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Massive Attack at Electric Picnic

Massive Attack are set to perform at this year's Electric Picnic festival.

Art rock veterans Roxy Music and Dublin singer Imelda May are also among the line-up, which renegade rap duo The Rubberbandits helped unveil.

The tracksuited pair from Limerick, who wear plastic bags over their heads to conceal their identities, will also perform at the three day party in Stradbally, Ireland.

The duo became an internet sensation after penning a song about newly-resigned defence minister Willie O'Dea.

One half of the act - who performs under the name Mr Chrome - revealed he was already working on the September gig's setlist.

"We're going to rap about greyhounds, smoking fags, horses, time machines, girls, kissing girls and fighting girls' fathers," he said. "People can look forward to lots of rapid songs, lots of mad dancing, paninis that cost too much money and wet shoes."

Other acts taking part include Irish act The Frames, Washington band Modest Mouse and blues performer Seasick Steve.

Electric Picnic attracts more than 32,000 revellers for its circus of music, comedy and arts. Young festival-goers can enjoy a children's play area, kids' yoga, puppet shows and craft workshops. And older revellers can take a break from the music with a farmers' market, comedy tent and an eco-friendly Global Green.

Organiser Siobhan O'Dowd said come rain or shine there was always a sense of magic on the 450 acre site. "Last year we were unlucky with the weather so hopefully we won't be this year," she said. "But some people actually feel cheated when there's no mud because part of going to a festival is getting dirty and doing the mud and wellies."

Tickets for the September 3 to 5 event go on sale on March 26.

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