Once upon a time festivals operated with two stages at best, sometimes even one (see our Feile piece for a good example) but these days the amount of choice is often bewildering. Operating in its own tented world, the Heineken Green Spheres stage has a line-up that has could easily grace its own festival, mixing new and established talent from Ireland and around the world. Here’s our pick of the bunch…
1.FIGHT LIKE APES, Friday
Last year FIGHT LIKE APES cam to Oxegen as a band on the brink of something. This time round they’ve established themselves and the some, even getting to the point of re-releasing their debut album. Absence will certainly have made the heart grow fonder but as another round of touring keeps them on the road till Christmas, we hope they’ve still got the energy to rise to what should be a fantastic occasion.
2. GLASVEGAS, Sunday
The second of GLASVEGAS’ three Irish trips this summer, the late night (and crucially dark) atmosphere of the Green Spheres tent should suit them better than their Oasis / U2 support slots. It won’t hurt either that they have channeled the anthemic, mass singalong songwriting of those two bands into something all the more edgy and, dare we say, exciting.
3. TV ON THE RADIO , Saturday
The TV ON THE RADIO live experience has always been a bit hit and miss, but with the confidence of last year’s superb Dear Science behind them hopes will be high that this could be one of the gigs of the weekend. Just don’t come complaining to us if it doesn’t quite work out.
4. 2 MANY DJs, Friday
Because sometimes all you want to do is dance. The Oxegen Dance Arena is generally unknown territory to your average festival goer so this will be the next best thing – rock music with a beat. Get those hands in the air.
5. DREADZONE, Friday
Something of an Oxegen curve ball, but DREADZONE were a staple at the kind of festivals that some of State used to frequent in the early nineties. Formed from the ashes of Big Audio Dynamite, they fuse techno, rock and dub (vocalist Earl Sixteen was part of the Leftfield gang) into something quite brilliant. Take a chance on us.