Not everything at Electric Picnic is music, and those on the hunt for stimulation from other arts will be sated by plenty of the acts announced this morning.
The MindField area will host a variety of theatre, spoken word, debate and other events in Stradbally from the 4th to the 6th of September, with appearances from Lisa Hannigan and Dylan Haskins as they host the Soundings: Holy Trinity podcast for the first time from the Picnic, and Miriam O'Callaghan and Al Porter as they host a guaranteed to be hilarious Sunday morning brunch show.
The Leviathan Stage will again see the return of David McWilliams as he hosts a brand new groundbreaking 3D-bate public debate format in association with visual artist Leon McCarthy, with topics ranging from the housing crisis in Ireland to the future of the European economic and political project and speakers including former Minister for European Affairs and Renua founder Lucinda Creighton and author, columnist, broadcaster and deputy editor of The Irish Times, Fintan O'Toole.
Spoken word fans will get to see top UK spoken word performer David J in the flesh as he's joined by breakout Irish rapper Tommy KD and a host of other performers including Jap Politic, Spliff Richard, Skylark, Scene of the Rhyme, The Circle Sessions, Poetry in The Park, The Brownbread Mixtape amongst others.
In the theatre department, Dublin Theatre Festival will be bringing a specially-commissioned new aerial performance from Dying Breeds called Natural Bitches, with performances of international hits Dublin Old School and Boys and Girls as well as Opera Theatre Company's new touring show The Human Voice.
Science Gallery Dublin will be blowing minds with radical photo shoots, live dissections, performative listening parties and explosive science shows while Gaeilgeoirs will be treated with Splanc's Newstalk Live Panel and music from Colm Mac An Iomaire of the Frames, Imlé, Boss Sound Manifesto, Tuath- rac ghrupa, Emma Ní Fhíoruisce, Na Fa Du Da and many more.
All in all, it'll be a packed weekend.