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Oxegen offers feast of talent for fans

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 09/03/2011 | 05:00

Rock star Dave Grohl announcing the line-up for Oxegen 2011 live on the internet last night
Rock star Dave Grohl announcing the line-up for Oxegen 2011 live on the internet last night

THE line-up for Oxegen 2011 was revealed to expectant fans last night online.

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American rock star Dave Grohl, hosting the presentation at www.oxegen.ie, described the bill as a "fans' favourites feast of talent".

Big names included Grohl's Foo Fighters alongside Coldplay, The Strokes, Black Eyed Peas, The National, Plan B, UK rapper Tinie Tempah and Scottish singer Paolo Nutini.

The three-day musical festival takes place at Punchestown Racecourse from July 8-10.

Headliners Coldplay will be playing Oxegen for the first time, as well as joining U2 as headliners at this year's Glastonbury festival.

However, they will have competition from another Irish band The Script, whose Oxegen appearance comes after the worldwide success of their album 'Science & Faith', and sell out tours around the UK.

Festival director John Probyn said they were busy preparing for the three-day event.

"We have pulled out all the stops to deliver this A-list line-up," he said. "Some of these bands won't be back playing Ireland for quite some time, which is going to make their appearances all the more special."

Killers' singer Brandon Flowers, as well as Liam Gallagher's new Oasis breakaway act Beady Eye are also on the bill, alongside Sheffield indie act The Arctic Monkeys, whose invitation to play came after they topped an fan's online wish list.

Other highlights will come from an array of festival favourites including Bruno Mars, Chase and Status, Eels, Bright Eyes, Leftfield, Friendly Fires, Imelda May, Calvin Harris, Jimmy Eat World, Sven Vath, Hurts, Crystal Castles, Bloody Beetroots, Jenny and Johnny, House of Pain, Steve Aoki, The Vaccines, All Time Low, Noah and the Whale, Crookers, Fight Like Apes, Mona, The Naked and Famous, Ryan Sheridan, The Minutes, Bipolar Empire and Madisun.

Tickets went on sale straight after the announcement.

All ticket prices are frozen at 2008 prices with a three-day ticket without camping costing €199.50, and €224.50 with camping. Day tickets are available at €99.50 each.

Irish Independent

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