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The festival wishlist for 2012

The year may be winding down, but the plotting and planning for next summer’s Irish music festivals is in full swing. With early bird tickets already on sale for a rake of fests – including the Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, Body …

Fri, Dec 16, 2011, 09:00

   

The year may be winding down, but the plotting and planning for next summer’s Irish music festivals is in full swing. With early bird tickets already on sale for a rake of fests – including the Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, Body & Soul and the Sea Sessions – we can expect announcements early in 2012 about who will be playing these events.

There are, though, some elephants in the room. The first is Oxegen. While there has been no confirmation of any sort about dates or venues for next year’s event – we’re still waiting patiently for promoters MCD to respond to our tweeted query a few weeks ago– there is little doubt that there will be some class of Oxegen-like camping festival last year.

Even though Oxegen is not as good or as popular as it once was, there are always a couple of thousand kids each year eager to pop their festival cherry. To add grist to the mill, a number of UK agents have indicated that they’ve received queries from bookers about acts for such a festival.

Another elephant in the room is Ireland’s involvement in Euro 2012. If the team have a good run, this will have an effect on gigs and events in June, with people leaving ticket purchases later and later.

The third elephant in the room, up to this morning, was the one wearing a pair of flares and a floppy hat. But we now know that The Stones Roses will play Phoenix Park on July 5 next with tickets going on sale next Tuesday at a pricey €65.50 plus Ticketmaster charges per ticket. That puts paid to the rumours and hearsay about the band playing Oxegen and Slane.

Add in the ongoing recession and the slump in live ticket sales and you’ve the makings of another interesting year.

Feel free to tell us what acts you’d like to see playing Irish festivals in 2012 below.