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Rock of ages: festival plays generation game with its audience

Published 21/02/2006 | 00:11

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Keidis
The Who's Pete Townshend - all play the Oxegen Festival on July 8 and 9

ROCK of ages could be the anthem for this year's Oxegen Festival. Roger Daltrey is old enough to be the Arctic Monkeys' grandad. But as the original Mod and veteran Who singer might say, the kids are alright.

Anne-Marie Walsh

ROCK of ages could be the anthem for this year's Oxegen Festival.

Roger Daltrey is old enough to be the Arctic Monkeys' grandad.

But as the original Mod and veteran Who singer might say, the kids are alright.

Daltrey and legendary guitarist Pete Townshend, famous for lines like 'Hope I die before I get old', will share the limelight with the young rockers this summer for a festival that spans more than three generations of music.

This year's Oxegen boasts a line-up including 1960s legends The Who, as well as the biggest band of the moment, the Arctic Monkeys, some of whom are barely out of their teens.

The Who's Roger Daltrey will reach the ripe age of 62 next month. Arctic Monkey Alex Turner just turned 20.

Turner's Sheffield foursome are so new to the music game that one American critic recently remarked that they were breaking the law by drinking beer on stage.

Other rock'n'roll galacticos on the the bill are former Slane headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The line-up also includes Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, the Strokes and local heroes Bell X1.

Catering for the thirty-somethings market are Primal Scream and the Verve's former frontman Richard Ashcroft, famous for his 1990s hit 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'.

In keeping with the theme of crossing the musical decades, a second generation Marley is also taking to the stage for the two-day festival at Punchestown in Co Kildare on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9.

He is Reggae star and the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Damien Marley.

Damien, whose nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname Tuff Gong, is the only child born to Marley and Miss World 1976, Cindy Breakspeare.

Tickets, at ?69.50 for a day, go on sale on Friday, March 3.

The Who's appearance at the festival takes place as they begin a worldwide tour.

World music star Manu Chao, who describes himself as a 'human sampler', will make his first appearance at the festival, along with Iceland's Sigur Ros.

In a special 'Spirit Dance Area' Chicago house impresario Felix da Housecat and Brooklyn DJ and producer David Morales, will take to the decks.

Denis Desmond, head of promoters MCD, said the lineup is "probably the strongest we have ever had at launch time.

"There was great anticipation at Oxegen last year, both in the audience and backstage.

"I am extremely pleased that the Who are performing this year.

"It is also great to welcome Red Hot Chili Peppers who are one of the best live bands in the world.

"Now all we need is the fabulous weather we enjoyed last year - and of course the all important music fans.

"We look forward to seeing you all in July," Desmond added.

Festival-goers also have a chance to get their faces on MTV, which is covering the festival again this year.

The station's Tim Kash said he was really excited to be heading to Ireland for the second year running.

"Last year was MTV's first year at the festival, and in between being hungover and watching some of the biggest bands in the world, we also filmed some fantastic live footage," he said.

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