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Friday 17 November 2017

Rain, rain, goes away as Amy Mac gets the weekend party started

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

Somebody said that there is music too.

Oxegen '08 got under way last evening with Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald taking to the main stage.

Despite overnight rain, the campsite has held up well to recent downpours and only a light drizzle had fallen by yesterday afternoon.

Promoters MCD claimed that their concerted drive to get fans to come by public transport has been a success.

Of the 31,468 festival-goers arriving at Punchestown site yesterday, 22,685 had used public transport or the nearby park and ride facility.


Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, also arrived on site yesterday evening to inspect the festival's Green campsite and the festival's plans to be carbon-neutral this year.

Among the early acts to play were the Future Kings of Spain, Dirty Epics, God is an Astronaut, Leopard and Burns.

And it was Dublin indie stars, The Kinetiks, who were one of the first acts on the Green Room stage. Nominated for the 2FM/Meteor 'Hope For 2008' music award, The Kinetiks said beforehand they relished the prospects of playing in front of their biggest audience to date.

Lead singer Gaz Harding (23) said: "We're not nervous, just looking forward to it. Obviously the tent is massive.

"We're going to go and do what we do and hope that everyone will be blown away and we can go out and have a great night afterwards."

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