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Ian Bailey and Olaf Tyaransen
Via Hot Press
Ian Bailey, is to make an exclusive appearance with a public interview with at the Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic.
Bailey was arrested twice in relation to the 1996 murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, however he has never been charged and has always strongly protested his innocence.
Appearing at the Hot Press Chatroom at 2pm on Saturday, September 2 Bailey will be interviewed by Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen, in a conversation that will offer an absolutely fascinating insight into one of the most debated cases in modern Irish history.
Earlier this year, Tyaransen carried out a comprehensive interview with Bailey in Hot Press, which laid bare the toll the case has taken on his life. You can read the article in full at the link below.
Pic: Kathrin Baumbach.
From top: Ghias Aljundi and Razan Ibraheem
Will you be there Saturday afternoon?
Maybe stop by the Leviathan tent and meet Ghias and Razan, from Syria.
Amnesty International Ireland writes:
As Europe drags its heels on providing solutions to move refugees and asylum-seekers from Greece, thousands of men, women and children are living in filthy unsafe warehouses or tents, or sleeping rough under the relentless summer heat.
At Electric Picnic 2016, Amnesty International is raising awareness of the plight of refugees and asking festival-goers to join our campaign for change.
Amnesty Hour at Leviathan will highlight the experiences of Razan Ibraheem and Ghias Aljundi, both originally from Syria now living in Ireland and the UK.
When Razan came to Ireland to study in 2011, she never imagined that brutal conflict would mean she could not return home to Syria. She recently returned from volunteering on the Greek island of Samos.
“The hardest thing about being a refugee is when people make you feel unwanted,” Ghias says. He was imprisoned for four years and tortured for his journalism and human rights work, before fleeing to the UK in 1999. Today, he volunteers to help refugees arriving in Greece. He never expected that one day he would help rescue his own family.
Today, Europe is facing the biggest refugee and migrant crisis since the Second World War. Join us for Amnesty Hour at Leviathan to hear these powerful personal stories and to learn about how you can be part of our campaign for change.
Amnesty will be collecting signatures calling on the Greek Government to act swiftly to improve their living conditions and wellbeing.
Festival-goers will also have an opportunity to participate in our thumbprint action. Fingerprinting is the method used to identify asylum-seekers and migrants within the EU. Often, people are forced to giving fingerprints without their consent.
Amnesty International has found cases were children as young as three were forced to give their finger print as ‘proof’ of their consent to be returned from Turkey to Syria.
To express solidarity with refugees we are building a two-metre solidarity wall where festival-goers can leave their own thumbprint.
Join us for Amnesty Hour at Leviathan, at 3.45pm on Saturday September 3rd. Or follow the conversation online using the hashtag #IWelcome refugees.
More information on Amnesty’s campaign for refugee rights is available here
Ghias’s powerful personal story is available here
Pics: Flickr/Jodi Hilton/IRIN
More Electric Picnic madness.
Do you have a favourite EP?
Alex Cassidy writes:
I just wanted to let you know about our latest project that you may find interesting, as it creates ready-made Electric Picnic playlists from every year it has existed.
The project in question is our Festival Playlister, a fully interactive tool that enables you to search for any music festival in the world, past and present, and create a Spotify playlist based around it. Above is Electric Picnic 2016’s ready-made, playlist.
We also have the festival’s playlists going back to the inaugural event in 2004, which means that you can explore the entire artistic history of the last 12 years. Just search Electric Picnic in the main page search bar and select which year you’d like, Here’s 2006 for you to check out, too…
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September 2nd-4th, Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
Here’s what you may need to know…
01. The biggest weekender of the summer has finally announced its first wave of acts this afternoon in Dubland. It goes down September 2nd-4th at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. Sunday day passes are already sold out, and weekend tickets are going briskly.
02. The blockbuster headliners include the Chemical Brothers, the newly-reformed LCD Soundsystem, and alt-pop songstress Lana Del Rey.
03. Further up on the bill are new-wave legends New Order, US indie-rock wunderkinder Haim, Animal Collective, Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, and rising stars in the form of Savages and Blossoms. Also of interest is the announcement of Belfast post-punk outfit Girls Names, whose Arms Around a Vision was one of the Irish albums of 2015.
04. Also on the bill: Years & Years, Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats, Wild Beasts, Glass Animals, Todd Terje, Jack Garratt, Gavin James, Wolf Alice, The Avett Brothers, Pantha du Prince, Phosphorescent, Ezra Furman, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Daniel Avery, Aurora, Nao and Meilyr Jones.
Verdict: As expected, heavy on the crowd-pleasers with some genuinely big names atop the bill and amid the announcements, backed by a mix of Irish and international independent talent. Could use more of the former, mind. Looking forward to further announcements.
Earlier: Summer Festival Round-up
Electric Picnic, camper site.
Bob Coggins writes:
The gas canister underneath was going full blast heating the tank….
Earlier: How Was It For You?