The life of the mind is under the microscope once again in the Comedy & Spoken Word corner of the festival. The Comedy Tent has always been a major attraction with a steady stream of Picnikers popping in for some comic relief courtesy of the very funniest in Irish and International comedians. It wouldn't be Electric Picnic without the peals of laughter across the lawns of Stradbally.
The Spoken Word area, presents inspirational public conversations throughout the weekend with a diverse range of intriguing people. No subject is off limits...science, politics, economics, literature, the media and much more will be dissected and prodded by panels. Look forward also to readings, interviews, experiments, quizzes and a whole venue dedicated to Irish language shennanigans.
This year's comedy stage at Electric Picnic is one of the most exciting in the 10 year history of the event. The human dynamo that is Andrew Stanley
will be the MC for both the Sat 31st Aug and Sunday Sept 1st and he promises the witty badinage flowing, and the energy levels high for what promises to be the biggest and best ever gigglefest at the picnic. Pride of place goes to global superstar and loveable curmudgeon, Dylan Moran
. The Navan native was recently voted the 14th greatest stand-up comedian of all time in a Channel 4 poll and it's easy to see why. Star and writer of the cult TV series "Black Books"(CH4), Moran's acting credits also include starring roles in the hit movies "Shaun Of The Dead", "Notting Hill" and "Run Fat Boy Run". With 5 number 1 selling DVDs to his credit, Dylan is quite simply an unmissable Festival treat.
Picnic stalwart David O'Doherty
returns to the scene of his finest ever hour and promises to try and fix everything in his own lo-fi inimitable style. A sometimes presenter of "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" (BBC 2) and a regular on "QI" and "Have I Got News For You" (BBC2), David's loyal band of followers are sure to raise the roof off of the comedy tent, but in a very gentle fashion.
Unassuming, provocative, raw, fresh but above all hilariously funny, Albany, Georgia born Reginald Hunter
also makes a very welcome return. His style is honest, his material is controversial yet his delivery is as smooth as fine silk, in short Reg's performances never fail to engage and enthrall.
Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intelligent social comedy, loveable scamp Andrew Maxwell
will show why he has been voted the "Best Live Stand Up" for the past 3 years in the UK. With sold-out shows around the world, Andrew's TV appearances include,"8 Out Of 10 Cats" and "Mock The Week".
Best known for his work on the "Republic Of Telly"(RTE2), Bernard O'Shea
is a fizzing, iridescent ball of sheer energy. A fast talking, fast thinking comedian that invigorates any stage with his presence alone and the added bonus for Bernard is that his Mammy lives just 6 miles from Stradbally Estate.
Familiar to Irish TV audiences as the gormless Fergus from the "Spar" ad campaign, Fred Cooke
delivers a style of comedy that simply cannot be imitated and his high octane brand of surreal genius promises to be a festival highlight.
The sauve and sophisticated, Dermot Whelan
is as close as you can get to a Festival Banker and his devotional band of listeners of his "Dermot and Dave show" on 98FM will not be disappointed.
Lovers of the high risk, high stakes improvisational comedy are in for a treat when the best in the business the Dublin Comedy Impov
fly by the seat of their pants with hilarious results in an unmissable mid afternoon session on the Saturday.
The 12th best German comedian currently living in Ireland, Gunther Grun
will delight as he holds a mirror up to us Irish and our feckless ways.
The term "legend" is bandied about a lot in the comedy world but in the case of laconic Tyrone man, Kevin Mcaleer
it is entirely apt as his left field, skewered vision of life's foibles has delighted both audiences and critics alike the world over.
As ever the Picnic gives new talent its chance to shine and this year 3 of the hottest new acts, Niamh Marron
, Mickey Bartlett
and Al Porter
get to play the biggest gig of their lives. (remember where you saw them first).
If one were to make a list of the best Irish comics on the circuit then any of the following would be top of the list. Patrick McDonnell, Karl Spain, Kevin Gildea, John Colleary, Paul Tylak, Colm O'Regan, Joe Rooney, Ian Coppinger, Jarlath Regan, Foil Arms and Hogs, Elanor Tiernan, Eric Lalor, Damian Clark, Chris Kent, Willa White, Danny Dowling
and many more are the calibre of act that would grace any Festival anywhere in the world but fortunately for Picnicers they will all be at this year's event.
Mindfield - Spoken Word
The MindField - Spoken Word
arena returns again once again to Electric Picnic with a stimulating spark-filled programme designed to entertain, inform and inflame. Set among the ancient trees on the lawns of Stradbally Hall you'll find an oasis of literary readings, political debate, performance poetry, science experiments, inspiring talks, news quizzes, public conversations and much more. Together with the feast for the senses that is the Theatre of Food, the MindField Arena invites us to fill our brains with new thoughts, ideas and experiences that we hope will engage and help inspire us to all be change makers. This is just a taste of what's to come, check back for more brilliant people and events as they're added.
At the heart of MindField is the Leviathan tent where economist, author and broadcaster DAVID MCWILLIAMS
will host three special LEVIATHAN: POLITICAL CABARET
events with panels of eminent international and Irish journalists, academics, politicians and commentators looking at the state of the nation and where Ireland will be when the Electric Picnic celebrates its 20th! With musical satire and comedy slideshows from PADDY CULLIVAN
(The Late Late Show House Band) and special guests.
The Dail and Seanad may be on their holidays but the ELECTRIC PICNIC PARLIAMENT
will be in session, ably chaired by the Honourable MARY O'ROURKE
, inviting special guest speakers to make short proposals on how to improve Ireland before they're voted on for inclusion in the EPP Manifesto.
Direct from The Nave at St. Paul's Road, London we celebrate the Seventh Say in style with the SUNDAY ASSEMBLY
featuring SANDERSON JONES
and special guest speakers: "part foot-stomping show; part atheist church".
The people behind the ground breaking OTHER VOICES
television series, PHILIP KING
and DYLAN HASKINS
will be in conversation with some of their featured artists, exploring their work and discussing with music industry figures the state of the music business today including BP FALLON, BRONAGH GALLAGHER
and CLEM BURKE(Blondie)
Musician and songwriter BRESSIE
will be in conversation with Secret Millionaire JIM BREEN
to discuss his campaign for mental health – 'It's OK Not to Feel OK'.
THE ELECTRIC PICNIC BRUNCH
hosted by RTE's MIRIAM O'CALLAGHAN
takes a jaundiced look at the Sunday papers and reviews the festival in the company of some of Stradbally's most tired and emotional.
In this, the year of 'The Gathering' editor of History Ireland, TOMMY GRAHAM
convenes his HISTORY IRELAND HEDGE SCHOOLS
with his lively panel of experts will explore both the catastrophic and celebratory aspects of the emigration and return experience. 'The Great Famine: a series of unfortunate events or genocide?' features MEREDITH MEAGHER (Notre Dame), CONNOR MCNAMARA (Notre Dame), JOHN WATERS (The Irish Times)
and PETER GRAY (Queen's, Belfast)
; while 'JFK in Ireland: style or substance?' features MICHAEL KENNEDY (RIA, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), DONAL FALLON (Come Here To Me), and CAROLE HOLOHAN (UCD)
SALON DU CHAT
reprises their unique 'speed-debating' salon of gourmet conversation chosen from a menu of provocative menu options. Engage in intense dialogue with complete strangers, make new friends and influence people.
The hugely popular BANTER
public talks series will present a special edition on the state of Irish talk radio with MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN (RTE), JOHN PURCELL (KCLR, IBI, Newstalk), MICK HEANEY (The Irish Times) and CAROLINE CLARKE (Newstalk)
, hosted by The Irish Times' JIM CARROLL
THE CACA MILIS CABARET
brings its rambunctious ‘postmodern vaudeville' blend of music, dance, spoken word, circus clownery and classic cabaret.
THE STRANGERS PROJECT
is a collection of stories written as anonymous journal entries' by passing strangers. Strangers are invited to write on any subject they wish, as long as their experiences are true. The result is a mosaic of stories from the lives happening around us at every moment. Every second billions of stories are unfolding. The Strangers Project acts as a window, offering us insights into what we usually don't notice. It exposes true human nature and teaches us to be, it shows us that the greatest of inspirations are to be found in the ordinary. 'The Strangers Project' allows us explore the connections that make us human.
Coinciding with 'International Story Day', 'The Strangers Project' is coming to The MindField area in celebration of Electric Picnic's tenth anniversary! Don't leave your story behind in the mud, come find The Strangers Project base and borrow a biro off us. You have a story in you that someone else needs to hear.
'We all have something in common, we're just waiting for the right time for someone else to listen.'
SCIENCE GALLERY STAGE
Since opening in Trinity College, Dublin in 2008, more than one million visitors to SCIENCE GALLERY
have experienced 26 unique exhibitions - ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, events and experiences fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs.
This year, Science Gallery has planned a literally explosive line-up for this year's MindField at Electric Picnic. As part of a jam-packed line-up of events and hands-on workshops, curious festival-goers can drop by to make their own glow-sticks, walk on water, have their minds read and even witness exploding hydrogen!
Get stuck in with features like HANDS ON! workshops and interactive demos; PAUL GLEESON: THE ART OF MAGIC; SCIENTIFIC SUE AND HER INCREDIBLE ILLUSIONS
all-age science show; FUTUREPROOF LIVE
- science comedy improv with JONATHAN MC CREA; SOUNDS ALIVE
listening event with JULIEN CLANCY
; and the massively popular IGNITE
: cabaret of inspiring 5-minute talks
MindField is privileged to welcome back WILLIE WHITE
, Artistic Director and CEO of the Dublin Theatre Festival, to curate the Theatre Stage which features a programme of inspirational and entertaining short shows, carefully selected for the Electric Picnic and MindField audience.
The original Word stage is back with a massive programme of drama, discussion, poetry, prose, comedy, rap, and rock n roll, headlining with the incredible KATE TEMPEST
, winner of this year's prestigious Ted Hughes Award. There's SAUCY SUNDAYS
with LISA MCLAUGHLIN
, words and music from MARIA DOYLE-KENNEDY and PETER MURPHY, NEON WOLF, SHADOWPLAY, RAIL THEATRE, THE BROWNBREAD MIX TAPES, KALLE RYAN, CRONIN, THE POETRY DIVAS, THE SKY BABIES comedy improv, THE WORDSMITHS featuring COLM KEEGAN, ABBY OLIVERIA, KEVIN BARRINGTON and VENUS CU MARA; NIGHTHAWKS CABARET, OLAF TYARANSEN;
music and words with SANDIE MCCABE, GRAHAM DOWLING
and PAUL LYNCH
; Elementary Chaos with SEAMUS RUTTLEDGE
, storytelling with MILK AND COOKIES
and PAUL TIMONEY
and musical backdrops, CUIRT LITERARY FESTIVAL SLAM SHOWCASE, DANNY DOWLING’S MAD HATTERS
with special guests: THE VIPER and THE BOOKA BRASS BAND
; rap and hip hop with THIS SIDE UP; RADIO LUXEMBOURG, PHIL THRILL; and words and rhymes with MICK DONNELLAN, ERIN FORNOFF, STEPHEN JAMES SMITH and ROSALIN BLUE; plus EOIN GLACKEN, DERMOT LAMBERT and CONNOR QUINN.
AN PUBALL GAEILGE
Ar ais aris, the hugely popular and entertaining antidote to all that forced learning of Peig and friends, the Puball Gaeilge
is back with a lively, energetic and fun programme of entertainment, conversation, games and activities, all in our first national language. Don’t be intimidated; just engage with whatever cupla focail you have and learn to love the teanga Gaeilge anew. Join special host GRAINNE SEOIGE
, the legendary comedian KEVIN MCALEER
performing his 'Chalk and Cheese' show entirely in the Irish language; GAA Karaoke performed over TG4's live commentary of GAA matches. There's theatre and drama from FIBIN, MANCHAN MANGAN agus AisteoriI Bulfin
; Leacht / Lecture, speakers corner and much more.
Art's Council Literary Tent Running Order
Friday, 30 August 2013 (film screenings only)
18:00-18:45 Electric Picnic: A Documentary
- a film made by Image Now Films in 2006, featuring music from Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and P J Harvey among others
19:00-20:15 Barbaric Genius
- an acclaimed documentary on the writing life of John Healy (author of The Grass Arena)
20:30-22:15 Good Vibrations
-(we'll have its subject, Terri Hooley, and the film's scriptwriters, Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, in attendance on the Sunday, along with surprise musical guests)
Saturday, 31 August 2013
14:00-15:00 John Boyne
and Mike McCormack
15:00-16:00 Amy Huberman
with Roisin Ingle
16:00-17:00 Paul Murray
with Lisa Hannigan
17:00-18:00 John Healy
with Colm Mac Con Iomaire
18:00-19:00 Stuart Carolan
with Aidan Gillen
Sunday, 1 September 2013
14:00-15:00 Donal Ryan
in conversation with Colm O'Regan
15:00-16:00 Eoin Colfer
with the singer-songwriter Pierce Turner
16:00-17:00 Andy Kershaw
17:00-18:00 J P Donleavy
18:00-19:00 Dylan Moran
19:00-20:00 A Hooley for Hooley
- the Good Vibrations crew: Terri Hooley, with scriptwriters Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, plus surprise musical guests
Photo Credits Richard Walshe