by / July 7th, 2010 /

Top Story: Oxegen ’10 – 5 acts to avoid

  1. Stereophonics (Main Stage, Friday)
    While there are one or two exceptions in their back catalogue (-Local Boy In The Photograph’ and -Dakota’), for the most part, Stereophonics are the most ordinary of British guitar bands. There’s nothing to truly hate about their
    Oasis-lite, inoffensive daytime dad-rock, but there’s certainly nothing to get excited about. Not when there’s so much good stuff on offer on this year’s bill.
  2. Scouting for Girls (Vodafone Stage, Friday)
    The inexplicably popular London three-piece can be summed up in one syllable: meh.
  3. Black Eyed Peas (Vodafone Stage, Saturday)
    I’ve got a feeling’¦ that this is going to be one of the best attended shows of the entire weekend. Pity, when the far more interesting Calvin Harris, Muse, Kele and Ash are on at the same time.
  4. John Mayer
    The quintessential -young fogey’, Mayer’s anodyne, yawn-inducing acoustic guitar and blues rock is the stuff that excites only middle-aged classic hits radio programmers. Dullsville.
    Update: Hooray! Mayer has realised he wasn’t welcome and has cancelled accordingly! How nice of him!
  5. Joshua Radin (Vodafone Stage, Sunday)
    The fact that Radin’s music has found its way onto such melancholy TV staples as Bones, One Tree Hill, 90210, Brothers And Sisters and American Idol should tell you all you need to know. If that’s not reason enough to avoid, maybe this is.
  • personally I loved the entire first Stereophonics album. More Life In A Tramps Vest and A Thousand Trees (despite dire lyrics) are class. Im even considering watching them given the lack of other bands Im bothered about at the time. Couldnt agree more on the others, though. Id throw Jay Z on that list, too.

  • Donna

    Actually Stereophonics rocked the show! They got the crowd fired up and bouncing all over the place, seemed to really enjoy the festival atmosphere themselves, and the amount of their songs everybody knew was impressive and made for a great singalong. I really enjoyed their set, there was nothing dad-rock like about it! After being around so long they play really well together and are very comfortable on stage. Would definitely go the see them again.

    I wouldnt agree with the Black Eyed Peas either. They seem to be great live and will put on a brilliant show.

  • Leanne

    excuse me, john mayer is AMAZING.
    you are most likely the worst reviewer. ever.
    you don’t even deserve to be at oxegen.

  • Aine

    This ENTIRE site has something against scouting for girls.

    I find them a really fun, happy band who are actually able to crack a smile.
    Unlike the reporters on the site.

  • Abe

    Black Eyed Peas were great. Excellent, top-notch production, great vocals all around, and most of all they ENTERTAINED.

    I think what’s being missed here is the difference between the CD and the Live Stage. Could go either way, but for BEP and some others, IMO, Live = prime

  • Donna

    Judging by the other comments on here, majority opinion is that this reporter doesnt have a clue what he’s talking about when it comes to music. This website should find someone who actually knows their music to write their features, and stop writing fluff pieces that have no basis on reality or dont accurately reflect the music they are wrongfully scorning.