Diva inspired by rapper husband to headline festival's final night
INTERNATIONAL superstar Beyonce will play Oxegen music festival in the summer -- her first Irish gig in almost two years.
Beyonce will headline the final night of the three-day festival at Punchestown racecourse in July. It will be the first time the R'n'B diva has performed here since a series of sold out shows at the 02 in Dublin in 2009.
It is understood she was convinced to play Oxegen after she watched her husband -- the rapper Jay-Z -- headline the event last year.
With more than 75 million album sales worldwide as a solo artist, the Houston-born singer is one of the best-selling artists of all time and was named by 'Forbes' magazine as number one in their 2010 list of the 'Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World'.
Among her biggest hits is chart-topping single, 'Crazy In Love', which has been described as "the best song of the last 10 years" by critics around the world.
Oxegen music festival runs from July 8-10. The Black Eyed Peas will headline on the Friday, Foo Fighters on the Saturday, and Beyonce on the Sunday.
Other acts confirmed include The Script, Coldplay, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.
Oxegen festival director John Probyn said: "We're always striving to bring the biggest and best music talent to Oxegen and they really don't come any bigger than Beyonce. She is a truly incredible artist and an amazing live performer.
"This year we've got most of the artists headlining the UK's major festivals on one bill. It's all about giving fans real value for money and delivering an unforgettable experience."
The scheduling of the show in July means that the Oxegen audience will be the first to hear live material from Beyonce's much-anticipated fourth solo album, due out this summer.
Interest in the album has been fuelled by the success of new single 'Run The World (Girls)'.
It follows Beyonce's most recent multi-platinum album, 'I Am Sasha Fierce', which won her six Grammy Awards in 2010, the most for any female artist in a single year, and brought her career total to 16.
Tickets for Oxegen are on sale and frozen at 2008 prices. A three-day ticket without camping costs €199.50 or €224.50 with camping. Day tickets are available at €99.50 each. For full details see www.oxegen.ie.