Monday 12 November 2018

Rockers demand onion rings and Dundalk coffee

BACKSTAGE: Organic foods and pep pills on the menu for Oxegen stars

Michael Stipe of REM performs at the Westerpark on July 2, 2008 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands <b>Credit:</b> Greetsia Tent/WireImage
Michael Stipe of REM performs at the Westerpark on July 2, 2008 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Credit: Greetsia Tent/WireImage
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

PARSNIP crisps, energy tablets and "organic ground coffee sourced in Dundalk" are just some of the whimsical desires of the world's biggest music acts for this weekend's Oxegen festival.

Organisers of the year's biggest music event have been handed a list of backstage demands ranging from the classic rock 'n' roll beers to downright bizarre foods.

The environmentally conscious rockers have placed organic foods top of the menu with a selection of organic chocolates and smoked fish topping the menu.


Stars such as REM, Kaiser Chiefs and Stereophonics have been very precise in listing their requirements down to the finest detail, such as "Wrigley's Extra Blue Menthol eucalyptus chewing gum".

The gum might be useful when it comes to combating the effects of the onion rings, which are also on order.

All the stops are being pulled out to ensure the world-renowned artists are kept well away from the mud and mayhem being experienced by over 80,000 revellers.

The VIP welcome area has an alpine theme with exotic plants, including very rare Kangaroo Paw Plants.

And while they will be expected to do a lot of entertaining on stage, afterwards there will be plenty of time to wind down in the exclusive Bluetooth cafe, Xbox area and Wifi cafe.

Amy Winehouse is set to be one of the star attractions when she takes to the stage tomorrow night, but in advance of her performance her dressing room is being stocked up with Kosher foods and crackers.

She may also be one of several acts who have asked for a steady flow of Red Bull and energy tablets.

US bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Interpol will have a basket of American-style crisps "specifically New York Cheese flavour" taking up a corner of their changing area.

The luxurious dressing rooms are being described as "comfortable and stylish with very ambient lighting and comfortable couches".

The drinks cabinets will contain a selection of world beers in the hope of having something to suit everybody's taste.

However, some artists are a little bit pickier, ordering fine wines not by name, but by grape.

Festival organisers MCD say every last whim and desire is being met to ensure not just that the bands have a memorable weekend but also to make sure the 80,000 music fans are rocking all the way into Monday morning.

Thousands have already spent their first night braving the campsite in Punchestown where the first bands took to the stage at 1.30pm today.

Tonight's highlights include the Kings of Leon, Groove Armada, the Sugababes and the Future Kings of Spain.

Irish acts Mundy, The Coronas, Bell X1 and Paddy Casey will also keep the crowds entertained tonight.

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