Thursday 19 October 2017

Festivals: Oxegen

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

OXEGEN

Punchestown Racecourse

THE DAMAGE: Day tickets €49.50 / three-day camping €129.50

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The big one is back, but admittedly with more of a whimper than a bang.

If your idea of fun is watching David Guetta waffling on about how much he loves Ireland over some horrible over-produced pop trance muck, as he tells you to put your hands in the air like you just don't care, then this is your lucky day. Oxegen marks the festival-headlining coming- of-age of EDM in this country. There's also an added sprinkling of hip-hop from the ubiquitous Irish festival stalwart Snoop Dogg (right), plus some interesting pop and grime touches from the likes of Labrinth and Wretch 32.

If you haven't heard of most of the line up, just face up to it – you're too old.

RATING 4/10

UNIQUE SELLING POINT

Alongside the Picnic, Oxegen is the only major music festival this summer hosting a large scale camp-site.

Those under 20 may well fully embrace this opportunity with open arms, but surely anyone over the age of 25 or so would probably rather go on a fast in Lough Derg, or have a relatively relaxing weekend in Iraq.

RATING 5/10

VALUE FOR MONEY

Considering that it cost more or less the same to see Guetta in Marlay Park last year, day tickets look like a decent enough deal.

You'd spend a pretty penny catching such an array of acts in concert individually, so in terms of pricing a decent package for a specific audience, Oxegen do deserve some credit.

RATING 7/10

TOTAL 16/30

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