Electric Picnic’s 2018 lineup has begun and it’s shaping up for Stradbally for August 31st to September 2nd this year.

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Massive Attack
  • N.E.R.D
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ben Howard
  • St. Vincent
  • King Krule
  • George Ezra
  • The Kooks
  • Jungle
  • Wolf Alice
  • Chvrches
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Friendly Fires
  • Garbage
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Benjamin Clementine
  • Sigrid
  • Jessie Ware
  • Jorja Smith
  • Mount Kimbie
  • Tom Misch
  • The Blaze
  • Stefflon Don
  • Peggy Gou
  • Yxng Bane
  • Field Music
  • Alexis Taylor
  • Sevdaliza
  • Lucy Dacus
  • La Femme
  • Inner Circle
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Raye
  • Gang Of Youths
  • Nilufer Yanya
  • Scarlxrd
  • Yellow Days
  • Hak Baker
  • Tom Tripp

No David Byrne or Lorde or Arctic Monkeys there as may be expected. It’s a festival lineup that reflects where Longitude was at a couple of years ago, with little room for a big heritage act (do Garbage or N.E.R.D. count?).

So far, the festival has confirmed that Red Bull, Three, Heineken, Bacardi, Electric Ireland and Just Eat area are back. No word on Body & Soul or other Voices yet but Mindfield, Trailer Park, Salty Dog, Jerry Fish Sideshow, Trenchtown, Comedy, Theatre of Food, Hazel Wood, Anachronica, Transmission and Global Green will return.

Electric Picnic festival director Melvin Benn are is also introducing the Rebalance programme to the festival which will aim to to redress the gender balance of music festivals after a lot of criticism was drawn last year for the lack of female representation.

So far that means for early campers on Thursday night there will be an all-female comedy night curated by Emily O’Callaghan. AE MAK were recently part of the Rebalance programme which offers female musicians studio and costs covered and more along with festival slots. So expect more of that to come.

Tickets are bound to sell out very soon.