Killybegs duo Little Hours chosen to play Electric Picnic

Donegal band Little Hours who are playing Electric Picnic.

Donegal band Little Hours who are playing Electric Picnic.

DONEGAL band Little Hours are among the 10 acts chosen from almost 500 entries to play next month’s Electric Picnic in 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam competition.

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 compete for a coveted live set at the country’s biggest music festival.


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.

Donegal alternative-folk band Little Hours was selected among the ten acts that will be playing Oxfam Ireland’s Oxjam Stage at this year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, from August 29 to 31.

Formed in February 2014, Little Hours are John Doherty (19) and Ryan McCloskey (23), both from Killybegs. Their first single ‘It’s Still Love’ was self-released in June.

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 ten 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 August 9 to 10 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: #PlayThePicnic, @RTE2fm, @OxfamIreland and @EPFestival.


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.

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