Sunday 21 October 2018

Oxegen 09: Top 20 Oxegen facts and figures

1They're filthy, they stink and you don't want to have to wear them all weekend, so why not bring your tired, old wellies to the Schuh Welly Exchange -- the only scheme of its kind and another OXEGEN first. It's simple: hand over those muddy, impractical shoes in exchange for a brand new pair of wellies. The shoes are collected and shipped to the Third World, where they are cleaned up and sold on.

2 OXEGEN has teamed up with Skirmish to bring the fun and unhinged bedlam of paintballing to the festival for the first time this year.

3 There are approximately 52 miles of fencing used across the site.

5This is the only festival with a 24-hour Centra convenience store. in fact, there are two on site to ensure you never run out of tea.

6 OXEGEN 08 was Ireland's largest carbon-neutral event.

7 This is also the only festival with three funfairs -- one in both campsites and one in the main arena for triple the fun.

9 OXEGEN artists warm up for their perfor-mances by getting competitive in the backstage area with two full-sized pool tables and an Xbox gaming area in the VIP lounge.

10Huge 25,000 litre water tankers will be positioned around Punchestown for OXEGEN. These tankers will be continuously replenished throughout the festival weekend.

11 OXEGEN will be running off 14 mega watts of power -- each mega watt could power a town the size of Kildare for a weekend. Some 28,000m of cable will be used to transfer this power.

12 And what do all the artists drink throughout the weekend?

75 bottles of premium Russian Vodka

3,000 cups of coffee and one dozen macchiatos

Four bottles of Ritzina

Relentless energy drinks and bio green tea

60 litres of freshly squeezed OJ

48 bottles of Marquis de Riscal

136 bottles of Merlot Reserve

59 bottles of champagne

13 Speaking of drinking, the Eco Cups system saved 300,000 plastic cups from landfill in 2008.

14 Why not go green with OXEGEN 09? Create a short video promoting the festival's green ethos. The winning video will then be broadcast in front of thousands of fans on the main stage, so get your solar panelled thinking hats on! For full details on the competition visit

16 Now vocalists and DJs worldwide have the chance to apply for a term at the Red Bull Music Academy in London. So get down to the Red Bull Music Stage at OXEGEN and see what it takes to make it to the RBMA.

17 Ever dreamed of playing at OXEGEN? Well now, thanks to Xbox, this could become a reality. Aspiring VJs and DJs, create your own original music remix and the winner will be given a half hour gig at OXEGEN on the Xbox Live Stage.

19 Fans wanted better safeguarding for their property, so this year OXEGEN has teamed up with Lockerhouse for improved locker facilities which also have a phone-charging facility. Book your locker at

20 Save yourself the chore of hauling camping equipment around by pre-ordering your essentials from Joe Bananas service on the OXEGEN website. Then simply collect your stuff when you arrive or, for the ultimate in lazy luxury, have Scouting Ireland pitch your tent for you.

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