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Limerick acts to dominate Electric Picnic 2016



Pictured above is Hermitage Green, set to play the main stage at Electric Picnic 2016.

Numerous Limerick acts are set to grace Stradbally, Co. Laois this September 2 for what is arguably the most anticipated and biggest festival of the year, Electric Picnic. Electric Picnic 2016.

The sold out music and arts festival will host some of the best talent Limerick has to offer during its two days packed full of artists, events and wholesome crowds. Electric Picnic 2016.

Hermatige Green will make their way to the main stage, setting the standard to an impeccable level for the other artists to follow. Electric Picnic 2016.


Hermitage Green have been a key component in Limerick music ever since signing a record deal with Sony back in May 2015 and releasing their debut album, Save Your Soul earlier this year. Electric Picnic 2016.

The fivepiece will perform on the Saturday of the festival, marking an astonishing milestone for the Limerick boys.

Up and coming hip hop trio, Rusangano Family will also make an appearance at this years Electric Picnic.

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(L-R) MynameisjOhn, God Knows and MuRli, Rusangano Family.

The trio have been together since 2014 and have since then evolved into a pivotal part of Irish hip hop since the release of their long awaited debut album, Let The Dead Bury The Dead back in May.

They have previously performed for the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and are to headline this years Dublin Fringe Festival.

Rusangano Family will play the Other Voices stage at this years Electric Picnic along with some fantastic other acts such as Booka Brass Band, Heathers, Le Galaxie, Saint Sister, Julia Jacklin and others.



FoxJaw, a Limerick rock band who are marking their tenth anniversary this year will also be marking their debut at Electric Picnic.


Electric Picnic 2016


With over 300 shows, 8 singles, 5 vinyl releases, 2 albums, 2 EPs, countless festival appearances, TV appearances, Magazine Covers, Music Video Awards, Album of the Year Awards and not to mention touring worldwide, it is about time FoxJaw graced Stradbally.

The rock band have just released a music video for their new track, “Hit it Off” starring actor Myles Breen.






Fox Jaw’s upcoming EP, ‘Black light Vignette’, will be launched in Dolan’s Warehouse on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Electric Picnic regulars, The Rubberbandits and Karl Spain will be preforming in the comedy tent while Blindboy Boatclub will be chairing The Twenty One Sixteen Parliament and hosting What the F**k is Culture Anyway? in the Mindfield area.

The Rubberbandits are the definition of Limerick through their truly unique comedy sketches and Limerick slang, often misunderstood by many not from Limerick but loved all the same.


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The Rubberbandits

As well as being ridiculously funny and wearing trademark plastic bags on their head, they are known for expressing their views about issues within the current generation and are often called the “voice of the young” for many people across the country.

The Rubberbandits have toured all over Europe and America preforming their Comedy sketches and their album “Serious about Men”.



The dynamic duo has appeared on multiple TV shows such as The Late Late Show and have won numerous awards for their array of talents.

Singer/songwriter Emma Langford is set to play at this years festival, not long after the Cardehavin native released her long awaited EP back in June.

Synead Toomey, the acoustic Indie singer-songwriter and busker from the lovely streets of Limerick will be preforming on the Sunday of this years festival.

Weenz, local Limerick rapper will rightfully preform this year at the festival.

Keith Ryan, “Weenz” just released his debut album, “Selling You My Sins” this July 4.

An alternative-rock four-piece, based in Limerick city, Tigwara will also grace Stradbally not long after their EP launch back in January.

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will preform some of their hits at this years festival.

The group hails from the west of Ireland and fronted by three siblings, Ann, David and James Blake

Karl Spain of Corbally is a well known Limerick Comedian whom has been involved in numerous RTE shows such as, “Karl Spain wants to Rock”.

Karl regularly preforms in multiple comedy events around the country and he won the RTE award for Best New Act back in 2000.

Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring, another band with strong links to Limerick are worth having a listen to. They play during the weekend of the festival, headliners for which include a reformed LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, the Chemical Brothers and New Order, as well as Noel Gallagher, the 1975, The Shins, Bat for Lashes, Editors and more over three days.

Body and Soul, The Salty Dog, Trailer Park, Trenchtown, Theatre of Food and Global Green areas all make a return, as do the Heineken Sound Atlas, Casa Bacardi, Just Eat retreat, Three and Electric Ireland stages.

There is a new area in the shape of Hazelwood, which will play host to an Electric Picnic exclusive as Cathy Davey plays her brand new album for the very first time in its entirety on the Friday night.

The Theatre of Food is is worth checking out, with Ralph Rolle, drummer with legendary band Chic, whom have performed twice in Limerick in recent years. He will be demonstrating another of his remarkable talents as he bakes a selection of his much loved and sought after cookies, as well as playing some of Chic’s best known songs.


Check out Electric Picnic here.

Check out Electric Picnic on Facebook and Twitter.

Read more about Hermitage Green here.

Read more about Rusangano Family here.

Read more about The Rubberbandits  here.

Check out Karl Spain here.

Check out FoxJaw  here.

Check out Emma Langford here.

Check out Tigwara here.

Check out Weenz here.

Check out The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra here.

Check out Synead Toomey here.








Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.