Tuesday 28 January 2020

Kodaline get set to wow revellers at Picnic - but bring your wellies

Kodaline have been added to the bill.
Kodaline have been added to the bill.

Kodaline have been added to the final line-up for Electric Picnic.

In little under two weeks, all roads will lead to Stradbally, Co Laois, for the festival that takes place from August 30 to September 1.

It's certainly one for Irish acts, as Hozier was announced earlier this year as headliner, along with Florence and the Machine, The Strokes and The 1975.

Swords band Kodaline were added to the bill yesterday for the hotly anticipated event, as were London indie rockers Razorlight.

Other newly Irish additions include Lyra, Kneecap - who rap as Gaeilge - and The Clockworks, an up-and-coming Galway rock band managed by former Oasis boss Alan McGee and represented by the same agency as the Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.

King Kong Company, The Riptide Movement, Toucan, Fangclub, Touts, JyellowL, The Scratch, Alex Gough, The Wha, His Father's Voice, ELM, Sinead O'Brien, Post-Party, Isaac Butler and Aimee have also been added to the list of performers for the sold-out weekend.

However, there's some bad news for festival-goers, as summer 2019 looks set to end as it began, rain showers defying the best efforts of the sunshine to break through.


Dublin and parts of the east coast will again enjoy the best of the limited sunshine as parts of Munster and Connacht are expected to experience downpours.

Picnic revellers have been warned that wet conditions are expected on the first two days of the festival, with clouds persisting on the Sunday.

Some long-range forecasters are predicting heavy rain and the possibility of thunder storms on the weekend the festival takes place.

The next fortnight will see some heavy showers across all parts of the country.

Met Eireann has forecast that Ireland faces yet another week of mixed conditions, with intermittent spells of sunshine but with rain showers nearly always on the horizon.

AccuWeather predicted that nine of the final 15 days of August will feature rain, with only four days of bright, uninterrupted sunshine.

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