Electric Picnic: Priya Ragu, Just Mustard, Perfume Genius and More on Stage 3 All For Music Today
Electric Picnic’s All For Music Stage 3 has had a huge impact on the festival so far, with epic performances from Gemma Dunleavy, Saint Sister and others lighting up the venue.
A group of international and domestic talents are ready and gearing up to hit the 3 All For Music Stage today (September 4) at Electric Picnic.
Excitement is mounting in particular for Swiss Tamil artist Priya Ragu and Iowa singer-songwriter Perfume Genius (Michael Alden Hadreas), but representing Ireland, noise heroes Dundalk Just Mustard and the Queen of alternative pop Kynsy, who will also join Hot Press in the chat room later today.
Kicking off at 2:30 p.m. is the actress and singer Bronagh Gallagher. The Northern Irish musician has released her five-track EP Witch back in June. From the start of her acting career at age 17 as Bernie, one of Alan Parker’s backup singers The engagementsBronagh has appeared in countless films including Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmesand award-winning TV series such as Jimmy McGovern’s The streetand The accused.
She has also appeared in London’s West End and in Broadway theatrical productions including Complicity’s Street of Crocodiles, National Theater’s Warhorse and most recently the award-winning Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson musical. North Country GirlSky’s hit TV show Copperand her starring role in the multi-award winning bump along the way.
Alongside her acting career, Bronagh writes and produces her own music and runs her own independent label, Salty Dog Records. She has released three albums to date and her former collaborators include Brian Eno, Maria Mc Kee and Gary Lightbody, and her recent singles include “CryBaby” featuring Noel Hogan (The Cranberries).
Next up on Stage 3 All For Music at 3:45 p.m. is a rising indie-pop newcomer Kynsywhich is making a name for itself with extremely creative and infectious releases.
The Dublin-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer released her debut single ‘Cold Blue Light’ in August 2020. In true Gen Z fashion, Kynsy has earned a reputation for exploring darkness and darkness. boredom of youth, while retaining an ironic self. -consciousness in his lyrics and a playful approach to his self-proclaimed ‘pop rowdy’ sound – taking his songs out of a place of tragic realism and into something surprisingly triumphant.
His debut EP incorporates a diverse set of indie influences – including Julian Casablancas, St. Vincent and Arctic Monkeys – at the heart of Kynsy’s sound is a resounding belief in the power of great pop music.
Check out his recent singles, ‘New Year’ and ‘Point of You’, performed this afternoon at Electric Picnic.
24 year old Londoner Hope Tala (Hope Natasha McDonald) will take the stage at 5 p.m. His musical style has been described as drawing from R&B, Latin, neo soul and bossa nova.
The London-based artist’s March 2022 single “Party Sickness” has garnered millions of streams online. The sparkling, luminescent track demonstrates her desire to break free from the trappings of lockdown by letting loose like never before: “Dancing, drinking and causing mischief,” to be exact.
Check out her powerful July single “Is It Enough,” which explores the need to address police brutality, social inequality and race when the door seems impossible to kick down.
He’s a British teenage prodigy Kamal.at 6:15 p.m., and we’re more than ready to hear his gorgeous singles live in the flesh. Support from fellow teenage prodigies Billie Eilish and Dave cemented his position as a serious star of the future, with subsequent releases “Blue” and “About The Party” proving equally popular.
In April 2021, he collaborated with Dave on ‘Mercury’, lending his ethereal and impossibly smooth vocal and piano skills to a song that has already been streamed over five million times on Spotify alone. As with most of his music, he recorded his parts for the single in his bedroom at his family home in Harlesden, North West London, which is also the setting for the “Homebody” video. His first EP, War on the outsidearrived last June.
Watch the video for her latest single “Better” below.
The Incredibly Talented Priya Ragu is scheduled to bring his tracks to Stage 3 All For Music at 7:30 p.m. A former employee of Swiss Airlines, more than a year ago she released a mixtape, created a collaboration with Jungle and delivered an acclaimed performance on Later… with Jools Holland in the last 12 months only.
Alongside her close aide and brother, Japhna Gold, Priya grew up in Switzerland, after her parents fled the Sri Lankan civil war in the early 1980s. She cites her Tamil heritage and family influence as crucial for his development as an artist. Ragu’s first mixtape of 2021, damnshestamilemade sure everyone knew his name.
Legends Louth Just Mustard are set to bring their ethereal and unique soundscapes to the stage at 8:45 p.m., and it’s not to be missed. After supporting Wolf Alice at their concerts at the Irish 3Olympia Theater and Fontaines DC across Europe, the Partisan Records signees have released their second album heart under earlier this year to huge critical acclaim.
Having opened for The Cure at Malahide in 2019 and received a Choice Music Prize nomination for their debut, Wednesdaythey have now signed to Fontaines’ label and then shared their esoteric and hugely compelling second album on May 27. The haunting vocals of Katie Ball and the compelling production of David Noonan and their castmates make for a dizzying sound.
Headlining perfume genius will conclude the 3 All For Music stage debates at 10:15 p.m. before the Arctic Monkeys main stage set.
Perfume Genius is known for its sonic experimentation. In March 2021, he released the hyper-pop infused Remix immediately, with features from PC Music favorites AG Cook and Danny L. Harle, among others. In June, he reprized Richard Youngs’ dreamlike motion picture A Fullness of Light in Your Soul with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. His last album, ugly seasonarrived in July.
“Where ignite my heart was splashed with melody, ugly season lives up to its name by being purposely jarring,” Ed Power wrote in Hot Press about the album. “Yet within this darkness lurks a twisted beauty – ‘Pop Song’ surfs buzzsaw synths, while ‘Hellbent’ features buzzing guitars that, amid the tumult, produce a kind of skewed beauty. It is a record that vibrates with shadows. But in doing so, he highlights the light in his heart.”
Three have teamed up with one of Ireland’s most exciting collectives, Narolane Records, to open Stage 3 All For Music on Saturday with an exclusive performance.
Narolane, led by rappers from Limerick, was joined by a collection of guest artists from Ireland on Stage 3 All For Music for a very special show; a performance of songs from their new collective and collaborative EP which is due out in September and features some of the best musicians in the country.
Stay tuned for the Sunday Hot Press chat room, which runs all day until 7 p.m. The Frank & Walters, Mimi Webb, The Coronas, Tolü Malay, Kynsy and Lyra are all set to appear!
Along with our Hot Press Chat Room action, we continue to cover all the biggest and best performances from the weekend. Stay tuned to hotpress.com and our social media platforms for more.