LCD Soundsystem, Villagers, Philip Selway play rain-sodden Electric Picnic

Plus Bad Lieutenant and The Frames also make appearances

LCD Soundsystem headlined Electric Picnic festival’s Electric Arena last night (September 4), after a day of downpours and cold weather at the Irish event.

Frontman James Murphy was clearly enjoying himself as he played to the packed tent. Tracks aired included ‘Someone Great’, ‘Drunk Girls’, ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ and ‘Losing My Edge’, after which Murphy jokingly exclaimed that he thought the song had gone on “a bit too long” for his liking.

Earlier in the day, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway played the festival’s Cosby Stage, showcasing his solo album ‘Familial’. Selway was joined by a string section on several tracks including ‘Broken Promises’.


Villagers, who are nominated for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize (due to be presented in London on Tuesday), drew a massive crowd to the Crawdaddy Tent. Led by Conor O’Brien, they played a host of tracks from debut album ‘Becoming A Jackal’.

Meanwhile, former Joy Division and New Order members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris bought their band Bad Lieutenant to the festival. They delighted the crowd by playing a host of tracks from across their careers including ‘Regret’, ‘Temptation’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Ceremony’.

Despite the Electric Arena not being close to capacity when the band started their set, Sumner was in jubilant mood throughout. At one point, while drinking a glass of rose wine which he referred to as “red Guinness“, Sumner joked that the band’s equipment seemed to be failing, adding that some pieces didn’t even appear to be plugged in.

“Can we fix that? What use is bringing it from Manchester if it’s not plugged in?”, he said, adding light-heartedly: “Do you know, you just can’t get the staff these days. And you can’t get the audience either by the looks of it!”

On the Main Stage, The Frames were joined by Damian Dempsey for a version of Brendan Behan’s traditional song ‘The Auld Triangle’, while Leftfield played a greatest hits set to close proceedings.