Sunday 19 January 2020

Rappers to rock Oxegen '10

But no recession rate for cash-strapped music fans

The Black-Eyed Peas are in the line-up for Oxegen this year.
The Black-Eyed Peas are in the line-up for Oxegen this year.

Colin Gleeson

THE promoters of Oxegen won't be offering any "recession rate" for this summer's festival, which will be headlined by superstars Eminem and Jay-Z.

The festival takes place at Punchestown racecourse in Co Kildare from Thursday, July 8, to Sunday, July 11.

Music lovers will have to shell out €224.50 for a three-day camping ticket -- the same as 2008 -- with a fourth day of camping to cost an extra €20.

The 80,000 tickets sold out in just 70 minutes in 2008 -- but last year promoters had a tougher time convincing recession-hit punters to part with their cash -- with tickets available right up to the day of the festival.


"The tickets are held at 2008 prices. There'll be no recession rate," MCD's Justin Greene said at the launch in the Academy venue in Dublin.

He added that MCD put "early bird" tickets on sale in December, which fans could buy at a cheaper rate -- but without knowing the line-up.

Fans will also be hoping to get a glimpse of Beyonce, Jay-Z's other half, at this year's gigs.

Other names booked to play include English rockers Muse and Kasabian, and American hit-makers Black Eyed Peas.

The Prodigy, Florence and the Machine, Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Newton Faulkner, Goldfrapp, La Roux, Hot Chip and Broken Social Scene will also be part of the 2010 line-up.

Meanwhile, the dance line-up includes superstar DJs Armand Van Helden, Steve Angelo, Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan, Steve Aoki, A-Trak and Aeroplane.

Mr Greene said the concert promoters "haven't even thought about" whether the festival would sell out.

MCD are hoping Eminem will draw the crowds for them this year despite a controversy in 2005 when he pulled out of a gig at Slane Castle.

Eminem said he was "excited to get back to Europe to rock some shows" in a statement yesterday. "The crowds there are always big, crazy and dedicated. . . it's going to be great."

It will be his first appearance in Ireland since his sold-out shows in Punchestown in 2003.

The hip-hop hero was scheduled to play a concert at Slane Castle in September 2005, but the gig and his entire sold-out European tour were scrapped when he pulled out, citing "emotional exhaustion".

It later transpired that the rapper had signed himself into rehab to receive treatment for prescription drug addiction. MCD claimed it incurred losses of €2.1m due to the cancellation.

As a result, Eminem was sued by MCD and that issue was settled at the High Court in 2007. Mr Greene said there was no bad blood between the concert promoters and the rapper, and there are no concerns about a no-show this time.

"The last time he was due to perform, he didn't just pull out of Ireland -- it was the whole tour. But at the end of the day, I don't know any artist, or anyone else for that matter, who hasn't had a sick day."

Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday, March 12. They will be priced at €199.50 for a three-day ticket with no camping. Day tickets will be priced at €99.50.

Irish Independent

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