Top Story: Oxegen ’10 – 5 acts to avoid
- 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.
- Scouting for Girls (Vodafone Stage, Friday)
The inexplicably popular London three-piece can be summed up in one syllable: meh.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.