Oxegen 2010: Muse

July 11th, 2010 by


It’s hard to image that there’s a better live band doing the world gig circuit right now than Muse. From the moment drummer Dominic steps on to the stage clad in a large spiky Mohican and a pale green undergarment, the front of the Oxegen crowd has turned into a frantic shoving match, and it’s […]

Oxegen 2010: Hot Chip, Kele

July 11th, 2010 by


It would be easy to take Hot Chip for granted. Since 2004, the five musicians in the band have been cooking up dancefloor-friendly, festival-ready hits so there’s always a chance that the audience just wouldn’t turn up for them at Oxegen (see also Glasto). Well it wasn’t a rammed tent but the Heineken Green Spheres […]

Oxegen 2010: Jay-Z

July 11th, 2010 by


Last year’s Glastonbury controversy about Jay-Z headlining and the subsequent triumph of his set at the festival has been wheeled out at nearly every mention of this immiment Oxegen set. But Jay-Z was always the venerable hip-hopper, the only rapper alive born to do it. It, being able to headline festivals across the globe with […]

Oxegen 2010: Wild Beasts, Hurts, The Minutes, Mayer Hawthorne

July 11th, 2010 by


Day two and the numbers have swelled considerably. Two Door Cinema Club’s set on the main stage actually sees more people at headliners Arcade Fire the night before at 3pm in the day. The brown sludgy mud has also swelled but with the hope of a sunny Sunday in our hearts we trek on. The […]

Oxegen 2010: O Emperor, Aeroplane, Tinie Tempah

July 10th, 2010 by


In heavy rain periods at Oxegen, bands can be forgiven for thinking, nay hoping they’ve drawn an appreciative audience that have been summoned by their dulcet tones when in reality Johnser and friends are just getting out of the rain (and their minds simultaneously). The same fate befalls Cork & Waterford band O Emperor who […]

Oxegen 2010: The Black Keys, Lissie, Memoryhouse

July 10th, 2010 by


The sound of Ohio’s bluesy The Black Keys were the first band many encountered on Oxegen Friday. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s blues-rock is the perfect festival starter, giving the assembled punters something to sing ‘na-na-na-na’ along to early when new song ‘Howlin’ For You’ is played. The set draws heavily from their latest and […]

Roskilde 2010 – Day Four

July 10th, 2010 by

The fourth day really begins where we left off on the third day. Some days are so long that you can hardly believe what you fitted in and we have just remembered that at around 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning, with a flash mob of new friends we met in a bar, we were dancing to […]

Oxegen – Important Travel Update

July 9th, 2010 by


News just in from Oxegen. IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION – BLUE CAR PARK NOW FULL. USE PARK AND RIDE AT GOFFS. Fans are advised that the Blue Car park is now full. Anyone with red car park pass can continue to the red car park. If you have a blue car park pass or no car […]

New Prefuse 73 album on the way

July 9th, 2010 by


According to his myspace, Guillermo Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73 has just completed his 7th and most difficult album. To quote “After almost a year of going through a million processes with this record, I finally finished ‘something’ that has proved the most exhausting of all of my records I’ve released in my ‘career’’¦” It’s […]

Oxegen ’10 – Top 5 Rock

July 9th, 2010 by


1. Biffy Clyro (Main Stage, Saturday) The Scottish three-piece have become one of the most popular draws on the live circuit since the release of their fourth album, Puzzle, in 2007 and last year’s Only Revolutions. It’s not hard to see why. Combining the powerhouse drumming of Ben Johnston with memorable melodies, three-part vocals and […]