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It’s going to be a busy week for festival announcements with Oxegen and Electric Picnic rolling out their big guns on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. It’s already been a busy few weeks with announcements about Body & Soul and the …

Mon, Mar 7, 2011, 14:43

   

It’s going to be a busy week for festival announcements with Oxegen and Electric Picnic rolling out their big guns on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. It’s already been a busy few weeks with announcements about Body & Soul and the new Forbidden Fruit event, not forgetting a rake of other events already announced or due to be announced.

Earlier today, Aiken Promotions announced new additions to the Live at the Marquee bill, including Bob Dylan (playing Ireland for the 29th year in a row on June 16 – seriously, is there anyone in the country who hasn’t seen Bob making a hames of his live show at this stage?), Tom Jones (June 19) and Paul Simon (June 20). And we can also expect news about At the Park, the new MCD-promoted event at Marlay Park in Dublin.

As regards the big two, it will be interesting to see who else Oxegen has lined up in an attempt to woo punters to pay €244.50 (plus Ticketmaster fees) to spend a muddy weekend in Co Kildare. They’re already confirmed Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Black Eyed Peas and Paolo Nutini and our big contact at MCD says we can expect Pulp and Primal Scream (performing “Screamadelica”) to be added to that bill. There’s also talk of Coldplay, though our man did tell us that they were originally slated for a standalone show.

We’ve already told you that Arcade Fire are playing the Picnic but the rest of the line-up remains under wraps despite OTR’s best efforts. Our usually reliable sources have said “best line-up ever”, which they weren’t saying in advance in 2009 or 2010. Is this the year that the Picnic promoters, Festival Republic and POD, have splashed the cash? All will be revealed on Thursday evening.

As always, you pay your money and you take your chances. Of course, you could always head abroad to get your festival buzz. Speaking of which, here’s my guide to the Top 10 European festivals as published in the paper’s travel supplement Go at the weekend.