While not on a par with the Electric Picnic or Glastonbury in terms of genuine curve balls, this year’s Oxegen does have the odd…well…odd moment. Here are our pick, both good and bad…
1. Tinariwen (Vodafone Stage, Saturday)
The most high profile band to emerge from the African continent in years, Tinariwen offer a rare chance for a Punchestown musical education. What will they make of The Coronas, we wonder?
2. Diana Vickers (Heineken Green Spheres, Sunday)
While we’re not adverse to a bit of pop at Oxegen (special preview to follow), the inclusion of X-Factor loser Vickers has left us scratching our heads in confusion. Sure seemed spiky and interesting enough on a bland TV show but next to Kate Nash she doesn’t stand a chance.
3. Earth Wind & Fire (Main Stage, Sunday)
There is always a place for funk in the world, but is that place in a wet field in Kildare after two days of energy sapping action and following Echo & The Bunnymen. Funnily enough it just might be as this one could go either way. The result, we suspect, will come down to how many of the tunes the masses can recognise.
4. Shed Seven (Academy Stage, Friday)
There is a distinct lack of high profile comebacks at Oxegen this year, so we’ll have to make do with Shed Seven. Not that we’re complaining mind, as we always had a soft spot for ‘the Sheds’ – although again we’re not sure how well that will translate to a load of Irish teenagers.
5. Tinie Tempah (Red Bull Stage, Friday)
Tucked away in the corner of the site, the Red Bull Stage is still playing host to some major names – not least this UK rapper with a number one single under his belt already. Whether or not he is the real deal remains to be seen.