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Electric Picnic line-up revealed

A renegade rap duo from Limerick helped unveil the line-up for this year's Electric Picnic festival yesterday.

The Rubberbandits will join art rock veterans Roxy Music, dance act Massive Attack and Dublin singer Imelda May for the three day party in Stradbally, Co Laois.

The tracksuited pair, who wear plastic bags over their heads to conceal their identities, 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."

Now in its seventh year, Electric Picnic attracts more than 32,000 revellers for its circus of music, comedy and arts.

Other acts gearing up for this year's extravaganza include Irish act The Frames, Washington band Modest Mouse, blues performer Seasick Steve and Co Tyrone singer Paul Brady.

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, set in the grounds of the 18th century Stradbally Hall.

"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 is 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 Friday.

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