FIRST a sell-out show at the new O2 and now the first act to sign up for Oxegen 2009 -- perhaps the Kings of Leon just love the fresh air here.
Irish fans will be delighted to hear that the rock quartet from Tennessee have confirmed they will headline the festival for the second consecutive year this July.
The massively popular foursome were apparently thrilled by the reception their performance received last year, with lead singer Caleb Followill telling festival goers that: "It is a dream to play gigs like this. We consider ourselves a small band but you have made us feel so big."
Promoters MCD said the Kings could have chosen to play 80,000-capacity gigs but will instead reward Oxegen fans for their support by making the festival their only Irish appearance of 2009. Music lovers voted Kings of Leon their number one band via an online poll on Oxegen.ie.
The three brothers and their cousin enjoyed huge success here last year, notching up their first Irish chart topper with 'Sex on Fire' and a number one album with 'Only By The Night'.
Further line-up announcements will be made in the coming weeks for the festival, which returns to Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare, from July 10 to 12.
Fans can expect to see more luxury camping options in the green campsite, alternative entertainment and an increased range of food.
Last year was the first time that Oxegen festival-goers had a say on which bands they wanted to appear and fans around Europe voted Oxegen the Best European Festival at the UK Festival Awards.
Oxegen also became the first festival in Ireland and one of only about 18 worldwide to receive the Green 'n' Clean award from the European Festival Association YOUROPE.
Information and tickets for the 2009 gig are available at Oxegen.ie