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Sunday 20 April 2014

Oxegen adds fire to roll of red hot rockers

MTV VJ Laura Whitmore having a laugh yesterday with Irish band The Script to launch this year's Oxegen 2009. Whitmore will host the re-broadcast of Oxegen '09 while The Script are among the bands on the bill. Tickets are on sale today

Tickets are now on sale for Ireland's largest music festival which yesterday added a raft of eclectic acts to its growing line-up.

The Pet Shop Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Squeeze and Jane's Addiction are on the bill for Oxegen '09, one of Europe's favourite rock 'n' roll weekends.

Tickets for the three-day music festival -- at Punchestown Racecourse in Naas, Co Kildare, from July 10 -- went on sale today.

The latest additions will join fellow rock veterans Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Blur and ska revivalists the Specials alongside groups such as The Script, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Manic Street Preachers, Pete Doherty, The Ting Tings and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

"We're going to rock and roll our way through the recession and we're expecting a sell-out," an MCD spokesperson said of the 80,000 tickets.

Prices remain at last year's rates of €224.50 for a three-day camping ticket. This year, there's also a flexible payment plan that will allow concert-goers to pay a €120 deposit to secure their ticket and pay off the balance by April 30, at no extra charge.

The Killers headline on the Sunday, taking to the stage after Razorlight, the Specials, Lady Gaga and the Ting Tings.

Oxegen veteran Pete Doherty, who performed in 2004 with the Libertines and in 2007 with Babyshambles, returns as a solo performer.

Meanwhile, Irish band the Script are one of the main acts on the opening day. Frontman Danny O'Donoghue promised music fans a show to remember.

"I'm very, very nervous, I'm apprehensive, but I have to say it's going to be a fantastic night," he said.

"We're third from the top so it's a nice slot. It's going to be dark; we're going to have a light show. It's going to be a special night."

The group played on the new band stage last year and admit they did not expect anybody to show up.

"The Kooks were on playing on the other stage and we were kind of thinking 'we're an Irish act, are they going to show up, will they even care', and we we walked out to a sea of people.

"To be playing on the main stage this year . . . I'm just imagining last year multiplied by 100. It's going to be crazy."

O'Donoghue, back in Dublin after a 17-date tour across Europe, plans to make the most of the weekend and catch some of his favourite acts.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Blur," he said.

"A lot of bands have been doing reunions and Blur is one of the ones I've just been dying to see."

MTV, which will be re-broadcasting the concert, will feature Ireland's own VJ Laura Whitmore, who is also looking forward to the "revival weekend".

"It's great to see a lot of bands getting back together, like Blur and the Pet Shop Boys," she told the Irish Independent yesterday.

Laura, a festival diehard for seven years, said she is also looking forward to seeing some of the newer and lesser known acts.

"It's not just about the big names. I'm looking forward to seeing Ladyhawk and Fight Like Apes," she said.

Tickets are limited to four per person. And to encourage car-pooling to the event, a free weekend car parking pass will be issued for every four tickets sold. Tickets went on sale at 8am today through all Ticketmaster outlets.

A full line-up is available at www.oxegen.ie.

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