Oxfam Ireland, RTÉ 2fm and Electric Picnic asked the people of Ireland to vote for the band they want to see play on the Cosby Stage at this year’s Electric Picnic, which takes place in Stradbally, Co. Laois, 29th - 31th of August.
Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of August, RTÉ 2fm played tracks from the 10 shortlisted bands from 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam competition. The shortlisted bands were: Hot Tramp (Kerry); Hare Squead (Dublin); White Chalk (Kilkenny); Little Hours (Donegal); Otherkin (Dublin); Houdini (Dublin); Kodakid (Dublin); Matt McGinn (Down); Gary Keane (Cork); I’d Fight Ghandi (Louth).
The overall winner will play to a bigger crowd on The Cosby Stage, where they will join bands like Savages and Little Bears on the bill. The act with most votes will also gets a studio session with some of Ireland’s top sound engineers at 2fm’s state-of-the-art studios.
All proceeds from the text votes went to Oxfam Ireland's Gaza response helping us to reach people in Gaza who urgently need our help.
Matt McGinn: Play the Picnic winner
Matt McGinn has been a lynchpin on the Irish music scene for a long time. Despite having appeared at the likes of Electric Picnic and many other major festivals backing other artists like Juliet Turner, Joe Echo and Gareth Dunlop, and having other people playing his songs on TV shows around the world, the release of Matt's new album in the autumn will most definitely make him stand on his own as a leading Irish singer songwriter.
After releasing his début album 'Livin'' in 2011 to much acclaim, Matt has enjoyed much success touring worldwide, but with the birth of his son last year, he came off the road and knuckled down to making album number two. It features contributions from many friends met along the way, from Canadian born songstress Madeleine Slate to Willie Nelson's long-standing harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.
As much as he loves being in the studio recording and producing it's live where the magic really happens. Because of Matt's immediate bond with an audience and surrounded by some of Ireland's best musicians, no two shows will ever be the same.
Oxfam at Electric Picnic
Oxfam Ireland is part of the festival line-up at Electric Picnic again this year with the return of the Oxjam tent – the best place to support home-grown talent and catch up-and-coming unsigned Irish acts as they play the country’s biggest music festival.
With the support of promoters Abner Browns, Homebeat and State.ie, over the festival weekend at Stradbally Estate, the Oxjam tent will be hosting a stellar list of almost 40 music acts from across Ireland, including Little X’s for Eyes, Simi Crowns and Mick Heslin.
We guarantee that in years to come people will be saying ‘I heard them first at the Oxjam tent!’
Not only is the charity bringing local music with a global impact to the festival but it’s also bringing festival fashion at bargain prices and campaigning that will help change the tune about climate change.
The fabulous festival Oxfam Shop is back by popular demand, stocking everything from vintage frocks and rain-proof wellies to sleeping bags and winter woollies. With items priced as low as €5 and friendly shop volunteers on hand to help you out, the store has festival goers covered.
Oxfam activists will also be bringing the Food and Climate Justice campaign to this year's festival, calling on Enda Kenny to take action on climate change.
Homebeat: Oxjam Friday
Homebeat has grown from it's beginnings as a quietly celebrated series of monthly house concerts into a fully fledged independent music promotions collective with a specific interest in placing acts in alternative spaces.
Relationships with spaces like Mabos and Granby Park have allowed Homebeat present cutting edge Irish artists like Sleep Thieves, Come On Live Long, Adultrock, Carriages and many more in a manner outside of the ordinary.
State.ie: Oxjam Saturday
Launched as a print magazine in 2008, State has established itself as one of the leading destinations for Irish and International music coverage.
Now a purely online publication, they have been at the forefront of promoting new domestic talent through their Faces series - bringing the likes of Villagers, Heathers, Soak, Hozier, Daithí and Adebesi Shank to a wider audience.
Abner Browns: Oxjam Sunday
Abner Browns barbershop has in a short time become one of the sweetest most intimate venues in the country. It has played host to some of the best talent around, such as Ana Gog, Fiach Moriarty, Sinead White, Gavin Glass and The Eskies.
Proving as popular with audiences as it is with performers, Fáilte Ireland were prompted to list gigs in Abner Browns as one of it's "coolest things in Dublin that you must do". Now taking a step up Abners host Sunday in the Oxjam tent at The Electric Picnic with a great line up to be announced.
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.