Over the weekend, the rumours circulating about Oxegen not taking place this year was confirmed by a statement from MCD on the website:

It is with regret that MCD announce that OXEGEN will not take place this year due to lack of suitable Headline Acts which combined with the financial demands by local agencies make it no longer viable to stage the Festival in its current form.

While the reasons given are questionable and conveniently distracting from the festival’s recent problems, the outcome isn’t a surprise as the festival has gone from being the most popular on the Irish summer calendar to one that suffered an identity/punter crisis. Oxegen went from an rock/alternative festival to a pop/rock one to an electronic dance music/pop festival. Other festivals sprouted up and offered the older (and younger) audience something different and more discerning.

The young people who would have replaced some of that audience have emigrated. There are simply not enough people who want to go to a field in Kildare to watch EDM or pop acts. The place for that is not outdoors anymore as the audience would rather be in The O2 or elsewhere thank you very much.

Irish audiences have their pick of festivals now. We’re in a golden age of them. We’re experienced. For many, Oxegen just didn’t cut it anymore.

Most festivals have a limited shelf-life. It had been time to move on from Oxegen for a few years.

Posted on April 22nd, 2014




A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of hits every week.

Highlights: Oxegen weekend, Richter Collective summer bash, Janet Jackson, 10 Days Of Dublin kicks off, The Beach Boys & Brassroots.

Tuesday 5th July

Wednesday 6th July

  • - Nothing..yet

Thursday 7th July

Friday 8th July

Saturday 9th July

Sunday 10th July

Monday 11th July

Songs from artists playing this week

Brassroots – Good Life

▲▲L▲ST D∆YS OF 1984▲▲ – RIVER’S EDGE (Radio Edit) by ▲▲L▲ST D∆YS OF 1984▲▲

Bleach (demo) by Goodly Thousands

Modern Skins- How Many Have To Fall by Modern Skins

The Cast of Cheers – Chariot by Richter Collective

We Are Losers – Sunset Song by barrygruff

The Number A by Logikparty

Lobbing The Distance by sunken_foal

Posted on July 5th, 2011




Update:Tickets gone.

Oxegen festival starts in just 12 days in Punchestown, Kildare and if you don’t have a ticket yet, Nialler9 is here to help. Thanks to Vodafone, I’ve got one pair of tickets to the festival that will get you in to see the likes of The Strokes, Beyoncé, The National, Tine Tempah, Leftfield, Metronomy, Primal Scream, Odd Future, Slash, Arctic Monkeys and more.

Here’s how to enter: it’s a spot the difference competition. Take a look at the two images below (click to enlarge). There are 5 differences between the pics. Spot them all and then send your answers, name and address to [email protected] before noon next Friday July 1st.

Posted on June 24th, 2011



Amongst the new additions to Oxegen this afternoon are Odd Future….

Slash / Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All / Metronomy / Manic Street Preachers / Glasvegas / The Saturdays / Peter Doherty / The Pretty Reckless / Professor Green / Ke$Ha / Eliza Doolittle / Example / Cherri Bomb.


As expected Oxegen 2011 will be a much more pop/rock affair this year with the likes of The Script, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J in the pop corner with names like Foo Fighters, The Strokes (Thumbs up), Weezer, Beady Eye, Coldplay, Primal Scream, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World and Arctic Monkeys in the classic/alt-rock corner.

In between, there are some bands of particular interest to readers of this blog: The National, Leftfield, Friendly Fires, Eels, The Naked and Famous, Jenny And Johnny, Eels, Two Door Cinema Club, Crookers, Bright Eyes, Crystal Castles, Fight Like Apes, The Minutes and… House Of Pain * !

Full Lineup

Coldplay, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Blink 182, Paolo Nutini, The Script, Deadmau5, The National, Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, My Chemical Romance, Pendulum, Weezer, Beady Eye, Brandon Flowers, Swedish House Mafia, Bruno Mars, Chase and Status, Eels, Two Door Cinema Club, Jessie J, Bright Eyes, Leftfield, Friendly Fires, Imelda May, Calvin Harris, Jimmy Eat World, Sven Vath, Hurts, Crystal Castles, Bloody Beetroots, Jenny and Johnny, House of Pain, Steve Aoki, The Vaccines, All Time Low, Noah and the Whale, Crookers, Fight Like Apes, Mona, The Naked and Famous, Ryan Sheridan, The Minutes, Bipolar Empire, Madisun.

8th, – 10th July in Punchestown. Ticket info and deposit info after the read more. Also, note Blink 182 were initially announced in December but were nowhere in today’s announcement. According to MCD – “There is indecision on the band’s touring commitments and we hope to have news in the coming week.”

* I can’t tell if House Of Pain playing Oxegen is the the greatest thing ever or the worst. Still…


glenfriedman A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin and beyond. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

Oxegen is the big thing happening this weekend while there are also shows from Snoop Dogg, Tortoise, Kode9 (new DJ Kicks album is the biz), !Kaboogie (with Prince Kong’s last gig in Ireland for a while), Escape Act and the Glen E. Friedman exhibition, screening and Q& A on Thursday.

Tuesday 6th July
Snoop Dogg @ Olympia Theatre (€42)

Wednesday 7th July
– Nothing of interest.

Thursday 8th July
Pandamonium with @ Pravda (Free)
Glen E. Friedman exhibition, screening, Q&A @ Lighthouse Cinema (€5, 8pm)
– Good Manners Cost Nothing + MurMur Presents: Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp , The Jimmy Cake, Fringilla Montifringilla @ The Lower Deck
Funeral Suits @ Whelan’s Upstairs (Midnight, club entry price)
The K! Club: Prince Kong, Rory St John / Drokkr / Richie !K @ The Sweeney Mongrel, Dame St. (10pm, FREE)

See the full week’s listings »

Posted on July 5th, 2010


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