Bridgestone at Electric Picnic

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  • John Cooper Clarke

The music at Electric Picnic is both memory lane – I saw Roxy Music the first time they ever appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test! – and the avant garde – Robyn is currently the best and smartest pop star on the planet and if you don't swoon to “Dancing On My Own” then you don't have a soul, or at least a pair of dancing shoes.
So, aside from Robyn, we will be in the throng for the very fine Janelle Monae on Friday, we will be there to (gently) heckle the great John Cooper Clarke (how has he survived?), in Body & Soul, where we will also be checking out Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill and he great Iarla O'Lionaird. Who else? Leftfield, of course, who creak back into life after a decade away, and Bryan and the boys in Roxy Music, who we hope will open with “Do The Strand”, just like the OGWT. Our mate TJ Crowe of 'Tipp assures us that The National are the hottest thing on the circuit. We might also check out The Villagers, who didn't impress us last year but, a year on, who knows?
The wellies are ready. And did we tell you we once interviewed John Lydon? And had a drunken argument with Mark E. Smith of The Fall? Don't get us started...