RTÉ 2fm and Oxfam look for musical acts

Ten of Ireland’s best up-and-coming musical acts win a live set at the Electric Picnic music festival, thanks to 2fm.

The station has joined forces with Oxfam to launch 2fm’s Play the Picnic. The initiative was launched today on the Nicky Byrne Show during a broadcast from Oxfam’s Georges Street store in Dublin with live music from The Original Rudeboys (O.R.B).

Bands, solo acts, singer-songwriters, DJs, rappers, hip-hop artists and more will be invited to submit a track that they think will bag them a spot on the Oxjam Stage line-up at Electric Picnic 2014.

After being whittled down to a longlist of 30 by an expert judging panel of music DJs, the public will be invited to vote for their favourites. The higest-ranking acts, as voted for by the judges and the public, will then be added to the Oxjam Stage at Electric Picnic line-up, and will get to stay on after their performance and soak up the atmosphere with weekend camping tickets for all band members.

Head of RTÉ 2fm, Dan Healy, says: “This is a great opportunity for 2fm to partner with an organisation like Oxfam, who make such difference in the world everyday. This association gives us the opportunity to support up-and-coming Irish artists on a huge scale, giving the winners the chance to be heard on the national airwaves and at our country’s biggest festival, Electric Picnic.”

In addition, 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 at 2fm and have their song broadcast on-air.

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