James Murphy recorded for the site for August’s Summer Hot Dog event.

The mix starts 30 minutes in and people are IDing the tracks in the Youtube comments for you but he kicks it off with the Jonny Aux remix of Shit Robot’s ‘Where It’s At’, Cajmere’s ‘Percolator’ and goes on to take in tunes from Fango, The Orb and more. Watch at the Boiler Room site.

Also from the same night, Holy Ghost! live, Sinkane and Museum Of Love.

His last Boiler Room is pretty special:

Here’s your LCD Soundsystem to herald their return.

Posted on January 18th, 2016


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Yesterday morning, Coachella confirmed LCD Soundsystem were playing its festival, after LCD Soundsystem released a song at Christmas. Later in the evening, James Murphy explained why the band were playing gigs again but went further to say that this isn’t a victory lap”, there will be more gigs around the world, it’s not a reunion tour as there’s a new album on the way too. The songs were building up in him and rather than go solo or start a band called Everteen (Lol), he asked the rest of the band if they wanted to do another LCD album.

Murphy says he understands why some fans feel betrayed about their return after the brouhaha over their last shows, though a statement he made at the time suggested there was a possibility.

I don’t understand the feeling of betrayal. If you love a band, and LCD Soundsystem’s stature has only grown in the intervening years, why wouldn’t you want to experience them again, or let others do it for the first time?

‘All My Friends’ has sustained as an all-encompassing end-of-night club anthem for the ages. Last year, a few hundred people turned up in a venue to watch their concert film in Dublin. Una has written more extensively on why that is. The band mean something to people. That’s important.

James Murphy was never far away in those five years, tinkering away on coffee, writing soundtracks, creating music out of tennis match data, producing Arcade Fire and remixing Bowie. He’s been a constant on the DJ lineups of festivals. Along with 2ManyDJs, he created Despacio, a club space that placed an emphasis on great soundsystems and slow experiences, knocking the DJs off their pedestal and putting them back where they started – in a booth off the side. Despacio was the real impetus for Lumo. Murphy has never rested, he’s continued to inspire others which makes the prospect of another chapter in LCD’s history less of a worry.

Below, you’ll find a Spotify playlist featuring a lot of LCD Soundsystem music, original, live versions and remixes along with tracks from their label DFA Records that have their imprint.

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Posted on January 6th, 2016


The Coachella rumours were true. In the first big festival announcement of the season, Coachella have confirmed that LCD Soundsystem and Guns & Roses are among the headliners as suggested earlier this week for the festival in Indio, California over the two weekends of April 15-17 / 22-24.

Also lined up for Coachella, a marker of what may come in festivals closer to home this year is Jack U, M83, Underworld, Sia, 2ManyDJs, Chvrches, Halsey, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Miike Snow, Flume, Beach House, Death Grips, Disclosure and Major Lazer.

Other unique bookings, at least for now, include Ice Cube, The Last Shadow Puppets and Lush. James Murphy and Soulwax’s brilliant Despacio tent is there all weekend as well while Mano Le Tough is the lone Irish representative.

Passes are on sale tomorrow priced from $399 and up.

Posted on January 5th, 2016


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