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Amanda Brunker to play Oxegen. Nope, we did not make this up.

It may look like something you’d read in disbelief on Broadsheet, but Sunday World journalist, novelist and sofa plugger Amanda Brunker plays at Oxegen this weekend. She is a late addition to the bill due to line-up changes (Jessie J …

Wed, Jul 6, 2011, 09:22

   

It may look like something you’d read in disbelief on Broadsheet, but Sunday World journalist, novelist and sofa plugger Amanda Brunker plays at Oxegen this weekend. She is a late addition to the bill due to line-up changes (Jessie J has dropped out due to a broken foot and Alice Gold has been moved to the main stage as a result) and will appear on the Vodafone Stage at 2pm on Saturday.

The mind boggles on so many different levels about this news. Have MCD really added someone to the bill who is not very well known for her music and will be playing her debut gig on the second biggest stage at the festival? Have the promoters ran out of money and can’t afford anyone else? Did every other band on the planet, especially the Irish ones who’d really benefit from a slot like this, just say no or not take the calls or forget to get back to them? Is this some sort of Situationalist art prank from Denis Desmond? Have they just lost the plot out there in Dun Laoghaire?

After all, let’s be honest, Brunker was hardly going to say no when she was approached. No-one in her situation would. According to her Twitter, she has been working on tracks in the studio inbetween making lasagne. She also tells us to expect kicking dance music and covers for her first gig (the smart money is on her covering Mark McCabe’s “Maniac”). She may be well-known in this country, but this is the first time anyone knew about her budding music career.

The addition will certainly get them publicity – hell, I’m writing about it, even though I have a hunch that this might have something to do with a TV show of some kind – and does distract attention from questions about ticket sales, but it does little for Oxegen’s much touted musical qualities. Aren’t the music acts who make it the biggest and best line-up in Europe the selling point which the organisers go on about over and over again? If this is the best they can do when one of the big draws of the festival has to be replaced, you really begin to wonder about what’s going on. Surely someone could have called the Flaming Lips, who are always up for Irish gigs, to play for an hour. Can we expect Twink or Glenda Gilson to be on the Dance Stage bill if any acts need to be replaced before the weekend? All of this means that many will have two words for the organisers the next time they start talking about Oxegen’s line-up as the “best that there has ever been at one single festival in Europe”: Amanda Brunker.

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