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Thursday 17 April 2014

10 things you need to know about OXEGEN 2013

Leanne O'Sullivan, Leanne McDonald, Caroline Curtis and Julia Dicker (Collins)

Self-acclaimed as Europe's greatest festival, OXEGEN is back in Punchestown for its ninth year after a break in 2012.

Stock up on the toilet roll and grab your map, here are the ten things you need to know about this year's OXEGEN Festival.

1. The headliners

World-renowned DJs Calvin Harris and David Guetta are headlining this year’s OXEGEN on the Heineken Live Project stage.

Rita Ora, Example and The Original Rudeboys will also be hitting the festival, along with some new faces on the Irish music scene including Vincent Stuart and Tommy Truffles.

The Red Bull Electric Ballroom is back with a bang after a year off, its eclectic combination of an iconic 1940s art-deco style ballroom and state of the art audio and visual experience ready for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

2. When and where

David Stokes and Mary Dunne (Kyran O'Brien)

This year’s OXEGEN Festival is a three-day event with the early birds being entertained by Alesso at the Red Bull Electric Ballroom on Friday evening.

OXEGEN has taken over the Punchestown racecourse once again for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

3. When it all started

The festival began in 2004 and, since then, OXEGEN has hosted some of the world’s most established acts. The OXEGEN gigs that go down history include Kings of Leon, The Killers, Blur, Eminem, Beyonce, Green Day and The Who.

4. What’s on-site

The impressive site has three stages, a tent campsite, camper-van site, VIP camping area, silent disco, cocktail bar, a host of bars and food stalls and a funfair. There is a car park and camping area for people with special needs.

5. What to bring

Baby wipes, plasters for any cuts and toilet roll will be worth gold.

6. What to leave at home

Umbrellas, glass bottles and medication in unmarked containers.

7. The weather

Expect a comfortable average of 18 degrees this weekend in the Kildare area. According to MET Éireann, the weather should be dry for the most part, with a few showers expected on Saturday.

8. Celeb-spotting

If it’s celeb-spotting you’re going for or you’re just a fan of a few creature comforts, the luxury campsite is where it’s at. Pink Moon Camping is a village area with its very own hot showers and 24/7 security.

9. Transport

Priority is given to all types of buses to and from the festival site and festival organisers advise it as the quickest way to travel. A shuttle bus is also available from nearby town, Naas.

The official OXEGEN website has full details of travel and transport to and from the site.

10. What else?

A one day non-camping ticket for either Saturday or Sunday is priced at €49.50. A three day weekend camping ticket will cost €149.50. All tickets are inclusive of booking fee and on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on the official Ticketmaster website.

Organisers MCD have employed the same Safety, Security and Policing system in Punchestown that was successfully implemented at the Marlay Park concerts in 2012. An Garda Siochana and the Courts will operate a zero tolerance policy.

Festival-goers are asked to respect the residents and local community. A Garda ID/Passport proving that you are 18 years of age or over is required for entrance.

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