Play the Picnic with Oxjam

Make someone's dream come true and vote for their act to #PlayThePicnic


Oxjam at Electric Picnic
Win a spot on stage at the Electric Picnic

One month ago, RTÉ 2fm, in conjunction with Oxfam and Electric Picnic, put a call out to bands, singers and musicians across the country to enter 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam and compete for the chance to be one of 10 acts chosen to win a coveted live set at the country’s biggest music festival, Electric Picnic. 

After whittling down almost 500 original entries to a longlist of 30, the public voted in their thousands for the acts they wanted to see go forward to Play The Picnic. Now, after counting the votes and deliberating with the judges, we can announce the 10 acts who will be playing Oxfam Ireland’s Oxjam Stage at this year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, from 29-31st August. 

The 10 finalists (in no particular order):

  1. Hot Tramp (Kerry)
  2. Hare Squead (Dublin)
  3. White Chalk (Kilkenny)
  4. Little Hours (Donegal)
  5. Otherkin (Dublin)
  6. Houdini (Dublin)
  7. Kodakid (Dublin)
  8. Matt McGinn (Down)
  9. Gary Keane (Cork)
  10. I’d Fight Ghandi (Louth)

In addition to be added to the Oxjam Stage line-up, each act will get to stay on after their performance and soak up the Electric Picnic atmosphere with weekend camping tickets for all band members. 

But that’s not all…

Each of the 10 finalists will come in to the 2fm studios to record their winning track live. The tracks will be played out on air across the weekend of 9th and 10th of August and will be open to a public text vote to find one overall winning act. 

The act lucky enough to be voted number one will go on to play at one of Electric Picnic’s larger stages, The Cosby Stage, granting them even more exposure. They will also win a studio session with some of Ireland’s top sound engineers at 2fm’s state-of-the-art studios and have their song broadcast to the nation on the 2fm. 

Keep an eye on our Twitter accounts for details of how to vote: 





All proceeds from the text vote will be donated to Oxfam Ireland. By supporting homegrown talent, the public will also be raising vital funds for Oxfam’s work such as their emergency response in South Sudan – each text vote will help to change someone’s life for the better overseas.

O.R.B. play Oxfam's Georges Street Shop

O.R.B (formally The Original Rudeboys) are an Irish acoustic hip hop band from Dublin - and they kindly played our Oxfam Georges Street shop in Dublin to launch the #PlayThePicnic competition.

Previous acts playing Oxfam at Electric Picnic