Oxegen: 25 facts and figures
Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00
With more than 76,000 online fans, 25,000-litre water tanks,15,000 meals for artists,a staff of 4,000, a 30km bike ride, 700 flags and 52miles of fencing,how does Oxegen 2010 add up?
1 There are approximately 52 miles of fencing used across the Oxegen site.
2 Around 4,000 people will be involved in the smooth operation of the event.
3 More than 700 brightly coloured flags decorated the Oxegen arena and campsites in 2009. This year, there will be even more.
4 In 2009, the Oxegen artist-liaison team was kept busy making sure that all the acts' special requests were catered for. Here's a rundown on some of the requests which caused some consternation at the supermarket: organic fruit popsicles; oven-roasted tofurky, Polo mints and KY Jelly; beef jerky; a jar of jalapeno peppers; Royal Jelly Elixir; unsweetened coconut water; and Trapp calm, scented candles. Plus, one band would not play without Fiji Water and black towels.
5 Hollywood A-lister Natalie Portman shunned a side-of-stage view and joined fans in the pit for Kings of Leon's majestic 2009 headline set. Portman was accompanied by an entourage from the film Your Highness, including co-star Danny McBride.
6 Some lucky girls got up close and personal to Katy Perry when she jumped from the O2 stage and applied cherry chapstick to their lips in 2009.
7 In 2009, Nick Cave arrived at the festival with Shane MacGowan, who later joined him on stage for the final song on the O2 stage. Afterwards, Pete Doherty, MacGowan and Cave hung out in the artist area and got competitive playing pool.
8 Beer for the Oxegen festival is all produced in Ireland, which helps the festival reduce its carbon footprint even further.
9 Brave Oxegen fans can now be catapulted at speeds reaching more than 160kph by one of Europe's largest travelling slingshots. Check out more hair-raising thrills at the festival funfairs (below right).
10 Oxegen has got two funfairs (below left) -- one in the main arena and one in the blue campsite.
11 Last year, fans from around Europe voted Oxegen the Best Overseas Festival at the UK Festival Awards for 2009.
12 To promote car-pooling, Oxegen is offering free parking to cars with four or more occupants. Simply join Tripmi to find other fans who are travelling from your area. Visit www.tripmi.ie for more information.
13 Oxegen campsite entertainment in 2004 was a small, outdoor stage. This year, there is a funfair, the Tribute stage, Silent Disco, the Nokia Live Stage, two 24-hour supermarkets and even a beauty parlour.
14 Twenty-six 25,000-litre water tankers will be positioned around Punchestown for Oxegen. These tankers will be continuously replenished throughout the festival weekend.
15 Oxegen will be running off 14 megawatts of power -- each megawatt could power a town the size of Kildare for a weekend. Plus, 28,000 metres of cable will be used to transfer this power.
16 More than 15,000 meals will be served to artists, tour managers, lighting engineers, festival staff and more throughout the duration of the festival.
17 And what do all the artists drink throughout the weekend? 203 cases of Heineken; 75 bottles of premium Russian vodka; 3,000 cups of coffee and a dozen macchiatos; four bottles of Ritzina; Red Bull energy drinks and bio green tea; 60 litres of freshly squeezed orange juice; 48 bottles of Marqués de Riscal; 136 bottles of Merlot Reserve; 59 bottles of champagne; oh, and bags and bags of their favourite jellies.
18 Fans wanted better safeguarding for their property, so, for the second year running, Oxegen has teamed up with LockerHouse for improved locker facilities (above), which also have a phone-charging facility. Book your locker at oxegen.ie.
19 Stay spanking clean this year at Oxegen with free hot showers provided in the blue campsite.
20 Oxegen has teamed up with The Green Tent Company to bring fans a brilliant new innovation in camping -- the first fully recyclable tent. Its range of stylish and affordable tents will help Oxegen seriously reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill after this year's festival. Go to www.thegreententcompany.co.uk to book yours now.
21 Forget the hassle of purchasing a car-park space. Dublin Bus operates a shuttle service from Dublin to Punchestown, while Bus éireann operates on all other routes from various locations in Ireland. Priority is given to buses, so it's the quickest way to travel to Oxegen.
22 Last year, Tangerine Fields promised that all used sleeping bags and tents would be recycled or donated to homeless charities at the end of the weekend.
23 Podpads, situated in the green campsite, use solar energy to provide campers with light and power throughout the weekend. The innovative, tent-like Myhabs, also featured in the green campsite, were made from recycled plastic and waterproof cardboard.
24 Oxegen has teamed up with 2Wheels (www.2wheels.ie) to ask fans to get on their bikes and cycle to Oxegen in aid of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation. The fully supported 30km cycle from Dublin to Punchestown will take place on Thursday, July 8. Fans will be asked to donate €50 to take part and Oxegen promoter MCD will then match that and donate a further €50 to aid projects in Vietnam and Mongolia.
25 The Oxegen Facebook fan-page is now the largest Facebook page in Ireland, with more than 76,000 fans. Go to www.facebook.com/oxegen to join in all the fun.