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From B*witched, 5ive, S Club Party, and Ace of Base to Johnny Logan, 2 Unlimited, The Vengaboys and Bananarama; Electric Picnic's throwback stage is undeniably legendary.

The music festival has hosted widely acclaimed acts spanning music's most influential decades, and now two more veteran musicians have been added to the bill.

Bonnie Tyler and Mr Motivator have been announced as the headline acts for Electric Ireland’s Throwback Stage at Electric Picnic, and we're over the moon. Total Eclipse of the Heart is gonna SLAP.

Queen of the power ballads will make her return to the throwback stage following her life-altering performance in 2014, and vintage is well and truly in right now.

Festival-goers are in for a throwback treat this year, as joining the star will be fitness fanatic and the legend of lycra; Mr. Motivator.

He will once again bring his unique brand of unstoppable energy to Stradbally, as well as acrobatic masters Lords of Strut.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The group also announced the details of a very special competition that will give those who missed out on tickets the chance to win their place at the sold-out event of the summer.

To be in with a chance of winning, fans must simply share a boomerang to their Instagram stories recreating the dance move demonstrated by Lords of Strut, tag Electric Ireland and use the hashtag #ThrowbackThrowdown.

Lords of Strut said: “We are absolutely ecstatic to announce the line-up for this year's Electric Ireland Throwback Stage. Talk about legends! We also get to do what we love more than anything – spread the word through dance. And what better reason to get your groove on than to win tickets to the festival of the year. See you there!” 

Bonnie Tyler said: "They don't call it the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage for nothing. After an epic show in 2014 they're bringing me back! I'm ‘between the earth and the stars’ with excitement to return to Electric Picnic this year.

"Irish people have always been among my favourite crowds and I’m sure the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage is going to be no different. Being the queen of the power ballad, I’m looking forward to bringing stacks of energy to Stradbally".

Sending a message from his home in Jamaica, Mr. Motivator said: “Mr. Motivator is going to be In Da House at Electric Picnic. I can’t wait to bring a taste of Caribbean flavour to Electric Ireland’s Throwback stage. I’ll get the crowd working, moving and happy. It’s going to be a blast!” 

As energy partner of EP, Electric Ireland installs six kilometres of energy-efficient festoon lighting around the campsites and walkways to guide festival-goers safely around the festival every year. 

We can't wait for this year's festival, kicking off on August 30 until September 1. Headline acts include The 1975, Billie Eilish, The Strokes, Hozier and Florence and the Machine.

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Irish actress Evanna Lynch, known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise, lost out in the US Dancing With The Stars final despite receiving a perfect score last night.

Despite missing out on the glitterball trophy, the 7-year-old actress received numerous special good luck messages from her former co-stars.

"Evanna, you are in the final! Can we just say this again? You are in the final. I am so proud of you. We love you. We are rooting for you. Kill it tonight, girl," Emma Watson shared in a video wishing her luck.

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, joked about their differing Hogwarts houses: "Despite all of our differences at Hogwarts, I want to wish you all the very best tonight!"

Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Katie Leung, and Neville Longbottom himself Matthew Lewis all shared good luck messages to Evanna as she headed into the finals of the popular US dance show.

J.K. Rowling also cheered on the actress: “Best of luck, Evanna. Hope you win!” Rowling had been a huge support to Lynch during her adolescence.

Radio personality Bobby Bones was eventually crowned winner, each of the four contestants were tasked with performing two dances: Firstly their most memorable from the season, and then a freestyle performance.

Judge Bruno Tonioli  gave Evanna's dance with partner Keo Motsepe high praise, saying; "It was bright, it was colourful, it was quirky."

The duo received a 30 out of 30 for the dance, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get Evanna the crown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Could she not have just used her wand and chanted "Accio trophy" though? 

Evanna had been the favourite to take the trophy, but either way, she did the Irish (and Gryffindor) proud on the stage.

Mischief managed, we say.

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