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We're singing in the rain

Beyonce showed how she's truly Crazy In Love with hubby Jay-Z last night, as the world's top rapper took to Oxegen's Main Stage.

The devoted star was spotted making the most of the festivities as she watched his performance from the side of the stage.

However fans, who were hoping that the Bootylicious singer might join her hubby on stage for a rendition of their collaboration hit Crazy In Love were left disappointed when Beyonce chose to allow her other half enjoy the limelight on his own.

The gorgeous singer jetted into Dublin from London just hours before the gig, in order to cheer on her hubby on stage.

Also on hand to watch Jay Z's performance were The Stereophonics, who stayed around to watch the artist before heading for the T in the Park festival in Scotland.

"We haven't had a chance to catch up with Jay-Z yet but hopefully we'll have a drink with him at some stage over the weekend," said frontman Kelly Jones.

Meanwhile Leinster and Ireland hero Cian Healy rocked the stage at Oxegen's Dance Arena yesterday afternoon when he took to the decks under the alias DJ Church.

The sportsman mixed an eclectic mix of hits for his one-hour set in front of a packed crowd of fans, many of whom were waving handmade signs saying 'Tune'.



Cycled

On hand to cheer him on from the side of the stage was Jamie Heaslip, who has plenty of free time on his hands after being handed a five-week ban for kneeing New Zealand captain Richie McCaw during the national side's tour Down Under last month.

The close pals cycled to the Naas racecourse from Terenure in Dublin as part of a group of 30 cyclists taking part in the 2 Wheels 2 Oxegen cycle, in aid of the Christina Noble Foundation on Thursday afternoon, arriving two hours after their departure.

The Leinster players were spotted taking shelter from the rain in the VIP area last night, with Healy admitting that he was looking forward to letting his hair down after training for the cycling challenge and working hard ahead of his Dance Arena appearance.

"I've done a few gigs in clubs and parties but never anything on that scale before," he said.

Among the other well known names and faces spotted enjoying yesterday's festivities was Xpose's Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster, who were filming links for the TV3 entertainment show.

MTV's Laura Whitmore was also on hand to carry out interviews for the UK music station.

Today FM DJ Ray Foley also joined the mudfest to interview some of the performers for his show, while his colleague Ian Dempsey was also spotted enjoying a few drinks throughout the day.

Boxer Bernard Dunne was seen hanging out in the exclusive VIP area with a pal last night, having debuted his skills as a referee during an amateur football match at the Punchestown racecourse earlier that afternoon.

The former World Super Bantamweight champ explained how he is praying the weather will improve today so that he can persuade his wife Pamela to join him at the star-studded event.

"My wife doesn't like to get her hair wet so if it doesn't clear up she probably won't be joining me," he told the Herald.

"There's a few big bands I want to see over the next couple of days so fingers crossed it will be dry or I'll be back in Dublin."

Meanwhile Hollywood actress Kate Hudson is rumoured to be jetting into town today to join her new beau, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy, at the concert.

Kate, who publicly showed her affection for her new man when she attended the Glastonbury festival in the UK last month, is expected to watch Matt and the band headline tonight's concert on the Main Stage.

Other acts set to perform over the next two days include The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Paolo Nutini, Kasabian and Florence and the Machine.

An estimated 75,000 fans are expected to attend the festival over the weekend, with the rain proving no deterrent for yesterday's music fans, who donned their wellies, ponchos and raincoats and got on with enjoying the music.

lnolan@herald.ie


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