Oxegen festival will not go ahead this year

Promoters MCD blame a lack of suitable headline acts

Ciara Brennan from Tipperary, Katie Keel from Clonmel and Chloe Murphy (centre) from Waterford, arriving to Punchestown at the start of Oxegen last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ciara Brennan from Tipperary, Katie Keel from Clonmel and Chloe Murphy (centre) from Waterford, arriving to Punchestown at the start of Oxegen last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sun, Apr 20, 2014, 11:39

The Oxegen music festival will not take place this year.

In a short statement on its web site, promoters MCD blamed a lack of suitable headline acts and financial constraints.

“It is with regret that MCD announce that Oxegen will not take place this year due to lack of suitable headline acts which combined with the financial demands by local agencies make it no longer viable to stage the Festival in its current form,” it said.

The festival, which has been held every summer at Punchestown Racecourse since 2004 apart from a break in 2012, attracted crowds of up to 80,000 people in its heyday.

Last year’s festival was downsized to two and a half days and was headlined by David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Snoop Dogg.