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Anyone else surprised to learn that there are still tickets on sale for Oxegen? Isn’t Oxegen supposed to be the festival which sells out in a couple of hours because the kids love it so much and even get to …

Mon, Mar 10, 2008, 06:59

   

Anyone else surprised to learn that there are still tickets on sale for Oxegen? Isn’t Oxegen supposed to be the festival which sells out in a couple of hours because the kids love it so much and even get to pick the line-up? Have the kids bualked at those ticket prices? Have they said “meh” to the fact that REM are on the bill? Or have they decided to travel to a festival in Europe instead?

5.30pm UPDATE Press release tells me that “3 day weekend camping and 4 day weekend camping tickets along with Day tickets for Saturday 12th July have sold out”, but “a very limited number of 3 day (no camping) tickets and day tickets fo rFriday 11th and Sunday 13th July are available at this time.” All of which means, I suppose, that there are still tickets on sale for the festival.

If you haven’t done so already, read this fantastic post by Naomi Off Her Rocker about the real Irish underground scene. This is the kind of piece which should be on the cover of Hot Press and not Michael “trust me, our new album is really better than our last album and you have to buy it because we need the money and we’re still relevant and we got your man Jacknife Lee to produce the yoke and we’re playing Oxegen and did I tell you that I know Helena Christensen and Bono” Stipe. Hey, it could be the give-a-Stipe-a-kick week on the blog all week long to celebrate the release of their new album.

Footnote to the debate which raged last week on this blog about Irish music magazines: we are not alone. Former NME writer Stephen Dalton looks at the current state of the magazine he once called home.

And a footnote of sorts to the other debate about that Top 40 Irish Albums poll, here’s Mark Edwards explaining why music critics love albums that the public hate.

Bet the millennials won’t be buying music magazines. Or CDs.

Good to see Andrew’s Lane Theatre back on the event listings for the capital city. The theatre was closed down and sold last year for €9.25 million, but it now seems to be operating again as a venue. Forever Presents are promoting Crystal Castles at the venue on April 22 (they also play Cork’s Cyprus Avenue on 21 and Belfast’s Stiff Kitten on 23) and Foggy Notions have Why? playing there on April 26.

Can a music festival really be eco-friendly?

And finally, do you want a Tenori-On in your life? Here’s Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden having a go. Note superfluous subtitles.

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