Conor Shields takes us through the acts that will make your EP weekend.
That time of year is almost upon us folks! Dig out those mud-caked wellies, unfurl your sleeping bags (which still somehow seem damp) and pack enough glitter to keep those cheeks shining all weekend because Electric Picnic 2017 is just around the corner.
If you were lucky enough to scrape together enough CAO points to avoid having to get your scripts re-checked, then there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying one last hurrah before settling down into your studies this coming September. 
With so many talented, international artists coming to grace Stradbally with their humble presence, it can be hard to choose between them. But while all of your friends are preparing their perms for Duran Duran or polishing their Doc Martins for Madness, let’s not forget the amount of outstanding Irish artists that are set to perform throughout the week too. 
Every year, Electric Picnic showcases a serious amount of emerging Irish talent who will have no issue dominating our airwaves in the coming months. Hailing from a multitude of genres and backgrounds, some of these artists end up being the highlight of the festival for some and are definitely worth leaving your comfy camping chair for. 
Here are just a select few which we think should be top of your list for 2017…

1. Jafaris

Ireland’s hip-hop scene has been the subject of harsh critique for a number of years now which has led to the creation of an unfortunate culture barrier of sorts, discouraging future hopefuls from even attempting to pick up the mic. However, there has been a recent surge in the number of potential Irish poets and MCs who have begun to challenge this stigma. Dublin based rapper/singer-songwriter Jafaris just happens to be one of them. Infusing elements of jazz and soul with heartfelt lyrics which seem to reflect modern youth culture, Jafaris is already turning heads and opinions of those once sceptical critics.
You can catch Jafaris at the Rankin’s Wood stage on Saturday at 13:45 and then again that evening at the Other Voices stage at 17:20.

2. Rusango Family

Keeping with the Irish hip-hop scene, the highly-praised Rusango Family have also been added to the bill this year. While their impressive fan base already know what to expect, newcomers can expect slick rhymes, dancehall rhythms and a performance bursting with  explosive energy. The Limerick trio carry with them their own unique flavour to every one of their shows and never fail to put on memorable performance.
Rusango Family will be storming the Rankin’s Wood stage on Saturday at 18:30.

3.  King Kong Company

This group of electro-pop headbangers have had quite a busy year, filling stages at Body & Soul festival, Sunflower Festival and Castlepalooza. Known for their outrageously brilliant live performances, the Waterford based dance act will be definitely popular at this year’s Electric Picnic festival as they supply the masses with their own brand of madness and mayhem. 

4. DJ Deece

Dubliners will probably know this man from his plethora of appearances in some of Ireland’s biggest electronic music venues...or from the downstairs bar in The Workman’s Club of a Wednesday! Niall Darcy (aka DJ Deece) is an ever favourite at festivals and clubs across the country, bringing with him a sense of eclecticism and musicality you won’t find anywhere else. His talent behind the decks is unparalleled and his choice of tunes is always tasteful.
DJ Deece will be curating the Anachronica stage on Sunday alongside a host of homegrown talent. 

5.  Saint Sister

Folk music has come a long way in the past decade and Ireland has not been shy in showing the world what it has got to offer. Saint Sister are duo based in Dublin who produce nothing but lovely, ambient electronica with heavy folk influences. Their soft, yet poignant voices often soar effortlessly over their light, airy beats, delivering an atmosphere that’s perfect for live performances.
Saint Sister will close out the Other Voices stage on Friday night at 23.25.
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