He had his greatest success as a singer between the early 1950s and mid-1970s, being described as "one of the great Italian American pop crooners", The name Jasper was an anglicisation of his father's name, Gasparino.His parents were immigrants from Abruzzo, Italy, who ran a construction business, and while growing up, he worked alongside his brothers as a bricklayer.
Festival fans were as eager to snap up their camping spaces as they were to buy their tickets, judging by the speed with which the campsites filled up at Electric Picnic yesterday writes Joe Leogue Tickets for the festival sold out in record time last March, and by mid-afternoon yesterday campers were scrambling for space to pitch their tents, before heading in to the main arena for Friday’s line-up.For all its reputation for being the place to see emerging acts, Electric Picnic 2016’s opening offerings had a distinctly 80s feel, as attendees were split between seeing the pop of ABC on the main stage and the indie melancholy of The Smiths, via tribute band These Charming Men, who channelled Morrissey et al from a stage fashioned from the ‘Salty Dog’ pirate ship in the woods near the campsite.[media-bbw]2685000[/media]The cultural contribution of both bands, however, is lost on the youngest attendees at the Picnic, who are led by the hand — or in some cases pushed in their buggies — by their parents.“Why would you bring a kid to the Picnic?The Chemical Brothers and Super Furry Animals closed last night’s main stages, but for many they are but the starters for tonight’s main course — the return of LCD Soundsystem from a five-year hiatus that fans feared was a permanent disbandment.Yesterday had a lethal weather combination — powerful sunshine matched by the kind of strong, cool breeze that tricks you into thinking you’re not burning as you quietly sizzle.
While a fiver a bag might not sound like much, at the rate the child labourers were snapping up cups off the ground, they will have Mammy and Daddy’s ticket price recouped by the end of the weekend.
Early noughties indie favourites Broken Social Scene sought to establish their Irish heritage credentials with the crowd early on from the Electric Arena stage, only to ruin it with the occasional “thank you Dublin” shoutout to the Laois crowd.