Festival Watch: Oxegen

So I had these great plans to profile some of Europe’s biggest festivals giving my two cents on what’s the most exciting event to catch this summer. Alas time has passed me by and two of the super-heavyweights have already delivered their respective knockout blows, Primavera and Glastonbury both appear to have gone down a treat with all those lucky enough to attend. As my previous ultra-pretentious Oxegen piece was getting plenty of traffic, I decided I needed to present a more accurate appraisal with this year’s event only around the corner.

It’s easy for my opinion of Oxegen as a music festival to be marred by flashbacks to 2007’s mudfest which was dominated by future convicts pissing on/burning tents and racing to see how could pass out earliest in the day BUT it would be unfair and plain silly not to recall that amazing Daft Punk performance or the delayed but ever-so-awesome showing by Muse as well as countless other memorable moments. When I dig even deeper into the memory pit to the simpler, sunnier days of Oxegen 2005 I’m met be fond images of sun-bathing gig-goers, a sublime lineup and farmers tans for everyone at a festival that was beginning to make a real name for itself. When you look at who’s going to be taking the stage at Punchestown this July it’s hard not to be tempted.

Oxegen doesn’t jump out as the most diverse in terms of the genres of music it caters for focusing primarily on indie-pop and dance but what is undeniable is the appeal of the artists they have snapped up in these areas. Eye-catching performers are dotted across all stages too with Heineken Green Spheres and 2fm/Hot Press Academy stages boasting acts which will drag even the most lethargic/hung over attendees from the main stage.

While finances forbid me from from going to Oxegen before embarking on a 6 week inter-railing trip, here are my weekend must-see acts(timetable clashes not accounted for, I fucking hate timetable clashes):

Friday: Villagers, Frightened Rabbit, Fatboy Slim, God is an Astronaut, Plan B, Jay-Z,  Arcade Fire, Vitalic, Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco.

Saturday: The Drums, Kele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yeasayer, Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, Cathy Davey, Ellie Goulding, Rise Against, Two Door Cinema Club,  Muse, Kasabian, Florence + the Machine, Dizzy Rascal.

Sunday: Mumford & Sons, We Are Scientists, Chase & Status, Fake Blood, The Golden Filter, Broken Social Scene, Delphic, Local Natives, Laura Marling, The Prodigy, Eminem.

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