As is usual, the Saturday line-up at Oxegen is just that bit stronger than the opening day. Here’s our guide to Day 2, though there’s a temptation to check out the WTF-ness of Amanda Brunker on the Vodafone Stage we’re going to start with a fresher sound.
Disclaimer part 2: if you do see Amanda Brunker, you might want to guard your eyes as much as your ears.
Little Green Cars (Heineken Green Spheres)
14:00 – We’ve been keeping an eye on this band over the last few years (making them one of our Faces of 2011 in January) and now it seems there time is ready to impress a wider world. A debut single on UK label Young and Lost Club is out this month but we suggest you get a preview to kick start your day.
The Minutes (Vodafone Stage)
14:55 – On a similar tip to Little Green Cars but much more experienced, The Minutes took time to release their debut album which came out this year. The long wait has honed the band into a ferocious live act, enough to take on the enormous Vodafone Stage and win .
Cashier No. 9 (Heineken Green Spheres)
15:55 – Newly signed to Bella Union and with a debut album produced by David Holmes, Belfast’s Cashier No. 9 will hit you with a wall of sound.
Braids (2FM Hotpress Academy)
16.25 –Montreal band that make shimmering and intricate music reminiscent of Animal Collective in laid-back mode.
British Sea Power (Vodafone Stage)
16:00 – Whatever you think about British Sea Power, their live show is never dull and we await their attempts to make an impact on this scale with interest.
Two Door Cinema Club (Main Stage)
17:00 – After a whopping highlight of a performance on the main stage last year after John Mayer cancelled, the Bangor lads get their own deserved slot on the biggest stage. Expect singalongs galore.
Hurts (Vodafone Stage)
17.15 – Time for some moody synth-pop and an immaculate turn-out, whatever the weather. Perhaps the only Oxegen act to bring their own opera singer.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (2FM Hotpress Academy)
18.20 – Looking for a palate cleanser? How about a brother and sister trio playing ragtime, swing and jump blues music from the 40s and 50s? Exquisite and exuberant in a live setting, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (pictured) bring the old-timey vibes to Punchestown. Huge State favourites.
Plan B (Main Stage)
18.25 – Back again for the second year running, the Plan B live experience proved a little baggy around the edges at the Olympia this year but should be a much tighter affair. Look out for a raging version of ‘Stay Too Long’ as a highlight.
Eliza Doolittle (2FM Hotpress Academy)
19.20 – Faced with the unenviable task of opening the festival in torrential rain last year, the comparatively cosy environs of the Academy stage should be a far more welcoming prospect. Like Clare Maguire yesterday, a pop star that we feel has more to offer than what we’ve seen so far.
The Vaccines (Heineken Green Spheres)
20.40 – So, what can we expect from The Vaccines? More than their rather dreary debut album we hope.
Diplo (Electric Ballroom)
20.45 – Always a man to bring a party, Wesley Pentz has recently provided Nicola Roberts and Beyoncé with tracks. Here you can expect Diplo to bring some global soundclash vibes to a crowd-pleasing dancefloor-filling set with some of the best party vibes of the weekend.
Arctic Monkeys (Main Stage)
21.45 – Five years into their career, Arctic Monkeys are still yet to replicate their original thrill – on record at any rate. How will their more mature approach work on such a large scale? Worth a look but approach with caution.
Eels (2FM Hotpress Academy)
23.50 – With most of the left of centre acts having been moved to the Electric Picnic, Oxegen these days is light on the genuine maverick so thank the lord for Mark Everett. Quite what you can expect from their slot is a mystery but it should provide a talking point if nothing else.