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Electric Picnic may not kick off until September, but you can be sure that the build-up of anticipation begins long before then, especially when they announce cracking new acts.

Joining huge names such as Florence and the Machine, Hozier, The Strokes, Billie Eilish and The 1975 are chart-topping Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, Charli XCX making her EP debut and grime rapper J Hus.

Electronica DJ Richie Hawtin was also added to the list, as well as Johnny Marr and Richard Ashcroft. Ireland's biggest music and arts festival is about to get a whole lot more incredible.

There are just six weeks left of waiting until the most beloved weekend of music, art, food and spoken word kicks off. The full list of new acts includes;

Gerry Cinnamon, Johnny Marr, J Hus, Charli XCX, Richie Hawtin, Richard Ashcroft, All Tvvins, Biig Piig, Brittany Howard, Cassia, David Keenan, Declan J Donovan, DJ Seinfeld, Duff McKagan, Easy Life, Eve, Fjaak, Girl in Red, Ider, Inhaler, Just Mustard, Kettama, Le Boom, Maverick Sabre, Mella Dee, Otherkin, Powpig, Rebūke, Rob de Boer, Silverbacks, Soja, Somebody’s Child, Sports Team, Talos, Uly, Viagra Boys, White Reaper, Wild Youth, Working Men’s Club and Yonaka.


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After seeing British rock band Yonaka at Sea Sessions, we can't recommend them enough. With a badass lead singer and an album full of bangers, they're ones to watch.


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Alt-rock band Inhaler are also on the rise, featuring Bono's son as the lead singer of the indie four-some.

Irish-English rapper Maverick Sabre also adds another level of Irish musicianship to the billing, what a talented man.

Born in Hackney, his family moved to Wexford when he was a youngster and grew up following singer-songwriter rappers like Plan B.


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With The Body & Soul Village, The Hazel Wood ready for raving and the best food stalls in Ireland preparing themselves for the festival; It's set to be the best EP yet,

Unfortunately, tickets for the festival are totally sold out, but you may get lucky and nab a last minute ticket to this outrageously talent-packed festival?

Worth it to get a glimpse of Billie Eilish's hair honestly..

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Charli XCX's latest single, Boys, was released last week, and the music video offers a very important message about feminism.

The singer-songwriter told BBC Breakfast that one of the aims of the video was to “flip the male gaze” on its head and put men in the "stereotypical scenarios that girls are often seen in."

The video guest stars a number of male musicians, models and celebrities including Joe Jonas, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah and Will.i.am, posing seductively in various scenarios.

The 24-year-old said that while she is “totally happy” to discuss the issue and identifies as a feminist, she does not believe this mean she cannot dance or dress provocatively.

“Throughout my career I’ve been very vocal on my opinion about being a woman in the music industry,” she said, adding: “I get asked questions about feminism all the time … I’m not somebody who is worried about wearing revealing outfits or performing provocatively on stage – as long as that’s my choice I’m completely happy to do it.

“The second it is an instruction from a man or a record label then it’s not cool, but otherwise it’s good.”

The singer, real name Charlotte Aitchison, also spoke about her belief that female musicians have more creative control nowadays.

“I think a lot of females in the industry are so vocal about their opinions on feminism and their experience in the music industry and I think a lot of female artists and artists in general are so much more in control of their own career now.

“Audiences are more intelligent, fans are cleverer, they understand the marketing and putting together of the pop star and they want somebody who is real and genuine and fun. Not somebody who is built up, so I think artists have to take control and really run their own game to be successful.”

While the concept of the 'female gaze' isn't exactly groundbreaking, it's nice to see a young female artist make such an empowering statement. 


Whodda thought it?!

Yes, English singer and songwriter-of-the-moment Charli XCX has revealed that she has been penning material for none-other than Rihanna. 

Speaking to The Mirror, Charli XCX revealed: "I'm a really big Rihanna fan and I think she's such an incredible artist.

"She's my favourite pop girl. She's the real deal. I've actually been to a couple of writing sessions for Rihanna's new record."

"It was really fun to put together a couple of tracks."

The 23-year-old then went on to reveal that she gets inspiration from… heiress Paris Hilton.

"I've never met Paris before, but we were both at the amFAR Gala during the Cannes Film Festival this year.

"I was performing and I saw her singing along to my song and I freaked out."

"I'm such a fan and one of my favourite songs ever is Stars Are Blind – it's pop genius."

Charli XCX rose to fame during 2013 and 2014 when she featured on major hits which included Icona Pop's I Love It and Iggy Azalea's Fancy.

Her 2014 single Boom Clap from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars became a top ten hit all around the world.