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All a Blur

Blur are the latest act added to this year’s Oxegen festival bill where they join previously announced names Kings Of Leon, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Katy Perry. Our man in the anorak on Park Road tells us that The …

Thu, Feb 5, 2009, 15:02

   

Blur are the latest act added to this year’s Oxegen festival bill where they join previously announced names Kings Of Leon, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Katy Perry.

Our man in the anorak on Park Road tells us that The Killers apparently are also doing it but they’re involved in heated discussions with promoters MCD about the size of the dressing-rooms, the shape of the tea-bags on the rider and ground transportation for Brandon Flowers’ ego.

Other names we can probably expect? Lets see. Well, Franz Ferdinand are probably on the to-be-added list. Keane? Yeah, stick them on too. Kaiser Chiefs? If you must. We can also expect Passion Pit, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, Doves, MGMT, Ladyhawke and a host of acts who’ll be playing MCD gigs in the next few months.

There will also be a token allocation of Irish bands and some sort of dance stage in the large barn on-site. Justice will probably play that one or, at least, two lads who look like scruffy Parisian DJs. You can add the names you have heard floating around in the comments field below.

So far, so predicatable. But, to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with that. As festivals go, Oxegen know their crowd and what that crowd wants from a couple of days on a racecourse in the middle of Co Kildare. MCD did not get to their position as Irish music’s leading pimps by over-estimating the musical likes of their audience. Some On The Record readers might be happier if Oxegen was Primavera plus All Tomorrow’s Parties multiplied by Sonar (pre-2005), but that ain’t going to wash. Sure, there will be plenty of acts who’ll tick those boxes on the under-card but, by and large, it will be tried and tested names bulking out the line-up. If a festival like the one above would pull in the crowds and the cash in the Irish market, such a festival would be on the schedule. Money talks, which is why we can expect a cast of the usual suspects in Punchestown come July. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Anyway, Blur are – or were – a great band

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