2fm's Play The Picnic with Oxfam 10 Finalists

    One month ago, RTÉ 2fm, in conjunction with Oxfam and Electric Picnic, put a call out to bands, singers and musicians across the country to enter 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam and compete for the chance to be one of 10 acts chosen to win a coveted live set at the country’s biggest music festival, Electric Picnic.

    After whittling down almost 500 original entries to a longlist of 30, the public voted in their thousands for the acts they wanted to see go forward to Play The Picnic. Now, after counting the votes and deliberating with the judges, we can announce the 10 acts who will be playing Oxfam Ireland’s Oxjam Stage at this year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, from 29-31st August.

    The 10 finalists for 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam 2014 – in no particular order – are:

    Hot Tramp
    Hot Tramp began as a pop-rock band in 2010 but diverged towards a unique electro-rock sound. Reaching moderate chart success with their debut single Fire, they continued to play in key venues around Ireland such as Whelans, the Pavilion, the Savoy, The Roisin Dubh and played alongside major bands such as Marina and the Diamonds, Hothouse Flowers and the Republic of Loose. Following 2010, the band took a step back from full time and began experimenting with sounds and working in their own studio. They have just finished working on a new single called Bless Me and they truly believe it is an original sound that can put Ireland once again on the world map for incredible music talent.

    Hare Squared
    Hare Squead are just a bunch of kids having fun but also 18-year-old rappers, musicians, poets, and artists. Their daily routine revolves around worrying about exams, skateboarding, vintage shirts, and the continual evolution of an idiosyncratic and secret sign language. Tony and Henoc are from Tallaght, whereas Jessy is from Blanchardstown, which is almost an excuse for why he is always late, but not really. They don't use profanity in their songs, but this is an artistic choice as opposed to anything resembling prudishness. They would rather be known as wordsmiths than goldsmiths and FOR zingers rather than AS blingers.

    White Chalk
    White Chalk is a seven-piece band who produce an amazing sound by writing and performing their own music. Lead singer Conor Quinn has a unique voice complimented by a big sound.

    Little Hours
    Little Hours is an alternative-folk band from Donegal. Formed in February 2014, their first single 'It's Still Love' was self-released in June.

    Otherkin began writing music in 2012 and has since had two releases and plan their first major release for radio in October. They have supported Parquet Courts and Palma Violets and also earned slots for Trinity Ball and Whelans’ Ones To Watch.

    Houdini is a four-piece band from Dublin consisting of Aaron Cranley on lead vocals/guitar, Shane Cranley on bass/vocals, Ian Cullen on keyboards/vocals and Ciaran “Higgs” Higgins on drums.    Delivering a mixture of lush melodies wrapped in shimmering guitar, vibrant synth and commanded by a rhythmic energy, Houdini forges a medley of pure anthem.

    Kodakid is an Irish indie-rock/blues/soul band who formed in late 2010.  They were awarded the MRU Single of the Year 2012 for their fourth single, Portis.  State Magazine described them as the “stand out show at Indiependence - no doubt the finest indie performance of the festival. The band has played main support to The Minutes, Delorentos and The Noisettes.

    Matt McGinn
    Matt McGinn has been a lynchpin on the Irish music scene for a long time. Despite having appeared at the likes of Electric Picnic and many other major festivals backing other artists like Juliet Turner, Joe Echo and Gareth Dunlop, and having other people playing his songs on TV shows around the world, the release of Matt's new album in the autumn will most definitely make him stand on his own as a leading Irish singer songwriter. After releasing his début album 'Livin'' in 2011 to much acclaim, Matt has enjoyed much success touring worldwide, but with the birth of his son last year, he came off the road and knuckled down to making album number two. It features contributions from many friends met along the way, from Canadian born songstress Madeleine Slate to Willie Nelson's long-standing harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.  As much as he loves being in the studio recording and producing it's live where the magic really happens. Because of Matt's immediate bond with an audience and surrounded by some of Ireland's best musicians, no two shows will ever be the same.

    Gary Keane
    The time is now, the place is here and you and I are right where we need to be. The faint hint of guitar rhythms clink in the background, the low pulsing groove of drums and bass hum softly and alluringly into the room, the air tastes of summer…it's beginning. The desire to get back to that moment in time, that feeling of freedom, that unhindered flow of energy that makes us all want to dance, all against the backdrop of the Californian sunset, was one of the main things that brought Irishman Gary Keane to Los Angeles earlier this year. A seasoned performer in his own rite, Gary has been creating and playing music for most of his life. An award-winning performer, he has already performed on The Late Late Show and at Electric Picnic as well as performing solo shows at Indie Week in Toronto and 'The Mint' in Los Angeles.  So it's with this LA experience, the sights and sounds of Malibu Beach, freestyling with rappers on Venice Beach, late night recording sessions in Hollywood, stretching palm trees and pink sunsets, that Gary has returned home to unveil his new musical offerings. Echoing shades of early Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Pharell and Justin Timberlake, hints of West Coast hip-hop, funk soaked, disco educed, infectiously danceable pop tunes, unleashing all the fruit and juice that California has to offer.

    I’d Fight Gandhi
    I'd Fight Gandhi are a County Louth based alternative group that combine elements of rap, rock, hip hop, metal, melodic vocals and electronica to create a dynamic, hook-filled songs. The band takes its name from a line of dialogue in the cult movie Fight Club and are a force to be reckoned with.

    Play The Cosby Stage
    In addition to be added to the Oxjam Stage line-up, each act will get to stay on after their performance and soak up the Electric Picnic atmosphere with weekend camping tickets for all band members.

    But that’s not all…

    Each of the 10 finalists will come in to the 2fm studios to record their winning track live. The tracks will be played out on air across the weekend of 9th and 10th of August and will be open to a public text vote to find one overall winning act.

    The act lucky enough to be voted number one will go on to play at one of Electric Picnic’s larger stages, The Cosby Stage, granting them even more exposure. They will also win a studio session with some of Ireland’s top sound engineers at 2fm’s state-of-the-art studios and have their song broadcast to the nation on the 2fm.

    Keep an eye on our Twitter accounts for details of how to vote:





     All proceeds from the text vote will be donated to Oxfam Ireland. By supporting homegrown talent, the public will also be raising vital funds for Oxfam’s work such as their emergency response in South Sudan – each text vote will help to change someone’s life for the better overseas.

    Key Dates

    11th June 2014:     2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam is open for business. Submissions accepted online from 11am.

    2nd July 2014:     Longlist of 30 acts published online and opened to public vote.

    11th July 2014:        Shortlist of 10 finalists announced. These 10 acts will record their track live in 2fm studios and will be added to the line-up for the 2fm Oxjam Stage at Electric Picnic 2014.

    11th August:           Overall winner announced, added to the line-up for the Cosby Stage at Electric Picnic 2014 and penciled in for a studio session at 2fm Studios.

    29th–31st August:   Electric Picnic

    About Oxfam Ireland
    For over 50 years Oxfam Ireland has been fighting extreme poverty around the world. With the generous support of people across Ireland, Oxfam saves lives when crisis strikes and helps people lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam  also campaigns so that the voices of the poor influence global decisions that affect them. Oxfam Ireland has 51 shops and more than 2000 volunteers. For more or to make a donation, see www.oxfamireland.org.

    About Oxjam
    Oxjam connects music lovers across Ireland with Oxfam's work, raising awareness and vital support for Oxfam projects overseas. Over the past few years the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic has played host to dozens of up and coming Irish acts alongside an array of established artists such as Glen Hansard, Bell X1, Hozier, Lisa Hannigan, Paulo Nutini, and Mumford & Sons.

    About Electric Picnic
    Electric Picnic has established itself as a truly unique Irish festival, set amid the rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, a beautiful 600 acre estate just 50 mins from Dublin. This year's Electric Picnic takes place from Friday 29th August - Sunday 31st August. Great music, art, theatre, comedy, food and holistic health...and a little bit of magic. For more visit: electricpicnic.ie

    Competition Terms & Conditions

    01. The Play the Picnic Competition (the "Competition") is run in conjunction with Festival Republic, Oxfam Ireland and RTÉ 2fm (Festival Republic, Oxfam Ireland and/or RTÉ 2fm being the “Promoter(s)”).

    02. The Competition is open to residents of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland aged 18 or over only excluding employees of the Promoter(s), their families, agents and anyone else connected with the promotion. No purchase necessary. The Competition is open to all acts.The Promoter(s) reserve the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth certificate or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by a recent utility bill (issued within six (6) months of win).

    03. For instructions on how to enter please follow the instructions on the 2fm website.The Promoter(s) cannot be held liable for system failures at the handling house or on the Competition website. The Promoter(s) and their respective agents accept no responsibility for difficulties experienced submitting an entry into this Competition.

    04. Competition entries can be submitted from June 11th 2014. To be eligible the act must be available to perform at Electric Picnic 2014. Entries must be received by June 27th 2014. The Promoter(s) reserve the right to adjust the entry period if deemed necessary and will post any changes on the 2fm website. Postal entries cannot be accepted. Entries received after June 27th 2014 or the adjusted closing date specified on the 2fm website (if applicable) will not be accepted.Entries not in accordance with the entry instructions are invalid. Any entries containing material deemed obscene, provocative, inappropriate, offensive or otherwise objectionable content not be considered and any such entry will be deemed invalid, and such determination is solely at the discretion of the Promoter(s).

    05. All acts with a track submitted and entry form properly completed during this time will be eligible. A shortlist will be chosen by a panel of judges and where set out by the Promoter(s) or their respective agents or partners by public voting. The decision of the judges and the Promoter(s) are final. It is accepted by entrants that no correspondence or discussion will be entered into in relation to decisions made during the course of the Competition.

    06. Only one entry is allowed per act.

    07. Only original compositions will be accepted as entries to the competition.  Entrants confirm and warrant that they own all the rights in relation to any lyrics, melodies or any other material submitted for entry. The Promoter(s) cannot be held liable by any third parties for any copyright breaches on any material it receives or on the part of any entrant.  Entrants agree to fully and effectively indemnify and hold harmless the Promoter(s) in respect of all damages, claims, demands, liabilities (including liability to third parties), losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and costs) arising out of or in connection with or as a result of a breach on the warranty given in this paragraph 07. Copyright in the composition and any recordings made of the composition in the course of the competition will be retained by you subject to the provisions set out in these competition terms.  

    You agree to grant all licenses and consents that may be required from you by RTE in respect of RTE use of (a) the composition, (b) your performance of the composition and (c) any recordings made of the composition and your performance there of pursuant to this competition. In the event any of the rights required by RTE are owned or controlled by a record company and/or music publisher that you are signed to then [to the extent that the rights required by RTE are not covered by any music blanket agreement in place between RTE and IMRO/MCPS/PPI] you hereby undertake to procure from such record company and/or music publisher a grant of all licenses and consents as may be required by RTE. You agree not to release any recordings made of the composition in the course of this competition commercially except on terms to be agreed with RTE Radio.

    08. Judges from RTÉ 2fm will listen to and read or examine where appropriate each submission and will select which, in their opinion, are the acts to progress to the shortlist of the competition. This shortlist of entrants will be posted on the 2fm website on the 30th June 2014. Judges’ decisions are final and it is fully accepted by all entrants that no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

    09. The acts on the shortlist will be placed on the 2fm website where the members of the public (aged 18 years and over) will be able to vote for their favourite act and a system of 50/50 combination voting will be used which is an even split of on-line public voting and judges voting. In the case of the public voting individuals will be allowed only one vote through the 2fm website. This will be monitored by the judges on behalf of the Promoter(s) and their partners. Multiple votes from any individual will be excluded. Decisions in relation to this are entirely at the discretion of the judges and all decisions are final. No correspondence or discussions will be entered into with anyone.

    10. Voting will be open from June 30th to July 9th and the final ten acts from the shortlist will be decided using the 50/50 combination of Judges votes and public voting.

    11. Following the announcement of the final ten acts, each act will then be scheduled studio time at RTE Radio Dublin to record their entry for the final voting stages. If the Promoter(s) are unable to contact an act within 24 hours of deeming said act eligible to take part in this phase of the competition, the act's place will be forfeited and the Promoter(s) reserve the right to offer it to the next placed entrant. Each act must ensure they complete their recording within the scheduled studio time allotted to them by RTE. Any failure to complete the recording within this time will result in the act being unable to progress any further in the competition.

    12. The selection of the overall winner of the competition from the final ten will be a combination of a final stage of voting taking place on the 9th and 10th August. This will be a 50/50 split of text to vote and donate €2 to Oxfam’ and judges vote. The overall Competition winner will be announced on Monday 11th August.

    13. Prize details

    All final ten acts will get to play the Oxjam tent at Electric Picnic.

    The overall winner will get to play the Oxjam tent and also get to play one of Electric Picnic’s larger stages. The overall winner will also receive a full day studio session at RTE’s state of the art recording studio.

    14. The overall winner will be announced in accordance with the Terms & Conditions.

    15. By entering, you are giving permission for your track, photo and brief biography to be posted on the competition website for voting purposes. For as long as you remain in the Competition, and particularly in the event that your act is selected as the winner, you agree to allow the Promoter(s) to use part or all of your performance or performances and interview clips on-air on RTÉ 2fm and rte/2fm.ie and Oxfam and Electric Picnic websites and social media.

    16. Entrants agree, if required, to take part in publicity accompanying, or resulting from, this Competition. All ten shortlisted acts will be responsible for their own transport to and from the RTE studios and to Electric Picnic.

    17. By participating, those entering the Competition agree that the Promoter(s) will not be liable for any liability, loss, damage, costs, expenses or injury of any kind to the entrant or any other person or entity caused by, or resulting directly or indirectly from, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or any element of the prize or participation in the Competition.

    18. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The Promoter(s) also reserves the right to award an alternative prize of equal or greater value, should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. The decision of the Promoter in all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into. By entering this promotion all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Terms & Conditions. All entry instructions form part of the Terms & Conditions.

    19. The Promoter(s) reserve the right to vary the Terms & Conditions of and/or to withdraw, amend, suspend, terminate or cancel this Competition at any time without notice. Neither the Promoter(s) nor any of their respective associated or affiliated companies shall be liable to any person for any variation, withdrawal, amendment, suspension, termination, cancellation, limitation, restriction or delay affecting this Competition or participation therein.

    20. An Entrant’s personal data will only be held for the purposes associated with their participation in this Competition and will not be used for any other purposes whatsoever without their prior permission.


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