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This is our fourth time playing Oxegen - but we'll still be a bit nervous before we hit the stage

WE'RE so excited that the annual crazy weekend of Oxegen has finally arrived.

Today will mark our fourth appearance at the Punchestown Festival, which is something we're really proud of. It's going to be insanely chaotic but so much fun.

We're on stage at 5.25pm this evening. We don't want to give too much away but we've put a lot of work into this performance and it's going to be a great show.

We always like to do something a bit different at Oxegen and preview some new material so we'll be premiering a new song today.

Once our set is over we'll be able to meet and greet fans, then chill out for the rest of the night and enjoy some live music. The bands we're most looking forward to are Arcade Fire and The Black Keys.

We're going to be around Oxegen all weekend because we're performing at the top secret artists' party tomorrow night. We can't say too much about it but, basically, it's a big party in the hotel where all of the performers are staying. We're also doing a few acoustic sets on Sunday so it's going to be a busy weekend.

On Monday, we worked on some new lyrics for a few songs and worked through our Oxegen set. We like to play around with our songs, particularly with older ones to give them new life and make them a bit different so that takes a bit of work to get everything sounding the way we want.

We've had a really fun week sitting down and putting together the set lists for the gigs. We've already done loads of festivals around the country this summer so we're well into the swing of things but for Oxegen we always like to go the extra mile.

It's a lot of hard work but doing the festival circuit is also really fun. You get up at about noon and don't get to bed until 3am most nights and then you get back up and do it all over again.

On Tuesday, we organised the practical side of things like how we want the stage to look and also we did a few interviews with our recommendations for the weekend. Of course we managed to sneak in a break to watch the World Cup. It's actually been a real distraction for us but it has to be done -- we're football mad.

On Wednesday, we did a bit more rehearsing before heading out on the town for a friend's birthday bash.

We're not the kind of band to get hung up on our appearance so we don't plan our wardrobes; we just rock up, maybe run a comb through our hair and hit the stage.

Last night we had a little pre- Oxegen celebratory dinner together.

We're all really good pals in the band so we hang out together all the time but it's important to mark the big occasions like this. To have this calibre of festival on our door- step and to be asked back four times is a big deal.

We took a well publicised break about 18 months ago; it's seems like a lifetime ago now to us because it's over an album ago, but we witnessed our own funeral at that time. So since then we've concentrated on just enjoying the moment.

We're all really happy in the band and determined not to let this whole crazy ride pass us by so we make the most of every opportunity.

This morning we woke up before noon -- early for a rock band. We had a big breakfast before driving down to Punchestown around 1pm to give us plenty of time to have a look around and soak up the atmosphere before our performance. We still get a bit nervous before the gig but more out of excitement than fear. It's an amazing thing to do and we always have a cracking time on stage.

This is the first year that we're all in good health before Oxegen so touch wood it will be drama-free for a change. Whatever happens, it will be great. My top tip for the weekend is to go with the flow and of course, come down to watch us.

Catch Delorentos in the Heineken Green Spheres today at 5.25pm.


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