Oxegen v Electric Picnic: Greatest shows
The country's two biggest festivals have delivered the goods over the years. Here John Meagher picks his favourite shows:
Kings of Leon – Oxegen (2004)
Nowadays, the Tennessee quartet are big enough to headline Slane. Then they were just another band of hopefuls. But what a stunning 30-minute show they put on in the New Bands Stage in front of a few hundred people.
Arcade Fire – Electric Picnic (2005)
The Canadian band were in the ascendancy following the release of their critically adored debut album, Funeral. There was huge expectation surrounding their first show on Irish soil and they delivered in breathtaking fashion. Perhaps the best atmosphere of any show I've ever witnessed.
Sigur Rós – Electric Picnic (2008)
Some thought the ethereal Icelandic outfit would not work on the Main Stage, but they turned up their sound to epic proportions. Their set was among the defining moments of the fifth instalment of the Picnic – for my money, the single best festival this country has ever seen.
Blur – Oxegen (2009)
The reformed band played an uneven show, but when they hit their stride – like they did on their stirring, evocative anthem 'The Universal' – they were in a different league.
Chic – Electric Picnic (2009)
Nile Rodgers & Co rolled back the years to show why disco ruled in the late 1970s. Glamorous, theatrical and lots of great songs – and all in a tent in a field in darkest Laois.