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The Oxegen attitude

There are two letters published in today’s paper regarding Brenda Fitzsimon’s photo in yesterday’s paper of security staff and cleaners putting out small fires on the Oxegen campsite and starting the mammoth task of cleaning up Punchestown Racecourse. From Gary …

Wed, Jul 16, 2008, 11:47

   

There are two letters published in today’s paper regarding Brenda Fitzsimon’s photo in yesterday’s paper of security staff and cleaners putting out small fires on the Oxegen campsite and starting the mammoth task of cleaning up Punchestown Racecourse.

From Gary Morrissey:

“If a picture tells a thousand words, the photograph on page 3 of Tuesday’s edition,showing countless abandoned tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs, as well as other human detritus following last weekend’s Oxegen festival, speaks volumes for the attitudes of today’s Irish teenagers towards money, material possessions, hard work, the environment and their own self-respect. Who said the recession couldn’t come quickly enough?”

And from Paddy Mettler:

“I was shocked to see the picture of the Oxegen campsite. Looking at the mess, it really was beyond me how anyone could call this event a success. Granted, the whole site may get cleaned up by a third-party contractor, but I think the picture just speaks volumes about Irish society today. How people could just leave that behind them is a disgrace and negates any positive aspects of the festival.”

After the last few Oxegens, people have fumed on and on and on about so many things to do with the festival and have directed their ire at promoters MCD. Yes, some of the problems at Oxegen in the past have been due to the promoters getting things like traffic and site management wrong. But a lot of the problems, especially the ones which relate to how people behave in a public space and respect those around them, have nothing whatsoever to do with the promoters. After all, it wasn’t the promoters who left the campsite looking like that (though I’m sure some conspiracy theorists will claim to have seen Dinny Desmond and his boys walking around with bags of rubbish). And, just in case you think it’s just teens and kids who’ll leave a place looking like that, you can probably expect to see the same scene re-enacted after the Electric Picnic, albeit with a slightly more upmarket brand of abandoned tent.