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Electric Picnic: The Acts You Have To See In 2023 At Stradbally

Electric Picnic: The Acts You Have To See In 2023 At Stradbally
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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The waiting is almost over and the forecast looks relatively decent (fingers crossed, touch wood, all that). Yes, Electric Picnic has arrived once again.

Music lovers will descend on Stradbally Hall this weekend, with the annual festival set to get underway on Friday and some campers already arriving on Thursday.

We've picked out three acts per day of Electric Picnic that you must add to your schedule.

Electric Picnic 2023: Three acts per day to put in your schedule

Electric Picnic: Friday's must-see acts

Wet Leg - Electric Arena - 20:15-21:00


The Indie Rock duo have exploded since forming four years ago, and debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland with their first album in 2022. They play the Electric Arena early on Friday evening.


Bille Eilish - Main stage - 22:45-00:00

This is not the first time Billie Eilish has played Electric Picnic - even without being named as a headliner in 2019, she drew a record crowd on the Friday night of the festival.


We expect a similarly huge turnout once again on the Friday night at EP this year as she has reached superstar status since her last visit here.

Eilish takes to the stage as the main headliner on opening night, fresh off the back of her mesmerising single from the smash hit Barbie movie.




Meltybrains? - Croí Stage - 00:30-01:30

A more niche shout here, with a group made up of five classically trained Dublin musicians who have created some sensational electronic soundscapes in recent years. Worth checking out if you're looking for a late night buzz.




Electric Picnic: Saturday's must-see acts

The Rodfather: Roddy Collins in conversation with Paul Howard - Mindfield: Leviathan - 13:15-14:15

Roddy Collins. In conversation with Paul Howard. Do we really need to say any more?

9 May 2014; Roddy Collins, Derry City manager. Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers, Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE


Inhaler - Electric Arena - 20:30-21:15

We don't want to introduce this band as almost everyone does ("the one with Bono's son in it") - but they have done one thing Bono didn't, debuting at number one in the UK with their first album.


Front man Eli Hewson has a stellar voice, and it's unfair to say they're stars of the future - they're already there.



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Paolo Nutini - Main stage - 21:15-22:45

Another man with a stellar voice, Paolo Nutini also has a serious set of bangers in his repertoire. A brilliant late addition in place of Lewis Capaldi, Nutini will likely steal the show on Saturday night.



Electric Picnic: Sunday's must-see acts

Rick Astley - Main stage - 17:30-18:15

You didn't think we'd let this list go without a Rickroll, did you?

In all seriousness, Astley's recent show at Glastonbury was one of the highlights of the festival, and his early slot makes it very doable to get down for what will hopefully be a similarly outstanding show in Stradbally.


Okay, we couldn't resist the Rickroll after all.

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The Saw Doctors - Electric Arena - 19:45-20:45

Back on tour once again, the Galway band have been putting on stellar shows in their home county and further afield over the past few years, and will no doubt draw a huge crowd at Electric Picnic.

This author was lucky enough to see them in their home town of Tuam in mid-August, and can vouch for their sensational live performance. They've still got it. Worth coming along to for 'N17' alone.



The Killers - Main stage - 22:30-00:00

The closing act for a reason, The Killers are another act famed for their live shows, and they are likely to be the highlight of the weekend. A fairly basic EP shout, but an essential one.

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