It was only last week that Ireland’s biggest music festival Electric Picnic released their INCREDIBLE full line-up. Unfortunate for many, 24 hours passed and so did the remaining EP tickets – crazy. For those lucky to have nabbed a ticket, it’s going to be an INSANE weekend of artistry and good vibes in Co. Laois. To get all you Electric Picnic 2018 enthusiasts excited, Melosity is bringing you eight acts that you simply cannot afford to miss! In no particular order…
Dubbed by many as the greatest rapper of his generation, Kendrick Lamar will be taking to the stage as a headline act of EP 2018. One of the hottest artists on the globe right now, Kendrick has given hip-hop a definite position in the mainstream charts with his complex lyrics, political subject matters and slick beats. The authenticity of Kendrick is reflected through his appeal as an artist – a performance definitely not to be missed.
Get ready to sing: Humble.
Crowned as the new queen of pop and recognised as an international Feminist icon, Dua Lipa is absolutely dominating the music charts with ease. Labelled as ‘UKs Most Streamed Female’ on Spotify last year, it’s obvious that Dua’s bangin’ pop hits are all that the people want to hear. So – if there’s one rule you must follow this weekend, go see Dua.
Get ready to sing: New Rules
A guitar in hand is where this artist absolutely shines. Ben Howard’s effortless vocal, mind-blowing guitar skills and super chilled style combine to form an atmosphere you simply won’t forget. His latest album ‘I Forget Where We Were’ demonstrated a new, heavier side from the usual acoustic-based writing. With a teaser video recently released on his social media accounts, could the festival-goers of EP be the first to hear Ben’s new material?
Get ready to sing: Keep your Head up
At only twenty-one years of age, Norwegian artist Sigrid has already won the BBC Music Sound of 2018 award and stormed last year’s UK Music Festival scene. The ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ singer absolutely owns the stage during her performances – commanding the audience with piercing shouts to ensure the crowd is on her side. Sigrid will certainly be keeping the vibes going and you will most certainly be dancing with her.
Get ready to sing: Don’t Kill my Vibe
Dermot Kennedy is undoubtedly Ireland’s most exciting and newest artist to emerge since Hozier. Heart-wrenching vocals, poetically crafted lyrics and hip-hop rhythms combine to produce Dermot’s overall unique sound. One of the best gigs I’ve ever attended was Dermot’s show in San Francisco – a ‘you could hear a pin drop’ sort of performance. Big things are in store for Dermot – you won’t want to miss this.
Get ready to sing: Glory
It’s evident that Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches deliver exceptionally well to large crowds, with festivals such as EP, Longitude, Glastonbury and Sziget already under their belt. The angelic vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry contrasts deliciously to jagged basslines and electronic drum patterns, forming the overall ‘anthem’ sound that is Chvrches. Make sure you save some energy for this gig – once you start moving with them you won’t be able to stop.
Get ready to sing: Leave a trace.
Our teenage selves are SCREAMING. British Indie-rock band The Kooks act as a blast from the past with old classics that will transport us back to our younger years. Hearing all of those iconic songs again will remind us that music is definitely timeless. During their set, you’ll most likely hear ‘remember that song?’ more times than you can count.
Get ready to sing: She moves in her own way
American musician and Grammy-award winner St. Vincent fuses elements of electropop, jazz and experimental rock to produce a dystopian show that will most definitely keep you on your toes. Her most recent album ‘MASSEDUCTION’ has been labelled a masterpiece of its time, disguising complex lyrical themes with memorable and commercial melodies. If you’re looking for something a bit different, definitely check out the multi-instrumental talent that is St. Vincent.
Get Ready to sing: Cruel