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Sunday 20 April 2014

The day the music died - Oxegen taking a breather for a year

View of Oxegen 2011. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

OXEGEN festival has been cancelled for next year, according to promoters MCD in a statement today.

MCD promoters confirmed the festival will be suspended next year in a move similar to what the promoters of Glastonbury in the UK have done.



MCD spokesman Justin Green issued a text to the music media earlier today: "Oxegen, like Glastonbury, is taking a year off in 2012 and will be back July 2013. Keep rockin' in 2012 and we will see you in 2013.”



The announcement was expected as the promoters usually announce headline acts to sell tickets on the approach to Christmas, but there was no news on the festival this year, despite other top summer attractions like Bruce Springsteen in the RDS and the reformed Stone Roses playing the Pheonix Park on July 5th being announced.



Oxegen has been running since 2004 and is the biggest music event in the country. It was previous known as Witnness and prior to that the Trip to Tipp.



Oxegen has taken place every year at Punchestown Racecourse and in its hay day was a sell out event with over 80,000 people over the weekend,



With rising unemployment and mass emigration amongst people of concert going age, ticket sales were affected this year for the event which saw Beyonce headline and around 58,000 in attendance.

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