Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Initial Oxegen Lineup announced, The Good, The Bad and The Pointless

The lineup for Oxegen, one of Europe's biggest and (lineup wise) best music festivals has been announced! Oxegen will run over the 9th, 10th and 11th of July at Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare.

A traditionally rock oriented festival, this is the first year that the choice of headliners has strayed from that. From Blur, Rage Against The Machine, The Who and James Brown over the past few years, to this year's headliners Jay-Z, Eminem and Black Eyed Peas the festival seems to have strayed a little. With them, on the main stage, will be Kasabian and Muse, great live I hear but I can imagine I'll find something better when the rest of the acts and times are announced.

No matter, what of the rest of the weekend (so far of course)? Well here's where we get to the pointless. Stereophonics. Wolfmother. Newton Faulkner. Plus bands that are, eh, grand, like The Coral and Rise Against.

The dance stage is looking pretty good so far, not all my kind of thing but traditionally the dance arena has proven successful in housing the scumbags (of which there are many). Armand Van Helden, Steve Angelo, Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan, Steve Aoki, A Trak And Aeroplane have been announced. A possible Duck Sauce Live buzz with Armand and A Trak maybe?

And the rest, i.e the good! Faithless, Calvin Harris, Temper Trap, Broken Social Scene, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club which all sounds wonderful.

And finally, two acts I've seen before, were amazing, but under different settings that are playing the main stage, a fact that to be honest is scaring me a little. Florence And The Machine and Prodigy. I'd be scared that Florence's show would be lost in any sort of daylight and in a massive field in the open air. And The Prodigy, who I saw headline to second stage while The Killers were playing the main stage a few years back. I'm afraid they'll go on at about 9 when it's still bright, not enough people are out of their collective trees, the light show might be lost to the brightness etc. What I mean is The Prodigy's show might not be given the importance it deserves. Headlining the second stage again as a whopping alternative to the Black Eyed Peas or some sheeeiiite might have been wiser. But sure we can only wait and see.

Not fucking camping this year though. Not a fucking hope. 4 years of Oxegen camping too many, I'll happily camp at Electric Picnic, but the abundance of dickheads at Oxegen, as well as the consistantly shit weather means this year I'm finding a B&B!

Florence And The Machine - Hurricane Drunk Alt

Faithless - Insomnia Alt

Prodigy - Out Of Space Alt

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